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North Cascades Alpine Backpacking for Veterans

Course Details

    Location: Washington
    Activities: Backpacking
    Tuition & Fees: $ 0
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

Join a team of veterans in challenging themselves in the spectacular North Cascades. The course, designed specifically for veterans, gives participants the opportunity to explore of the most beautiful and pristine, and least traveled wilderness in the United States.  Participants travel through the mountain range nicknamed the “American Alps” for its lush and rugged terrain. You’ll walk along grassy ridge tops, cross snow-fed streams, use an ice axe when necessary, and scramble to rocky summits. Expect to travel on and off trail through wildflowers and fir-forests. 


Available Courses

  • Available DatesCourse LengthAgeCourse Number
    9/3/2016 - 9/9/20167 days18+WWVB-621Reserve Your Spot TodayLearn more

  • Questions? Call (503) 946-3404 for more information.

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 (1-866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404 option 3).

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 your This 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.


Physician Exam Form

Veterans Admissions & Cancellation 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.

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 Course Advisor if you have any questions.

Course Description - 7 days Alpine Backpacking

Gear and Footwear - 7 day - Alpine Backpacking

Travel - 7 day - North Cascades Backpacking

Attending Outward Bound

Information on Completing & Returning Forms

Course Preparation & Physical Fitness

Course Description

The North Cascades offers some of the most spectacular mountaineering in the world, with views of jagged, snow-covered peaks, alpine waterfalls, and remote mountain flora and fauna. On this classic Outward Bound course, our expert climbing and mountaineering instructors will demonstrate safe and efficient travel techniques for the mountains.  In order to explore remote technical terrain, much of the course will be spent backpacking through the wilderness learning and practicing skills for peak attempts. 

Activities include: leadership and communication skill seminars, rock climbing and mountaineering, peak ascents and traveling through mountainous terrain both on and off trail. Leave No Trace camping techniques, navigation and first aid are additional skills students will learn. Students will travel over terrain that may reach up to 9,000 feet. 

The course will likely include at least one peak attempt depending upon the weather and the group’s physical preparedness.  Peak attempts are day-long enterprises often entailing pre-dawn starts.  

Successful peak climbs often involve roped climbing on snow and/or rock, patience, efficiency and teamwork to attain the summit.  

Course Area

The North Cascades, Washington – Known as the “American Alps”, the North Cascades offer glaciated mountains, alpine lakes and high alpine meadows for endless exploration.  The North Cascades host the greatest concentration of glaciers outside of Alaska, 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. Temperatures typically range from freezing to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the fall. This program runs on the eastern side of the North Cascades, an area that receives significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.


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