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Oregon Rafting & Rock Climbing - (Ages 14-16, 16-18)

Course Details

    Location: Oregon
    Activities: Rock Climbing, Rafting
    Tuition & Fees: $3295
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

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 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 through a beautiful desert river corridor carved through volcanic basalt and schist.

Available Courses

How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course paricipant:

Enrollment Packet & Course Information

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 Course Advisor. Otherwise, your spot on the course will be opened up to another student.


Youth Application

Teen & College Application (16-18 year olds)

Physician Exam Form (14-16 year olds)

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.


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.

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Travel Information

Course Description

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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

Rafting Section – A 97-mile whitewater rafting expedition on the renowned Deschutes River in Central Oregon, a designated Wild and Scenic River! The rafting section begins near the town of Warm Springs (a 45 minute bus/van ride from the Redmond meeting location). 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. After lessons in basic river travel, students will progress to learning about “reading” currents, anticipating obstacles, scouting difficult rapids, and working as an effective team to negotiate technical portions of the river. Students will also learn about river hydrology, swimming, paddle techniques, camp craft, and expeditionary travel. This section of the course also allows students time to build critical skills in teamwork and wilderness travel that will carry over to the remainder of the course. While on the rafting expedition, there may also be an opportunity for short day hikes.

Rock Climbing – This course begins with a 4-5 day rock climbing component at world-renowned Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne. Students will receive individual instruction and test their skills against vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders. Students will be camping in a front-country site at Smith Rock State Park among the multicolored cliffs and spires. There is a spectacular view to the west of the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range. Students will learn about basic climbing equipment, ropes, carabineers, harnesses, knots, belaying and rappelling techniques, and most importantly, how to move across the rock face efficiently and effectively using hand and foot holds. This first section of the course allows students time to build critical skills in teamwork and camp craft that will carry over to the remainder of the course.

Course Area

Central Oregon’s rock climbing is vast and amazing. There are copious bouldering and cragging opportunities within an hour of Smith Rock, so our courses look to diversify the student’s exposure to different types of rock, styles of climbing, and the beautiful places spread around the High Desert of Oregon. Mostly basalt, the formations will take on all forms, from splitter cracks to exposed faces or steep boulder problems that will aid our staff in delivering the outcomes of technical skill development.

Deschutes River, OR – The Deschutes River is part of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. The river flows north from the Oregon Cascades to the Columbia River and then on to the Pacific Ocean. The Lower Deschutes is a popular river for both whitewater rafting and fly fishing. The river is spring-fed, which results in an unusually constant water flow and cold water. Excellent geologic evidence is present all around this area. The rapids on the Deschutes are rated to Class IV, mostly Class II-III, and are excellent for learning paddle skills and teamwork. Common wildlife around the river includes osprey, bald eagles, deer, bighorn sheep (rare), rattlesnakes, and waterfowl such as mergansers and mallard.

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