Rock and River

Credit: Brad Christensen

Rock and River

Climb, paddle, and grow your leadership skills

Push yourself to lead as you learn two unique skills: whitewater paddling and rock climbing. On this course you’ll explore the Green River’s Desolation Canyon and the crags of Wyoming. Read the turns of a river as you paddle a raft or kayak through a rapid. Deepen your knowledge of local ecology as you float through winding canyon walls. Practice reading the rock of a steep new crag and learn the skills of safe climbing. No matter your skill level in climbing or paddling when you begin, you’ll find plenty of things to learn on this course.

In addition to wilderness skills, you will focus on gaining leadership experience. Navigating a rapid becomes a lesson in teamwork. Pushing yourself to try a new rock climb becomes a lesson in self awareness and working toward goals. Each day will offer you new opportunities to find out what your leadership style is and use it to support your team. By the end of this course, you’ll walk away with experiences that have prepared you to be a leader in school, your community, and beyond.



2020 Dates

June 11 – July 10, 2020

Tuition: $6,735

July 13 – Aug. 11, 2020

Tuition: $6,735


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30 days

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

6 College Credits
  • 2 Risk Assessment
  • 4 Skills Practicum

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

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Vernal, Utah / Lander, Wyoming

Fly in/out

Vernal, Utah / Casper, Wyoming

Skills learned


Rock Climbing

Whitewater Kayaking

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What Our Grads Say

“On a night just over a week into the course, it was announced we would need out headlamps and sleeping bags. We set off from the river bank towards the canyon walls. We followed switchbacks up a harrowing climb. We laid out our bags, gazed at the stars, and spent the night. I was five feet from the edge in every direction, but I slept better that night than I ever have.” 

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