“I connected with people I never thought I would. I will never forget the characters on this trip. I learned that staying positive makes everything more enjoyable. I had a great time.” – Elise, Voyageur Outward Bound School Alum
"I loved this course so much! The Solo challenge was so tranquil and it was fun to relax. My Instructors are so nice and helpful. Although backpacking was hard, it was really satisfying getting to the campsites. Building fires and sitting around them for evening meeting was fun. I also made new friends and this entire experience was awesome!" – Nirai, Voyageur Outward Bound School Alum
This backpacking expedition takes you into the heart of the Sawtooth Mountain Range, adjacent to the world’s largest body of freshwater, Lake Superior. Greet the sunrise, spend the day challenging yourself while hiking the stunning Superior Hiking Trail, and enjoy evenings cooking meals and connecting with your crew around a crackling fire. Learn outdoor skills that allow you to travel safely through a wilderness environment, including backpacking techniques, navigation, water purification, camp construction, fire building, and Leave No Trace ethics. In addition to gaining useful technical skills, you’ll also develop essential life skills including perseverance or “grit,” teamwork, problem solving, decision making, and leadership in this fun and unique outdoor classroom.
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This course starts within the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to assess the possibility of applying for this course!
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.
Students hit the ground running as they learn how to set up camp on day one and spend 10 days in the Sawtooth Mountain Range of the Superior Hiking Trail. Equipped with everything they need, students hike three to 10 miles per day, depending on terrain, and camp near remote rivers or lakes. Throughout the expedition, students learn to shift their perspective as their backpack transforms from a heavy burden to an organized system, providing the freedom to trek unassisted from the outside world.
Individuals come together to form an expedition crew as they master skills including wilderness travel, leadership and teamwork. As the expedition progresses and students’ self-confidence and skills increase, they have the opportunity to take more ownership over the expedition, including group leadership, route selection, navigation and camp set up. This intentional progression provides the crew with the opportunity to support each other as they decide where this adventure will take them.
Rock climbing combines control, strength, and problem-solving as students ascend natural rock formations at Carlton Peak and Shovel Point on the Superior Hiking Trail. Each climbing site provides a variety of beginner and intermediate climbs that provide an ideal introduction to rock climbing. Regardless of a student’s rock climbing and rappelling background, everyone is sure to find challenge and success as they have the opportunity to climb at the beginning and end of this expedition, weather permitting.
All Outward Bound rock climbing and rappelling experiences are carefully supervised and employ safety systems aligned with national standards. During climbing days, students learn about rock climbing equipment, safety and etiquette, belaying techniques and climbing rescue techniques. Encouraged and supported by their group, students push their perceived limits and expand their comfort zones in a safe, fun, and non-competitive environment.
The Solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their time at Outward Bound. Many students use this reflection time to journal, make decisions about their future and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings unencumbered by the constant external stimulation of modern life. The duration of Solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. With all the food, skills and supplies they need, students are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff throughout to maintain safety. Students tend to find that Solo provokes profound and powerful learning in a short period of time and often becomes one of the most memorable parts of their Outward Bound course.
Students will experience a sense of accomplishment as they learn about perseverance (or grit), risk taking, self-identity and self-reliance. Students will learn to trust themselves and push themselves harder as they own their choices and advance toward mastery in their skill development. Group adversity will teach each student critical thinking skills, collaboration and decision-making. They will experience leadership in action as they see their potential become reality while practicing empathy and compassion towards others.
Backpacking and wilderness navigation techniques are great practice for the essential skills and habits that help prepare students for new challenges at work, home and in the community. Outward Bound expeditions encourage students to:
Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota
On the southern edge of a massive a granite rock formation known as the Canadian Shield, which runs from Minnesota all the way to Hudson Bay and the Northwest Territories sits the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior.
The Superior Hiking Trail is a 296-mile footpath that largely follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior on Minnesota's North Shore from Duluth to the Canadian border. Well-marked trails, campsites and challenging terrain make this a perfect thru-hike destination.
National Geographic says the Superior Hiking Trail “is the best long hike in the country between the Continental Divide and the Appalachian Trail.” At its lowest elevation, along the lakeshore, the trail is 602 feet above sea level. At its highest point the trail is 1,750 feet above sea level and more than 1,000 feet above Lake Superior. The Superior Hiking Trail is characterized by ascents to rock outcroppings and cliffs and descents into numerous river and creek valleys that feature abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.
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