Youth Outdoor Programs

This years Outdoor Youth Leadership Program (OLYP) is currently accepting Applications.

If interested, you can apply by calling 970.641.7612 or Email Emily Mirza:

our purpose 

The purpose of the Guide in Training Program is to provide an unparalleled skills and leadership
development opportunity for highly motivated high school juniors and seniors. The program is based
in Crested Butte, Colorado. A truly unique and authentic mountain town in the heart of the Rock
Mountains. Crested Butte is also the home of Irwin Guides, a global guide service that provides
world-class experiences for adventurers of all ages. 

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Program Design

The Guide in Training will gain knowledge and skills in each of the listed areas below so as to teach/lead others and will be trained in Wilderness First Aid & CPR.

Core Skills
Whitewater Paddling
Rock Climbing 

Integrated Curriculum
Natural History 
Cultural History 

Sample One-Week Itinerary
Day 1:    Welcome, gear check, first aid, CPR & camp setup.
Day 2:   Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Slate River.
Day 3:   Rafting and inflatable kayaking on the Gunnison River. 
Day 4:   Advanced rafting and inflatable kayaking on the Taylor River.
Day 5:    Rock Climbing: knots, belying, rappelling and climbing techniques.
Day 6:    Alpine Mountaineering, Guides Ridge Route, Mt. Crested Butte.
Day 7:    Peak Climb/Snow Ascent, closing ceremonies and graduation

Choice Pass 2021- Avalanche Safety Course 

2 days 
Parents welcome 
$80 per person 

You will discover:  
• How to make decisions in the backcountry, manage avalanche hazards, ask ‘what if…’, and practice avalanche rescue using our personal rescue gear. 
• How to read our daily local avalanche forecast and apply our observations to avoid the avalanche problems. 
• Practice reading maps and learn how to use tools to assess slope angles, while discussing how to avoid potentially dangerous terrain. 
• Practice what we learn by getting out into the backcountry and we will definitely make some fun turns in the snow!!

Please contact Emily Mirza or the IG Office with questions or to register. 

You can also register HERE online 
*to avoid booking fees online, please call the IG office to book over the phone*

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