Learn to cook, set up shelters and navigate on the trail. Participate in activities and lessons focused on teamwork, communication and self-discovery. Work with a crew of supportive peers, to learn there is more in you than you know. And at every step of the journey, build friendships and have fun. Although Yosemite National Park receives 4 million visitors every year, this course takes place in treasured areas away from the crowds. In the midst of waterfalls, massive granite domes and peaceful alpine meadows, discover the lifelong benefits and perspective that only wilderness travel can offer.
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.
This course provides an introductory experience in the art and craft of backpacking while exploring a rich national treasure. As no prior experience is necessary, instructors teach the crew how to cook, set up tarp shelters and navigate on the trail. Instructors also facilitate activities and lessons focused on teamwork, communication, and self-discovery. Each young person is capable of more than they know, and this course helps students realize their own potential and return to their day-to-day lives with increased confidence, work ethic and self-awareness.
In addition to technical skills, instructors teach and facilitate the interpersonal skills needed for students to function effectively as a team, accomplish goals and tackle new challenges every day. Along with new skills, students also get to know other people their age from all over the country, build friendships, use teamwork, be challenged and have fun!
On every Outward Bound course reflection is an integral part of the learning process. During the Solo phase of course, students will find reprieve from the rigors of daily travel and spend a structured period of rest and reflection near the group’s base camp. The primary focus of this time is to reflect on personal and group goals highlighted thus far in course. Depending on the student age and the length of the expedition, Solo can range in length from a few hours to a full day. As needed, students are provided with simple food, shelter and occasional check-ins from Instructors during this unique experience.
Yosemite National Park, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, is famous for breathtaking views of waterfalls, massive granite domes and peaceful alpine meadows. Yosemite is home to some of the world’s most treasured landmarks. Places like El Capitan, Half Dome and Glacier Point can be seen on the horizon along with dramatic alpine scenery - peaks rising from the valley to elevations above 12,000 feet.
The Sierra Nevada offers fairly stable and beautiful weather. Spring can bring snow and cold temperatures. As summer advances, temperatures tend to become more moderate. Summer temperatures are in the 70s to 80s during the day and 30s to 50s in the evening. Our course area has some of the most famous, though often underutilized, alpine climbing and backpacking routes for participants to experience.
"I used to be an extremely picky eater and one of the goals I set for myself was to be less of a picky eater. When I got to be cook, I was really hungry and I wanted to provide for the group. I made a stir fry – that was a meal I would never have eaten at home. I was really engrossed in every part of the process – preparing the vegetables, lighting the fire, and then watching the other students enjoy eating it. It was so delicious. That was rewarding."
- Miles John Henderson
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