Backpack and climb some of the oldest mountains in the world, and take in the breathtaking views from atop as only those who climb the mountains get to see! Gain valuable technical climbing skills on this 12-day climbing and backpacking adventure.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 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.
Throughout the course, the group will hike to unique climbing sites along the Appalachian Trail in the Michaux State Forest course area. While exploring and trekking through the beautiful forests of Pennsylvania, thick with lush mountain laurel and rhododendron, cool mountain streams and unique rock formations, participants will acquire many long-lasting life and technical skills. They will also develop teamwork, leadership and confidence while working together with the group to meet daily expedition goals, set up camp, navigate and cook delicious backcountry meals. In addition to being put to the test physically, students will build communication and leadership skills, confidence and teamwork that will inspire a newfound strength and sense of compassion that can easily be applied to everyday life.
This rock climbing-focused backpacking course teaches participants to tie knots, belay and read rock faces for climbs. These skills will then be put to the test over several days of progressive climbs on different sites. Students learn how to set anchors and utilize climbing equipment and gain in-depth climbing, belaying and rappelling experience. No climbing or backpacking experience is required for this course. The instructors are specialists and will teach students everything they need to know for this incredible adventure.
During this unique expedition, participants will learn what it takes to become an adventure climber. Students will work together as a team as they learn the skills needed to backpack along the Appalachian Trail as they travel to our unique climbing sites. Each day will have an intentional progression that focuses on specific climbing skills. Participants can expect to learn how to identify natural anchors and manage and set up top rope climbs by the end of their course. They will also learn valuable climbing techniques, rock climbing safety and climber ethics. The value of teamwork, trust and challenging oneself are essential outcomes of this course.
Pennsylvania remains one of the most forested states in the nation. It includes some of the most intact and bountiful hardwood forest lands in the temperate world and is second only to Alaska in navigable water ways in the US. The Appalachians are some of the oldest mountains in the world and include the Alleghany, Blue, Blue Ridge and Pocono Mountains. The range is mostly located in the Unites States but extends into southeastern Canada as well. This course will take place in the south central region of Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail, passing through multiple state forest and park lands including Michaux State forest and Pine Grove State Park.
“The group came back with more confidence in their personal abilities. They were able to achieve what they thought they couldn’t.” – Parent Testimonial
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