Gain the satisfaction that comes from meeting an expedition goal; the growth that comes from learning to work effectively with new peers; and the support that comes from sharing experiences in a challenging environment. Whether you’re in school, transitioning to the work force or coping with the demands of an established career, this expedition encourages you to push your comfort zone, hone your leadership style, and reflect – all while learning technical skills in a unique and beautiful setting. Sleek and stable one- and two-person kayaks offer a unique vantage point from which to explore fascinating Apostle Islands National Park in Lake Superior. By day, learn the techniques necessary to confidently paddle in quiet, flat water as well as rising swells; by night, learn general campcraft, perfect the art of cooking over a fire or stove, and practice Leave No Trace wilderness travel techniques that help preserve Lake Superior’s shoreline ecology.
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.
Skilled Outward Bound instructors and Lake Superior herself provide exceptional learning opportunities for all paddlers, from the complete novice to talented sea kayaker. Students learn a variety of paddling, landing, rescue and navigation skills to contend with diverse weather and water conditions. Paddling anywhere from zero to 20 miles in a day, groups camp just inland from sandy bays or rocky shorelines.
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 Outward Bound experience. Many students use this reflection time to make significant decisions about their future, journal and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings unencumbered by the constant external stimulation of modern life. The duration of solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. Students on an adult sea kayaking course typically experience a 4-8 hour solo.
Regardless of solo length, all students receive sufficient food, water, and shelter to keep them safe and healthy during solo. Instructors choose solo sites to offer as much solitude as possible while retaining some proximity to the group. While students spend the majority of their solo time alone, Instructors do check on each student as often as needed, usually one to four times per day, to ensure that each student feels safe and comfortable. Solo is purposefully scheduled near the end of the expedition so students have plenty of time to acclimate to their new environment beforehand.
Students may have mixed feelings leading up to solo: nervousness and hesitation regarding the unknown but also excitement to rest, reflect, and test their new skills while alone. 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.
Courses are offered in a variety of locations and for different lengths to provide a range of programming, from which participants can choose the optimal experience for them. Longer courses allow for a full immersion into the Outward Bound experience, more time to practice wilderness travel, and the opportunity to experience both success and failure to promote personal growth. Students can expect to get comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while creating a solid foundation of skill sets they can continue to build on after course.
Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a designated United States National Park and encompasses 21 islands along the southern shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Windswept beaches, sea caves, cliffs and historic lighthouses are just a few of the park’s highlights.
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