Explore some of America’s most beloved alpine terrain on this two or three week mountaineering expedition into the legendary Rocky Mountains of Colorado. As the course progresses, use your backpacking skills to travel into remote technical terrain where you’ll need tools like ice axes or fixed ropes to finally reach the summit. This remote terrain also contains hidden jewels of backcountry climbing sites. The course offers several days dedicated to rock climbing - your chance to climb granite spires high above tree line and develop skills that allow you to climb even more demanding peaks and summit mountains that few have ever stood upon. The challenges are significant but the rewards are great. Plan to arrive fit and highly motivated for an extraordinary adventure.
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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.
Our Mountaineering courses focus on teaching students the skills to climb technical peaks that require harnesses, ropes and ice axes to successfully summit. Instructors train students to use all equipment necessary for technical mountaineering. During this course, students can expect to travel on and off trail over wooded and alpine terrain that can be rough, demanding, steep and exposed, and may at times require the use of ropes and ice axes to traverse a slope or ascend a pass.
Peak Attempt: The expedition includes at least one peak ascent attempt. Peak attempts, with or without the use of ropes and technical gear, are major enterprises and typically require early morning starts and take all day to complete. Weather or other factors including group dynamics and physical ability may preclude even an attempt to ascend a peak.
In the mountains, students 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 their 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 course ends with the Final Expedition, during which the crew heads back into the field to put all of their newly acquired skills into practice. Depending on the team’s ability levels, instructors step back during this section and allow the crew to take over decision-making responsibilities for navigation, time schedules, communication and general leadership.
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.
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. These courses may take place in The Gore, The Holy Cross, The Sawatch, The Elks, The Sangre de Cristos, the Rawah, or the San Juans. Each of these Colorado ranges present unique challenges, but they are all beautiful, wild and rugged.
"Through opportunities to lead on this trip, I was able to experience critical thinking, decisive decision making and sensible self-denial. All things necessary in life." - Austin Pargas Hodge, Outward Bound alumni
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