Leave No Trace ethics, basic wilderness first aid and leadership development are all part of your training as you learn to adapt to living in the backcountry. Be prepared to take your skills to the next level and push yourself beyond the limits of what you thought was possible as you undertake this unforgettable challenge.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 dates coming October 25.
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.
Hiking through the oldest mountains in the world as an expedition crew, participants can expect to explore dense forests, cascading mountain streams, and unique rock formations. The group will work together to translate topographical maps, hike along mountainous ridges, and navigate off trail into the unknown to travel the entirety of the Delaware Water Gap course area. This process will not only hone communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills but will provide a sense of accomplishment and memories that will last a lifetime.
Students then have a chance to experience tons of adrenaline while paddling the Delaware River, the longest free-flowing river in the Eastern United States. The Delaware also supports an astounding array of wildlife, including the largest winter populations of bald and golden eagles in the East. Canoeing in the Delaware Water Gap offers a unique connection to each section of the river. Those who seek secluded, wide water with lots of wildlife will find it all in the stretch that flows through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from Matamoras to Kittatinny Point. Participants learn technical paddling techniques as they explore Minisink and Namanock, the first of many islands along this stretch of river, and will truly begin to harness these skills as they navigate the part of the river where it begins to form pools, eddies, and develop into swift currents.
During expedition there will be a day-long experience of rock climbing. Students will learn about essential equipment for the sport and proper techniques of rock climbing like tying knots, belaying each other and moving gracefully over the rock. In addition to technical skills, students learn about trust and teamwork as they belay for their teammates while they climb and then trade places. The group will also learn specific climbing techniques and site safety, all while instructors provide expert supervision and management.
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the southern end of the park, students can view the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge. Within the watershed of this river can be found steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hollows, deep ravines and tumbling waterfalls.
“Everything about that expedition meant the world to me. I met my best friend, acquired a newfound appreciation for the environment, and decided what I wanted to do with my future, just in that short timeframe.” – Outward Bound Student
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