The Rocky Mountains, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, stretch 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico. They have provided the inspiration for legends and have had a profound influence on the development of the continental United States. It is in and around these majestic mountains that your Outward Bound Wilderness course will take place.
Early in the course, you learn minimum-impact camping skills, outdoor cooking, basic first-aid, map and compass use, route finding, knot tying and rope handling. You focus on backcountry travel on trails before moving to cross country travel, where the accurate use of maps and compass are paramount. You backpack through the picturesque alpine environment and traverse high passes and snowfields to reach remote areas in the Colorado backcountry.
Rock climbing and rappelling build skills important for alpine travel and are taught early to prepare you for an ascent of a technical peak. Also, snow travel is definite on June to mid-July courses, and likely through the end of August. You will learn snow travel techniques and how to safely use an ice axe to assist your travel.
During the second phase of the course, you and your crew will get to hone and improve your backcountry skills. You explore further into the backcountry, climb peaks, and embark on a solo. As the course progresses, you also work on more advanced route finding and expedition planning. Throughout the course there will be opportunities to review and work out personal and group challenges and to practice leadership, independent decision-making, self-confidence, responsibility, and teamwork skills.
As you near the last days of course, you and your teammates will be able to maximize your independence and decision making as your Instructors empower you to use your newly acquired confidence and skills to make the decisions that will see you through the final days of your adventure. If possible, you will also participate in a service project where you will assist the Forest Service or a community organization.
15 Day: $2395 (low season) - $2895 (high season)
22 Day: $3595 (low season) - $3895 (high season)
Full course tuition and in-course transportation fee are due within 60 days of course start date. Course tuition does not include our application fee or transportation fee. Call our Student Services Department at 828-239-2320 for more information about courses, admissions, or alternative payment options.