Colorado Mountain College Begins Accepting Applications for Free Outdoor Youth Leadership Course



Corbin Finley of Breckenridge is pictured in 2019 while climbing as part of Colorado Mountain College’s First Ascent youth outdoor course.
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The First Ascent Youth Leadership Program is now accepting applications for its free, multi-day course held at the Leadville campus of Colorado Mountain College.

The program has been on hiatus for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but First Ascent will be fully operational again this summer. The course will run from June 19-24 and is aimed at students who have completed grades eight and nine in spring 2022.

The program gives students the opportunity to develop and learn leadership skills – such as problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and communication – while climbing, hiking on Mount Elbert and rafting on the Arkansas River.

First Ascent will accept 35 students who show potential to be leaders. Counselors and staff are former graduates of the program, and students who complete the program will have the opportunity to return to work as staff in future summers. All students will live in residence halls on the Leadville campus of Colorado Mountain College.

Applicants have until April 22 to apply. Potential participants will need recommendations from a counselor, teacher or other adult to be considered.

Those interested in applying to the program can contact Carolyn Larsen, First Ascent Program Manager, at [email protected] or visit

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