With the greatest concentration of glaciers outside of Alaska and high mountain meadows peppered with wild flowers, the North Cascades wilderness area is one of the world’s premier mountaineering destinations. Build backpacking prowess as you travel from the trailhead deep into the heart of the range. Off the beaten path, learn what you’ll need to reach summits: teamwork, tenacity, and leadership. Learn how to wield an ice axe, ascend a fixed line, rappel and belay. On summit days, every crew member’s effort is critical to reach the top. Combine all of your learning and work together as a group – and be rewarded by hard-earned vistas and unbelievably fresh mountain air.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 courses coming soon.
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 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.
Students will travel over terrain that may reach up to 9,000 feet. The course will likely include at least one peak attempt 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.
Acquire a taste for adventure. Courses three weeks and longer provide the opportunity for full immersion into the Outward Bound experience, with more time for the personal growth that comes from facing both successes and failures. Through these longer experiences, students become more comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while practicing the values of Outward Bound. These learnings transfer easily back home, where students can build upon them and continue to grow and develop after course.
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 untrammeled 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. Our course area hosts some of the most famous alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States. Our backpacking programs operate in the Pasayten Wilderness and North Cascades National Park on the eastern side of the Cascades, a region that tends to be moderately dry; however, rain and thunderstorms are not unusual. Temperatures typically range from freezing to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This program runs on the eastern side of the North Cascades, an area that receives significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.
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