Explorer Camp, Grades 5 – 8
New for 2017: The Explorer Camp will be Monday through Friday. The first camp will be Tuesday through Friday due to Memorial day.
Explorer Camp is perfect for riders who want to check out new singletrack, tackle longer rides and build on their mountain biking fundamentals in a fun and supportive environment. During Explorer Camp riders will gain the skills to progress to intermediate and then advanced trails with super awesome coaches. Some trail riding experience is required; it is recommended that young riders participate in at least one Junior Camp prior to moving up to Explorer Camp.
Riders will meet at trailheads all over the Front Range, like Marshal Mesa, Betasso, Hiel, and at the SMBA office. Please check your conformation for drop off and pick up locations.
Monday – Friday 8:30am-3:30pm $399 Early Bird $424 after May 1
1. May 30-June 2 (Tue.-Fri.) No ride on Memorial Day **$349 Early Bird $374 after May 1**
2. June 5-9
3. June 12-16
4. June 19-23
5. June 26-30
6. July 10-14
7. July 17-21
8. July 24-28
9. July 31-August 4
10. August 7-11
Monday– The week starts off with Flatirons Vista, a SMBA favorite. This trail has something for everyone including mellow meadow crossings, challenging climbs, and winding descents through the trees. Riders will have the chance to review and learn new skills.
Tuesday – Betasso boasts 2 super fun loops and epic descents. Each rider will get to explore this beautiful forest, tackle short technical sections. During the spring, while the run off is high, riders will be picked up at the Betasso trailhead. Once the water levels have gone down riders will ride down and meet back at the SMBA office.
Wednesday – Riders will head to Heil Valley Ranch to challenge their technical skills while exploring the meadows and forests.
Thursday– Eagle trail adds some fun challenging climbs and descents as the riders work their way out to the Boulder Reservoir for a little stand up paddle board adventure.
Friday – To wrap up the week, Explorer Camp riders will meet at the SMBA office and hop in the van and head of to far away trails like Mud Lake, Sugar Magnolia, Lair o the Bear and more. Strap on your seat belts because there is endless singletrack fun to be had. Riders will explore fields of aspens, ride around lakes, forge streams and climb mountains.
To insure a safe and pleasant day of cycling, please be sure that your child’s bike is in good working condition. Please visit Tin Shed Sports for a free safety check. Other local shops provide safety checks for a nominal fee.
- Mountain bike
- Weather appropriate clothing
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy shoes
- Backpack or hydration pack to carry the following while riding: *each group will be having snack and lunch out on the trail. All items that a rider wishes to have with them for the day must fit in there backpack.
- Rain jacket/Layers
- Spare tube (check the tube size and valve type)
- Lunch and Snacks
Nutritious Items that hold up on the trail include:
Nut butters, jerky, apples, oranges, energy bars, dried fruit, nuts, string cheese, hummus, pretzels, cold pizza, burritos, carrots, celery, radishes, sugar snap peas, sliced bell peppers, and sandwiches.
Most dairy products (e.g. yogurt, milk, soft cheese), fragile fruit (e.g. bananas, strawberries, grapes), sodas, mayonnaise, and high sugar snacks. SMBA does not allow athletes to consume caffeine at SMBA practices, races or camps.
Drop Off: At drop off there will be a coach there to great you, as well as, other campers being dropped off. Riders are asked to arrive on time and check in with their coach. This is a great time to speak with the coach about any allergies, medical issues or concerns you may have. Please make sure that your athlete is prepared for the day before leaving. This includes: Bike, shoes, helmet, tube, small bike tool, water and food. After everyone has been checked in, the athletes will then go with their coach for the day, do introductions and do their bike safety checks.
Ride Time: Following a bike safety check and introduction games the ride will begin. Each day will be new and different and each trail will present a new challenge and adventure. Riders will focus on descending, climbing, cornering, balance and bike maintenance, all while finding new corners of the forest to explore. Each day is a one of a kind adventure.
Snack and Lunch: Fuel is important for a successful adventure. Riders and coaches will take water breaks often and stop for several snacks and lunch while out on the trail.
Pick Up: Athletes will be picked up at the SMBA office after each day (3:30pm). If a group will be late we will do our best to notify parents and guardians as soon as possible. Please allow for a small time window as ride lengths can vary. At the end of the day coaches will be present to assist with questions and to let parents/guardians know if any issues arose during the day. Parents are encouraged to speak with the coaches about their child’s progress.
Q: What happens if I have a kid in 2 different programs and the drop off locations are different but at the same time?
A: Please let both coaches know and we can arrange a late drop off or help you look for a carpool with another family.