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

Fort Carson Adventure

Programs and Education

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Spring Photography Series

 

Grab your SLR and learn some new skills in our 3-part series photography class. Get ready to capture the breathtaking views at Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Canyon. Learn the basics of photo manipulation using photoshop and iPhoto from an expert at the Outdoor Recreation Center.

 

Dates: April 16, 30; May 7

Time: 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Cost: $10 per class or $25 for all three

 

GoPro Photography Course

 

Move beyond the helmet cam and selfie stick and get a new perspective on devices from the action sports experts at Fort Carson. Learn how to capture quality videos and pictures as well as editing, media storage and media sharing. Go Pros available or bring your own.

 

Dates: July 14; Oct. 7

Time: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

 

 

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

 

Full Moon Hike

 

Experience Colorado Springs trails by the light of the full moon. Please bring your own flashlight or headlamp. No sign-up required. Trip meets at the Outdoor Recreation Complex.

 

Dates: July 2, 30

Time: 7 p.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: FREE

 

Halloween Trick or Treat Climb

 

Bring the young ones out for an afternoon of climbing and candy at the Alpine Tower Complex. Children can climb in their Halloween costumes and seek out the sweet taste of success! Call 526-5366 to pre-register or stop

by the Outdoor Recreation Complex, Bldg. 2429. Climb moves indoor to the climbing wall in the event of inclement weather.

 

Date: Oct. 29

Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Cost: $1

 

 

SKI & SNOWBOARD

 

Ski & Snowboard in the Summer

 

Cool off this summer by spending the day on snow-filled Rocky Mountain slopes. Trip heads towards scenic Arapahoe Basin.

 

Date: June 14

Time: 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $65 (Includes lift ticket &

transportation)

 

Winter Ski & Snowboard Expo

 

Purchase season passes and get information from Colorado ski resort representatives. Get free samples, win prizes, start renting winter sports equipment, or buy the latest ski and

snowboard gear from our retail store. Parcticipate in Gear Swap: Bring old

gear in during the week prior to the Expo & make some money.

 

Date: Nov. 7

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: FREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrior Adventure Quest Programs

If you have come home from deployment in the last 120 days, have your company inquire about our free Warrior Adventure Quest programs. For more information, please contact Erin Johnson at erin.johnson5@us.army.mil or 719-526-5176.

 

Alternative PT Programs

Want to try something new during PT Time? Have a representative from your platoon contact us about PT Climbs or PT Kayak.

 

 

 

Adventure Programs and Education

 

Adventure Programs and Education teaches the necessary skills for good decision-making in the great outdoors. Programs are structured with the highest regard for customer service, safety and preservation of the environment.

 

Adventure Programs & Education offers a broad range of trips and instructional courses. Call to schedule private trips,

special group excursions or have us create a custom program

that’s just right for you.

 

*All dates and prices and subject to change.

 

 

 

WHITE WATER RAFTING

 

White Water Rafting at Big Horn

Sheep Canyon

 

Enjoy a fun and wild ride through Big Horn Sheep Canyon on the mighty Arkansas River. You role is key as your guide calls out commands and steers you through some of Colorado’s most classic rapids. No experience is

necessary (individuals must be able to swim, weigh a minimum of 60 lbs., and be at least 8 years old). 12 spots available. Reserve your trip today!

 

Dates: May 30 – Aug. 9; Fridays,

Saturdays or Sundays.

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

Cost: $50 per person or $47 per

person for groups of 5 or more.

(Includes lunch)

 

Royal Gorge White Water Rafting

 

Join us on this Big Horn Sheep rafting trip, and ride the rapids of the Royal Gorge. (Individuals must be able to swim aggressively, weigh 100 pounds, and be 16+ years of age.). 12 spots

available. Reserve your trip today!

 

Date: July 19

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

Cost: $90 per person. (Includes lunch)

 

Family Full Day Raft Trip

 

Whitewater rapids, swimming, splashing, and play are the emphasis on this full day excursion on the Arkansas River. Journey twice the

distance of our regular raft trip! No experience necessary (Individuals must be able to swim, weigh a minimum of 60 lbs., and be 8+ years old).

 

Dates: July 18, Aug. 1

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

Cost: $70 per person, $50 for ages

8-14. (Includes lunch)

 

Overnight Raft Trip

 

Experience exhilarating whitewater and sleep under the stars in Brown’s Canyon that night. This section of the Arkansas River is one of the most scenic runs in Colorado. There’s nothing like whitewater, camping, having fun with friends, and getting away from it all while on the river!

 

Dates: June 27-28; July 4-5; July 25-26

Time: Saturday 8 a.m. – Sunday 5 p.m.

Cost: $155 per person

 

 

 

KAYAKING

 

Kayak Pool Session

 

Gain critical equipment knowledge, basic paddling skills, and the kayak roll, all in the comfort of a heated indoor pool. Master these skills and get ready for moving water. Class meets at Outdoor Recreation. All equipment

supplied!

 

Dates: April 23; May 7; June 4, 18, 25;

July 9, 23; Aug. 13; Sept. 3

Time: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

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

 

White Water Kayak Day Trips

 

(Mandatory Prerequisite Kayak Pool

Session)

Put your Pool Session skills to work on a Day Trip down the Arkansas River, learning to read and respond to the river’s current. Class meets at Outdoor Recreation.

 

Dates: June 27; July 25; Aug. 15

Time: 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: $40

 

Kayaking Weekend

 

(Mandatory Prerequisite Kayak Pool Session)

Start Saturday kayaking Class I-II sections of the river andspend the night under the stars. Begin Sunday morning on an intermediate Class II-III section of whitewater learning to read and respond to the river’s current. Class

meets at Outdoor Recreation.

 

Dates: Sept. 5-6

Time: Thurs. 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Sat. 7:30 a.m.–Sun. 5 p.m.

Cost: $150

 

Inflatable Kayaking

 

Learn about river safety and enjoy a day in the sun while exploring a class I-II section of the river. No experience necessary. Individuals must be 14 or older, must be able to swim and weigh a minimum of 100 lbs.

 

Dates: July 12; Aug. 8, 29; Sept. 4

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $40

ROCK CLIMBING

 

Climbing Wall Orientation

 

This class provides certification to climb the indoor climbing walls located at the Outdoor Recreation Center & Iron Horse Gym. Knots,

belay techniques and climbing communication are covered in this introductory lesson.

 

Dates: Tuesdays at Iron Horse Gym &

Thursdays at Outdoor Recreation

Time: 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20

 

Outdoor Rock

 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation)

Learn the skills to start climbing on your own. These full-day courses cover technical aspects of climbing, like basic anchors, route cleaning,

rappelling, and beginner lead climbing.

 

Dates: June 13; July 11; Aug. 22; Sept. 26

Time: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cost: $50

 

Evening in the Garden

 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing

Wall Orientation)

Experience a “Purple Mountains Majesty” during Colorado twilight hours. Evening rock climbing class meets at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.

 

Dates: June 10, 24; July 8; July 22 (Make-up Rain Date)

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

Cost: $35

 

Morning in the Garden

 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing

Wall Orientation)

Experience a morning rock climbing adventure and ascend the rock formations in Garden of the Gods. Class meets at Garden of the Gods

Visitor Center. 

 

Dates: April 18; May 9; Oct. 10

Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: $35

 

11 Mile Canyon Climbing Weekend

 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing

Wall Orientation)

Explore 11 Mile Canyon’s granite walls under the instruction of local climbing experts. Class focuses on traditional climbing skills, anchors and placing protection.

 

Dates: July 25-26

Time: Sat. 7 a.m.-Sun. 7 p.m.

Cost: $160

 

New Mexico Climbing Weekend

 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing

Wall Orientation)

Enjoy Sugarite Canyon’s scenic camping areas and explore a variety of single pitch climbing routes during this weekend of adventure!

 

Dates: Sept. 11-13

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

Cost: $160

 

Shelf Road Climbing Weekend

 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing

Wall Orientation)

Enjoy the spring weather and climb multiple routes at one of America’s premier sport climbing crags. Over 800 routes to choose from.

 

Dates: April 24-26

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

Cost: $150

 

 

 

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: Apr. 22, May 6

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

Cost: $10, includes bike rental 

 

How to Mountain Bike

 

Make the transition to mountain biking! Learn to ride over obstacles, climb, descend and turn in rough terrain.

 

Weekday Dates: June 23; July 21; Aug. 7

Weekend Dates: Sept. 5, 26; Oct. 17

Weekday Time: 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Weekend Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Cost: $15 includes bike rental

 

Park Tool School

 

Taken from the Park Tool School curriculum, this intermediate 8-hour course takes place over 3

evening sessions. Class includes the official “Big Blue Book of Bicycle Maintenance” by Park Tool.

 

Dates: Apr. 21, 28; May 5; Aug. 12,

19, 26

Time: 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Cost: $65 for all three dates

 

Park Tool School: New Rider

Maintenance

 

Learn to work on your own bike using official Park Tool curriculum. Class covers tire repair, bike cleaning, shifting/braking adjustments and

identifying issues that require professional services.

 

Dates: July 15; Sept. 9

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

Cost: $15