Backpacking courses carry less weight then mountaineering courses and focus on covering greater distances with more time for exploration. Expect to travel on and off trail through wildflowers and pine-forests, learning to set up shelters, cook, navigate using a map and compass and administer basic first aid. As the course progresses, students are supported and empowered to take on more responsibility for wilderness living. By the end of the course, the Instructors step back into a supervisor role, allowing the group to make route-finding decisions, cook, travel and camp as one capable, student-led team. Past students and Instructors agree that arriving physically fit will enhance your experience and ability to do well on the course, and, ultimately allow you to take full advantage of the expedition. This course is geared specifically toward LGBTQ youth and led by certified and experienced LGBTQ Outward Bound Instructors.
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Are you ready to take a journey that will change your life? You won’t look at day-to-day drama the same way after you’ve conquered a high mountain ridge, made a boat obey your command in windswept waves or slept under the stars watching bats swoop overhead. Joining an Outward Bound expedition changes you. Your crew, your Instructor, your route and your adventures will have a profound and lasting impact on you as you rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places.
After you come home, many of the character, leadership and service traits you uncovered on your expedition stay with you, helping you navigate your daily life with more resilience and success.
Backpacking courses focus on wilderness skills such as navigation, natural history and living in the backcountry as you spend time both on and off trail. Travel to remote and beautiful places that are an ideal Outward Bound classroom. Activities include leadership and communication skill development, peak attempts and ascents, and traveling through mountainous terrain. Leave No Trace camping techniques, navigation and first aid are additional skills that students will learn as part of the experience. Students will travel over terrain that may reach up to 9,000 feet in elevation.
Service to others and to the environment are core values of Outward Bound and they are integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as part of their service to the environment. Students develop an ingrained appreciation of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, by multiple small acts of service with and for their crewmates while leading and supporting each other throughout the journey.
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Solo is that opportunity, and that time can range anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. It is a chance to experience solitude in the wilderness without distraction while also taking a break from the physical rigors of activities. Students experience short periods of time away from their group throughout the course for reflection. 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 during their Solo time, and safety is always the top priority.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from 4 to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an intro to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve. This seven-day backpacking course was designed to serve the LGBTQ young adult population by offering a mentally and physically challenging experience that sends participants home with a shared sense of community and feelings of accomplishment. The structure of this course is similar to a classic Outward Bound course; however special focus and attention will be lent toward creating an affirming space for sharing experiences and building community- elements that are fundamental building blocks for healthy futures of LGBTQ young adults.
Central Cascades, Oregon – Volcanoes dot the spine of the Cascade Mountains, rising over 10,000 feet above the forests, lakes and rivers of the surrounding region. These glaciated peaks run north and south and create perfect mountaineering objectives for this course. The Central Cascade range is home to the Three Sisters, Broken Top, Mt. Washington, three Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson. Four 10,000 foot glaciated volcanoes are present in this course area, with a total of nine major volcanoes. There is a unique blend of dry east side and wetter west side weather conditions which allow diverse types of vegetation to flourish. The area has a complex geologic history that continues today. Active glaciers methodically carve away the mountains and the dramatic traces of avalanches that altered the landscape can be found throughout.
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