Allow yourself to be inspired as you ride the runners of a dogsled and cross-country ski through one of the most pristine, frozen wilderness area in the country. Your instructors will help you develop the skills to stay warm and comfortable as you make fresh tracks and camp in this magical wonderland. The team of dogs will provide inspiration for you and your group as you work together to travel across the frozen lakes and rivers. Work with like-minded adventurers to learn safety techniques, winter camping skills and problem solving skills as you cook over an open fire and sleep under the stars. No prior winter travel knowledge or experience is necessary. Your seasoned instructors and lovable huskies will guide you through each unique, awe-inspiring adventure.
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No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way.
As students navigate a route over frozen lakes and rivers and travel overland portage trails, they develop skills in dog mushing, backcountry skiing, winter camping and dog care. Group members take turns mushing the sled throughout the course, but everyone cares for the dogs on a daily basis. Mushing is not a passenger sport; it is hard and rewarding work. Students generally spend at least two days driving the team for each week of course length.
Each type of terrain requires different skills and group organization. On level, smooth terrain most group members ski or snowshoe ahead as two or three group members handle the sleds and dog teams. Skiers scout for obstacles, break trail through the snow and return to help maneuver the sleds when necessary. Over rough areas, the whole group helps to push, pull and turn the sled.
Learn to live comfortably in the Minnesota winter environment and what it takes to construct a winter camp. Instructors teach students techniques for harvesting water beneath the ice, dressing properly in layers, felling trees for firewood, cooking over an open fire and setting up cozy shelters and sleeping systems. Participants learn they can thrive in a frozen environment. A hearty dinner over an outdoor fire or the wood stove in a large wall tent rounds out the day. Reflective evening conversations with fellow travelers amongst the solitude of the wintry northwoods ground this extraordinary adventure. Students often enjoy clear evening stargazing before drifting off into a well-deserved sleep.
Service to others and the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as service to the environment and do acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. Designated service projects are coordinated with land managers like the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to collaborate on land restoration projects. Some projects are more social services based and participants may visit a nursing home or hospital to provide service there. Students develop a value of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand and transfer this desire to serve their communities back home.
The solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. Many students use this reflection time to make decisions about their future, journal and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings unencumbered by the constant external stimulation of modern life. The duration of solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. With all the food, skills and supplies they need, participants are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff throughout the experience to maintain safety. Students find that solo provokes profound and powerful learning in a short period of time and often becomes one of the most memorable parts of their Outward Bound experience.
Courses are offered in a variety of locations and for different lengths to provide a range of programming from which participants can choose the optimal experience for them. Longer courses allow for a full immersion into the Outward Bound experience, more time to practice wilderness travel and the opportunity to experience both success and failure to promote personal growth.
Adult courses focus on communication skills, character competency, awareness of self and surroundings and finding a sense of purpose. Regardless of course type, students can expect to get comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while creating a solid foundation of skill sets they can continue to build on after course.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota.
Over 10,000 years ago, continent-sized glaciers scraped their way across much of Ontario and northern Minnesota leaving deep ruts, ravines and holes in their tracks. Eventually, as the glaciers melted, these ravines filled with water, creating a seemingly endless interconnected web of lakes and rivers. In the winter, the BWCAW transforms into an even more severe and remote wilderness. While travel in these conditions can be more difficult, winter enthusiasts enjoy moving over frozen lakes and rivers by dogsled, cross-country ski and snowshoe. Winter in the Boundary Waters is mesmerizing, peaceful and exhilarating. It is a place of spectacular extremes, trackless snow, bracing cold air, glowing warm embers and powerful silence.
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