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North Cascades Alpine Backpacking & Rock Climbing - (Ages 14-16)

Course Details

    Location: Washington
    Activities: Backpacking, Rock Climbing
    Tuition & Fees: $3295
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

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”. 

Available Courses

How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course paricipant:
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 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 yourThis 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.
 Youth 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.

This section contain 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.
 Travel Information

Course Description

Gear & Footwear

Course Preparation & Physical Fitness

Attending Outward Bound

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

This multi-day backpacking expedition will take students into the heart of North Cascades National Park and through the Pasayten Wilderness. Students will learn to read a map, use a compass, how to set up shelters and cook in the backcountry. Travel in the North Cascades will include time on and off-trail both above and below tree line. Following the backpacking expedition, students will have the opportunity to rock climb at our excellent front-country climbing sites where they will learn the basics of climbing technique, belaying and knots as well as developing trust in team members and self confidence.

In addition to technical skills, Outward Bound instructors will teach and facilitate the interpersonal skills that will allow the group to function effectively as a team to accomplish set goals. Outward Bound courses are team environments where students work closely together to travel, navigate and camp every day. Throughout Outward Bound’s 50-year history, we strive to deliver new perspective on compassion and being of service to others.

Most backpacking sections include the opportunity for a peak attempt. Peak attempts are daylong enterprises often entailing pre-dawn starts. Peak attempts on this course do not typically require the use of technical gear. As the last days of course draw near, students will be able to maximize their independence and decision making as instructors empower them to use newly acquired confidence and skills to make the decisions that will see them through the final days of their adventure.

Each Outward Bound course in Washington includes a solo experience. Istructors thoughtfully manage solo so that it is a time where students can relax from the physical and mental rigors of course and spend some time reflecting upon the experience. While students will be largely alone during this time, they will be camping close to the instructor basecamp and they instructors will check on students regularly.

Our courses also include a service component. Service projects range widely depending on the course, but may include projects such as trail repair, removal of invasive species, assisting at our local food bank farm or doing repairs at our community non-profit nursing home. Successful completion of your course demands mastery of skills, trust, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative and compassion. The promotion of these qualities and the discovery of what strength is in you is the purpose of Outward Bound.

Air travel for youth courses 
Virtually all airlines require that passengers age 14 or younger that fly without a companion over the age of 18 pay for their “Unaccompanied Minor” service. This fee ranges anywhere from $40 to $75 each way. In most cases, the Unaccompanied Minor service is OPTIONAL for travelers between the ages of 15-17. For logistical reasons, we recommend that you DO NOT choose unaccompanied minor service for students over 14. If you have additional questions, please contact your Course Advisor.

Youth Courses
We know that younger teens represent a diverse group. For some students, Outward Bound is their first time away from home; others are veteran travelers who have attended Outward Bound before. We plan Youth courses to set students up for success no matter where they are starting on the spectrum of wilderness experience.

The mental social and physical challenges they will encounter are very real and meeting them is a very real accomplishment. Depending on the course area and activity that may mean basecamp time to acclimatize, or a highly structured environment with clear expectations and a daily routine.

Course Area

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 backpacking programs operate in the Pasayten Wilderness on the east side of the North Cascades and receive significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.

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