Youth Outdoor Programs

This years Outdoor Youth Leadership Program (OLYP) is currently accepting Applications.

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If interested, you can apply by calling 970.641.7612 or Email Emily Mirza: emirza@gunnisoncounty.org


our purpose 

The purpose of the Guide in Training Program is to provide an unparalleled skills and leadership
development opportunity for highly motivated high school juniors and seniors. The program is based
in Crested Butte, Colorado. A truly unique and authentic mountain town in the heart of the Rock
Mountains. Crested Butte is also the home of Irwin Guides, a global guide service that provides
world-class experiences for adventurers of all ages. 

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Program Design

The Guide in Training will gain knowledge and skills in each of the listed areas below so as to teach/lead others and will be trained in Wilderness First Aid & CPR.

Core Skills
Mountaineering 
Whitewater Paddling
Rock Climbing 

Integrated Curriculum
Leadership
Communication 
Natural History 
Cultural History 
Service

Sample One-Week Itinerary
Day 1:    Welcome, gear check, first aid, CPR & camp setup.
Day 2:   Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Gunnison River.
Day 3:   Rafting and inflatable kayaking on the Gunnison River. 
Day 4:   Advanced rafting and inflatable kayaking on the Taylor River.
Day 5:    Rock Climbing: knots, belying, rappelling and climbing techniques.
Day 6:    Alpine Mountaineering/ Peak Day, closing ceremonies and graduation





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