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Washington Sea Kayaking & Mountaineering - (Ages 16-18, 18-22)




Kayaking in Washington State
Luke ONeill
Hiking at sunrise
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Group kayaking
Luke ONeill
The sun peeking though
Luke ONeill

Course Details

    Location: Washington
    Activities: Mountaineering, Kayaking
    Tuition & Fees: $4295 (22 day)
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

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 sea.  Navigating your crew from island to island, you’ll become intimately 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!

Available Courses


How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course participant:
Step one: Complete the online enrollment by clicking on Reserve Your Spot Today (above), or call to enroll (866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404)
Step two: You will receive a personalized Registration E-mail from your Course Advisor within 48 hours.
Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
Step four: We may need a couple of weeks to review your enrollment packet and approve your participation.

Enrollment Packet & Course Information


ENROLLMENT PACKET
Enrollment Packet Deadline Policy: All applicants must adhere to the due dates listed in their Registration E-Mail. If you are unable to meet the requested deadlines, please be sure to contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Otherwise, your spot on the course will be opened up to another student.
Teen and College Application

Adult Application

Physician Exam Form

Admissions & Enrollment Policies

Note: Supplemental Forms may apply if we need more specific information about you. Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine which supplemental forms are required for your enrollment packet.


COURSE INFORMATION
This section contains details that are key to the specific course you have enrolled on. This information will come in handy when packing, planning, and preparing for the adventure you have chosen. Please read these documents CAREFULLY and contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.


Gear & Footwear 

Travel Information 
Course Description

Attending Outward Bound

Course Preparation & Physical Fitness

Information on Completing & Returning Forms

Supplemental Forms & Scholarship

Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine if any of the following forms are required for your enrollment process. AGAIN, note the DUE DATE in your Registration E-Mail.
The Northwest Outward Bound School offers financial assistance in the form of Needs-Based Scholarships. The scholarships typically do not exceed 1/2 of the base cost. In order to receive an award offer, you will have to enroll in your chosen course, go through the enrollment and medical screening process and be officially cleared to participate on the course. There is a $500 deposit that must be paid at the time of enrollment, which is refundable if your scholarship award does not meet your needs. Please note that all scholarship applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awards are strictly based on need and scholarship money availability. The application form is available below. Please contact Skye Clifford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions regarding the Needs-Based Scholarships, and/or other questions regarding financing for your course.

Need-Based Scholarship Application

Course Description

In the San Juan Islands, within the Salish Sea, you’ll explore island to island by single and double kayak. You and your crew will learn paddle strokes, self and assisted rescues, marine navigation, and weather/sea state assessment strategies. The cool waters of the San Juans are home to immensely diverse life, from diving seabirds to kelp forests, otters to urchins, porpoises to puffins. During the sea kayaking phase of course, you and your crew will lay the foundation for the skills that let your expedition truly shine: leadership and followership, assertive communication, service to one another, and above all, compassion. 

Halfway through course, you’ll hang up your paddles and hop into a van headed east to the mountains. You’ll begin the mountaineering section with a few days of backpacking to access the base of your objectives. Over these days you’ll build mountain travel skills: map and compass reading, off-trail navigation, and scrambling. The teamwork you built in the sea comes heavily into play as you travel through deep, glacially carved valleys, and over narrow high mountain passes.  A few days in, camped in wind sculpted larch and pine, you’ll learn how to use an ice ax to climb and self arrest, ascend a fixed line with prussiks, belay and rappel. You’ll use these skills over the following days to reach rocky summits as crew, not passengers. 

Outward Bound instructors teach and facilitate the interpersonal skills that will allow your group to function as a team to accomplish goals set by you and your crew. Outward Bound courses are team environments, requiring students to work closely together to travel, navigate, and make camp each day. Throughout Outward Bound’s 50-year history and into the present, we strive to deliver new perspective on values, compassion, and being of service to others. 

Weather dependent, your course includes opportunities for a peak attempt. Peak attempts are day-long enterprises often entailing pre-dawn starts. All the learning along the way, from teamwork to navigation, becomes critical; everyone’s full energy is required to reach the top. Perspective from the summits are always worth the effort.

Towards the end of the course, instructors empower students to use their newfound confidence and skills to make route-finding decisions, cook, travel, and camp as one capable team. During this time, instructors step back, maintain safety management, and allow the group to manage themselves through several days of challenging backpacking.

Each Outward Bound course in Washington includes a solo experience. Instructors thoughtfully manage solo as a time when students can relax from physical and mental rigors and spend time reflecting on their experience. While students will be largely alone during this time, they camp close to the instructor base camp and instructors check on each student regularly.

Outward Bound is committed to improving our communities through Service. Each of our courses include a service component. Our service projects differ depending on the course, but may include trail repair, removal of invasive species, harvest help at our local food bank farm, or repairs at our community non-profit nursing home. 

Successful completion of this course demands tenacity, leadership, and compassion. The challenges, support, opportunities, and meaningful experiences usher in a discovery of the strength within; this is the purpose of Outward Bound.

Course Area

The San Juan Islands are located between the Olympic Coast Range, Vancouver Island and the North Cascades. The combination of glaciated peaks and sparkling waters make the San Juan Islands one of the best kayaking venues in the world. Sightings of Orca whales, seals, porpoises and eagles are common. There are over 400 islands in Puget Sound that are rimmed by rugged shorelines, pristine beaches and mountains.

The North Cascades are called the “American Alps” for their rugged beauty and glaciated peaks; they remain some of the wildest and most untrammeled 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. Our course area hosts some of the most famous alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States. Our land programs operate in the Pasayten, Sawtooth and Glacier Peak Wilderness areas on the east side of the North Cascades and receive significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.


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