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Mountaineering Weekend

Family adventurers save the date! YMCA of the Rockies will hold its 4th annual Mountaineering Weekend on February 14 – 17, 2020.

Book Your Accommodation for Mountaineering Weekend Here! Or call us at 888-613-9622.

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.

Special Guests:

Tommy Caldwell

Tommy Caldwell is a father, husband, professional rock climber and environmental activist from Estes Park, Colorado. Tommy is widely recognized for his cutting-edge and record-breaking ascents on the seemingly impossible granite walls of Yosemite Valley. In 2015, for 19 days Tommy and Kevin Jorgeson climbed 3,000 feet up the Dawn Wall, a blank face on Yosemite’s monolithic El Capitan and the hardest big-wall rock climb in the world. Their story was covered by every major news outlet, including The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, ABC, CNN and ESPN. A 2018 award-winning film, The Dawn Wall, was based on their accomplishment, and the feat even caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who remarked, “You remind us that anything is possible.” Tommy has also established the most free climbing routes on El Capitan. Most recently, Tommy and climbing partner Alex Honnold broke the two-hour speed barrier on the 3,000-foot Nose route of El Capitan.

From his childhood in the mountains of Colorado to a professional life spent climbing in wild places around the world, Tommy’s connection to nature has always been deeply personal and offered him an up-close and unique view of the threats facing our wild places. He has been published in multiple media outlets, and his memoir, The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits, is a New York Times best seller. He is currently a Global Sport Activist® ambassador for the outdoor clothing company Patagonia, inspiring climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts to fight to protect the one and only planet we call home.

Quinn Brett
Mountaineering Weekend is pleased to welcome Alpine Climber Quinn Brett as one of our guest speakers. Quinn Brett sought to travel and climb mountains throughout the world, reveling in the freedom of movement but also advocating for safe keeping of these special places.  She worked as a climbing ranger Rocky Mountain National Park, technical rescuer and first responder.  This intimate work within public lands also opened opportunities to spread a need for stewardship within the recreational community.  October 2017 she took a big fall while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park, causing paralysis below the navel.  Her drive to cover long distances over technically complex terrain continues, so does her advocacy and adventure love for wild spaces.

Mountaineering Weekend Highlights: 
The Mountaineering Weekend features educational sessions on winter survival tips and mountaineering skills, guided snowshoe hikes & winter ecology explorations in RMNP, a dog sled presentation,  ice climbing demonstrations, and much more!

Children will enjoy cosmic climbing, s’mores and 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 weekend activities, booking link coming soon! Day passes for guests staying off-grounds are also available for $25 per person, per day.

YMCA’s Super Value rates are valid for lodge rooms and value rates for private cabins. Guests can participate in the weekend for as low as $109 per night for a lodge room or $164 per night for a two-bedroom cabin.

2020 Tentative Schedule: 

For a printable schedule click here!

Friday, February 14

5:45 PM        Cosmic Climbing*               Mountain Center

6:00 PM       Munchies & Mountains       Sweet Memorial

7:00 PM       Cosmic Climbing*               Mountain Center


Saturday, February 15

8:00 AM       Yoga                                Mountain Center

9:30 AM       Snow Caves                      Mountain Center

11:00 AM     Broomball & Ice Skating      Dorsey Pond

1:00 PM       Dog Sledding Presentation  Mountain Center

3:30 PM       Glacier Creek Hike              Mountain Center

7:00 PM       Keynote Speaker, Tommy Caldwell  Hempel Auditorium

Sunday, February 16

8:00 AM       Yoga                                Mountain Center

9:30 AM       Ice Anchors                       Mountain Center

11:00 AM     Sledding                           Sweet Memorial

1:00 PM       Magnificent Mountain Women Mountain Center

3:30 PM       Winter Navigation              Mountain Center

7:00 PM       Keynote Speaker, Quinn Brett        Hempel Auditorium


Monday, February 17

8:00 AM       Emerald Lake Hike*           Mountain Center

*Must register in advance




COSMIC CLIMBING: Get decked out in your blacklight reflective clothing and head down to the Mountain Center for a stellar night of glow-in-the-dark climbing! Participants must be at least 5 years old. No previous climbing experience required! Must register in advance. $10/participant.

MUNCHIES & MOUNTAINS: Kick off your weekend at Sweet Memorial from 6-8 PM! Relax by the fireplace and roast a s’more, chat with other mountaineering enthusiasts, enjoy refreshments, and watch the film Mountains (showing at 7 PM) featuring breathtaking imagery and thought-provoking narration that takes viewers to the summits of some of the world’s most amazing mountains.

YOGA: Get a relaxing start to your day by joining instructor Laura Collins for a morning flow. This class will be great for beginners but adaptable for all skill levels. Mats will be provided.

SNOW CAVES: Too cool! Join Joe Pullen as he shows you how to build, set, and maintain your very own snow cave! Be prepared to be outside!

BROOMBALL & ICE SKATING: Broomball is a fun ice sport similar to hockey! Skates are not allowed during play, please wear winter boots. If Broomball isn’t your thing, grab ice skates from Sweet Memorial, meet us down at Dorsey Pond, and enjoy ice skating instead!

DOG SLEDDING PRESENTATION: Diane Lane of Loveland, Colorado will present and discuss the history of dog sledding and how it has evolved to the sport it is today. The presentation includes behind the scenes information and interactions with some of the mushers of both the grueling Yokon Quest and the Iditarod races, the equipment used, and care of the dog teams that take place in these events.

GLACIER CREEK HIKE: The perfect hike for families! Join our skilled hikemasters for a 2 mile hike on YMCA property along our beautiful Glacier Creek.

BINGO & TRIVIA: Unwind with BINGO (6 PM) and Mountaineering Trivia (7 PM). Games will be family-friendly and prizes will be up for grabs!

ICE ANCHORS: Join YMCA employee and former Alaskan glacier guide, Joe Pullen, for a hands-on session learning about ice climbing, building ice anchors, and examining the equipment ice climbers use. Check out a real ice wall! Be prepared to be outside!

SLEDDING: A limited number of sleds will be available to check out from Sweet Memorial, or bring your own! Then head over to the sledding hill located just up the hill from Dorsey Pond for a slippin’ good time!

MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN WOMEN: Jan Robertson, author of Magnificent Mountain Women, will discuss the evolution of females in the Colorado mountains, while sharing photos on an original slide projector. Jan will also have copies of her book for sale and will be happy to sign copies!

WINTER ORIENTEERING: This activity will start with a lesson on how to use a map and compass. Then, get outside and practice your skills on our orienteering challenge course! All ages welcome, however this class will be most engaging for adults and children 9+.

EMERALD LAKE HIKE: Join the YMCA of the Rockies Hikemasters on an enjoyable, introductory snowshoe hike to Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. This 3.6 mile hike will take you past the beautiful Nymph and Dream Lakes to the stunning lake in Tyndall Gorge.

(schedule subject to change)


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There continues to be no threat to the YMCA of the Rockies property at this time, but you will see smoke in the distance from the Cameron Peak Fire. The YMCA is in contact with our local fire officials and will send updates if this status changes. Road closures in our area are changing frequently due to firefighting efforts, please check to plan your travel route. Learn more about the fire at