Learn backcountry expedition techniques, leadership skills and navigation as you move through the diverse ecosystems, high mountain ridges and waterfall-laden streams of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Then, head to the Potomac River, where you’ll work with a partner to learn the art of paddling, read a map and compass, and navigate a variety of river features. After 12 exhilarating days, return home with a renewed belief in your abilities, an adventure story of a lifetime, and bolstered teamwork and leadership skills.
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.
Students hike the Monongahela National Forest and explore diverse ecosystems. As they backpack through the Dolly Sods Wilderness, students encounter high mountain ridges, deep valleys and waterfall-laden streams. Students learn backcountry expedition techniques such as leadership skills, teamwork, navigation and backpacking skills.
The canoeing portion of this course takes place on the Potomac River. During the river portion, students learn the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of water conditions as well as map and compass reading, water navigation and expedition planning. Paddling partners work together to navigate a variety of river features.
Wild, wonderful West Virginia invites students to explore the remote regions of “The Mountain State.” West Virginia is approximately 75% forestland and contains 2,029 miles of named trails. The backpacking component of this course occurs in the Monongahela National Forest, which contains over 700 miles of these trails. This course is rugged, and takes students back to a time before modern civilization made its big mark on our land.
The river portion of the course takes place on the Potomac River. The Potomac River is a beautiful waterway meandering the border between Maryland and West Virginia in Green Ridge State Forest.
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