While exploring this world famous climbing area, learn climbing techniques including gear use, belaying, rappelling, safety and etiquette. Each day presents a new opportunity to push your limits and test your learning amidst the grandeur of this towering geologic formation. Set and achieve goals as crew, not passengers. Learn to trust one another, communicate, make decisions and work as a group to strengthen leadership and teamwork abilities. Although you’ll be climbing for much of the course, spend one day hiking – an ideal opportunity to explore the flora, fauna and local geology of the high desert environment. Smith Rock State Park serves as a picturesque, grounding backdrop for daily yoga practice and training. Incorporate breath, balance, focus and flexibility into your movement on rock – all amidst stunning natural scenery.
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.
Students receive individual instruction and test their skills against vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders. Camping occurs in a front country site at Smith Rock State Park among the multicolored cliffs and spires. Students learn about basic climbing equipment, rope management, wearing harnesses, tying knots, belaying and rappelling techniques and movement on rock.
For students new to yoga and for those who already practice yoga but need further instruction and direction, this course is an opportunity to learn and practice yoga in a positive and supportive environment.
Solo is an important part of the Outward Bound experience and allows students time to rest, recharge and reflect on their own development towards the end of the course. Solos may vary from a few hours up to three days depending on the length of the course, age and maturity of the students and itinerary of the expedition. During Solo, students set up their own independent campsite near their instructors and spend their time resting, writing in their journal, enjoying the quiet of the wilderness and reflecting on their experience. Instructors will check on the students throughout their Solo. For many students, Solo is both a challenge and a respite and is often a highlight of their course.
Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
Smith Rock is a world-renowned climbing destination that attracts climbers of every ability level. It is widely considered to be one of the top sport climbing areas in the country. Smith Rock is a uniquely beautiful area that commonly graces postcards and calendars. The Crooked River lazily winds its way through the canyon, cutting a path through the cliffs and spires. To the west, the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range rise on the horizon, above the flat checkerboard of irrigated plains. One of the most striking features is a prominent spire, Monkey Face. Given the dry and temperate climate, rock climbing is feasible most of the year.
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