Embark on an exploration of Pisgah Forest, a place of densely forested hills, cool mountain streams that cascade into waterfalls and unique rock formations.
Travel on foot over some of the oldest mountains in the world, accessing areas rarely seen by average visitors and develop navigation, backcountry cooking and other camp-craft skills. Work with your crewmates to translate 2D topographical map into 3D rugged terrain of laurel and rhododendron thickets, wooded slopes and grassy balds.
You'll feel a rush of adrenaline on churning whitewater rapids like "Rooster Tail" and "Galloping Sluice." The rock-strewn rivers create a maze that requires strong teamwork to read the water, scout rapids and coordinate paddle strokes. All along, you'll develop skills that require strong teamwork and qualities that will serve you well in the wilderness and beyond.
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
- Conflict resolution
- Communication styles
- Leadership and team building
- 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 II rapids
- Advanced skills including flatwater and whitewater paddling strokes and maneuvers
- Opportunities to learn river ecology
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.