Southwest Rock Climbing

Credit: Kyle Duba

Southwest Rock Climbing

Push your limits climbing in the desert

You’re hungry for new challenges and ready to push the edges of your comfort zone. On this course, rock climbing will be your challenge, whether you’re a beginner or starting with years of experience. Head to Arizona’s Cochise Stronghold, an area renowned for its climbing and unique desert environment. You’ll start with the basics of climbing, including movement on rock and getting to know the equipment. As you gain competence, you’ll progress to more advanced skills like gear placement, multi-pitch climbing, and vertical rescue. After hard days of climbing, you’ll enjoy meeting up at your group’s base camp to cook dinner, share stories from the day, and absorb the quiet of the desert. This area is also rich in local ecology and human history for you to explore. You’ll see desert wildlife in its natural environment and visit historic sites that may contain artifacts and pictographs. 

In addition to climbing skills, you’ll also focus on growing as a leader. Setting climbing goals becomes a lesson in self-leadership, while living in a small community becomes your opportunity to work on skills like communication. On other days, you may focus on assessing risk and developing judgment to make decisions. From these experiences, you’ll develop your own leadership style. By the end of this course, you’ll have the leadership and outdoor skills to prepare you for a lifetime of climbing and exploring the outdoors. 



2020 Dates

Jan. 6 – Jan. 21, 2020

Tuition: $3,785
In Progress

Nov. 5 – Nov. 20, 2020

Tuition: $3,785


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16 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

3 College Credits
  • 3 Skills Practicum

0.50 High School Credits

  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona

Skills learned

Rock Climbing

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What Our Grads Say

“While I learned many skills that are important for success in rock climbing and the outdoors in general, the most valuable take away from this course were the relationships I have forged and the confidence I have to take on a leadership role in not only the outdoors but in other aspects of my personal and professional life. During my course, I learned how to create an environment where communication between an entire group leads to effective and positive decisions. I learned how taking into account individual differences can lead to different dynamics in cooperation.” 

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