On day one of the expedition, participants meet their crew, comprised of fellow veterans and service members, and pack up at base camp before hitting the trail. Once on the trail, participants learn and apply skills in backcountry living and travel, and also hone interpersonal skills such as communication, leadership and compassion. Each day allows for ample time to reflect, relate and discuss shared challenges. The group carries all necessary food and equipment for unplugged, outdoor living until their return on day six. This means no cell phones, no television, and no electronics. Participants should plan on arriving ready to commit all of their time and energy to their expedition, their crew, and an unforgettable Outward Bound experience.
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Outward Bound Veterans expeditions build on camaraderie and the challenge of the natural world as a pathway to healing. These expeditions encourage participants to connect with existing strengths and bond with fellow veterans in a safe, positive, mission-driven environment. As they harness the power of wartime experiences like carrying heavy packs, moving fatigued muscles and sleeping outside, these courses help build the self-confidence and sense of purpose veterans need to continue serving as leaders in their families, communities and the nation.
While exploring one of the world’s most famous footpaths, participants can expect to practice basic backcountry skills including on and off-trail navigation, weather forecasting and preparation, campfire cooking and tarp setup. At the midpoint of the expedition, the group spends almost one entire day rock climbing and rappelling. In addition to their time on the cliff-face, participants learn the basics of anchor-building and safety management.
The Appalachian Trail
America’s favorite trail, is a footpath that runs from Georgia to Maine, and is the crown jewel of trails in the United States. Participants backpack for five days in the wilderness of western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.