Test your personal limits, practice leadership skills and take on new and exciting challenges – all in a variety of thrilling landscapes. Work, live and travel with a crew of motivated peers who inspire one another, push each other and succeed together – as a supportive, cohesive group. In ten short days, experience sweeping views of jagged, mountain peaks, freezing dips in alpine lakes and bright star-flecked night skies. With frequent sunny summer weather and dramatic granite formations, the Sierra Nevada wilderness is a premier backpacking and rock climbing location – and the ideal place for your next big adventure.
This course is closed for the season. 2017 courses coming soon.
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.
The course begins with several days of rock climbing where students learn the basics of climbing technique, belaying and knot tying, while building trust with team members and confidence in themselves. During this section students are challenged physically on solid rock cliffs and push their mental strength on a free hanging rappel with stunning views of the surrounding granite domes.
Students backpack deeper into the heart of the Sierra Nevada range and eventually attempt to climb a technical alpine peak in the backcountry. This gives students the chance to practice their climbing skills in a more remote setting and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks and alpine lakes.
Students may also have the opportunity to rappel off the summit of Dogtooth Peak, one of the highest peaks in the area with gorgeous views. The crew continues to backpack on and off the trail after this peak attempt, with the possibility of additional rock climbing toward the end of course.
On every Outward Bound course reflection is an integral part of the learning process. During the Solo phase of course, students will find reprieve from the rigors of daily travel and spend a structured period of rest and reflection near the group’s base camp. The primary focus of this time is to reflect on personal and group goals. Depending on the student age and the length of the expedition, Solo can range in length from a few hours to three days. Students are provided with simple food, shelter and occasional check-ins from Instructors during this unique experience.
The Sierra Nevada Range hosts the largest continuous expanse of wilderness and some of the highest peaks in the United States. It extends over 400 miles from north to south, is 70 miles wide and is home to three national parks, twenty wilderness areas and two national monuments.
The Sierra Nevada wilderness offers fairly stable and beautiful weather. Spring can bring snow and cold temperatures. As summer advances, temperatures tend to become more moderate. Summer temperatures are in the 70s to 80s during the day and 30s to 50s in the evening. Our course area has some of the most famous, though often underutilized, alpine climbing and backpacking routes for participants to experience.
We woke up really early to hike to Dog’s Tooth, where we planned to rock climb. We hiked all the way to the top and then lightning came, so we couldn’t rock climb. We had to return back to camp and on our way, we stopped at an alpine lake near Courtright Reservoir. The clouds were hiding the sun – so we waited until the sun came out, and then we jumped in! The water was freezing cold! Then this big cloud came over us and it started to hail. We all remember that day – it bonded us. Nature is unpredictable, but that unpredictability brought us together.
- Summer Stewart
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