Mountaineering Weekend - Estes Park Center
YMCA of the Rockies
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Mountaineering Weekend

Family adventurers save the date! YMCA of the Rockies will hold its 4th annual  Mountaineering Weekend on February 15-18, 2019.

 Book Now to Reserve Your Spot. You can also give us a call at 888-613-9622 to make your cabin or lodge room reservation.

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.

In 2019, we will welcome guest speakers Ricardo Peña, mountain guide and professional musician, and Ulyana Horodyskyj, scientist and mountaineer, are embarking on a journey to finish climbing the 155 summits described above. Ricardo has already done 126 of them but still needs to summit Mt. Everest, Vinson Massif in Antarctica and 29 other peaks. Ulyana will be joining Ricardo on as many of the remaining summits as possible while also attempting to complete the full list of 155 peaks as logistics and finances allow.

The Mountaineering Weekend features educational sessions on winter survival tips and mountaineering skills (learn about avalanche awareness, beacon rescue searches, orienteering and the best first aid for backcountry), guided snowshoe hikes in RMNP, meet search and rescue dogs and learn from their handlers how they use their keen skills located missing hikers, participate in relaxing and rejuvenating yoga classes, explore a snow cave and attend a sled-dog presentation while meeting the pups!

All Mountaineering Weekend activities are fun and engaging for all ages! 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 scale up the new indoor climbing wall.

All Mountaineering Weekend activities are free for guests staying in lodge rooms or cabins. Booking & advanced registration is required for weekend activities through this link. You can also give us a call at 888-613-9622 to make your cabin or lodge room reservation. 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 $84 per night for a lodge room or $159 per night for a two-bedroom cabin.

Click Here for Full Schedule!

Tentative Schedule: 

Friday, February 15

7:00 PM                 Climbing Kickoff                                   Mountain Center


Saturday, February 16

8:00 AM                 Yoga                                                   Mountain Center

9:30 AM                 Ice Anchors                                          Mountain Center

10:30 AM               Snow Caves                                          Mountain Center

1:00 PM                 Search & Rescue Dog Presentation          Mountain Center

2:15 PM                 Mountain Guardians                               Mountain Center

3:30 PM                 Glacier Creek Hike                                 Mountain Center

7:00 PM                 Keynote Speakers – Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj         Ponder Chapel


Sunday, February 17

7:30 AM                 Boot Camp                                           Longhouse Gym

11:00 AM               Winter Warmth                                 Mountain Center

1:00 PM                 Winter Navigation                                 Mountain Center

3:30 PM                 Rocky Mountain National Park Bus Tour       Meet at Sweet Memorial

7:00 PM                 Keynote Speaker – Ricardo Pena                       Ponder Chapel


Monday, February 18

8:00 AM                 Emerald Lake Hike                                 Mountain Center

(schedule subject to change)


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