Multi Sport Rafting, Climbing, Hiking
The Sixth Grade heads to Western Colorado for a challenging and exciting multisport adventure. Activities include whitewater rafting, rock climbing, canyoneering, rappelling, and hiking. It is a great way for the Sixth Graders to learn and practice many new skills in an “outside the box” environment. As always, our Outdoor Ed expedition fosters development of the school’s five core values: character, respect, responsibility, community, and perseverance.
Sixth Graders will learn the “hard skills” of camping, cooking, bouldering, desert ecology, map and compass skills, geology, history of the area, spring constellations, and more. Students will build on rock climbing skills previously introduced in Third Grade, and have their first school organized overnight whitewater rafting trip. Students also develop their “soft skills” in team-building and cooperation, bringing these important lessons back to the classroom after this landmark trip.
- A two-day whitewater rafting trip on the Ruby Horsethief section of the Colorado River
- Exploring the desert landscape in springtime
- Bouldering, climbing, rappelling, and canyoneering in Unaweep Canyon
Sample packing list
Complete instructions, packing lists, and staffing details arrive via ParentSquare shortly before each trip. At least one certified Wilderness First Responder accompanies every expedition. NOLS Risk Services of the National Outdoor Leadership School has recently completed a comprehensive analysis of policies and procedures for the Outdoor Education program at Aspen Country Day School. This program operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.