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  1. Girls climb mountains of their own choosing

    Story and photos by Abby Butterfield, Rocky Mountain Program Marketing Intern In 1961, the first recruitment announcements for Outward Bound were open to “Young men, 15 ½ – 22, all backgrounds, races, nationalities, religious beliefs.” Though diversity and inclusion were founding values, it was not until 1967 that females were allowed on course. We

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  2. New Instructor Training: Learning the Ropes

    by Abby Butterfield, RMP Marketing Intern  The first weekend in June marks Rocky Mountain All Staff Training, where all of the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) staff get together for annual updates and reminders before the summer gets into full-swing. For a third of the staff, however, training started three weeks prior. This season, RMP is

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  3. 2016 Outcomes Report

    Hearing all the stories from the trail is one of our favorite things. While we relish the individual stories we hear after course, we also pay attention to the bigger story of what happens on course. We ask all our students to complete an evaluation before and after course to get a big picture view

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  4. Alumni Stories: The Trajectory of a Life

    John went on a COBS course in 1972 as a young man. This past year, he returned to the Colorado Rockies for another round. John was kind enough to write this post for us afterward, to share his unique experience on how the course experience changes alongside life experience. While many courses are open to

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  5. Maggie’s Course

    In 2014, Maggie went on a COBS Alpine Backpacking course for veterans in the Rocky Mountains. This year she came back to our neck of the woods to participate in the Leadville Trail 100 ultramarathon. The race covers 100 miles, crossing our base camp as well as climbing up the same mountains our students hike. While in town for the

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  6. Scholarship Highlights: Deerfield Hills

    COBS provides scholarships for many students to go on our traditional open enrollment courses every year. At times, we receive funding from individuals or organizations to use for specific programs – to bring the experience of a COBS course to a particular community. Often times, these students come to us with no previous outdoor experience

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  7. Student Story: Savi’s Semester

    We just heard back from Savi, this year’s Gruffie Scholarship recipient, who completed the Rockies to Canyonlands Pathfinder semester this November. In the photo she is setting the pace as Leader of the Day. Thanks to Savi for sharing about her course! If you would like to support COBS and our students, you can make

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  8. Student Story: Suzanne

    A very special student story from Suzy, who went on a two week alpine backpacking course in the Colorado Rockies in 2015. We so appreciate students who carry course with them in their hearts and feel compelled to reconnect. Following course, it often takes some time to process the full meaning of the experience. If

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  9. Staff Development Trip Report: Zack McGill in Ecuador

    Ecuador Trip Report 11/21/15 to 12/23/15: When I flew into Ecuador at 1AM on the 21st, my jet-lagged brain had little clue what to expect. Austin Gibney, my travel companion and trainer on the training to come, was the reason I was sitting,  blurry-eyed, on bags filled with thousands of dollars’ worth of climbing/glacier gear

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  10. Changing Lives through Support & Logistics

    Guest blog from our staff member Lauren! She worked as a Logistics Coordinator this past summer out of the Southwest Program, based in Moab, Utah, and wanted to share her experience. I knew very little about Outward Bound before moving to Moab. In fact, I knew absolutely nothing, because I had somehow given my boss

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