Due to the challenging terrain, students must demonstrate solid intermediate skiing or boarding skills in order to take part in the expedition. Focus primarily on the decision making process as you examine the factors that contribute to avalanche hazard; analyze snowpack stability; learn terrain analysis; and examine group dynamics. Along the way, practice route finding strategies, making travel decisions in a group and companion rescue techniques, including the use of avalanche beacons. This course is based on the American Avalanche Association's nationally recognized avalanche awareness curriculum.
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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.
This is a backcountry winter expedition in the Sawatch Range with opportunities to ski and ride the out-of-area slopes and learn winter expedition skills. The first few days of the course are based at our Leadville Mountain Center to help students ease into the winter environment. The first full day is spent riding and skiing at a nearby resort, where instructors assess abilities and help students improve techniques. In these first few days, students also learn how to safely travel in the winter backcountry.
Along with snowboard or skiing instruction, students receive training in avalanche awareness and hazard evaluation. Students also learn winter navigation, terrain management, cold weather physiology and first aid, winter camping equipment selection and care and decision-making skills. Advanced boarding and skiing instruction focuses on backcountry turns in variable, ungroomed snow conditions.
The high point of the course is a challenging backcountry expedition during which students camp out and travel in pristine alpine terrain. Students skin up mountain slopes, ride untracked snow, maybe build a snow shelter, and learn to assess and adapt to varying snow and weather conditions.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from 4 to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an intro to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve. With longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the ability to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more opportunities develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development.
The Rocky Mountains are one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, stretching 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico. They have provided the foundation of legends and have had a profound influence on the development of the United States. Native Americans were the first to live among these peaks. In the 1800s, Colorado became a popular destination for pioneers, miners, cowboys and explorers. You can see their legacy still today in the ruins scattered throughout the hills. Today, the state is famous for its abundant wilderness adventure possibilities, from skiing to rock climbing to mountain climbing. Colorado has the greatest concentration of high peaks in the lower 48, with hundreds of ‘Thirteeners’ (13,000+ foot mountains), and 54 ‘Fourteeners’.
"Outward Bound taught me how to persevere through hardships and reach my goals." - Darvin Molina, Outward Bound alumni
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