What a great way to finish up the summer, 14 days of rock climbing and rafting! You will rock climb for 4-5 days and as well as a 96-mile whitewater rafting expedition.
Rafting Section – A 96 mile whitewater rafting expedition on the renowned Deschutes River in Central Oregon, a designated Wild and Scenic River! The rafting section begins near the town of Warm Springs (a 45 minute bus/van ride from the Redmond meeting location). Students will travel on the river in four to six-person paddle rafts, and learn to “captain” (maneuver) their paddle raft team through Class II to IV rapids. After lessons basic river travel, students will progress to learning about “reading” currents, anticipating obstacles, scouting difficult rapids, and working as an effective team to negotiate technical portions of the river. Students will also learn about river hydrology, swimming, paddle techniques, camp craft, and expeditionary travel. This section of the course also allows students time to build critical skills in teamwork and wilderness travel that will carry over to the remainder of the course. While on the rafting expedition, there may also be an opportunity for short day hikes.
Rock Climbing – This course begins with a 4-5 day rock climbing component at world-renowned Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne. Students will receive individual instruction and test their skills against vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders. Students will be camping in a front-country site at Smith Rock State Park among the multicolored cliffs and spires. There is a spectacular view to the west of the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range. Students will learn about basic climbing equipment, ropes, carabineers, harnesses, knots, belaying and rappelling techniques, and most importantly, how to move across the rock face efficiently and effectively using hand and foot holds. This first section of the course allows students time to build critical skills in teamwork and camp craft that will carry over to the remainder of the course.
Central Oregon’s rock climbing is vast and amazing. There are copious bouldering and cragging opportunities within an hour of Smith Rock, so our courses look to diversify the student’s exposure to different types of rock, styles of climbing, and the beautiful places spread around the High Desert of Oregon. Mostly basalt, the formations will take on all forms, from splitter cracks to exposed faces or steep boulder problems that will aid our staff in delivering the outcomes of technical skill development
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. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.