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Rock Climbing Trips

Canoe and Rock Climb Combo

Grades 8–11

Campers get an excellent taste of both wilderness canoeing and rock climbing on this combined trip. Trail groups split their time between canoeing through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and climbing at Seagull Palisade as they learn new skills for both types of wilderness adventures.

Backpack and Rock Climb Combo

Grades 9–12

While backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail, campers climb at sites such as Palisade Head, Shovel Point, and Mystical Mountain.

Basic climbing knowledge is helpful but not required.


Grades 7–8

Our youngest climbers, Rockers, learn basic climbing techniques and safety protocols at Camp St. Croix’s climbing facilities. Midway through their week Rockers take part in a two-night camping trip to Taylors Falls for some classic outdoor top-rope climbing.


Grades 8–9

Cliffhangers similarly begin with safety training at the camp before hitting the trail for the crags of Devil’s Lake State Park. All of our outdoor climbing is facilitated by our amazing partners Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures.


Tier 1 | Grades 7–9

Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development is an outdoor education program designed to develop cultural competency and leadership skills in young men and women through challenging outdoor activities. Our climbing expeditions provide an opportunity for teens from different economic, ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds to build leadership, communication, and decision-making skills using the wilderness as our classroom.

Two young ladies at a climbing course

Making adventure more accessible

The YMCA offers need-based financial assistance to help people access the programs that are important to them.

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