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Mountaineering Weekend

January 13, 2023

A family-friendly introduction to the outdoors! 

Family adventurers save the date! YMCA of the Rockies will hold its 8th annual Mountaineering Weekend on February 18 – 19, 2023.

Recently named “Best Family Resort in America” by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards, YMCA of the Rockies is located on 800+ acres with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, providing the perfect landscape for outdoor enthusiasts and their families (and dogs) to explore mountaineering. Whether it’s your first time out, or your family has camped in national parks many times, this special event has excursions for every level.

Book Lodging 

Book cabins from 2 - 5 bedrooms or hotel-style lodge rooms online here. 

Mountaineering Weekend Highlights: 

The 8th Annual mountaineering weekend helps further the YMCA of the Rockies' mission to introduce individuals and families to the outdoors. We offer unique programming options that help orient guests in the mountains year-round.

This year, Parker McMullen Bushman will be the keynote speaker. Parker was voted one of the top 20 most influential people in the outdoor industry in 2022 by Outside and is a dynamic speaker and facilitator with a passion for equity and inclusion in outdoor spaces.

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Mountaineering Weekend features educational sessions on winter survival tips and mountaineering skills, guided snowshoe hikes & winter ecology explorations in RMNP, ice climbing demonstrations, and much more! Regular YMCA of the Rockies programs will be running throughout the weekend, providing a great opportunity to check out the Craft and Design Center, rent some ice skates (weather depending), or take a dip in the indoor pool.
All Mountaineering Weekend activities are free for guests staying in lodge rooms or cabins. Booking & advanced registration is required for some weekend activities, booking links coming soon! Day passes for guests staying off-grounds are also available for $29 per person, per day.

2023 Schedule 

All weekend - Exlpore the Ice Cave, Winter Mountaineering Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, February 18

  • 8am Guided Hike to Emerald Lake*
  • 9am Intro to Snowshoeing*
  • 10:30am Survival Bracelets, Sweet Memorial
  • 12:30pm Snowflake Wonders, Sweet Memorial
  • 1:30pm Survival, Sweet Memorial
  • 4:15pm Junior Survival, Sweet Memorial
  • 4pm Keynote Speaker: Parker McMullen Bushman, Hempel Auditorium

Sunday, February 19

  • 9am- 11am walk, meet & greet with Parker McMullen Bushman*
  • 10:45am Knots, Sweet Memorial
  • 1pm Winter Ecology and Snow Science, Moraine Park Loop Hike*
  • 1pm Hike to Hidden Falls*
  • 4pm Fire Quest, Sweet Memorial

*Advanced sign-up required. Sign up for activites here

Assigned Categories: Estes Park Center, Events

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