Named for Cochise, the famous Apache Indian leader who took refuge in the canyon, the Cochise Stronghold still offers the same sense of rugged seclusion as it did centuries ago. Surrounded by steep canyon walls and granite domes, the terrain is maze-like, offering endless opportunities to climb and explore. Routes range from moderate top rope and traditional climbs to more technical crack climbs. The course’s location in southern Arizona offers opportunities for year-round climbing, including the coveted warm winter days. Our Arizona and Wyoming rock climbing courses offer the highest number of days dedicated to rock climbing on any Outward Bound course outside of a semester format.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 dates coming October 25.
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.
Experience the thrill and grace of rock climbing or the control and exhilaration of rappelling. This is a great opportunity to challenge your fears and push yourself to places you never thought possible. The rock climbing instruction and progression is for all levels and includes basic climbing techniques, helmet and harness use, climbing commands and belaying, placing gear, setting up top ropes as well as experiencing and learning multi-pitch climbing techniques.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from 4 to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an intro to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve. With longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the ability to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more opportunities develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development.
Cochise Stronghold, Arizona
Cochise Stronghold is located to the west of Sunsites, Arizona in the Dragoon Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft. This beautiful woodland area lies in a protective rampart of granite domes and sheer cliffs which were once the refuge of the great Apache Chief, Cochise, and his people. Cochise Stronghold is a fantastic climbing area with the reputation of being a very bold backcountry climbing spot. Herein lays the perfect mix of wilderness and classroom as well as an expansive spectrum of beginner to advanced crack and face climbing. There are a large number- over 1000 routes- of very well protected routes. Routes range from one to seven pitches in length and range from 5.6 to 5.12 in difficulty.
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