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Youth Climbing

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Mt Erie, Washington
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At Peregrine, we believe that climbing for kids develops confidence, coordination, respect for the environment and leadership in a unique way. We focus on building these skills using different programs designed for specific age groups.

Pika Skills (level 1 and level 2: ages 8-13)
Mountain Goat Skills (level 1 and 2: ages 12-14)

Each of these focuses on the skills needed to become confident and competent climbers.

Pika Skills*:

One-day Rock  – $130

Dates: July 14; 18; August 11; 15; September 4

One full day on the rock at scenic Mt Erie, Washington

Students will learn:

  • rappelling
  • movement on rock
  • basic knots

Two-day Pika Rock – $230

Dates:  July 14-15; August 11-12; September 4-5

For some kids, two days on the rock is just perfect. For others, this will just the beginning of their love of climbing. Treat your kids to a taste of just how much fun growing up in the Northwest can be!

Students will learn:

  • basic knots
  • rappelling
  • movement on the rock
  • belaying
  • intro to climbing equipment
  • intro to crack, friction and face climbing

Special Three-Day Rock – $310

Dates: August 20 – 22

Five-day Pikas Rock Course – $460

Dates: July 14-18; August 11-15

This week-long rock adventure proves to be a challenging, fun and exceptionally rewarding experience that will never be forgotten. During the first two days students will find their pace on the rock. They can expect to become comfortable with basic knots and rock movement. On day three we begin building on technical skills by examining rock anchors, placing rock gear, and an introduction to rock rescue. On the last two days students will experience an increased trust in the system and their own skills. By this time movement on the rock becomes more fluid and comfortable, and students will get the opportunity to climb multi-pitch routes (a climb consisting of more than one rope length).

Orienteering (ages 10-13) – $85

Dates: August 23; September 4

Orienteering is both a mental and a physical exercise and should be part of the foundation of a solid mountain education. These fun-filled one-day courses will be spent learning the fundamentals of map and compass use, practicing these skills using fun and engaging orienteering projects. By the end of the course the students will get the opportunity to experiment with a GPS.

Mountain Goat**

Alpine Climbing – $410 (ages 12 – 14)

Dates: July 21-23; August 4-6

Using the glacier peaks of the North Cascades, adolescents learn to trust themselves and work towards a common goal on a bigger scale. The skills in this course translate into skills and confidence that can be used throughout life. This course covers:

  • back-country camping skills
  • basic rock systems and movement skills
  • multi-pitch climbing
  • mountain navigation, route planning and time management
  • mountain fitness, nutrition, and training
  • movement on steep snow and ice
  • glacier travel and crevasse rescue
  • technical snow systems
  • how to put it all together!

*The pika, is a cousin of the rabbit with short limbs, rounded ears, and short tail. Pikas are also called rock rabbits orconeys. They are also known as the “whistling hare” due to their high-pitched alarm call when diving into its burrow. Most species live on rocky mountainsides. Human activity appears to be pushing the American pika population to ever-higher altitudes and thus possibly toward extinction. A percentage of profits generated by the pika program will be donated to help the Pika.

** The Mountain Goat resides at high elevations and is a sure-footed climber, often resting on rocky cliffs that predators cannot reach. Any ledge or rocky terrain can easily be claimed by these creatures. Mountain goats have seen a decline of nearly 90% in the Skagit and Darrington regions of the Washington Cascades, meaning they could use some help to secure their future.  A percentage of profits generated by the mountain goat program will be donated to help the NW mountain goat.