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This is a complete listing of all of the courses we offer for College Aged students (18-22 years old) at the Northwest Outward Bound School.

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…