You will travel down the river as a team, employing communication leadership and compassion. The Lower Salmon River is a "pool and drop" river, with the more difficult rapids in the narrow canyons. Most of the river has Class II and Class III rapids, perfect for working on skills in oar rafts, paddle boats and paddle cats. Some notable rapids include: Demon’s Drop, Half and Half, Snow Hole, and Checkerboard. Numerous white sandy beaches on both sides of the river offer amazing camping. The human and natural history of the Lower Salmon river is extensive, and you will visit pictographs, petroglyphs and even a feng shui Chinese miner rock house. For the final 20-miles of the expedition the Salmon and Snake rivers come together, characteriezed by greater water volume and slower moving currents. This allows for ample time to reflect on your journey.
This course is closed for the season. 2020 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.
Students will 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 will progress into learning to read currents, anticipate obstacles, scout rapids, and negotiate technical portions of the river. Students will 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.
Service to others and to the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Groups follow Leave No Trace ethics as part of their service to the environment and engage in acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. Seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, students develop an ingrained appreciation of service and transfer this desire to serve their communities back home.
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 24 hours.
This course will introduce students to the ideas of leadership, character development, and service that are integral to Outward Bound. Students will begin to develop these skills in an expedition setting so that they can continue to grow once they return home. Instructors will work to challenge students to try new things and step outside their comfort zones. As a team, each group will work together to complete difficult tasks necessary for backcountry travel. Adult courses offer a unique opportunity to disconnect from the busyness of everyday life and reconnect with self, and other individuals. Regardless of age or life stage, Outward Bound believes that everyone can benefit from opportunities to experience challenge, adventure, and to work within a supportive environment to gain a greater sense of self.
Lower Salmon River, Idaho
Starting in Whitebird, Idaho, the Salmon River has created the second deepest river gorge in North America (deeper than the Grand Canyon!) and is also the longest free-flowing river in the United States. Because there are no dams, sand is carried downstream from high creeks and tributaries and deposited in beautiful white sand beaches in the river corridor. The Salmon meanders through the Frank Church Wilderness, the second largest wilderness area in the contiguous United States. Your group will travel over 73 river miles and end on the lower end of the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon, the deepest canyon in the country. This course allows you to explore the many historical and cultural sites along the Lower Salmon including homes of Chinese miners from the late 1800’s and Native American pictographs.
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