Experience the satisfaction that comes from meeting an expedition goal, the growth that comes from learning to work effectively with new peers and the support that comes from sharing experiences in a challenging natural environment. Designed specifically for motivated adult participants, this course operates on the premise that living a balanced, satisfying life is not a matter of chance but requires periodic re-examination and fine-tuning. Instructor-facilitated discussions on relevant life topics, coupled with personal reflection time, add a valuable dimension to this wilderness adventure. Ideal for individuals who are in school, transitioning to the work force or coping with the demands of an established career, this course develops interpersonal, personal and technical skills in a unique and beautiful setting.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 courses coming soon.
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.
Students complete an extended canoe expedition. This expedition includes learning the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of conditions, as well as map and compass reading, route finding and Leave No Trace wilderness living principles. Groups navigate a variety of waterways such as lakes, rivers and swamps, working as a team to carry packs and canoes over portage trails when transitioning from one lake to another or to get safely around challenging rapids. Traveling by canoe allows groups to go far past where motorboats operate. Once there it is possible to quietly observe bald eagles, moose and peaceful sunsets on mirror-calm lakes.
Regardless of a student’s rock climbing background, they are sure to find something that engages them and encourages the expansion of their comfort zone. Students learn about general rock climbing equipment, safety and etiquette before learning how to belay. The half-day of rock climbing provides ample opportunities to climb, belay and rappel over the edge, eventually descending safely to the base of the majestic rock.
Looking out over the top of the boreal forest, the High Ropes Course is an incredible obstacle course set 30 feet in the air. Student swing from Tarzan ropes, walk on a tightrope wires and climb a cargo net before jumping on the zip line for an exhilarating ride back to solid ground
The solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. Many students use this reflection time to make decisions about their future, journal and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings unencumbered by the constant external stimulation of modern life. The duration of solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. With all the food, skills and supplies they need, participants are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff throughout the experience to maintain safety. Students find that solo provokes profound and powerful learning in a short period of time and often becomes one of the most memorable parts of their Outward Bound experience.
Courses are offered in a variety of locations and for different lengths to provide a range of programming from which participants can choose the optimal experience for them. This eight-day course for adults is specifically designed to offer opportunities for renewal and adventure, to help students clarify their core values and purpose and to encourage discovery of direction. On all course types, students can expect to get comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while creating a solid foundation of skill sets they can continue to build on after course.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
Established in 1964, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a labyrinth of lakes and rocks that has been specifically protected as a true American wilderness: no roads, power lines or motorized craft may enter its borders. Therefore, the Boundary Waters wilderness has changed little since its unveiling when the glaciers melted 10,000 years ago. Over 1 million acres in size, the BWCAW extends nearly 150 miles along the Canadian border. With over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated campsites and more than 1,000 lakes and streams, the BWCAW is an amazing place to experience the wilderness.
The BWCAW contains portage-linked lakes and streams, interspersed with islands, forests and crags. It has no piped water, prepared shelters or signs to point the way. Within these borders students can canoe, portage and camp in the spirit of the French-Canadian Voyageurs of 200 years ago. The Boundary Waters' 1,200 miles of paddling routes offer outstanding opportunities for solitude, remoteness, teamwork, adventure and challenge.
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