Investing in Our Basecamps

Investing in Our Basecamps

Investing in our facilities and our future
Growing the capacity of our facilities across our three basecamps has been a major undertaking at COBS since late 2013. By investing in these basecamps, we can better meet the needs of our current, and future, students and staff. These basecamps allow us to do the work that we do in the field with students.

To learn more about how to get involved with these projects and support this work, please contact Darcy Lattof.

Leadville Mountain Center – Leadville, Colorado
The Leadville Mountain Center serves as the hub of our Rocky Mountain Program, supporting our courses from Colorado to Alaska to Ecuador. This represents nearly 75% of our students and our staff. Since late 2013, we have been investing in this facility, the largest basecamp in the Outward Bound system, to bring it up to speed to meet our current and future needs.

We have renovated student dormitories, completely overhauled our warehouse to make way for new prep spaces, offices, and a new walk in fridge and freeze, built a brand new bathhouse for our students to use after course, and embarked on a new staff village with 14 cabins, many Quonsets and our community yurt. It is thanks to the support of many amazing legacy founders and an innovative partnership with the University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning’s Design Build semester that this work has become a reality.

We look forward to completing additional dormitory renovations, upgrading our South and North Dining Halls, and building a new staff lodge named for our founder, Chuck Froelicher.

Marble Basecamp – Marble, Colorado
We repurchased our legacy Marble basecamp in 2014 thanks to the support of many legacy donors. We will be running even more courses out of the Marble basecamp and our course areas in the Elks, including our Backpacking course for Educators, in 2016.

We are also thrilled to announce the reopening of our ropes course for student and custom course use in June 2016. Please contact Sue Nikolai at 970-328-0632 or snikolai@cobs.org to inquire about use of this ropes course and our custom programming.

Southwest Program Campus – Moab, Utah
Since 1967, the Colorado Outward Bound School has been running courses on the rivers, in the canyons, and on the mesas of Utah through our Southwest Program. We have never owned our own basecamp property until 2014, when we closed on a piece of ranch land south of Moab. Throughout 2015, we built a new warehouse and office for our Southwest Program team to handle the boats, packs, sleeping bags, and all of the logistical gear that our program requires.

COBS is working with the University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning on a Master Plan for the rest of the property during the 2015 fall semester. This Master Plan will help to guide us as we develop a classroom and learning space for students, staff housing, and student camping on the property in the coming years. We are so grateful to the Kahlert Foundation for providing the lead gift on these efforts.

We look forward to growing the Southwest Program to become an even larger part of our business, especially in our work with students during the fall and spring seasons and through custom courses.