Colorado backpacking trip
This 15-22 day backpacking course takes place in the Rocky Mountains and focuses on the art of traveling light, exploring the natural world and becoming a high functioning team. The bulk of the course takes place at 9000 feet or higher so students must be physically fit and ready to embrace challenge.

Course Area

The Rocky Mountains, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, stretch 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico. They have provided the inspiration for legend and have had a profound influence on the development of the continental United States. It is in and around these majestic mountains that your Outward Bound Wilderness course will take place.

Course Description

After meeting your group, you will travel together to the one of the many amazing mountain ranges in the Rockies. The emphasis of this course is to teach smart and efficient backpacking and alpine travel techniques. During the course, you can expect to travel on and off trail, over wooded and alpine terrain which can be rough, steep and exposed to heights.

You will learn Leave No Trace camping and travel skills, outdoor cooking techniques, basic first-aid, map and compass use, route finding, and how to use an ice axe if necessary on your route. You will backpack up through the alpine environment and attempt a peak ascent. As the course progresses and your skills and experience increase, your instructors will turn more and more responsibility over to you and your crew.

You will eventually take over decision-making on navigation, route finding, distance to be covered, sharing of duties, campsite setup/cleanup and meal selection. This is your opportunity to make the course your own unique experience - determining each day's challenges, setting a pace that is appropriate for your crew, becoming each other's friends and confidantes and having the time of your life.

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. Full course tuition and in-course transportation fee are due within 60 days of course start date. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee. You can also call one of our expert Admissions Advisors at 866-467-7651.