Terbush memorial summit

What is the summit

The Summit is a professional-level instructor training and assessment program designed for collegiate based outdoor program instructors, coordinators and managers. It is a skills-intensive program where participants will be trained to institutional standards in one of the following areas: Alpine Mountaineering, Multi-Pitch Rock Instruction or Single-Pitch Rock Instruction. Interwoven into the skills training are the principles of servant leadership in memory of Peter Terbush. The Summit is an affordable program with a competitive selection process based on demonstrated skill and leadership. 

The Summit memorializes Peter Terbush who died a hero in Yosemite Valley on June 13th, 1999. Peter's last act was to save the life of his friend and climbing partner by maintaining a proper belay in the face of a rock slide that took his life. The Summit is a living memorial of Peter. The Summit takes its primary mission from Peter's life: it is through service to others that we realize our full potential as leaders. It is impossible to describe the power of the Summit experience. It is among the most unique programs available anywhere in the world today. Each year we receive applications from around the country from student leaders and program administrators looking to hone their skills. The Summit staff and Western are committed to the safety and quality of this program along with maintaining affordability for the participants. Our goal is to instill in Summit participants Peter's passion for the mountains, his enthusiasm for climbing, and his incredible service to others. You can read about Peter in Climbing Magazine's November, 2014 Issue


Summit Applications must include: 
Non-refundable $25.00 application fee made payable to Western State Colorado University Completed Application Form 
Professional Resume 
Experience Log including most recent relevant experience. 
Current email address and phone number 

Submit your application by April 15th to: 
Christie Hicks 
Wilderness Pursuits Manager 
Western State Colorado University 
120 University Center 
600 N. Adams Street 
Gunnison, Colorado 81231 

Participants will be notified of their selection via email by May 1st. 

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