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)
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Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
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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.
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.
Washington Sea Kayaking & Mountaineering - (Ages 16-18, 18-22)
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 Dates Course Length Age Course Number 7/9/2016 - 7/30/2016 22 days 18-22 WWCI-651 Reserve Your Spot Today Learn More 7/9/2016 - 7/30/2016 22 days WWTI-651 Reserve Your Spot Today Learn More 8/5/2016 - 8/26/2016 22 days 16-18 WWTI-652 Reserve Your Spot Today Learn More
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