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Mountaineering

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…

The South Sister Mountaineering course is a great introduction to backpacking, camping and snow- climbing up a non-technical peak that is 10,358ft, the highest of the Three Sisters.  The difficult ascent to the summit of South Sister gains 4,900 feet of elevation from the beginning of the course at a…

Mt. Jefferson is a 10,495-foot stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc, and is the second highest mountain in Oregon. On the way to the top experience a bird's-eye view of the glaciated volcanoes of the Central Oregon Cascade and the spectacular surrounding terrain. Expect to travel on and off trail through wildflowers…

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…

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…

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 97 miles through a beautiful desert river…

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…

One of our most popular courses! Three separate expeditions: 97-mile whitewater rafting expedition on the Deschutes River, one-week of climbing at world famous Smith Rock State Park and a two-week mountain expedition in the Central Cascade volcanoes!  Our mountaineering, rafting, and rock climbing courses are designed to teach students about…