Third Grade fall expedition

Mary Frances's class:
Monday-Tuesday, October 1-2
Paige's class:
Thursday-Friday, October 4-5

Departure timing (Monday for Mary Frances's class; Thursday for Paige's class)

  • 8 am arrival on campus
  • 8:15 am departure from ACDS plaza
  • 8:45 am departure from Basalt Town Park (NOT 7Eleven)
  • 9 am departure from Cowen Center in Carbondale

Return timing (Tuesday for Mary Frances's class; Friday for Paige's class)

  • 2:05 pm return to Cowen Center in Carbondale
  • 2:20 pm return to Basalt Town Park (NOT 7Eleven)
  • 3 pm return to campus 

For their fall expedition, the Third Graders will be rock climbing near Rifle. Outdoor Education program director Collette Newell leads this trip with the Third Grade teachers. Also accompanying this trip is a certified climbing guide along with our own Middle School assistants – one or two older students who have been selected as role models. Aspen Country Day students take two trips per year on their journey through the grades at ACDS, and each trip deepens their understanding of the school’s core values: character, respect, responsibility, community, and perseverance.

Outdoor Education is an integral part of our curriculum, and all students are expected to participate. There is no provision for students to remain on campus while their class is away. The cost of this trip is included in the annual comprehensive activities fee.

Objectives for the trip
  • refine camping skills
  • learn to set up and take down a tent
  • learn safe climbing skills
  • learn a variety of climbing knots
  • develop trust and communication as a group
 Packing list

 personal equipment

    • hiking boots - waterproofed & broken in
    • tennis shoes or Tevas
    • sleeping bag with stuff sack
    • sleeping pad (best are the ridged foam kind that don't need to be inflated)
    • lightweight day pack
    • wide-mouthed plastic water bottle (1 qt. Nalgene-style)
    • 1 small sunscreen
    • 1 chapstick
    • toothbrush & travel-size toothpaste
    • 1 biking or skateboard helmet if you have one
    • small comb or brush
    • sunglasses
    • headlamp or small flashlight

personal clothing (pack in a plastic bag inside the pack)

    • 1 wool (50% +) or polypro long-sleeved undershirt
    • 1 turtleneck or t-shirt 
    • 1 hiking shorts
    • 1 pair of pants
    • 2 underwear
    • warm jacket (down or ski jacket)
    • visor, crushable hat, OR baseball cap
    • 1 pair lightweight gloves
    • 1 wool hat
    • 1 bathing suit
    • rain jacket & rain pants
    • 2 heavy wool socks
    • 1 heavy wool or fleece sweater
    • 1 long underwear

Students should pack ONE LUNCH and also SNACKS FOR TWO DAYS. All other meals are provided. Absolutely NO CANDY, please. If your child has specific dietary restrictions or requirements, please contact

Packing in a backpack
Starting in Third Grade, students bring all their gear in backpacks. All items should be packed in the backpack, then brought to the trip in a heavy-duty trash bag to keep it all dry. This is to help the students learn to pack a backpack properly, a skill they will need for future trips. Sleeping bag and pad can be strapped firmly to the outside of the pack. There is no need to purchase a new backpack; if a student needs one, the school has some available to borrow. If you need to borrow a pack, please email

NO ELECTRONICS, please, except a headlamp: this means no cell phones, no iPods or iPads, games, etc. NO sunglasses or glasses with video capabilities, NO smart watches. Only regular or Rx sunglasses and regular watches. "Radio silence" and a chance to unplug are important aspects of the Outdoor Ed experience. Photos from the trips will be posted shortly after return for parents and children to share.

ACDS Outdoor Education operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest


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Phone: 970.925.1909
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