Summer Camps 2017

Summer Fun


We provide engaging, exciting, and educational summer adventures for youth. 

“In the end we will only conserve what we love, we will only love what we understand, and we will only understand what we are taught.”
Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist


Donner Summit Rock Climbing Camp

Donner Summit Summer Rock Climbing Camp    Donner Summit Summer Rock Climbing Camp    Donner Summit Summer Rock Climbing Camp

This summer, enjoy the exhilarating adventure of rock climbing on the spectacular granite of Donner Pass. Learn the fundamentals of the climbing safety system – including the use of the rope, belaying, anchoring, and rappelling. Master techniques needed to conquer cracks, slabs, and steep faces. Wednesday, our climbing rest day, will be spent whitewater rafting!



Rock Climbing Camp for Youths Aged 10-18


Summer 2017 Program Dates:

Session One:  Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Session Two:  Sunday, July 30 - Friday, August 4, 2017.

Session Three*:  Sunday, August 6 - Friday, August 11, 2017.

*Advanced level camp, East Side Sierra Happy Boulders, Buttermilks, Rock Creek, Clark Canyon.


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For More Information contact:

Harris Talsky

(530) 214-0701 



* Proceeds support our Youth Leadership programs for teens.

Director Peter Mayfield has served as Chief Guide for the Yosemite Mountaineering School, competed in World Cup Climbing events and produced successful programs for thousands of youths over the last 25 years.



Peter Mayfield

Chief Guide Harris Talsky loves getting people on rock to challenge them new ways! He has climbed extensively in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite, Tahoe, the Southwest US, and Southeast Asia. He is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor.


Harris Talsky

Instructor Steve Schneider has been one of the top American climbers of the last 30 years, with world-class climbing achievements in Patagonia, Asia, and the US; including free ascents on El Capitan, 5.14 redpoints, and World Cup competitions. Steve is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide. Most importantly, Steve is an enthusiastic, supportive coach who is fantastic with young people.

Steve Schneider

Instructor Amy Ness boulders V7 and puts up Grade VI, 5.12 big wall routes in Patagonia. She works with youth as a guide, gymnastics coach and school teacher. Amy's passion for climbing and working with you combine to make her an excellent coach.


Amy has a degree in International Studies.

Amy Ness

Program offered in conjunction with Alpine Skills InternationalAlpine Skills International - ASI





Summer Camps at Sugar Bowl


Explore Nature Camps in partnership with Sugar Bowl!

Our day camp programs balance field science instruction, hiking, and reflection. We emphasize active learning that is cooperative, fun, and provocative. Destinations are chosen by our staff to illustrate themes and concepts and to provide a meaningful outdoor experience. Group safety; trail conditions, group cooperation and fitness levels are taken into account in determining a day’s activities. Days on the trail will include natural history learning activities and games, team building exercises, and journaling and reflection time. The core activities are rounded out with nature games, art, sensitizing and reflection activities, and journaling.


Explore Nature

Ages 4-6

Adventures in Nature

Ages 7-10

Mountain Adventure

Ages 11-14


2017 Summer Program Dates

Session One:   Monday July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017

Session Two:   Monday July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2017


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