We are all climbers in our hearts, whether we scamper across boulders, monkey up trees, or gaze at the tops of cliffs in wide-eyed wonder. This week of adventure will be dedicated to playing above ground. Our first days at the Kroka basecamp will set us to the rhythm of the farm as we care for the animals and pick strawberries. We will rock climb by day and join together in laughter and songs by the campfire at night. At the end of the week, we will journey into the wilderness and set camp at the foot of a tall climbing wall. With boundless opportunities to explore and discover, we will splash in swimming holes, and quest for the most amazing cracks, holds, and chimneys to climb. We will return to basecamp to share our stories and celebrate the joy of climbing rocks!
For students who have completed Climbing Rocks and those with independent climbing experience. Students should be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!
Living in the woods, swimming, crafting, and climbing remote cliffs will fill our lives and strengthen our spirits. The first part of the week will be spent reviewing the basic skills of belay techniques, knot tying, and anchor placement. Then it’s off to the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains where we will continue to advance our technical skills. In addition to top roping and bouldering, students will practice following a leader on multi-pitch sport and traditional climbs up to 5.8. At the culmination of the training we will climb a magnificent 2,500-foot slab with breathtaking views all around. Our climbing expedition will end at the foot of the renowned Hudson River Gorge where we will paddle Kroka’s Russian 4-person catarafts down class III and IV rapids. Climbing is not just a sport: it is a way of life in which we connect with nature and our inner selves. Bring your spirit and determination and challenge yourself to take the next step. You are sure to experience the rewarding feelings of accomplishment, pride, and connection.
Join us for a multi-element challenge of teamwork and trust as we immerse ourselves the world of technical climbing – and learn what to do when things go wrong. We start our week at Kroka Village where we will travel to the local crag to learn about knots and anchors and practice climbing and rappelling. We will study wilderness first aid while preparing for the expedition ahead. With a solid foundation of technical skills, we will set out by foot into the mountains, traveling for several days to a rock face perfect for practice. Here we will set a wilderness a camp at the foot of a cliff and cook delicious meals over the fire. We will fill our days discovering high-angle rescue techniques, pickoffs and haul systems, assists and belays. In the afternoons we will travel to a nearby waterfall to swim and relax in the joys of summer. In addition to strengthening our bodies and making lasting friendships, students will gain a strong technical foundation for a future of climbing or guiding.
Warning: Caving requires a love of tight, dark, wet, muddy spaces as well as a thirst for adventure and discovery of secret places. Students should be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!
There is no adventure sport more secretive and alluring than caving. Hidden deep in the infamous Berkshire Hills are miles of underground passages with hidden entrances off the beaten track. Many of these caves were just discovered within the past 10 years! We begin the week at Kroka Village exploring abandoned mines and practicing vertical rope skills. From here we head west and establish a wilderness camp at the base of Mount Greylock. With map and compass and our traveling gear we will set out each day to explore the region's known caves and search for those that have not yet been found. We will swim in pristine waterfalls, descend into abandoned quarries, and visit natural marble bridges. We will cook delicious meals over the fire, share stories, and learn a wilderness craft. The journey ends with a 3-day expedition to a mountain peak, an exciting day of multi-pitch climbing, and a day-trip through one of the longest and most notorious caves in the Northeast.
Come and play on the rocks! This is an adventurous week of scrambling, bouldering, and climbing designed for young explorers eager to reach the top. Living in our cozy campsite in Kroka Village, we will discover the magical world of rock that surrounds us as we crawl through boulder caves, explore abandoned mines, and climb to the tops of cliffs and trees to get the view of the valley below. Hot summer days are perfect for cliff-jumping into the lake or gliding through the current in a river gorge. Our week is complete with a visit to a tall rock face where we will climb for the first time with ropes and harnesses! Each day we will have time to visit the farm animals, and cook delicious food over the fire.
Don't miss this unique adventure that combines rock climbing and underground exploration! Our expedition begins with a hike to an impressive rock face hidden deep in the woods. After a day and a half of climbing, we will continue on our hike, ending at a spectacular waterfall. Refreshed by plunging into crystal clear pools it is time for caving! We will search the woods for caverns that take us deep into the glittering underground world. As we gain experience, we will scurry through tunnels, wade through underground streams, and witness beautiful rock formations that showcase millions of years of geologic history. To wash off the cave mud, we will spend our afternoons swimming in a mountain river and at our wilderness camp learning to live in harmony with nature. Each day concludes with campfire stories and songs.
Prerequisite: Students should be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!