Rock and River Quest

Enjoy rock climbing, whitewater rafting and backpacking!


Entering Grades 9th – 10th | Dates: July 26 – August 7, 2024

From Yosemite’s granite peaks to the thrilling American River, this Quest is full of adrenaline-packed adventure! We start by learning how to rock climb from professional guides in the Eastern Sierras before embarking on a two-night backpacking trip into the backcountry where Questers learn the ins and outs of camping in the Sierras. Then we take a turn to the American River for a fun-filled whitewater rafting trip. This trip is action-packed for anyone seeking adventure in Yosemite’s playground.

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Sample Itinerary

*2024 Rock and River Quest starts on a Friday and ends on a Wednesday, but follows this same general itinerary

Day Activities
Sunday Meet Quest leaders and fellow Questers in the Bay Area and head to the mountains! Make camp and get to know the group around the campfire.
Monday Take a day hike to a picturesque view or swimming spot and continue getting to know the group.
Tuesday to Thursday Learn rock-climbing from the pros! This two-day clinic will teach the group how to climb, belay, repel and more from the scenic granite of the Eastern Sierras.
Friday to Sunday Experience nature’s peace while leaving civilization behind. Backpacking in the High Sierras brings the group together, learning to support each other and conquering new challenges together. Carry all the food, clothing and equipment needed for the next three days on our backs. Sleep under the stars and take in the views of granite domes, snow-capped mountains and clear mountain streams. Wilderness leaders will teach the group everything necessary to be safe and have fun on this backcountry adventure.
Monday Happy to be back in the van, knowing hot showers are ahead! Laundry and grocery shopping recharge the group and supplies. Explore Gold Country.
Tuesday to Wednesday Hold on tight! This splash-filled adventure features two days of whitewater rafting down the American River through class 2 and 3 rapids. From camp along the river’s edge, the group roasts marshmallows over the campfire, watches wildlife and celebrates the past two weeks with an awesome final banquet.
Thursday Head back to the Bay Area, where it all began. Time to say “see you again” to your new friends and reunite with family!


A Glimpse Into Rock and River Quest

Check out a behind the scenes peek into a recent Rock and River Quest in this blog post.

Campers hiking on the Rock and River quest

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