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Ahlberg Gear House
CLOSED: Block Break
Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym
Bike and Ski Co-op
CLOSED: Block Break
What we do
Since Colorado College was founded in 1874, outdoor recreation and education have been an integral part of the College’s identity. With the distinguishing combination of the Block Plan paired with the physical location of CC, students are given the opportunity to take their educational experience and their love for the outdoors to new levels. As student populations diversify the traditional definitions and identities of Colorado College’s rich outdoor history continually evolve, creating new and significant outdoor experiences for everyone.
Today, the Outdoor Education Department at Colorado College runs more trips than most other programs in the nation. Starting with the Priddy Experience, which takes over 500 incoming students, outside on a service based trip to help them become acquainted with the culture of CC and introduce them to the environment of the Southwest before classes begins. Outdoor Education hold over three dozen workshops and trainings, ranging from Climbing Safety to Whitewater Rescue to Outdoor Leadership Trainings. Finally, Outdoor Education provides opportunities for students of all backgrounds to get outside during the school year. Student led day hikes, weekend and block break camping trips, and extended break backpacking trips all combine to form the backbone of our program.
Join Outdoor Education at one of our Facilities!
The Ahlberg Gear House is the hub for outdoor equipment rentals. The Gear House offers discounted rentals for all the gear students need to get outside. It also offers free rentals on necessities like clothing and hiking boots
The Bike and Ski COOP is the center for bike on ski repair for the campus community. Students can bring in bikes and learn how to repair them from our qualified staff. Students can also bring in their skis and use the COOP's tools and wax to tune them.
The Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym is CC's on campus climbing wall. At just under 30 feet, with tons of top rope routes and bouldering problems, the gym provides a space for experts to fine tune their skills and beginners to get started climbing! The gym also offers Morning Climbs, Women's Identifying Only Climbing, and clinics to teach you everything you need to know
Director of Outdoor Education
Outdoor Education & Ritt Kellogg
Memorial Fund Coordinator