BRAINSTORM TECH KID’S PROGRAM
July 22-24, 2010
Thursday, July 22
GROUP 1 (6-12 YEAR OLDS)
ROCK CLIMBING ADVENTURE
If you're into rock climbing (or yearning to give it a try), this trip needs no description! Our trained guides will begin by teaching you the basics, including knots, belaying, communication, and climbing, and focus on developing your confidence on moderate rock. Following the instruction period, you will have the chance to participate in an easy, guided climb geared to your ability level. Our goal is for you to have success in your climb. Snacks and water will be provided.
What Should You Wear? Running pants or sweats, T-shirt (short-sleeved topped with a long-sleeved version), and a lightweight wind- and water-resistant jacket on top. Climbing shoes will be provided.
What Should You Bring? Bring your own pack if you have one, camera, sunglasses and sunscreen, and a visor or hat.
GROUP 2 (12 YEAR OLDS AND UP)
SINGLETRACK MOUNTAIN BIKING
If you already know how to ride a bike, this is an opportunity to have fun and improve your skills on off-road and single-track terrain. We’ll start with the basics on easy terrain—balance, terrain absorption, proper body movements to clear obstacles, braking skills, focus on the trail ahead—then we’ll head out on a single-track ride geared to the group’s skills, with instructors as the guides. Snacks and water will be provided.
What Should You Wear? If the weather is sunny and warm, shorts or biking shorts are recommended, T-shirt, and tennis or bike shoes. On wet days, rain jackets are provided.
What Should You Bring? Camera, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended. All equipment, including bikes, helmets, and bike pack, are provided.
SUNSET DINNER AT THE BURLINGAME CABIN
Better than summer camp! This evening will begin with a fun, four-wheel drive from the Aspen Meadows up to Cooney Glade on Snowmass Mountain. From this point you can see the mountains all the way to Independence Pass and down to Carbondale—more than 50 miles of clear view. It’s the perfect spot for a “team” photo! Back at historic Burlingame Cabin, we’ll enjoy a BBQ dinner and great music around a roaring campfire with s’mores and starry skies. Optional activities may include: archery, on-mountain Frisbee golf, hikes, or rides up to the cabin by horseback.
What Should You Wear? Casual clothes such as jeans, T-shirt, sweatshirt or light jacket. Closed shoes and socks.
Friday, July 23
ALL GROUPS FOR ALL-DAY ADVENTURE
Just 40 miles northwest of Aspen is a town right out of the Old West—the historic town of Glenwood Springs: former home of the Ute Indians, legendary final resting place of “Doc” Holiday (dentist, gunfighter, and gambler in the Old West), and playground of President Roosevelt during hunting trips. You’ll visit Glenwood Springs, which has spectacular formations called fairy caves created by underground hot springs and pressure from the movement of Tectonic plates. Experienced tours guides will show you these well-lit and well-ventilated underground formations, which we will approach via a short gondola ride to the cave entrance. Included will be tickets to enjoy exciting rides on top of Iron Mountain: the Alpine Coaster, Giant Swing, 4D Ride Theater, Laser Tag, Bungee Trampolines, Giant Maze, or Climbing Wall. We’ll eat a deli box lunch at Two Rivers Park alongside the Colorado River.
RIVER RAFTING ON THE COLORADO
Your next adventure is a river-rafting trip on the Colorado River, known as the “big river” in the valley that empties into the Sea of Cortez. This trip, which takes place on the section nestled in the deep gorge of beautiful Glenwood Canyon, boasts excellent Class III whitewater, followed by Class II and I waters that offer a stunning and scenic relaxing float within the steep majestic canyon walls. Younger children will enter the rafts after the first set of larger rapids. You must be over 50 pounds and able to swim in order to complete all sections.
GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS POOL
Time for snacks and a dip in this naturally heated pool the length of a football field and divided into various sections for lounging, swimming, and diving. Four tickets for the high-speed slide are included. As we head home, we’ll stop for dinner at Colorado’s own Beau Jo’s pizza.
What Should You Wear? CAVERNS: Long pants, a sweatshirt or light jacket, and good walking shoes! The temperature inside the mine is about 50 degrees all year round. RAFTING AND POOL: Bathing suit, bring a towel and change of clothes. DINNER: You can wear your clothes from the morning or bring extras. The bus will be locked so you store your stuff while you’re out having fun!
Saturday, July 24
OPTION 1 (ALL AGES)
FISHING AT MOON RUN RANCH
Moon Run is a beautiful working horse ranch in the shadow of Mt. Daly that provides a scenic out-of-Aspen venue for kids’ fishing programs. Aspen Fly-fishing has stocked a safe, shallow farm pond with eager rainbow trout. Children of any age will reel in these feisty fish with lightweight “spin” tackle. This type of fishing is easy and will be enjoyed by all. All equipment is provided and no one but the guide ever has to touch a fly (unless you want to)! Fishing on Snowmass Mountain is also a possibility.
What Should You Wear? On warm, sunny days we recommend shorts, T-shirt, and an athletic shoe. We provide rain jackets on wet days.
What Should You Bring? We provide all of your equipment. Sunglasses, a baseball cap, and sunscreen are recommended.
OPTION 2 (ALL AGES)
JEEP ADVENTURE TO COMPROMISE MINE
We’ll start the day with a short trip to the ghost town of Ashcroft to see where silver mining began. Next, we’ll jeep up Aspen Mountain to the Compromise Mine, one of the largest and richest silver mines in the Aspen Mining District. This mine is also the only one on the mountain currently being worked.
After putting on a hardhat and slicker, we’ll board 18”-gauge railway cars and ride into the mine behind an electric locomotive. Once inside the mine, you will see both old and new workings as well as some of the world’s largest open underground chambers created by the removal of ore, called a stope. Our tour guides are experienced local miners who work at the Compromise. We’ll finish the morning with a jeep ride to the top of Aspen Mountain and come down the back side, where many smaller mine sites are still visible.
What Should You Wear? On warm, sunny days we recommend shorts or jeans and T-shirt. Bring a light jacket or sweatshirt. The temperature in the mine is around 54 degrees. We provide rain jackets on wet days.
What Should You Bring? Sunglasses, a baseball cap and sunscreen are recommended. There will be many places to take exceptional photos so bring your camera and lots of memory space on your disk!