During the course, you can expect to travel on and off trail and over wooded and alpine terrain at 9,000 feet or higher, which can be rough, steep and exposed to heights. Learn smart and efficient backpacking and alpine travel techniques as well as Leave No Trace camping and travel skills, outdoor cooking techniques, basic first-aid, map and compass use, route finding and how to use an ice axe if necessary. Backpack up through the alpine environment and attempt a peak ascent. As the course progresses and your skills and experience increase, your instructors will turn more and more responsibility over to you and your crew.
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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.
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 spend time in an incredible area of the mountains, sleep under the stars, feel the sunshine on their face, and maybe watch a few sunsets over this magical landscape.
The course ends with the Final Expedition, during which the crew heads back into the field to put all 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 San Juans Mountain Range is the largest range in Colorado by area This remote range was primarily used for mining until the early 20th century as many of the peaks contain precious minerals. This rugged area does not have many roads and as a result some courses are resupplied by train. A narrow gauge railroad runs straight through the heart of the mountains, providing a unique opportunity to get students some fresh food and treats.
These rugged mountains are also home to sheepherders as the high alpine meadows provide ample opportunities for grazing. Lucky students will get a glimpse into the days of the old West as they see shepherds on horseback working their flock with help from their sheepdogs.
"There is not a week that goes by that Max doesn't share a funny story, an uncomfortable situation, or an incredible experience from Outward Bound. He is more confident in the outdoors and has a love of nature like never before. He's not afraid to try new things and meet people who are very different than he is." - Rebecca Simon
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