On this course, wilderness and classroom time are combined with time teaching younger students, giving you a chance to discover a deeper strength of character, an inspiring educator’s voice and a stronger leadership ability. Summit peaks; climb steep rock faces; and teach and facilitate outdoor education topics to your own students on one of the greatest mountain ranges on the continent. As you gain the know-how to travel effectively as a group through the mountains and cliffs, explore and learn about your surroundings: their beauty and their risks; their needs and their possibilities; and how these activities and areas can be wound together to form the ultimate experiential classroom. After spending time becoming more comfortable with the outdoor classroom and educational techniques, you and your teammates have the chance to facilitate younger students through the high ropes or a rock climbing day, teaching the skills and helping them feel empowered in their course.
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Outward Bound Instructor Development courses open doors in the outdoor education industry. One of the nation’s best outdoor education training programs, Instructor courses teach deep technical skills and provide in-depth knowledge of the Outward Bound learning approach. Guided by specialists in the field, get the hands-on training you’ll need to jumpstart a career in the outdoors.
The course includes lessons in basic travel and camping techniques. Along the way, students learn Leave No Trace techniques; map and compass navigation; camp craft; and get a feel for the human and natural history of the area. The true value of the trek takes hold as students backpack in the valleys and long ridges, camp in basins with views like the top of the world, and stop along the way to explore microclimates and alpine ecosystems. Most importantly, students spend time in an incredible area of the mountains, sleep under the stars, feel the spring or fall sunshine on their face, and maybe watch a few sunsets over this magical landscape.
In the mountains, students experience the thrill and grace of rock climbing or the control and exhilaration of rappelling. This is a great opportunity for students to challenge fears and push themselves to places they never thought possible. Rock climbing/rappelling instruction is for all levels and includes basic climbing techniques, helmet and harness use, climbing commands and belaying.
Students focus on the skills necessary to climb technical peaks that require harnesses, ropes and ice axes to successfully summit. Instructors train students to use all equipment necessary for technical mountaineering. During this course, students can expect to travel on and off trail over wooded and alpine terrain that can be rough, demanding, steep and exposed and may at times require the use of ropes and ice axes to traverse a slope or ascend a pass.
Peak Attempt: The expedition includes at least one peak ascent attempt. Peak attempts, with or without the use of ropes and technical gear are major enterprises and typically require early morning starts and take all day to complete. Weather or other factors including group dynamics and physical ability may preclude even an attempt to ascend a peak.
This course includes an 8-day Wilderness First Responder course, the standard medical certification in the outdoor industry that gives you the skills to respond to remote backcountry medical emergencies.
This course culminates with a final expedition in the Chugach Range of Alaska. Here, the team draws on experiences in the mountains, and with each other, to assume the responsibility of completing the expedition. If the group has shown sufficient investment in each other and in safe travel, instructors may even become shadows, there only to help manage any risks that may arise. When students complete this final challenge, the team will have hard earned knowledge and confidence that lasts a lifetime.
Rocky Mountains, Colorado
The Rocky Mountains, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, stretch 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico. They have provided the inspiration for legend and have had a profound influence on the development of the continental United States. It is in and around these majestic mountains that your Outward Bound Wilderness course will take place.
In an untamed corner of Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest, the granite jewels of Vedauwoo (pronounced “vee-dah-voo”) beckon committed rock climbers. This surreal land features phenomenal formations of rock nestled into aspen and pine forests. Herein lays the perfect mix of wilderness and classroom as well as an expansive spectrum of beginner to advanced crack and face climbing. The climbing routes vary in length from 50’ to 200’ and provide excellent opportunities for both single- and multi-pitch climbing.
This is the land of the midnight sun, where days are long and sunsets last hours. The Chugach Range sweeps along the Alaskan coast south of Anchorage in a stunning arc of tectonic upheaval. Everywhere in this range are the telltale signs: whether it’s ice and snow high on a pass, or a U-shaped valley full of loose, gravel till and drained by a braided stream, it’s obvious that this is glacier country. Thick brush and trees fill the lower valleys, clouds hover over everything, and the mist and rain often last days on end. Those who brave the rugged environment will be rewarded with pristine wilderness, world class views and, if they’re lucky, sightings of moose or bears.
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