ADVENTURE PROGRAMS AND EDUCATION (APE)

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7093 Specker Ave, Bldg. 2429  

Monday- Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Hours may vary due to programming.

 

Contact Us

(719) 526-5176 (Trevor)
(719) 526-5198 (Carleton)

(719) 526-3907 (Tara)

 

• Indoor rock climbing wall: 28’ tall and 43’ wide!

• Expert advice & assistance
• Instruction courses and clinics
• Affordable prices
• Climbing certifications
• Youth adventure programs
• Team building programs

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Adventure Programs and Education

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Fort Carson Adventure

Programs and Education

Adventure Programs and Education

 

It's all about fun, it goes without saying. Our larger goal is to teach the skills necessary to make good decisions for yourself, so you can enjoy the wilderness for a lifetime.

 

Our programs are structured with the highest regard for safety, while offering quality instruction and preservation of the environment and striving to stay number one in the jungle of customer service.

 

Customizing programs for YOUR needs:

Adventure Programs & Education offers a broad range of trips and instructional courses for everyone, but maybe the dates printed below just don’t fit your calendar.

 

If you have your own group and would like to schedule a private trip, just call us. We do customized trips! 

 

Get out and explore your summer and fall season in a new way!

 

*All dates and prices and subject to change.

 

 

 

YOUTH PROGRAMS

 

Summer Youth Adventure Camp

(Ages 11-16) 

A.P.E. Adventure camps provide kids with high quality in-depth instruction in a variety of outdoor adventure activities. This weeklong series of “day trips” include activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, inflatable kayaking, and white-water rafting. This is a week the kids will never forget! 

 

Dates: July 29- Aug. 1

Time: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $210/person 

 

 

 

KAYAKING

 
Kayak Pool Session 

Learn all about the equipment, basic paddling skills and the kayak roll, all in the comfort of the heated indoor pool. All equipment is supplied. 

 

Dates: Aug. 1, 14, Sep. 4, 12

Cost: $20 (1st time), $15 (repeat)

Time: 5-8:30 p.m. 

 

NEW! White Water Kayak Day Trip 

(Mandatory Prerequisite: Kayak Pool Session)

This program begins with the basics of Kayaking that you were taught during the pool session. Now we will put that to use on the Arkansas River. While on the river you will learn to read water and respond to the currents. 

 

Dates: Aug. 16

Time: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $40 per person 

 

Kayak Weekend 

Start out with a pool session then head out on a class I-II section of river working on all your new skills. We will camp Saturday evening on the river. Sunday we will move onto class II-III whitewater working on intermediate skills. 

 

Dates: Sept. 4,6,7

Times: Thu. (5-8:30 p.m.), Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $150 per person 

 

 

 

RAFTING

 

Whitewater Rafting 

Enjoy a fun and wild ride through Big Horn Sheep Canyon on the mighty Arkansas River. You will be a key element as your guide calls out commands and steers you through Colorado’s most classic rapids. No experience is necessary (individuals must be able to swim and weigh a minimum of 60 lbs). Spots fill up quickly, so reserve your trip today! Price includes lunch! 

 

Dates: Now through Aug. 10 Time: Fri.-Sun. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $50/person, $47/person (5 or more)

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAFTING

 

Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting 

If you want to go big, join us on this trip. We’ll descend into the rough rapids of the Royal Gorge (individuals must be able to swim aggressively, weigh at least 100 lbs and be 16+ years of age). Spots fill up quickly, so reserve your trip today! Price includes lunch! 

 

Dates: Aug. 10,23

Time: 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Cost: $90/person /

 

 

 

NEW! Family Full Day

Want a full day on the water with the family? Whitewater rapids, swimming, splashing, and play are the emphasis on this full day excursion on the Arkansas River. NO experience necessary (individuals must be able to swim, weight a minimum of 60 lbs. and be 8+ years old). 

 

Dates: Aug. 6 

Time: 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Cost: $75/person, $55/person under 14, includes lunch

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MOUNTAIN BIKING

 

How to Mountain Bike 

Make the transition from just riding around to mountain biking. Come join our instructors one evening after work. Learn to ride over obstacles, climb, descend, and turning in the rough stuff. This course starts easy and moves through tougher terrain. 

 

Weekday Dates: Aug. 13

Weekday Time: 5-8 p.m.

Weekend Dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 25 

Weekend Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $15, includes bike rental 

 

Bicycle Maintenance Class 

No matter what kind of bike you have, it needs to be maintained. You’ll learn how to change tires, fix flats, adjust brakes, set the derailleur, and true wheels. We have all the tools you need, Just bring your bike. 

 

Dates: Sept. 10

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15/person 

 

NEW! Park Tool School 

An intermediate 8-hour course over 3 evening sessions and is taken from the Park Tool School curriculum. Our instructors will teach you to tune and maintain your mountain or road bike. 

 

Dates: July 16, 23, 30 (must attend all classes)

Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Cost: $50/person 

 

Pike’s Peak Downhill 

Check out the best views atop Pike’s Peak, then glide on your bike down the Pike’s Peak Highway with our instructors. This trip includes a ride to the top of the mountain, and van support the whole ride down, bike rental, and instruction. 

 

Dates: TBA

Cost: $59/person 

 

CLIMBING

 

Climbing Wall Orientation 

Intro to knots, belay techniques and climbing communication. Certify to climb the indoor climbing wall at the Outdoor Rec. Center & Iron Horse PFC. 

 

Dates: Tues. at Iron Horse Gym and Thurs. at Outdoor Rec. (Except Holidays)

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20/person 

 

Outdoor Rock Instruction 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation) 

Join the APE guides into the realm of the vertical world! You will be introduced to basic body movements and route selection and safety around the rocks.

 

Dates: Aug. 17; Sept. 27; Oct. 18.

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: $60/person 

 

 

New Mexico Climbing Weekend (Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation) 

Discover the climbing area of Sugarite Canyon. This area has great single pitch climbing and beautiful scenic camping. 

 

Dates: Sep. 12-14

Times: Fri.-Sun. 5-7 p.m.

Cost: $150/person 

 

 

LONGBOARDING
 

Kota Longboarding Betties

Just for the ladies...learn how to longboard with a Kota Longboard Instructor! Longboards, protective gear and a great time will be provided. Sign up at ITR at the Outdoor Recreation Complex.

 

Date: Aug. 23

Times: 1-3 p.m.

Cost: FREE