The Smith Rock Climbing and Yoga course will offer you a journey through the crags and spires of one of Central Oregon’s most distinct and renowned areas, Smith Rock State Park. While exploring this world famous climbing area, you will learn climbing techniques including gear use, belaying, rappelling, safety and etiquette. You are given ample opportunity to push your limits and test new learning amidst the grandeur of this towering geologic formation. Smith Rock State Park will also serve as the backdrop for your daily yoga practice and training. Incorporate breath, balance, focus and flexibility into your movement on rock.
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 abilities, an energized outlook, a rekindled allowance of empathy into situations and relationships and an eye toward the future.
Students will receive individual instruction and test their skills against vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders. Camping will be in a front country site near Smith Rock State Park among the multicolored cliffs and spires. Students will learn about basic climbing equipment, rope management, knots, belaying and rappelling techniques and movement on rock.
The practice of movement, breath and connection to the body, a daily yoga practice compliments the more dynamic sport of rock climbing. Students will have the opportunity to cultivate their own yoga practice through daily class while on course. The course will begin with some basic introduction to the practice of yoga and develop into a habit students can take home with them.
Service projects are often incorporated into Outward Bound courses through coordination with local land managers, conservation groups, government agencies or social service agencies. While in the wilderness, students are encouraged to practice service to the environment and their team by sharing responsibilities and following Leave No Trace ethics throughout the expedition.
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Within course, the solo is that opportunity. It is a chance to experience solitude in the wilderness without distraction while also taking a break from the physical rigors of course. Students experience time away from their group for short periods of time throughout the course. 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. On this course, solos range from 30 minutes to no more than 48 hours.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from four (4) to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an introduction to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve while activities fill most of the time and the pace is quick. With longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the opportunity to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more chances to develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development. However many days the expedition lasts, the strength and impact of the experience lasts a lifetime.
Rock climbing, yoga 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:
Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
Smith Rock is widely considered to be one of the best climbing areas in the country and the variety of climbing offered attracts climbers of every ability level. It is a uniquely beautiful area that commonly graces postcards and calendars. The Crooked River lazily winds its way through the canyon, cutting a path through the cliffs and spires. To the west, the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range rise on the horizon, above the flat checkerboard of irrigated plains. One of the most striking features is a prominent spire, the Monkey Face. Given the dry and temperate climate, rock climbing is feasible most of the year.
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