This course combines beautiful environments and challenging activities with an intensive curriculum emphasizing leadership, character development and an ethic of service. This course is particularly well-suited for young adults with previous backpacking, rock climbing or mountaineering experience and Outward Bound Alumni looking to continue their technical and personal skills development. The crew will ascend Mount Baker (elevation 10,781 ft), the second most heavily glaciated peak of the Cascade Range volcanoes, and experience the challenge of a lifetime on this 14-day advanced mountaineering course. Dive into an intensive curriculum that focuses on leadership, character development and an ethic of service as you explore high mountain meadows and some of the most stunning alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States. Learn technical skills in backpacking and mountaineering and practice communication, conflict resolution, and decision-making strategies. Build upon your existing skill set and test your teamwork against challenging technical objectives. As you work toward a common goal with the other members of your crew, discover who you are and what you are capable of. Mount Baker is an active glaciated andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington in the United States. Mount Baker has the second-most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount Saint Helens.
This course is closed for the season. 2019 courses coming soon.
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.
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.
The North Cascades offers some of the most spectacular mountaineering in the world, with views of jagged, snow-covered peaks, alpine waterfalls, and remote mountain flora and fauna. On this classic Outward Bound course, our expert climbing and mountaineering Instructors will demonstrate safe and efficient travel techniques for the mountains. In order to explore remote technical terrain, much of the course will be spent backpacking through the wilderness learning and practicing skills for peak attempts.
Activities include: leadership and communication skill seminars, rock climbing and mountaineering, peak ascents and traveling through mountainous terrain both on and off trail. Leave No Trace camping techniques, navigation and first aid are additional skills students will learn. Groups will travel over terrain that may reach up to 10,500 feet.
The course will include at least one and potentially multiple peak attempts depending upon the weather and the group’s physical preparedness. Peak attempts are day-long enterprises often entailing pre-dawn starts. Successful peak climbs often involve roped climbing on snow and/or rock, patience, efficiency and teamwork to attain the summit.
Service to others and to the environment are core values of Outward Bound and they are integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as part of their service to the environment. Students develop an ingrained appreciation of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, by multiple small acts of service with and for their crewmates while leading and supporting each other throughout the journey.
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Solo is that opportunity, and that time can range anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. It is a chance to experience solitude in the wilderness without distraction while also taking a break from the physical rigors of activities. Students experience short periods of time away from their group throughout the course for reflection. These “mini-solos” are at solo sites chosen by Instructors to provide as much solitude as possible (within emergency whistle-signaling distance of other group members). Participants have all necessary equipment, food and water during their Solo time, and safety is always the top priority.
On 14 and 15 day courses students learn and practice the ideas of leadership, character development and service that are integral to Outward Bound courses. Students will develop and apply these skills in an expedition setting so that they can continue to grow once they return home. Instructors will work to challenge each student to try new things and step outside their comfort zones, as well as provide feedback that can be acted upon before course end. The expedition may only last a short time, but the strength and impact of the experience lasts a lifetime.
Mountaineering and wilderness navigation techniques are great practice for the essential skills and habits that help prepare for new challenges at work, home and in the community. Outward Bound expeditions encourage students:
The North Cascades, Washington
The North Cascades are called the “American Alps” for their rugged beauty and glaciated peaks. They remain some of the wildest and most unrestrained wilderness in the United States. The North Cascades host the greatest concentration of glaciers in the “Lower 48” and are full of high mountain meadows peppered with wild flowers. The Outward Bound course area hosts some of the most stunning alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States. Our backpacking programs operate in the Pasayten Wilderness and North Cascades National Park on the east side of the North Cascades and receive significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.
Mazama Basecamp, Mazama, Washington
This facility is the Outward Bound office and support site for all wilderness courses conducted in Washington. The rustic property is located in the Methow Valley and has on-site access to great rock climbing and backpacking. You may stay at the basecamp at the conclusion of your course.
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