On Belay Adventure Pods

On Belay Adventure Pods

Let us be your guides this season with On Belay Adventure Pods!

Your kids need time outside in nature away from their screens and with their peers. You need time off from supporting virtual learning to relax and to focus on your life. Join us this season for Gateway Mountain Center’s Adventure Pods!

Who: Youth of all ages / backgrounds
What: Kids will be joined by our fun adventure guides to hike, rock climb, explore nature, do water sports, snow sports, play games, and other social emotional skill development and nature-based therapeutic wellness programming.
Where: Pods will meet up at a central location to start their adventures around the Truckee area and Tahoe Basin such as Donner Summit. As groups are formed, we will cluster pods based on home address and will start programs closer to where families live.
After-School Adventure Pods: Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays 2-6p
Weekend Adventure Pods: Saturdays 9A-2PM
Cost: $75 per session; 5% multi-sibling discount applied automatically; scholarships available (see FAQ)

How to Sign Up: Follow the link below see the sign up options to register. After completing your registration you will be contacted by us to confirm details. You can sign up for as many sessions as you want. When selecting your sessions, make sure to click ahead to future months to see all the available options.

NOTE: To add flexibility to sign ups and give you a chance to try before signing up for the entire season, you have the option select each day you would like to attend in the calendar. If you would like to sign up for more sessions after your initial sign-up, please contact james@sierraexperience.org and we will process your additional days. The current system does not allow you to easily add days after your initial sign up.

Please register no later than 12 o’clock noon the day before a session in order for us to plan and prepare for your youth.

For more information:

James DePew, Sierra Experience Programs Manager
james@sierraexperience.org (530) 308-3098‬

Want to create a custom group?

Are you with a school or youth group that would like to have your own custom group? Do you have a group of friends who just want to go rock climbing every Thursday? Reach out to james@sierraexperience.org and we will make it work. If you already have 5 or more participants lined up, we will work with you to create a custom pod.


How are you monitoring the smoke / air quality?
We use IQAir to evaluate the quality of the air. If the AQI is over 150 we will cancel a session. We will make the determination to cancel the day before based on predictions from IQAir.

What is your refund / cancellation policy?
In the event of unhealthy smoke or inclement weather, families will receive notice 24 hrs before the scheduled programming and will receive 100% refund. If you are unable to attend a program and notify james@sierraexperience.org with more than 24 hrs notice, we will provide a 100% refund for that session. In the event of insufficient signups we reserve the right to cancel and refund pods; we will provide 24 hrs notice.

How do I apply for scholarship?
We are advocates for increasing the equity of access to nature and social support for youth of all backgrounds and are offering scholarships for families in need. If you would like to receive a scholarship to attend this program, please contact james@sierraexperience.org to request a discount code.

What are your COVID Policies?
Similar to our popular Camp Sugar Bowl, Adventure Pods will observe the best COVID-19 policies from the CDC and American Camps Association to keep your family safe. Face covering will be utilized at all times six feet of social distancing cannot be enforced (in vehicles, at crowded trailheads, etc.) Our engaging youth games and activities have all been modified to be Covid Compliant. Otherwise, face coverings are allowed to come off and we can breathe deeply. Our guide’s have been trained to teach proper respiratory hygiene and regular hand sanitization.

How will we receive updates and communicate with guides?
Please install the moment app on your phone (iPhone) (Android) to receive updates. When you register through Moment, you will be prompted to provide your cell phone and email.

How is transportation going to work?
If pods plan to do activities away from the pickup / drop off location, Gateway Mountain Center will use our transport vehicles. For our littlest ones, we do have a limited amount of booster and car seats and ask parents to drop off their own if they want.

How did you build this program?
As a program of Gateway Mountain Center, Adventure Pods is built on over a decade of experience providing summer camps, environmental education school programs, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and innovative nature-based therapeutic wellness programming. Thank you for supporting Gateway Mountain Center in helping youth Learn, Heal and Thrive!

Are you a parent at Creekside Charter School?
Visit this page for our Creekside Group