This year we have expanded our traditional Mountaineering Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, to a month-long event to spread out attendance and offer plenty of distancing.
Include the whole family in this skills-based month-long event during February that is focused on mountaineering skills and inclusion in the outdoors. Mountaineering Month features educational sessions on winter survival tips and mountaineering skills, guided snowshoe hikes & winter ecology explorations in Rocky Mountain National Park, mountaineering-themed crafts, ice climbing demonstrations and much more. Each activity will be carefully limited in size, safely distanced and will focus on family-friendly mountaineering skills. Join us for our two keynote speakers, virtually or a distanced in-person session, as they talk about ways to be more inclusive in the outdoors. Chelsea Murphy, an outdoor enthusiast, will talk about what it means to be a Black mother with passion for adventuring in the outdoors. Len Necefer, a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, will discuss the history of Indigenous peoples and their ongoing relationship with the environment.
View full activity schedule here: https://ymcarockies.org/mountaineeringweekend/
All activities will be operated in a safe and healthy manner in alignment with our public health ordinances from county and state officials. For more information about YMCA of the Rockies practices and procedures for maintaining clean and safe facilities, please visit our website.
Most Mountaineering Month activities are free for guests staying in YMCA of the Rockies lodge rooms or cabins. Booking & advanced registration is required for weekend activities. Day passes for guests staying off-grounds are also available for $25 per person, per day.