Local Youth programs

COVID-19 Protocols 
The Crested Butte Climbing Club will follow all guidelines & public health orders specifced by Gunnison County as well as adhere to the approved by our industry

Join Irwin Guides and other youth from the Gunnison Valley every week at climbing camp! 

Let your kids challenge themselves in a fun, supportive environment while building relationships with their peers. This 9 week camp will offer ample opportunity to build a foundation of skills or take their climbing to the next level. Each day will be full of hands-on experience and personalized instruction. This team based camp is designed for local kids of CB to build rock skills, relationships, team skills, and explore their backyards. All abilities and skill levels are welcome. 

2021 START DATE - JUNE 21 
Mondays: All Ages
Tuesdays: 7 to 10 years of age
Wednesdays: 11 to 14 years of age

Our goal is to provide a fun, inclusive, and safe environment for youth to develop through the sport of climbing. Want to know more about a typical Crested Butte Climbing Club Day? Watch the video below created by one of the club instructors, Ben Johnson!

Skills covered
A 9-week progression with emphasis on climbing movement, knots, belaying, and rappelling. Program IncludesTransportation from our office in Crested Butte to each week's climbing location. Professional climbing instructors. All technical gear including helmet, harness, rock shoes, ropes, slings, rock protection, etc). The season finale ends with an optional climb of Mt. Crested Butte's "Guide's Ridge"* and a mini-donut party.

*Students will need to complete a climbing assessment in order to participate in the Guides Ridge Day.*

Club Fees & Attendance

NEW FOR SUMMER 2021 - No Drop ins available The Crested Butte Climbing Club will no longer be providing a "drop-in" rate or drop in opportunities this season. This is in an effort to better accommodate our our local youth. This will be reevaluated during the summer. Drop ins may become available once the program gets started.

This summer climbers may only sign up for the entire summer. We offer 1 day a week programs and two days a week programs. Our programs are progressive in nature, thus we highly discourage missing too many sessions. Much like climbing itself, a level of commitment will ensure athlete safety and the most fun.

However, we understand that many families plan vacations during the summer time and making every session may not be possible. Due to the very high popular demand of this local program this year we will not be able to refund parents for missed opportunities. This needs to be kept in mind when booking your student for the entire summer. 
Note that in order to meet the demands of planning a well-organized summer and to ensure we are able to pay our AMGA certified instructors; all program fees are due at the time of registration and by no later than June 21.   


Week 1 - Location: Hartman’s Beginner Slabs 
  • Skills: Climbing Safety Briefing/Equipment/Equipment, clothing selection, knots, belaying, Leave No Trace, Climbing Technique & Climbing Etiquette

Week 2 - Location: Taylor Canyon - Persnickety /Rogue Area
  • Skills: Using Climbing Guide Books, Reading Topo Maps & Training for Climbing

Week 3 - Location: Taylor Canyon - Mike and Annie’s
  • Skills: Map and Compass, Placing Trad Gear & Slack-lining

Week 4 - Location: Cement Creek - Rt. Side of Anarchy Wall - Park at bottom of Narrows
  • Skills: Camp Site Selection & Emergency Shelter Construction

Week 5 - Location: Taylor Canyon - N. Bank Campground Top Rope Area
  • Skills: Survival Skills & Intro to Wilderness First Aid

Week 6 - Location: Spring Cr. - Roadside Crag
  • Skills: Staying Warm, Fire Safety & Building a Fire

Week 7 - Location: Spring Cr. - Car Killer Buttress
  • Skills: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Taping a Sprained Ankle & Splints

Week 8 - Location: Hartman's Buddha's Belly or Buddha’s Slab
  • Skills: Lightning Protocols in the Backcountry

Week 9 - Location: Taylor Canyon - North Bank Campground Top Rope Area
  • Skills: Gear Repair & Debriefing with Review

Alternative Location - Location: Taylor Canyon 1st Buttress
  • Skills: Water Filtration and Purification

Adventure Club

A program for our local youth to spend time enjoying their backyard together! Join us every week for fun packed adventures with our professional guide staff. Enjoying the views, hiking local peaks, hitting the Gunnison and Taylor rivers for a refreshing splash, ripping through the wild flowers on mountain bikes. We are stoked to get out there this summer with the local kiddos of Crested Butte. This club is for ages 12 - 15. 

Adventure Club starts June 24th, 2021 and will continue on Thursdays from 9:00 - 4:00pm until August 19th, 2021. The cost is $100 per session with the entire summer being $800 total. This program is 9 weeks long making one week FREE! Siblings can join for a 20% discount. Students need to bring their own day packs including lunch, snacks, water bottle, extra layers, and sunscreen. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking. Irwin Guides will provide any technical gear needed for the day's activity (excluding mountain bikes). This summer students may only sign up for the entire summer. Due to the popular demand of this local program this year we will not be able to refund parents for missed opportunities. This needs to be kept in mind when booking your student for the entire summer. 

This Summer’s Itinerary: 
June 24: Rafting the Gunnison 
July 1: Peak Hike - Local Peak TBD by guide based on conditions 
 July 8: Inflatable Kayaking the Gunnison 
 July 15: Hiking to SUPing - Emerald Lake 
 July 22: Half day rafting the Taylor River and half day mountain biking up Taylor Canyon 
July 29: Peak Hike - Red Lady via Scarp Ridge 
 August 5: Hartman’s Rock Area - Half day of climbing and half day of biking 
August 12: Mountain Biking in Crested Butte 
August 19: Mountain Biking/Peak Hike - Teocalli  

Much like climbing club adventurers may only sign up for the entire summer. We offer Adventure club 1 day a week. Due to the very high popular demand of this local program this year we will not be able to refund parents for missed opportunities. This needs to be kept in mind when booking your student for the entire summer. 

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