Lucy Grace painted this scene of her cozy solo spot while backpacking over 22 days in the John Muir Wilderness. Solo was Lucy Grace's favorite part of the expedition. "I liked my solo because I got to decompress after 11 days of hiking. It was nice to be alone, while knowing that everyone else was relatively nearby. I drew, did yoga and meditated by the river, and when the group came back together we felt more unified."
Challenge yourself amidst sweeping views of jagged, mountain peaks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the United States' premier backpacking and rock climbing locations because of its high-quality granite and stable, frequent sunny summer weather.
This all-female identified course gives you the opportunity to find your voice as a leader, learn outdoor skills and challenge yourself. A single-gendered course allows you to focus on positive risk taking and work through conflict as you develop your communication skills.
As your technical and leadership skills advance along with the group, you’ll gradually take on decision-making for navigation, route finding, sharing of duties and setting-up camp. This is the group's opportunity to make the course its own unique experience.
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This course starts within the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to assess the possibility of applying for this course!
Are you ready to take a journey that will change your life? You won’t look at day-to-day drama the same way after you’ve conquered a high mountain ridge, heard the echoes at the edge of a vast canyon, or slept under the stars watching bats swoop overhead. Joining an Outward Bound expedition changes you. Your crew, your Instructor, your route and your adventures will have a profound and lasting impact on you as you rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places.
After you come home, many of the character, leadership and service traits you uncovered on your expedition stay with you, helping you navigate your daily life with more resilience and success.
This course provides an introductory experience in the art and craft of backpacking while exploring a rich national treasure. As no prior experience is necessary, Instructors will teach the crew how to cook, set up of tarp shelters and conduct on-trail navigation. Instructors also facilitate activities and lessons focused on teamwork, communication, and self-discovery. Each young person is capable of more than they know, and this course will help students realize their own potential and return to their day to day lives with increased confidence, work ethic and self-awareness.
In addition to technical skills, Instructors will teach and facilitate the interpersonal skills needed for students to function effectively as a team, accomplish goals, and tackle new challenges every day. Along with new skills, students also get the chance to get to know other people their age from all over the country, build friendships, use teamwork, be challenged and have fun!
Students carry both personal and group gear, which means packs can be heavy. Students should be physically able to hike with a 40-pound backpack to be successful on this course. If the applicant is under 5 feet tall and/or 85 pounds, please call Outward Bound prior to enrollment.
The course begins with several days of rock climbing where students will learn the basics of climbing technique, belaying and knot tying while building trust with team members and confidence in themselves. During this section, students are challenged physically on solid rock cliffs, and push their mental strength on a free hanging rappel with stunning views of the surrounding granite domes.
Service to others and to the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Students follow Leave No Trace ethics and complete acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. Designated service projects are coordinated with land managers like the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service to collaborate on land restoration projects. Students develop a value of service, see the impact of their actions, firsthand, and transfer this desire to serve their communities at home.
Outward Bound believes, in order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. During course, the Solo is that opportunity. It is a chance to experience solitude in the wilderness without distraction while also taking a break from the physical rigors of course. Students are separated from their group for a period of time which depends on course length and Instructor assessment of group capability. Solo sites are chosen to provide solitude. Students have all necessary equipment, food and water. On teen and college courses, the maximum time for Solo is 72 hours.
Our courses vary in length from 4 to 85 days. On shorter courses, students receive an intro to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve. On longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the ability to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more opportunities develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development.
The Sierra Nevada range is California’s backyard and wonderland of wilderness, waterfalls, lakes and peaks. It’s an enormous range — spanning more than 400 miles from north to south, and 70 miles east to west. Courses take place in the southern and western parts of the Sierras: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite National Park and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.
Summer in the Sierras is mostly sunny with occasional rain and cold evenings. Snowfall is unlikely, though June courses may traverse atop lingering winter and spring snow. Summer temperatures tend to be in the 70s to 80s during the day, dipping into the 30s to 50s in the evening and night.
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