Alpine Backpacking in the spectacular Sierra Nevada will give you the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the United States. Conservationist John Muir referred to these mountains as the “Range of Light,” referring to how both moon- and sunlight play on its granite peaks.
Today, the Sierra Nevada is considered one of the United States’ premier backpacking locations. The Sierra stands out from other famous mountain ranges due to its high-quality granite and stable, mostly sunny, summer weather!
Alpine backpacking courses carry less weight than mountaineering courses and focus on covering greater distances through more diverse landscapes.
Your multi-day backpacking expedition will take you into the heart of the Sierra Nevada. You will learn to read a map, use a compass, set up shelters, and cook in the backcountry. Travel will include time on and off trail both above and below tree line.
In addition to technical skills, your Outward Bound instructors will teach and facilitate the interpersonal skills needed for the group to function effectively as a team and to accomplish your goals. Outward Bound courses are team environments where you and your group work closely together in order to meet new challenges every day.
Most backpacking courses include an opportunity for a peak attempt. Peak attempts are daylong enterprises that often entail pre-dawn starts. Peak attempts on this course do not typically require the use of technical gear.
As you near the last days of course, you and your teammates have the opportunity to maximize your independence. Your instructors will empower you to use your newly acquired confidence and skills to make the decisions that will see you through the final days of your adventure.
Each Outward Bound course in California includes a solo experience. Your instructors thoughtfully manage solo to make it a time when you can relax from the physical and mental rigors of course and reflect upon the experience. Though you will be largely alone during this time, you will camp close to your instructors and they will check on you regularly.
Our courses also include a service component. Service projects range widely depending on the course, but may include projects such as trail repair, removal of invasive species, or doing service at a community farm.
Successful completion of your course demands mastery of skills, trust, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative, and compassion. Ultimately, the promotion of these qualities and the discovery of the strength within you is the purpose of Outward Bound.
The Sierra Nevada Range is the largest continuous mountain range in the contiguous U.S. It extends over 400 miles from north to south and is 70 miles wide. The Sierra Nevada offers fairly stable and beautiful weather. Spring can bring snow and cold temperatures, but as summer advances temperatures tend to become more moderate. Temperatures are in the 70s to 80s during the day and 30s to 50s in the evening.
Our mountaineering programs operate in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park as well as the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness Areas. Our course area boasts some of the most famous alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States.
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