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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.Canoeing - Students will begin a multi-day canoe trip into the heart of North Cascades National Park on Ross Lake. Students will learn how to navigate, organize and prepare all their meals with everyone lending a hand, and learn about the local forests and wildlife in the adjacent Pasayten Wilderness. Emerald-colored Ross Lake is surrounded by high peaks and flanked by blankets of lush green cedar and fir forests. Students will hike down to the lake with overnight gear and food and then paddle a short distance to the first established campsite along the lake. Students will encounter unforgettable natural wonders including waterfalls flowing into the lake from the glaciers above, eagles circling overhead in search of trout and acres of clear blue water. Following the canoeing 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 confidence in themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North Cascades Alpine Backpacking & Canoeing - (Ages 14-16)
Backpacking and Canoeing 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” and paddle on crystal-clear Ross Lake.