Snowshoe and rock climb in the legendary Colorado Rockies – a world-renowned adventure destination.
Colorado has some of the best backcountry destinations and rock climbing in the country. On this classic course you’ll experience the best of both snow and rock exploration. Snowshoe through the Colorado Rockies and days later, climb in the sun of the high desert. No prior experience necessary! You’ll learn the finer points of backcountry travel and winter camping, as well as the challenges and rewards of working as a team to achieve goals. You’ll push beyond your perceived limitations. Physical, mental, and emotional growth abound; both activities will provide insight into your strengths and abilities. And together, you and your crew will create memories of a lifetime.
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This course is closed for the season. 2022 courses coming soon.
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Do you ever want to unplug, step away from the daily grind to take on new challenges? Are you ready to conquer harder skills and remind your senses (or discover for the first time) what it’s like to crest a mountain peak, hear the echoes at the edge of a vast canyon or feel the rush of white water spray on your face? Take a break from your routine, radically change your surroundings and test your tenacity. Put some “firsts” in front of you and find moments of unexpected discovery along the way. Experience Outward Bound as an adult and prepare for an injection of adventure, awareness and adaptability that sticks with you long after you unpack your backpack.
Build skills, form connections: Meet like-minded peers and make connections as you work through priorities and adventures together, learn outdoor skills at the hands of expert Instructors, and earn every good night’s sleep.
Value strengths and strengthen values: Re-discover your inner strength, renew your natural leadership abilities and practice adapting to new environments. Tap in to your trust and compassion as you tackle obstacles with a support crew standing beside you.
Demonstrate mastery: As you awaken your wilderness skills and dig deep to rise to the physical and mental challenges, the bulk of the expedition’s leadership and decision-making responsibilities transfer from the Instructor to the crew. Work together to achieve team goals, solve problems and succeed both individually and together.
What you’ll learn: By allowing yourself to focus beyond daily responsibilities and obligations, you’ll master more difficult skills and open up new directions and opportunities you never thought possible. You’ll find clarity in the life changes you’re facing, you’ll uncover inspiration in the wilderness and you’ll renew your sense of adventure to take on the next challenge in front of you.
Return home with newly expanded wilderness acumen, an energized outlook, a rekindled allowance of empathy into situations and relationships and an eye toward the future.
This introduction to winter backcountry travel and avalanche awareness is geared toward people of all ability levels and is a precursor to additional certifications students may pursue later. In this section of course, students will learn basic navigation, basic first aid, avalanche awareness theory and rescue techniques, and what to look for in risk management and route-planning.
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Spring in the Rockies is very winter-like – deep snow covers the mountains, and temperatures dip below freezing every night. Even daytime temps can be single digits. This section begins at our premier mountain basecamp in Leadville, Colorado, with a few days of dormitory and dining hall-supported outings. After mastering the basics of winter living, students embark on a multi-day backcountry snowshoe expedition. Students will camp in tents, melt snow for water, and develop resilience while enjoying gorgeous views of snow-capped peaks.
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of Griff Jones
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Rock climbing is the ultimate opportunity to challenge oneself physically, mentally and emotionally. Students learn basic climbing techniques, helmet and harness use, climbing commands and belaying, placing gear, setting up top ropes and may have the opportunity to attempt multi-pitch ascents. Learning new body mechanics, balance and energy maintenance techniques help students climb efficiently and unlock the incredible feeling of flowing up a route. There are many ways to climb the same rock, allowing each climber to solve the puzzle in their own way.
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Weather and time permitting, the Solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their 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. Solo can range anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours or more, depending on the length of the course, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group.
With all the food, skills and supplies they need, students are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by Instructors at regular intervals, as safety is always a top priority. 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.
Outward Bound believes that an appropriate amount of independence is a powerful educational tool. In order to deliver that benefit, our Instructors purposefully and gradually transfer leadership responsibilities to the students. This progression culminates with a Final Expedition. Near the end of course, if the group has demonstrated the necessary leadership, problem solving and wilderness living skills, they may be given the opportunity to travel without Instructors immediately present. This Final Expedition will range from three to five days depending on staff assessment of student abilities and terrain type. Many students love the independence of this phase of course, as the group learns to work together, problem solve, and accomplish a goal independently, while utilizing all the skills they have acquired. Instructors periodically check in with the group to ensure student wellbeing and coordinate travel plans. When students emerge from this final phase of course they will understand a truth: there is more in them than they knew.
Personal Challenge Event
There are no set-in-stone course-end challenge events, as each challenge will be tailored to the current conditions and students. The challenge event may take the form of a run or team challenge. This event is the students' opportunity to finish course successfully and with style, by embodying all the lessons learned during the course.
All Outward Bound expeditions are focused on building character and leadership skills, honing individual strengths, and building community.
This 15-day course is a great option for students looking for an introduction to the outdoors or for those who need a recharge. Students learn camping and expedition basics, as well as the skills specific to the course activity such as climbing or backpacking. Students get to know fellow crewmates surprisingly well as they share this immersive and intense experience. All along the way, students experience a wide variety of some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the U.S.
Rocky Mountains, Colorado
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. The Colorado Rocky Mountains has the greatest concentration of high peaks in the lower 48 states, with hundreds of “Thirteeners” (13,000+ foot tall mountains) and 54 “Fourteeners” (14,000+ feet). The state is famous for its abundant outdoor adventure possibilities, from skiing to rock climbing to mountaineering. Colorado courses may take place in The Gore, The Holy Cross, The Sawatch, The Elks, The Sangre de Cristos, the Rawah, or the San Juan mountains. Each of these Colorado ranges present unique challenges, but they are all beautiful, wild and rugged. These regions are within the ancestral lands of of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Cheyenne, Arapaho, Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux), Eastern Shoshone, Jicarilla Apache, and Pueblos nations.
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