Work as a team to navigate from island to island. Become intimately acquainted with the flora, fauna and natural history of the islands. Practice team and self-rescues and develop the self-reliance and cohesive teamwork required to overcome greater and greater challenges. In the mountains, learn basic backpacking skills and then venture off the trail into the heart of the jagged North Cascades. Learn how to use an ice axe to self-arrest, ascend a fixed line, rock climb, rappel and belay one another. Then put all of the skills together to get your crew through complex terrain, up wild walls, over alpine meadows and to the tops of granite spires.
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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 seek out beaches where they sleep under the stars and get acquainted with the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest coast. Instructors teach students the teamwork and communication skills necessary to travel as a group of kayaks in a working waterway. Students may also have the opportunity to do a service project with a local land agency, hike to an island vista or just comb the beach.
The North Cascades offers some of the most spectacular mountaineering in the world, with views of jagged, snow-covered peaks, alpine waterfalls and remote mountain flora and fauna. On this classic Outward Bound course, our expert climbing and mountaineering instructors will demonstrate safe and efficient travel techniques for the mountains. In order to explore remote technical terrain, much of the course will be spent backpacking through the wilderness learning and practicing skills for peak attempts.
Students will travel over terrain that may reach up to 9,000 feet. The course will include at least one and potentially multiple peak attempts depending upon the weather and the group’s physical preparedness. Peak attempts are day-long enterprises often entailing pre-dawn starts. Successful peak climbs often involve roped climbing on snow and/or rock, patience, efficiency and teamwork to attain the summit.
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.
The North Cascades, Washington
The North Cascades are called the “American Alps” for their rugged beauty and glaciated peaks. They remain some of the wildest and most untrammeled wilderness in the United States. The North Cascades host the greatest concentration of glaciers in the “Lower 48” and are full of high mountain meadows peppered with wild flowers. This course area hosts some of the most famous alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States. Backpacking programs operate in the Pasayten Wilderness and North Cascades National Park, areas that receive significantly less rainfall than the western part of the state. Temperatures typically range from freezing to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
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