Yo! Basecamp Climbing Camp was founded in 1998 by husband-and-wife team Andy and Lisa Puhvel
with the goal of getting kids properly grounded in the fundamentals of outdoor rock climbing.
With the emergence of indoor climbing gyms throughout the country, these two teachers and lifelong
climbers saw the need for a summer camp where kids who love climbing could experience outdoor
rock climbing in paradise. Since then Yo! Basecamp has realized that kids gain more than just
climbing skills when attending a camp; they have meaningful experiences connecting with their
peers in a technology-free, screen-free, pressure-free world called Nature. And because they
are on Nature's time for a week, the memories stick.
Yo! Basecamp's Climbing Camps take you to some of the world's best
Whichever camp you participate in, Yo! Basecamp will give you a unique and memorable
experience in stellar surroundings. Come climb with Yo! Basecamp and have the time of your life!
The directors of Yo! Basecamp -- native Californians Andy and Lisa Puhvel -- have been adventuring
throughout their glorious state for over 25 years. Their vast climbing and teaching experience
sets Yo! Basecamp apart from other guided experiences; in the presence of Andy and Lisa, you feel
as though you're with the best. Andy has been at the top of Yosemite rock climbing since age 15:
he has free-climbed all the major formations in the Valley, set speed records on El Capitan and
Half Dome, and pushed trad-climbing standards throughout California. Lisa, a former Outward Bound
instructor, has summited Denali in Alaska, climbed El Capitan and Half Dome, and won numerous races
in mountain biking, trail running, and skiing. Both Andy and Lisa hold Master's Degrees in
Education and California teaching credentials, and they pride themselves on their diverse teaching
backgrounds and strong interpersonal skills.