First Ascent

Instilling lifelong leadership skills in youth

First Ascent Application Deadline: May 29, 2015
Student Counselor Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

Each year, First Ascent brings together students from north-western Colorado region and CMC Service areas. The free, five-day residential program takes place at Colorado Mountain College on the Leadville campus. First Ascent is designed to help young adults from various social and economic backgrounds develop leadership skills and confidence.

During the program, students engage in outdoor physical activities such as rock climbing (including climbing Mt. Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado), rafting and hiking. Students will complete a challenge course designed to teach and develop:

  • Team-building
  • Empowerment
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consensus building

In addition to outdoor activities, academic subjects such as environmental science, land and water conservation and orienteering are introduced.

Evening sessions bring students together to explore their postsecondary career options using the elements of leadership they have just learned.


Sample First Ascent Schedule

Sunday

Check In
Dinner
Getting To Know Each Other/Groups Form
Program and campus orientation; schedule of activities; camp rules and guidelines
Curfew / Lights out

Monday

Breakfast
Low Elements/Team Building Activities
Tour of CMC
Lunch
Low Elements/Team Building Activitiess
Dinner
Rock climbing & safety orientation
Leadership Group Work/Activities
Curfew / Lights out

Tuesday

Breakfast
Depart campus for rock climbing site
Rock Climbing and leadership group activities
Gear check-­‐in and cleanup
Lunch
Low ropes activities
Dinner
Down time
Group Activity
Trekking and mountain orientation: safety, weather, and equipment
Pack & check individual gear for mountain climb!
Curfew / Lights out

Wednesday

Sack Breakfast on vans. Depart campus for trailhead to Mt.Elbert
Arrive at trailhead and begin ascent
Picnic lunch at or near the top
Begin descent
Arrive back at trailhead and leave for campus
Individual check-­‐ins
Arrive back at campus/Dinner BBQ
Group meetings
Talent Show
Curfew / Lights out

Thursday

Breakfast
Students prepare checkout, celebration banquet, slide show, and awards ceremony
Celebration & Checkout
Depart

For more information regarding First Ascent, please contact:

Yesenia Arreola
yarreola@coloradomtn.edu
970-947-8357

Paul Edwards
pedwards@coloradomtn.edu

970-947-8329

Anahi Araiza
maaraiza@coloradomtn.edu
970-947-8390