Mountaineering and Rock Climbing

Mountaineering trips are expanding wilderness adventures with the goal of summiting a technical peak. Since Youth Dynamics began in the shadow of the great peaks of the North Cascades, Mountaineering has been a major part of our ministry. Your mountaineering trip will be led by experienced and professional guides who have chosen an objective and route suitable for the teams’ abilities and goals. We guarantee your experience will challenge and push your team to new heights.

Rock Climbing is one of the most fun ways you can explore your physical and mental limits. Your rock climbing day will be planned around your groups’ goals, and desire for exposure to difficulty. All climbing days will be planned and organized by trained and certified staff with a focus on safety and crafting the right experience.

Icicle Canyon: Rock Climbing

The Icicle Canyon is a world-renowned rock climbing area. Rock climbing is well suited for the beginner who will get the opportunity to climb tall granite faces springing up out of the forest. Getting to the top of your route will reward you with amazing views of the surrounding mountains, and the sounds of the gentle breeze and creek in the valley below.

  • Age: 11+
  • Season: April – August
  • Length: Full-day, multi-day
  • Group Size: 20
  • Cost: varies

Frenchman Couliee: Rock Climbing

When the snow is flying in the mountains the Frenchman Couliee climbing area outside of Vantage is the place we go. The climbs are steep and highly featured with abundant hand and footholds. The desert rock climbing area can have the feeling of an outdoor rock gym with the added benefit of being in a beautiful setting.

  • Age: 11+
  • Season: Late fall – Early Spring
  • Length: Full-day, multi-day
  • Group Size: 10
  • Cost: varies

High Mountain Summits

The Cascades are known for their stratovolcanoes. These enormous peaks dominate the landscapes around them, and many provide the perfect introduction to true mountain climbing. Youth Dynamics has been taking groups up mountains like Glacier Peak & Mt. Baker since the 80s. These peaks are a major challenge but provide a major reward.

  • Age: 15+
  • Season: Midsummer
  • Length: 4+ days
  • Group Size: 9
  • Cost: varies

Adventure Summits

While the big volcanoes get all the attention, the North Cascades are also known for their smaller backcountry peaks. These smaller peaks offer a pure wilderness expedition feel. The climbing objective may be smaller, but the overall experience can not be compared to anything else. For more details please inquire.

  • Age: 15+
  • Season: Midsummer
  • Length: 3+ days
  • Group Size: 9
  • Cost: varies

Who can come on a mountaineering trip?

Mountaineering trips are for all people aged 15 and up. This is due to the need for each rope team to be as safe as possible. Anyone within this age range is welcome to participate. Most physical limitations and fitness levels can be accommodated with careful planning and good teamwork.

How hard will the trip be?

There is no way around it, mountaineering is hard work. For many, summiting a cascade volcano will be the most difficult challenge they have ever faced. Between elevation, heavy packs, and a lot of marching up, a climb on any of the cascade volcanoes will push most anyone to their limits. The difficulty is what makes this worthwhile. Although greater physical fitness is certainly helpful, a strong and determined mind willing to push deep is the real strength needed, this is something we all possess and the reason we think anyone can climb the big mountains.

How many people can come?

Group size on Mountaineering trips tops out at 9. On our mountain trips, we run a 3:1 participant guide ratio to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

How cold will it get?

The mountains in the summertime can be very pleasant. Daytime temperatures are often very comfortable with only a long sleeve shirt and pants. Once night falls or a storm blows in the weather can change fast. It is not unheard of for snow to fall high on the mountain in the summertime. We will make sure everyone is prepared for whatever conditions we will encounter.

What do I need to bring?

A trip equipment list will be sent to you the month before our start date. That being said Youth Dynamics is able to provide all essential clothing and gear needed. The guides will check all participant’s clothing and equipment before hitting the mountain to ensure everyone has everything needed.

Will we make it to the summit?

We can never guarantee the outcome of any climbing trip. We will do our best to provide the opportunity for our team to reach the summit but ultimately it is down to the team and the weather. If a determined team is matched with a good weather window then chances for success are great.

I’ve never been climbing before, can I still participate?

Of course, you can. Mountaineering experience is not necessary at all. This is a fully guided trip designed to allow you to just participate. The guides will cover all the logistics and decision-making. The participants can focus on their experience and what God may be doing in them.

What will we eat?

Backcountry food can make or break a trip. It is a challenge to find food that is nutritionally diverse, light, packable, and tasty. We try to always pack more food than necessary so participants are never hungry. Warm meals are eating for breakfast and dinner with generous snacking opportunities. Examples of some meals include breakfast burritos and chicken-tator casserole.  We also are very prepared to accommodate any food allergies or dietary needs you may have.

Is rock climbing safe, really?

Of all the activities we guide rock climbing ranks among the safest options we can offer. This is because we can control all of the risks and variables to a higher extent than almost any other wilderness activity. For many rock climbing may feel like the scariest adventure they do. In reality, our guides create an opportunity to experience something fear-inducing but are objectively is completely danger-free.

Who can participate?

Our guided rock days are a wonderful option for anyone. We have sites that are suited to those who have never touched stone before and options designed to challenge anyone. We are also able to accommodate accessibility needs so please ask about how we can craft this experience to be best for you.

How should we prepare for our day?

All that’s needed is for you to be ready with fully enclosed shoes, clothing suited for the weather, and a water bottle. Everything else we will provide and all the coaching will take place on-site.

What if it rains?

Most of our climbing takes place in the icicle canyon which is known for its stable weather. Often the rain is very gentle and a welcome relief from the hot sun. If the rain is bad enough to justify a reschedule we will try our best to accommodate this

Our staff will equip and provide the essentials for your experience (e.g. gear, food, equipment, training, insurance) and will work with your group leader for programming and other logistical needs. In addition, our staff will provide the technical and professional skills needed to provide a safe and life-changing adventure.

Our goal is to assist you in providing a memorable experience for your group that has the opportunity to be life-transforming. Whether you are trying to create unity in your church youth group or build community in your school, group home, or youth-related organization—we are with you!

Let’s adventure together!

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