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Camp Donner Summit

About Camp Donner Summit

Operating since: 2006

Camps for ages 4-17

More About Camp Donner Summit

Now in our 14th Season. This summer, have amazing adventures on Donner Summit! We offer three weeks of Adventure Camp, an all-around adventure camp, three weeks of Climbing Camp, and two weeks of Mountain Biking Camp.


Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp is the place to be for summertime fun! Give your kids the opportunity of a lifetime, participating in adventures from rock climbing, mountain biking and swimming to learning about the natural history of the area and more with Gateway Mountain Center's professional instructors. Whatever your child’s skill level is, our experienced guides meet them where they are to build new skills and confidence each day.  Learning how to access spectacular mountain terrain is a formative experience that gives them a lifetime all access pass to connect with the wild places still left on our beautiful big blue planet. Our guides are First Aid/CPR certified and fully background checked.

Ages: 4-15

Week 1: 7/12 - 7/16 

Week 2: 7/19 - 7/23

Week 3: 7/26 - 7/30

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Climbing Camp

We offer personalized instruction within a supportive group setting. Climbers will learn the safety fundamentals: belaying, anchoring and rappelling; while honing their technique with world-class movement coaching! Many of our expert, credentialed guides are world class mountaineers with first ascents or world records. These are overnight camps; we lodge at the historic Oakland Ski Club on Donner Summit. The camaraderie, games and evening storytelling are classic. Enjoy BIG SUMMER DAYS of climbing, swimming in alpine lakes, and shooting the rapids of the “Truckee” on our whitewater rafting rest day. Whether you’ve never climbed outside the gym or you are a real-rock master, this camp will enhance your climbing techniques on cracks, slabs and steep faces. Our guides are First Aid/CPR and AMGA certified and fully background checked.

Ages: 10-17, Max: 20 participants

Donner Summit Climbing Camp 1 Sunday, 6/20 to Friday 6/25 $1,100

Donner Summit Climbing Camp 2 Sunday, 7/25 to Friday 7/30 $1,100

Eastside Sierra Climbing Camp 1 Sunday, 8/1 to Friday 8/6 $1,250

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Mountain Biking Camp

Experience all that Truckee has to offer mountain bikers: Trails, Truckee Bike Park, Northstar and white water rafting on the Truckee River.

We offer personalized instruction from expert, credentialed guides within a supportive group setting. Newer bikers learn fundamental skills of bike control; while experienced riders push their limits and learn advanced biking techniques. Video analysis is included. We will explore the Truckee Bike Park, classic Truckee trail rides, including the new Big Chief Trail and lift-served downhill riding at Northstar. Many of our guides are world class bikers. These are overnight camps; we lodge at the historic Oakland Ski Club on Donner Summit. The camaraderie, games and evening storytelling are classic. Enjoy BIG SUMMER DAYS of mountain biking, swimming in alpine lakes, and shooting the rapids of the Truckee River on our whitewater rafting rest day.

Ages: 12-17, Max: 20 participants

Mountain Bike Camp 1: Sunday, 6/20 – Friday, 6/25

Mountain Bike Camp 2: Sunday, 7/25 – Friday 7/30

Cost: $1,250

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Camps are operated under permit from the Tahoe National Forest.

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