Gap Year/Semester Courses

Gap Year/Semester Courses

December 2, 2013–

Officially dubbed the Rockies to Ecuador International Leadership Semester, this is arguably the most rigorous course we offer. In true Outward Bound tradition, the hardships and challenges on this course are considerable, but the rewards are plenty.


At the time of this writing, we currently have students on the Ecuador stretch of this course, which started back in September. They’ve completed their tour of the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest. They’ve backpacked for miles, become masters of setting camp, cooking and working together. They’ve tackled challenges on rock faces, in slot canyons and learned to lead, to follow, and to support each other. And that was only Phase 1.


The second leg of their journey takes them to Ecuador, where their weeks of backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing and technical skills training will culminate in one epic adventure. They’re in “snow school” on Antisana now, learning to navigate glaciers, use new tools, and function at high altitude.


Antisana (18,714’) is the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador. It has a reputation as one of the most technical climbs in the Ecuadorian Andes, so naturally, the students are learning some pretty hardcore skills. Antisana sits in the shadow of its more famous counterpart, Cotopaxi. Towering at 19,347’, Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. This sure beats the classrooms many of their friends are sitting in right now. Oh, and many of our students are still getting college credit.


This course is an unforgettable rite of passage.


Students benefit from working with rigorously trained and motivated instructors who are specialists in their chosen field. Students participate in a progression of experiences that begins with skill building and advances to increasingly complex decision making and, ultimately, real leadership.


Students emerge from Colorado Outward Bound School courses with leadership skills, an improved ability to solve problems, to resolve conflicts effectively, to communicate confidently and with a desire to actively engage in service to others.


Check out our Gap Year and Semester opportunities:


Rockies to Ecuador International Leadership Semester

Pathfinder Leadership Expedition

Canyonlands Leadership Semester

Instructor Development Course: Rockies to Alaska


photo by Casey Montandon