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.

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