Explore the American West and Patagonia through rock climbing and hands-on conservation work with the High Mountain Institute.


Our climbing and conservation semester is an amazing opportunity to advance your climbing skills toward independence while participating in real-world conservation work in the areas you visit. 

  • Develop and practice beginner to advanced skills in sport, traditional, and multi-pitch climbing at world-class destinations.
  • Summit iconic sandstone towers and remote alpine walls, while also working toward your own personal goals.
  • Learn to comfortably live, travel, and rock climb in the wilderness and international destinations.
  • Investigate pressing conservation issues in partnership with land managers and environmental organizations to protect and restore these wild places.
  • Travel with a group of 8-12 students and 3 faculty committed to a community of shared responsibility, making lifelong friendships while advancing your leadership and communication skills.

Cost and Session Information

Dates: September 21 - December 9, 2019

Cost: $15,300

Related Listings

High Mountain Institute: HMI Semester

Leadville, CO  -   School
Teenlife search request icon Teenlife search request icon
The HMI Semester is an academic and wilderness semester school for motivated college-bound juniors. HMI is akin to a college study abroad program, but for ... (more)
Show More

Participant Reviews

Write a Review

This program hasn't been reviewed yet. Write the first review!

Participant Reviews

Write a Review

This program hasn't been reviewed yet. Write the first review!

Request More Information

Close Icon

Want More Information about High Mountain Institute Gap: Climbing and Conservation in Patagonia and the American West?

Your request will be sent directly to High Mountain Institute.

I am a:
By submitting this form I confirm that I am at least 13 years of age and give my consent to be contacted by High Mountain Institute by email as well as by phone and/or mail (if provided).