"As I sit under a clear, brilliantly starry sky on the final night of my course here in Patagonia, I am thankful that I was able to be a part of the greater Outward Bound tradition. In my two weeks of service and backpacking on the Patagonia steppes, I have learned many valuable lessons. I’ve learn how to work a camp stove, compress the gear in my pack and to help my crew navigate our way safely up numerous summits. More important, however, are the other life skills I have gained on this journey. I have learned to create an environment full of teamwork, mutual respect and trust." – Becca, Student
This unique expedition combines the adventure of backpacking in the Andes and the cross-cultural experience of working alongside indigenous populations to complete service projects. You and your crew will learn how to travel in the varied terrain of the oldest national park in Argentina, Nahuel Huapi, where you’ll hike past volcanic rocks, clear lakes, snow fields and the flora and fauna of a temperate forest. While exploring this one-of-a-kind environment, the crew will practice outdoor travel skills including backcountry cooking and safety techniques, camp craft, Leave No Trace principles and orienteering. Apart from days spent on the trail, you will be able to learn more about this amazing location and its people by completing a series of service projects along the way. There is much to learn from the local populations' strong cultural traditions of a simple lifestyle, emphasis on family, close ties to the earth and the satisfaction of working with your hands. After long, and sometimes challenging days, you are rewarded with feelings of accomplishment and lifelong memories.
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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!
Do you ever want to unplug, step away from the daily grind to take on new challenges? Are you ready to conquer harder skills and remind your senses (or discover for the first time) what it’s like to crest a mountain peak, hear the echoes at the edge of a vast canyon or feel the rush of white water spray on your face? Take a break from your routine, radically change your surroundings and test your tenacity. Put some “firsts” in front of you and find moments of unexpected discovery along the way. Experience Outward Bound as an adult and prepare for an injection of adventure, awareness and adaptability that sticks with you long after you unpack your backpack.
Return home with newly expanded wilderness acumen, an energized outlook, a rekindled allowance of empathy into situations and relationships and an eye toward the future.
Students travel the trails through the Nahuel Huapi National Park and can expect to complete an alpine expedition with elevation shifts between 2,500 feet and 8,000 feet. Instructors teach participants about map and compass navigation, expedition planning, first aid, emergency procedures, weather forecasting and how to minimize the impact on the land by using Leave No Trace techniques. After practicing these skills, the Instructors step back and let the crew work together to collectively navigate through the wilderness.
Service to others and the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as service to the environment and engage in acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. As they see the impact of their actions firsthand, students develop a value of service, and transfer this desire to serve their communities back home. Service projects for this course change to meet the needs of local community partners and may include such activities as building fences, painting homes, harvesting fruit and building structures with local farmers. Participants can receive service learning hours for participating if they simply alert their Instructors prior to the beginning of the course.
In small pockets of time during the course, students participate in a reflection period called Solo. During this time, Instructors assign students their own individual spaces within a designated area. These sites are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members and Instructors for safety. Students will be given all the necessary gear, food, water and skills to enjoy this time alone. Solo is a great opportunity for students to relax, recharge and reflect on their course after having long days of strenuous group activities. They also know the location of their Instructors should they need to contact them for any reason. Instructors will be monitoring students closely during this experience.
Acquire a taste for adventure on this two-week Outward Bound experience, which reminds students of their connection to nature and leaves them feeling inspired to take on real challenge in their everyday life. Through these condensed experiences, students become comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while practicing the Four Pillars of Outward Bound; craftsmanship, self-reliance, physical fitness and compassion. Participants also create a solid foundation of skills that they can build upon once they return home.
Patagonia, South America
In Southern South America lies a land untouched, growing wild and rugged. As one of the least populated regions in the world, Patagonia is a semi-arid plateau that covers over 250,000 square miles in South America located mainly in Argentina. This remote wilderness boasts dramatic landscapes and is famed by its adventures and adventurers. From its isolated mountain valleys and snow-clad volcanic peaks, to its glaciers and waterfalls, Patagonia has few equals in lands of exploration. This course travels through San Carlos de Bariloche, known as Bariloche. The city of Barioche (population 108,205) is situated in the foothills of the Andes on the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake and is surrounded by the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The park was established in 1934 to preserve local flora and fauna, and is the oldest national park in Argentina, and the largest in the region with an area of nearly 2 million acres.
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