By Jessica Isaacs
Do your kids love the great outdoors? If so, summer adventure camps offered by Rock Dimensions may be the perfect chance for them to make new friends, learn something new and soak up all the wonder of the High Country.
Thanks to co-owners Jenny Allen and Ryan Beasley and their talented group of staff members, Rock Dimensions has been serving outdoor enthusiasts in the Blue Ridge Mountains since 1998, offering guide services for land-based adventures and specializing in rock climbing. They teamed up with Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters in 2006 to bring a climbing tower to downtown Boone, and they’re also giving local youngsters a chance to take on something new and exciting.
The annual summer camps offered by Rock Dimensions help participating campers understand and develop the skills they need to become great climbers. Then, expert instructors take them out and show them how to tackle real rock.
These small group programs offer supervised adventures led by expert climbers who are ready to help young enthusiasts accomplish something new and great.
CLIMBING ADVENTURE CAMP
Offered in four different sessions — June 22-26, July 6-10, July 20-24, Aug. 3-7 — the Climbing Adventure Camp offers a five-day experience for climbers approximately 8-16 years old with little to no experience. The adventure camps will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, and campers will enjoy learning and participating in rock climbing, rappelling and caving, as well as taking on the ropes/challenge course and the climbing tower.
At $475 per camper, this program includes a Rock Dimensions T-shirt and will take participants to the RD Discovery Course in Blowing Rock, to Worley’s Cave in Bluff City, Tennessee, to the Linville Gorge/Wilson Creek in the Pisgah National Forest and to other local climbing spots in the Boone area.
Camp day prices are pro-rated so that parents are not required to commit to the full five-day camp if it interferes with their schedules.
For details and parent information, read more online about the Climbing Adventure Camp.
INTERMEDIATE CLIMBING CAMP
The Intermediate Climbing Camp takes the adventure to new heights for young climbers with a little more experience. For ages 11 and older, this camp is offered in two five-day sessions — July 13-17 and July 27-31— at $500 per camper and includes a free Rock Dimensions T-shirt.
Following a progression of skills and featuring more individualized instruction, the intermediate camp teaches top-roping, traditional single-pitch, multi-pitch, bouldering and sport climbing, and it’s perfect for campers who have completed the Climbing Adventure Camp in the past. Working closely with expert instructors, the campers will learn on the climbing tower, at Linville Gorge and the Table Rock area of the Pisgah National Forest and other local climbing areas near Boone.
Camp sessions take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Camp day prices are pro-rated so that parents are not required to commit to the full five-day camp if it interferes with their schedules.
For details and parent information, read more online about the Intermediate Climbing Camp.
Camps are offered based on age and level of experience, but Allen said there’s always enough diversity among participants that campers often make new friends as they’re learning to climb.
“To some extent, it’s nice to be around someone your age. But if they’re signing up for this camp, they like being outdoors,” Allen said. “Boy or girl, older or younger, they’re going to have something in common with each other.”
Allen noted that the programs draw campers who are local as well as young climbers who are in the High Country for the summer, allows the kids to meet people they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to know.
Overall, Allen said that climbing camps are great for young people because they offer adventure and confidence-building activities.
“They’re learning something important. They get to tie their own knots — of course we check behind them, but they’re proud of that,” Allen said. “They can tell they’re going to get better when they’re climbing and they enjoy learning knew skills.”
Read more about the camps online through the Rock Dimensions website, call a climbing expert at 828-265-3544 or stop by their new storefront on Depot Street for more information.
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