Designed specifically to meet the needs of a highly motivated adult crew, this expedition is all about disconnecting from work, life and cell phones, and creating space for rediscovery and growth. This course is dedicated to creating a simpler life - if only for a short time – and facilitating reflection. Expect to stretch your boundaries, work hard together, reach new heights and perhaps even revive a passion for outdoor exploration. Although Yosemite National Park receives 4 million visitors every year, this expedition takes place in treasured areas away from the crowds in order to slow down the pace of life and welcome adventure.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 dates coming October 25.
Unplug from electronic devices and plug into the fundamentals of the natural world on an Adult expedition with Outward Bound. Acquire essential outdoor skills and experience rugged wilderness adventures as skilled Instructors urge you to surpass expectations and realize “there is more in you than you know.” With physical challenge, time for rest and reflection and conversations dedicated to evaluating life priorities, our adult courses are refreshing, reaffirming and rejuvenating.
This backpacking expedition will take participants high up into the less-traversed sections of this legendary park. Students will learn the basics of backpacking, Leave No Trace camping and travel skills, outdoor cooking techniques, map and compass use, route finding and expedition living. They will spend time hiking in forested areas and in the alpine environment above tree line, often camping next to deep blue alpine lakes that offer the opportunity to swim and rinse off after a long day.
As our lives are a constant work in progress, this course is dedicated to a simpler life, if only for a short time, to facilitate a space for reflection. Participants will stretch their boundaries, work hard together, and achieve heights for the first time or revisit a past passion for outdoor exploration.
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 are separated from their group for a period of time that depends on course length and Instructor assessment of group capability. Solo sites are chosen to provide solitude. Participants have all necessary equipment, food and water. Solo on courses for adults may be integrated into the daily flow of course or may take place for a set amount of time.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Yosemite is famous for breathtaking views of waterfalls, massive granite domes and peaceful alpine meadows. Yosemite is home to some of the world’s most treasured landmarks. Places like El Capitan, Half Dome and Glacier Point can be seen on the horizon along with dramatic alpine scenery – peaks rising from the valley to elevations above 12,000 feet.
The Sierra Nevada offers fairly stable and beautiful weather. Spring can bring snow and cold temperatures. As summer advances, temperatures tend to become more moderate. Summer temperatures are in the 70s to 80s during the day and 30s to 50s in the evening. Our course area has some of the most famous, though often underutilized, alpine climbing and backpacking routes for participants to experience.
"The Outward Bound staff were incredibly supportive, ready to answer any questions, and address concerns with kindness and compassion. Course instructors were caring, knowledgeable and fun! They taught us to navigate the great outdoors, provided interesting nature lessons (I never knew that a Jeffrey Pine Tree smells just like vanilla!) and encouraged us to work as a team, embrace challenges and grow as individuals. As for my teammates, we were strangers. Now, we are forever bonded by our incredible experience, we will be friends for life.
"My Outward Bound adventure changed my life in unexpected ways. The experience of standing atop a large rock at the completion of a challenging hike, and saying, with arms raised and pure joy in my heart, “I DID IT!” helped me realize with perseverance, patience, faith in our abilities and a good belly laugh now and again, we can accomplish anything."
- Patricia Rosen
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