Come to know what it is like to live, work and play in the great outdoors by learning how to camp and travel on a classic 22-day (or 28-day for ages 18-30), multi-activity course.
It's what we have done best for over 40 years at North Carolina Outward Bound. Even though it seems like a long time, this course is actually the most optimal course for getting the true Outward Bound experience. After long days of challenge and adventure, you'll be rewarded with skills that last a lifetime.
You'll journey deep into the verdant woods while learning leadership and communication skills. You'll develop teamwork while working together to find your way through rhododendron thickets, set up camp, cook your own meals over a camp stove and learn Leave No Trace techniques to minimize your impact on the land.
Sculpted rock channels twist through rivers into Class I-III whitewater -- perfect for you and a partner to develop collaboration and communication required to execute synchronized strokes, dynamic eddy turns, peel-outs and ferries. You'll build fundamental rock climbing skills then attempt a breath-taking multi-pitch climb – an extended climb to the summit of a huge granite mountain with 360-degree views of the valley.
Successful completion of your course demands mastery of skills, trust, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative and compassion. No experience is necessary. You'll leave course with newfound strength that can help you through everyday situations as well as the unknown challenges to come.
Other skills you will learn and practice include:
- Safety precautions for backcountry foot travel
- How to find campsites
- How to navigate terrain
- Map and compass reading
- Working with ropes
- Learning to tie knots (for climbing and rappelling)
- Possible multi-pitch climb
- Basic water safety and rescue techniques
- Identification and use of paddling equipment
- How to work with your paddling partner to successfully negotiate class II and III rapids
- Advanced skills including flatwater and whitewater paddling strokes and maneuvers
- Opportunities to learn river ecology
On the 28-day course for participants 18 years and older, some groups may be awarded the privilege of an unaccompanied final expedition – a true application of the group’s newfound skills, leadership and teamwork.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.