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Courses

This is a complete listing of all of the courses we offer at the Northwest Outward Bound School.

Experience one of Oregon's most scenic and picturesque rivers as you view wildlife and navigate rapids, then cozy up in your sleeping bag until the next thrilling day. You don’t need to have previous rafting experience. We will teach you everything you need to know to travel comfortably including how…

This rafting course takes place on the Lower Salmon River which starts in Idaho and flows through Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The Lower Salmon river provides scenery, rapids, wildlife and history.  Most of the river is class II and III rapids, perfect for working on skills in oar rafts, paddle boats, and…

Each section of river on this course is a beautiful and introductory experience in rafting. Participants will travel on the river in four to six-person paddle rafts, and learn to “captain” (maneuver) their paddle raft team through Class II to IV rapids. You don’t need to have previous rafting experience. We…

Mt. Jefferson is a 10,495-foot stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc, and is the second highest mountain in Oregon. On the way to the top experience a bird's-eye view of the glaciated volcanoes of the Central Oregon Cascade and the spectacular surrounding terrain. Expect to travel on and off trail through wildflowers…

Join Outward Bound on Mount Rainier. At 14,410’, Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, and one of the country’s most renowned mountaineering objectives. You’ll learn how to use an ice ax, travel on a rope team, climb steep snow, rescue a fallen climber from…

This course is designed for young adults with previous backpacking, rock climbing or mountaineering experience, this course is also well suited for Outward Bound alumni who want to continue their technical and personal skills development. Dive into an intensive curriculum that focuses on leadership, character development and an ethic of…

Backpacking and Canoeing in the spectacular North Cascades is an ideal course for younger teens, and will give students the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the United States as students travel through the mountain range nicknamed the “American Alps” and paddle on crystal-clear Ross…

Backpacking and Rock Climbing in the spectacular North Cascades is an ideal course for younger teens, and will give students the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the United States as students travel through the mountain range nicknamed the “American Alps”.  

Alpine Backpacking in the spectacular North Cascades will give students the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the United States as students travel through the mountain range nicknamed the “American Alps”. Alpine backpacking courses carry less weight than mountaineering courses and focus on covering…

Join a team of veterans in challenging themselves in the spectacular North Cascades. The course, designed specifically for veterans, gives participants the opportunity to explore of the most beautiful and pristine, and least traveled wilderness in the United States.  Participants travel through the mountain range nicknamed the “American Alps” for…

Canoeing and rock climbing in the spectacular North Cascades are ideal challenges for students aged 12-14. This course provides  opportunities to explore some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the United States by canoe. Join us and learn expedition canoeing on the crystal-clear waters of Ross Lake in…

Mountaineering in the spectacular North Cascades gives students the opportunity to climb and explore in the most pristine and remote wilderness in the contiguous United States, nicknamed the “American Alps”. The North Cascades are one of the world’s premier mountaineering destinations. Students build backpacking prowess as they travel from the…

Join other veterans in the North Cascades Range of Washington for the opportunity to connect outside of the military in one of the most remote and beautiful alpine environments in the “lower 48”.  Participants will start off learning the basics of backpacking, campsite selection, backcountry cooking and Leave No Trace…

This course is designed for high school students seeking a life-changing, challenging adventure.  In addition to learning technical skills in sailing and alpine backpacking, students will learn methods of communication, conflict resolution, and decision-making. The expedition through some of Washington’s most stunning landscapes will take you from the beautiful San…

The Northwest Sailing course explores the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Longboats are replicas of the boats used by the European and American explorers of the Pacific Northwest during the 18th and 19th centuries.Our sailing courses focus on maritime and wilderness skills including navigation, natural history, setting and trimming…

The Oregon Cascades & Idaho Salmon River Leadership Semester course offers the greatest depth of personal and group leadership, technical and interpersonal skills of any course we offer. In 65 days, you will learn to paddle, mountaineer, rock climb and whitewater raft in the wildest and most scenic landscapes of…

This 28-day backpacking and service course is designed to prepare and train you to tackle the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and other long distance hiking trails on your own. It is also designed so that if you desire, after course you can continue north on the PCT all the way…

The Wild and Scenic Deschutes River flows from the snowcapped Central Cascades to the Columbia River. A spring fed river, the Deschutes has a very consistent flow throughout the year and offers rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV. This expedition will take students 97 miles through a beautiful desert river…

What a great way to start the summer, 14 days of rock climbing and rafting! Students will rock climb for 4-5 days at world-renowned climbing destination Smith Rock, as well complete a 97-mile whitewater rafting expedition on the scenic Deschutes River. The Wild and Scenic Deschutes River flows from the snowcapped Central Cascades…

This Oregon Rafting course for teens is a unique program specifically designed for grieving teens coping with the death of a loved one. This course offers students an opportunity to join with a team of others in challenging themselves while exploring some of Oregon’s most renowned wilderness areas. Students will…

One of our most popular courses! Three separate expeditions: 97-mile whitewater rafting expedition on the Deschutes River, one-week of climbing at world famous Smith Rock State Park and a two-week mountain expedition in the Central Cascade volcanoes!  Our mountaineering, rafting, and rock climbing courses are designed to teach students about…

Each section of river on this course is a beautiful and introductory experience in rafting. Students will travel on the river in four to six-person paddle rafts, and learn to “captain” (maneuver) their paddle raft team through Class II to IV rapids. You don’t need to have previous rafting experience.…

These are perfect courses for anyone from novice to intermediate climber as we work to individually challenge and develop balance, tenacity and skills in climbing these unique and amazing rock formations!  Our 27 years of instructing courses at Smith Rock pays off in getting students to the right places with the…

These are perfect courses for anyone from novice to intermediate climber as we work to individually challenge and develop balance, tenacity and skills in climbing these unique and amazing rock formations!  Our 27 years of instructing courses at Smith Rock pays off in getting students to the right places with the…

The Oregon to India Rafting and Trekking course is an extraordinary expedition that combines beautiful environments and challenging activities in two locations. This course is ideal for those who wish to explore the wild rapids and volcanic landscape of the Pacific Northwest, followed by an international expedition that puts these newly…

Explore some of the 400 islands and inner coastal channels of the San Juan Islands in single and double kayaks. You will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest coast. The overall technical emphasis of this course is to learn…

Explore some of the 400 islands and inner coastal channels of the San Juan Islands in single and double kayaks. You will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest coast. The overall technical emphasis of this course is to learn…

The South Sister Mountaineering course is a great introduction to backpacking, camping and snow- climbing up a non-technical peak that is 10,358ft, the highest of the Three Sisters.  The difficult ascent to the summit of South Sister gains 4,900 feet of elevation from the beginning of the course at a…

Designed for aspiring outdoor educators, this multi-expedition course offers students the chance to sea kayak, rock climb, mountaineer and backpack while developing skills necessary for an entry-level job in outdoor education.  The expedition combines beautiful environments and challenging activities with an intensive educational curriculum emphasizing the skills needed to work in…

Both 15 and 22 day Washington Sea Kayaking and Alpine Backpacking courses begin in the San Juan Islands, a maze of islands sculpted by current, and world-renowned as a paddling destination. You’ll start with the basics and progress quickly as a paddler, immersed in learning through expedition experience, learning advanced…

Immerse in Outward Bound through 22 days of paddling in the green-blue waters of the San Juan Islands and mountaineering in the remote Sawtooth or Glacier Peak Wilderness areas within the North Cascades. Build skills and community as you and your group learn backcountry living skills and paddle-craft in the…