Summer Programs

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Be a part of elevateHER’s first backpacking clinic for adult women ~ it’s never too late in life to tap into your adventerous spirit and revel in the peace and power of outdoor experiences! Open to women aged 18+, this program is designed to provide participants an introduction to backpacking while building a strong, supportive community in an empowering environment in the beautiful backcountry of Chaffee County. No experience necessary, all food and equipment provided. 3 Days/2 Nights in the beautiful Collegiate Peaks.

July 21st – 23rd, 2021 ~ $475 ~ Fee includes gear and food. Email elevateHER Adventure Director Josie to register.


Participants will learn the basics of backbacking like proper packing, navigation, layering for outdoor comfort and safety, and backcountry cooking – all while enjoying a three day backpacking trip with other adventurous souls! 3 Days/2 Nights in the beautiful Collegiate Peaks.

July 14th – 15th, 2021 ~ $475 ~ Fee includes gear and food. >>> Register here


We’ll travel as a group to Rifle Mountain Park, a world-renowned climbing destination for 3 days of climbing and fun car camping. Participants will build foundational climbing skills such as belaying, climber communication, safety, and top rope techniques. 3 Days/2 Nights. 

June 9th – 11th, 2021 ~ $660 ~ Fee includes gear and food. >>> Register here


During this raft guiding mini-guide school, participants will learn the basics of raft guiding on the Arkansas River, with a focus on river communication, water hydrology, self-rescue and safety, and basic guide strokes. Participants will camp along the Arkansas River outside of beautiful Buena Vista. 3 Days/2 Nights. 

June 23rd – 25th, 2021 ~ $660 ~ Fee includes all gear and food. >>> Register here


empowerHER is our marquee summer program for local girls, which runs for 10 weeks June through August. Programming is broken into three blocks: hiking, rock climbing, and rafting. Each block culminates with an overnight trip utilizing the skills developed in the prior weeks. Teamwork, leadership, and life skills are practiced throughout all activities. The programming capstone will be a 4-day rafting trip on the San Juan River the first week of August (85% attendance required to participate in the capstone). Buena Vista cohort meets Wednesday & Thursday ; Salida cohort meets Monday & Tuesday. Day length varies, but is generally 9:00am-3:30pm. Some Fridays have special programming.

Session starts May 31st and runs through August 6th, 2021 >>> Register here

Fee is based on household income, and ranges from $50-$250.

Fee includes all gear, food, and transportation during the camp.
Scholarships are available for Lake & Chaffee County residents.

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