On this 18- and 22-day journey with Outward Bound you’ll build expertise and connections as you and your group learn backcountry living skills and paddle-craft. Navigating your crew from island to island, you’ll become acquainted with the flora, fauna and marine natural history of the islands. You’ll practice team and self-rescues, cementing the self-reliance and cohesive, immediate teamwork required as your itinerary presents greater and greater challenges. In the mountains, you’ll learn basic backpacking and then take it off trail, into the heart of the jagged North Cascades, where you’ll learn how to use an ice ax to self-arrest, ascend a fixed line, rock climb, rappel and belay one another. Put all these skills together to get your crew through complex terrain, up wild walls, over alpine meadows and to the summits of granite spires!
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This course may be full or preparing to leave in the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to discuss your options.
Effective communication and teamwork are critical for backcountry travel, and Outward Bound courses are designed to help students practice these skills alongside their wilderness expertise, learning from successes and failures along the way. Consistent Instructor and peer feedback allow for a progression of leadership skills and character development. Students will develop and apply these skills in an expedition setting so that they can continue to grow once they return home. Instructors will work to challenge each student to try new things and step outside their comfort zones, as well as provide feedback that can be acted upon before course end. As a team, each group will work together to complete difficult tasks necessary for backcountry travel and expedition living.
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.
Seek out beaches where you will sleep under the stars and get to know the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest coast. Instructors will teach the teamwork and communication skills necessary to travel as a group of kayaks in a working waterway. Students may also have the opportunity to do a service project with a local land agency, hike to an island vista or comb the beaches.
The North Cascades offers some of the most spectacular mountaineering in the world, with views of jagged, snow-covered peaks, alpine waterfalls and remote mountain tundra. On this Outward Bound expedition, our expert climbing and mountaineering Instructors will demonstrate safe and efficient travel techniques to traverse the mountains. In order to explore remote technical terrain, much of the course will be spent backpacking through the wilderness learning and practicing skills for peak attempts.
Activities include: leadership and communication skill activities, rock climbing and mountaineering, peak ascents and traveling through mountainous terrain both on and off trail. Leave No Trace camping techniques, navigation and first aid are additional skills students will learn. The group will travel over terrain that may reach up to 9,000 feet in elevation.
The course will include at least one and potentially multiple peak attempts depending upon the weather and your group’s physical preparedness. Peak attempts are day-long enterprises often entailing pre-dawn starts. Successful peak climbs often involve roped climbing on snow and/or rock, patience, efficiency and teamwork to attain the summit.
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Solo is that opportunity. The Solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. With sufficient food and equipment, students will set up camp at sites of their own, using the wilderness skills learned during the first portions of the course. The time students spend on Solo depends on limitation of the itinerary and Instructor preference. On this course Solo experiences can last 24-48 hours. Solo campsites are chosen to offer as much solitude as possible (yet be within emergency whistle-signaling distance of other group members). Most students spend their Solo time journaling, drawing, reflecting, thinking and resting as they process lessons of the course to focus on their goals for the future. Instructors check on each participant at regular intervals, as safety is always the top priority.
The North Cascades, Washington
The North Cascades are called the “American Alps” for their rugged beauty and glaciated peaks. They remain some of the wildest and most unrestrained wilderness in the United States. The North Cascades host the greatest concentration of glaciers in the “Lower 48” and are full of high mountain meadows peppered with wild flowers. The Outward Bound course area hosts some of the most stunning alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States. Our backpacking programs operate in the Pasayten Wilderness and North Cascades National Park on the east side of the North Cascades and receive significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.
If you are ready to enroll on a course click the enroll button next to the course you wish to select or you can enroll over the phone by speaking with one of our Admissions Advisors (toll-free) at 866-467-7651.