The New Horizon Climbing Program is the result of a merger between the old Horizon Club and the Telluride Academy, Telluride’s beloved non-profit youth organization which provides outdoor and travel adventure for kids of all ages. Climbing programs are set to begin at the Telluride Middle/High School’s indoor climbing wall next week (Sept. 12).
“In the summer months, the Academy does exactly what the Horizon Climbing Club does during the school year,” explains Elaine Demas, executive director of the Telluride Academy. “For the Academy it’s a win-win. We get to continue to work with local kids throughout the school year and help keep this amazing program alive. We couldn’t be happier.”
As Demas explains, back in the spring Horizon Board President Lance Waring approached the Academy about the possibility of merging Horizon Programming into the Telluride Academy. The Horizon Club was experiencing a major transition in their climbing staff, so the Horizon Board took the opportunity to evaluate the long-term goals of their organization.
“In addition to investigating ways to strengthen their programming they also looked at the possibility of capitalizing on some economies of scale that might exist through a merger,” says Demas. “We were honored they came to us and immediately launched into a due diligence period where it was quickly determined that it all made total sense” to bring the Horizon Club’s programming under the Telluride Academy umbrella.
As a Telluride Academy program, the New Horizon Climbing Program will continue to use the Telluride Middle/High School climbing wall free of cost from the School District, enabling the Academy to keep pricing affordable for local students. Pricing will remain the same, at $15 per class or $185 for the full six-week session, and includes use of all climbing gear, coaching, as well as a season pass for the climbing wall’s open gym.
The goal of the merger with Horizon is to provide some administrative support, Demas explains, but the organization doesn’t plan to change much about the Horizon Club, “only make it stronger and perhaps add a few more overnight climbing adventures,” Demas says.
Programming will begin on September 12, and will be offered to children in grades 1-3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 5 p.m. (students will be escorted from the Elementary School to the climbing gym daily.) Grades 4-8 will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays,also from 3:15-5 p.m. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.
In both programs, students will learn to tie basic climbing knots, act as part of a belayer/climber team, and master climbing commands and communication. A normal meeting will involve fun climbing games, roped climbing, and bouldering. No previous climbing experience is necessary.
As always, financial aid is available for all local families who qualify. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a tuition assistance application. To register and/or for more detailed information visit www.tellurideacademy.org.