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.

Activities include:

Sample packing list

in a backpack (no rolling suitcases or duffles)

warm hat for evening
rain gear (waterproof pants AND jacket with hood)
warm jacket
shirt for hiking (not cotton; tech or smartwool-type fabrics are best)
fleece pants for around camp
fleece jacket or pullover
gloves or mittens
socks (3 pair)
1 pair sneakers
1 pair Teva/Keen-type water sandals (no flip-flops)
bathing suit & small towel
sleeping bag with waterproof stuff sack (small and compact)
non-inflatable sleeping pad (best are the ridged foam kind that don’t need to be inflated)
toothbrush & travel-size toothpaste
headlamp or small flashlight (NO other electronics, please)
plastic camping bowl, cup, and spoon

in a daypack

ONE lunch for the first day*
FOUR days of snacks, non-perishable*
TWO 1-qt. wide-mouthed water bottles (Nalgene-style, full)
hat with visor (very important for the sun)
lip protection with SPF

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.