My Side of the Mountain (overnight)

Join us for ACES’ unique mountain survival class for expert adventurers-in-training! Inspired by Jean Craighead George's fictional masterpiece My Side of the Mountain, this class will recreate the adventures of Sam Gribley with an Aspen twist. Participants will have an introductory day at Hallam Lake on Monday, and then set out on an outdoor adventure to a remote area from Tuesday through Friday. Camp will be set up with the comforts of sleeping bags and tents for the week. However, the group will also be challenged to build and spend a night in basic shelter, forage for food, and practice bow-drill fires to truly experience living off the land! This camp will also include group discussions and personal reflections regarding being one with your local environment. 

Leave no trace principles and teamwork will guide us on many planned and spontaneous adventures. This course is led by experienced ACES educators and geared towards middle schoolers who want to challenge themselves and expand their backcountry skill set. The lead instructor of the course will contact participants a week prior to the adventure to help organize the expedition and answer any questions. 
Prerequisite: Participants must have prior camping experience and should feel comfortable living in the outdoor environment for the week. 

Overnight Details:
Monday: 9:30am – 3:30pm at Hallam Lake
Tuesday: Meet at Hallam Lake at 10am with all your camping gear
Friday: Return to Hallam Lake at 12pm.

Scholarship & Camp Information

What To Bring:

Pack a backpack with snack, lunch, reusable water bottle, rain jacket, warm layer, change of clothes, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Please remember to label everything. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toed shoes - no open-toe sandals! Optional- closed-toed shoes/sandles for water exploration. Please leave electronics, candy, and toys at home.

How To Get There:

Please walk, bike, bus, or carpool to ACES at Hallam Lake whenever possible! Parking is extremely limited and alternate transportation is fun and saves the planet.

BIKE BOARD CHALLENGE: Fill out a Bike Board Card and add a sticker every time you come to Hallam Lake in something other than your own car. Bike Board participants are entered to win great prizes all summer long including local gift certificates, bike accessories, and more. 

PARKING LOT: Limited parking is available for Hallam Lake visitors only. Please park efficiently. Drop-off overflow parking for Hallam Lake programs is available in the West End (2 hour free parking) with an easy walk down the stairs to the center. We are an IDLE FREE community. 


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Next Date:

Monday, July 27 - 9:30am to Friday, July 31 - 3:30pm


Non-member price:
Member price:


5th , 6th , 7th and 8th

Spots Available:

  • Class maximum: 10
  • Spots available: 1
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