Whether it’s climbing majestic mountains, rappelling down granite cliffs or navigating through streams and forests, students discover the strength they have within – and emerge ready to face the challenges ahead. Wilderness travel means students carry and live with a lot less than they do in the regular world. And, it is a rigorous journey from point A to point B. From getting up early to pack bags and cook breakfast, to hiking with a loaded backpack for hours, to climbing peaks that rise well over 13,000 feet high, traveling in the wilderness can be challenging. But the hard work pays off in the form of memorable vistas, enhanced self confidence and the acquisition of invaluable life skills.
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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.
Grieving Teens expeditions are designed to help students build confidence and resiliency, acquire coping skills and create a network of ongoing of support. The grief work that is woven into the curriculum helps young people share in a relevant healing experience with real-world outcomes. And in a time and space set aside just for them, grieving teens realize they are not alone.
Previous backpacking experience is not required. Instructors teach students everything they need to know to travel comfortably: how to pack appropriately, load a backpack, set up tarps and navigate using a map and compass. The course begins with lessons in basic travel and camping techniques. Along the way, students learn Leave No Trace techniques; map and compass navigation; camp craft; and get a feel for the human and natural history of the area. Students backpack in the valleys and long ridges, camp in basins with views like the top of the world, and stop along the way to explore microclimates and alpine ecosystems. Most importantly, students get to spend time in an incredible area of the mountains, sleep under the stars, feel the spring or fall sunshine on their face, and maybe watch a few sunsets over this magical landscape.
Our basecamp has its own ropes course, problem-solving activities and rock climbing sites nearby. In the mountains, students may spend a day experiencing the thrill and grace of rock climbing or the control and exhilaration of rappelling. This is a great opportunity for students to challenge fears and push themselves to places they never thought possible. Rock climbing/rappelling instruction is for all levels and includes basic climbing techniques, helmet and harness use, climbing commands and belaying.
The Rocky Mountains, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, stretch 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico. These legendary peaks have had a profound influence on the development of the continental United States. This course takes place in the Sawatch Range. The towering Sawatch Range contains eight of Colorado’s tallest peaks, including Mount Massive, the summit of which is the highest point in Colorado at 14,440 ft.
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To secure your spot on a course you must submit an enrollment form and $300 deposit that is applied toward the total cost of the course and includes a $150 non-refundable enrollment processing fee.