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    NOLS Southwest Rock Climbing

    NOLS Southwest Rock Climbing


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: United States
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Credit Awarded: High School, College
    • Program Length: Two Weeks
    • Start Month: January, November
    • Category: Outdoor Adventure
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Other, Tents
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
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    You’re hungry for new challenges and ready to push the edges of your comfort zone. On this course, rock climbing will be your challenge, whether you’re a beginner or starting with years of experience. Head to Arizona’s Cochise Stronghold, an area renowned for its climbing and unique desert environment.

    You’ll start with the basics of climbing, including movement on rock and getting to know the equipment. As you gain competence, you’ll progress to more advanced skills like gear placement, multi-pitch climbing, and vertical rescue. After hard days of climbing, you’ll enjoy meeting up at your group’s base camp to cook dinner, share stories from the day, and absorb the quiet of the desert. This area is also rich in local ecology and human history for you to explore. You’ll see desert wildlife in its natural environment and visit historic sites that may contain artifacts and pictographs.

    In addition to climbing skills, you’ll also focus on growing as a leader. Setting climbing goals becomes a lesson in self-leadership, while living in a small community becomes your opportunity to work on skills like communication. On other days, you may focus on assessing risk and developing judgment to make decisions. From these experiences, you’ll develop your own leadership style. By the end of this course, you’ll have the leadership and outdoor skills to prepare you for a lifetime of climbing and exploring the outdoors.