Additionally, this course offers students an opportunity to join with a team of others in challenging themselves while exploring some of Oregon’s most renowned wilderness areas. Students will cross rugged, beautiful terrain, and will need to dig deep and discover hidden strength. The journey begins the moment you are picked up at the Redmond Airport. You will head straight to the wild and scenic Deschutes River where the first days of your trip will be spent building critical skills in teamwork and camp craft. This learning will serve as a foundation and carry over through the remainder of your journey. The wild and scenic Deschutes River will offer your team the chance to learn paddling skills, river hydrology, raft captaining and safety.
This course is closed for the season. 2019 courses coming soon.
Grieving Teens expeditions are designed to help students build confidence and resiliency, acquire coping skills and create a network of ongoing of support. The grief work that is woven into the curriculum helps young people share in a relevant healing experience with real-world outcomes. And in a time and space set aside just for them, grieving teens realize they are not alone.
Students travel on the river in four to six person paddle rafts, and learn to “captain” (maneuver) their paddle raft team through Class II to IV rapids. After lessons in basic river travel and safety, students progress into learning to read currents, anticipate obstacles, scout rapids, and negotiate technical portions of the river. Students also learn river hydrology, swimming in currents, paddle techniques, and expeditionary travel. While on the rafting expedition, there may also be an opportunity for short day hikes.
Deschutes River, Oregon
The Deschutes River is part of the national Wild & Scenic Rivers System. The river flows north from the Oregon Cascades to the Columbia River and then on to the Pacific Ocean. The Lower Deschutes is a popular river for both whitewater rafting and fly fishing. The river is spring-fed, which results in an unusually constant water flow and cold water. Excellent geologic evidence is present all around this area. Courses generally travel anywhere from fifty to one hundred miles along the Lower Deschutes. The rapids on the Deschutes are rated to Class IV, mostly Class II-III, and are excellent for learning paddling skills and teamwork. The group camps each night along the banks of the river. The Deschutes region has a colorful human history, and a railroad borders much of the length of the Lower Deschutes.
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