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 for 18- to 22-year-olds, 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, or vertical rescue. 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. After hard days of climbing, you’ll enjoy cooking your meals together at your group’s base camp and absorbing the quiet of the desert.
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 in a base camp becomes your opportunity to work on skills like communication. On other days, you may focus on assessing risk and developing judgement to make decisions. From these experiences, you’ll find and strengthen your own leadership style. By the end of this course, you’ll have the leadership skills and outdoor skills to prepare you for a lifetime of climbing.