RockPro II Teen Rock Climbing Camp
Essentials of Starting to Climb on Your Own
difficulty 5.5 and up
Ages 13 - 17
Session A: June 30 - 6
Session B: July 7 - 13
WHAT'S ROCKPRO II ABOUT?
RockPro II Climbing Camp follows a natural progression from RockPro I. It is a good choice for your first climbing camp if you are moving up from our Young Explorer Climbing Camps or have some climbing experience such as using a climbing gym or you have been outside climbing a few times. RockPro II campers should have familiarity with figure 8 knots and be able to belay a partner. It is ideal for building a solid foundation of rock climbing skills in an enjoyable group camp experience.
Immediately starting off on real rock, your instructors will evaluate your existing skills and help you to further develop basic top roping skills such as knots, belaying and rappelling.
Our curriculum is laid out to allow you time to really learn and develop the skills needed to be a smart and competent climber. We believe that building a solid foundation of basic climbing skills is critically important to the development of young climbers and their appreciation and understanding of climbing. This camp runs concurrently with RockPro 1 allowing us to better align participants with peers who have similar skills. For example, campers who want to start transitioning to climbing on their own can follow the RP II curriculum while those who want to continue to focus on just climbing can follow the RP I track.
Taking a break from vertical climbing for a day or two during the week, RockPro I participants will also get to hike to a variety of mountain summits in Acadia National Park.
SAMPLE ROCKPRO II GENERAL ITINERARY
Day 1: Clifton Crags: Introductory activities,review of climbing equipment and knots, learn principles of belaying outside, refine low angle slab climbing skills while top roping. Camp at Parks Pond Campground.
Day 2: Clifton Crags: Refinement of face and crack climbing with an emphasis on balance, body awareness, weight transfer on increasingly difficult climbs, review of rappelling skills and protecting self while rappelling. Camp at Parks Pond Campground
Day 3: Hike to summit of one of Acadia National Park's open summits. Begin learning about anchor systems and using natural anchors for setting up climbs. Camp at Bar Harbor Campground.
Day 4 - 5: Acadia National Park: Climbing on the coast of Maine with an emphasis on technique improvement. Camp at Bar Harbor Campground.
Day 6: Acadia National Park: sea cliff climbing, build a rope bridge traverse with newly gained anchoring skills. Camp at Bar Harbor Campground.
Day 7: Return to Orono base and travel home or rest up for the next week of camp.
We like to give our campers opportunity to decide on camp activities. Typically we spend at least two thirds of each day climbing and the remainder doing activities such as swimming, hiking, bouldering, etc. as desired by the group. It is our goal to send RockPro I campers home with basic technical competencies, an understanding of safe climbing techniques and a greater desire to climb more.
Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender. We stay in public campgrounds such as Bar Harbor Campground and Park’s Pond Campground. Campgrounds have a bath and shower facilities.
Campers join the leaders in preparing delicious, healthy camp meals. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sample evening meals include pasta with sauce and salad, vegetable stir fry w/ chicken side, etc.
MEETING / PICK UP LOCATIONS FOR ROCK & RIVERS CAMP
Meets at Alpenglow Adventure Sports / Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School at 92 Main St. (Route 2), Orono, ME, unless otherwise announced. Meeting time on the first day (Sunday) is 11:00 a.m. Pick up will be at the same location at 11:00 a.m. on the final day (Saturday).
All meals and snacks
Transportation during camp
24 hour supervision by experienced camp staff with wilderness medicine training
All necessary technical equipment (belay devices, harness, shoes, helmet, rope, etc.)
PCIA or AMGA certified instructors
EQUIPMENT LIST FOR ROCKPRO I CAMP
__Day pack – appx 30L (1800 ci)
__Backpack or duffel bag large enough to hold all your gear
__20 - 30 degree sleeping bag
__72” x 24” ground pad or inflatable pad such as ThermaRest
__Crazy Creek camp chair (optional)
__2 one-quart water bottles
__Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers
__Insulating inner layer of clothing such as polypropylene
__Insulating middle layer of clothing such as fleece or wool
__Lightweight, loose fitting long pants that dry quickly
__Warm socks (wool)
__2 tee shirts
__Rain jacket and pants
__Headlamp or flashlight
__Journaling supplies (optional)
__Sunscreen / lip balm
__Unbreakable cup, bowl, spoon and fork
__Toilet kit (toothbrush, comb, etc)
Climbing Gear--Provided by Acadia Mountain Guides
__Belay Plate / Locking Carabiner
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