On this expedition, you will be backpacking for eight days in the misty, cool, Blue Ridge Mountains. Breaking up those days on the trail will be time spent climbing rock faces, or rappelling down them. In addition to gaining experience traveling in some of the oldest mountains in the world, you and your crewmates will build upon your confidence and leadership skills, meet people from all over the country, and work with your team to meet daily goals. During the journey, share life experiences with the group and participate in activities that encourage you to examine where you’ve been, where you are now and where you would like to go in life. For anyone at a transition point and seeking direction in life, this expedition is ideal.
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This course may be full or preparing to leave in the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to discuss your options.
Unplug from electronic devices and plug into the fundamentals of the natural world on an Adult expedition with Outward Bound. Acquire essential outdoor skills and experience rugged wilderness adventures as skilled Instructors urge you to surpass expectations and realize “there is more in you than you know.” With physical challenge, time for rest and reflection and conversations dedicated to evaluating life priorities, our adult courses are refreshing, reaffirming and rejuvenating.
During this course, students will carry everything they need for extended travel in the Pisgah National Forest of western North Carolina. Here they will learn safety precautions for backcountry foot travel, how to find campsites, navigate varied terrain, use a map and compass, as well as how to do these activities responsibly using Leave No Trace principles. Equally important will be time spent learning conflict resolution, communication styles, leadership and team building. After practicing these skills, the instructors will step back and let the crew work together to collectively navigate through the wilderness.
With a focus on safety, climbing instruction will start with the basics, such as working with ropes and learning to tie knots. As students progress, they will learn how to climb, rappel and possibly work through a high ropes course. These unique structures and activities provide the opportunity for participants to not only practice self-reliance as they accomplish tasks but also to communicate and work together as they conquer their fears.
A little more than halfway through course, students will participate in a reflection period called solo. During this time, Onstructors assign students to their own individual campsites within a designated area. These sites are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members and instructors for safety. Students will be given all the necessary gear, food, water and skills to enjoy this time alone. They will also know the location of their Instructors’ solo site should they need to contact them for any reason, and instructors will be monitoring students closely during this experience. The solo for this course may last up to 24 hours. This experience is a great opportunity for students to relax, recharge and reflect on their course after having long days of strenuous group activities.
Acquire a taste for adventure! Eight-day courses provide the perfect introduction to the Outward Bound experience, reminding students of their connection nature and leaving them feeling inspired to take on real challenge in their lives. Through these condensed experiences, students become comfortable living and working together the wilderness while practicing the four pillars of craftsmanship, self-reliance, physical fitness and compassion.
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
The Southern Appalachians, including the Blue Ridge Mountains, are some of the oldest mountains in the world. While the mountains themselves formed over 250 million years ago, some of the rocks that underlie the region are over a billion years old.
The long geologic and evolutionary history of the Southern Appalachians has created one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. It is home to beautiful rushing rivers, hundreds of waterfalls and some of the highest peaks in the Eastern United States—including Mt. Mitchell (elevation 6,684 feet), the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Outward Bound students can expect to share the wilderness with over 700 different kinds of trees, more than 50 types of mammals, 150 different types of birds and over 50 species of amphibians.
This course area is situated within a million acres of national forests, federally-protected wilderness areas, and other public lands. Its diverse landscapes have been featured in many motion pictures, including The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans.
Temperatures in this area range from 50 - 85 degrees in the summer, 30 - 65 degrees in the spring and fall, and 10 - 50 degrees in the winter.
“In fielding a lot of questions along the lines of, ‘Why on Earth would you want to do something like that?’ I was able to answer easily … for the experience. While the brain craves order and finds comfort in patterns, it’s critical and healthy to throw ourselves for a loop every now and again, lest we find ourselves in a rut.”- Cathia Friou
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