"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
Backpack through old growth forests in the iconic Yosemite National park, a place that John Muir called nature’s temple. Have a new adventure away from work, cell phones and schedules. This disconnection creates an opening for rediscovery and growth.
Yosemite National Park receives 4 million visitors every year, yet this course will take place in treasured areas away from the crowds in order to slow down the pace of life and welcome adventure in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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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!
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.
This backpacking expedition will take participants high up into the less-traversed sections of this legendary park. Participants 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 place for reflection. Participants will stretch their boundaries, work hard together, and achieve heights either for the first time or revisit a past passion for outdoor exploration.
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.
Outward Bound believes 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 which 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. Solos range in length from 12 hours to 72 hours.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from four (4) to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an introduction to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve while activities fill most of the time and the pace is quick. With longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the opportunity to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more chances to develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development. However many days the expedition lasts, the strength and impact of the experience lasts a lifetime.
Backpacking and wilderness navigation techniques are great practice for the essential skills and habits that help prepare for new challenges at work, home and in the community. Outward Bound expeditions encourage students:
Yosemite National Park, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, 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. While this course steers clear of the crowded tourist attractions of the valley, dramatic alpine scenery can be seen in the horizon including 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 and 80s during the day and 30s to 50s in the evening. Outward Bound’s course area has some of the most famous, though often underutilized, alpine climbing and backpacking routes for participants to experience.
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.