Donner Pass Climbing (Level 1 +2)
Primary Activities: Climbing, hiking, navigation, outdoor living skills, mindfulness
Nights: 4 wilderness, 2 Camp Augusta
Donner Pass is located about an hour from Camp Augusta in northern Sierra Nevada in Truckee, California. The area is home to various recreational opportunities like climbing, skiing, hiking, and swimming; as well as offering rich historical preservation. Native Americans left petroglyphs (pictures carved into rock) for us to see today. Abandoned trian tunnels from the First Transcontinental Railroad are sprawled among the vast mountains and rocks in Donner Pass. Today, they are covered in art and safe to hike through.The Pacific Crest Trail runs around Donner Pass, providing ample opportunities for hikes and summits to explore. Donner Lake is roughly 9 miles away, and can be seen most anywhere from the pass.
The climbing offered in Donner Pass ranges from small granite boulders to sky scraper rocks hundreds of feet tall! Campers will learn a series of technical skills such as knot tying, belay technique, rope management, gear placement, and climbing history. Campers will gain significant climbing experience with the option of challenge by choice. Our group will be guided by a certified climbing instructor by the American Mountain Guides Association. Staff counselors are Wilderness First Responder certified and will also offer campers extensive feedback regarding their personal growth and areas of challenge throughout the trip.
This expedition will focus on providing campers with a genuine wilderness experience in which they can develop leadership skills, and increase their awareness of both environmental and historical issues. Campers will gain skills and knowledge that give them confidence in wilderness settings, on both flat ground and on towering rock. Classic CampAugusta touches of Wish, Wonder, and Surprise will round out the journey.
Experience: Classic - a great trip for beginning adventurers!
Endurance: 1 - you will be hiking with a pack that may weigh up to 1/3rd of your body weight, but you don't have to be an athlete to have a good a good time on this trip.
Recommended Age: 12 - 14*
*Age ranges are flexible depending on experience and development