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North Cascades Mountaineering - (Ages 16-18, 18+)





Amazing mountain range
Mountaineering

Course Details

    Location: Washington
    Activities: Mountaineering
    Tuition & Fees: $3295(14 day) $4295 (22 day) $2100 (7 day)
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

Mountaineering in the spectacular North Cascades gives students the opportunity to climb and explore in the most pristine and remote wilderness in the contiguous United States, nicknamed the “American Alps”. The North Cascades are one of the world’s premier mountaineering destinations. Students build backpacking prowess as they travel from the trail head deep into the heart of the range and off the beaten path. There, students will learn what they’ll need to to reach summits: teamwork, tenacity, and leadership. They’ll learn how to wield an ice ax, ascend a fixed line, rappel, and belay. All the learning comes together for summit days, where everyone’s efforts are critical to reach the top.

Available Courses


How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course paricipant:
Step one: Complete the online enrollment by clicking on Reserve Your Spot Today (above), or call to enroll (866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404)
Step two: You will receive a personalized Registration E-Mail from your Course Advisor within 48 hours.
Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
Step four: We may need a couple of weeks to review your enrollment packet and approve your participation.

Enrollment Packet & Course Information


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Enrollment Packet Deadline Policy: All applicants must adhere to the due dates listed in their Registration E-Mail. If you are unable to meet the requested deadlines, please be sure to contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Otherwise, your spot on the course will be opened up to another student.
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Note: Supplemental Forms may apply if we need more specific information about you. Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine which supplemental forms are required for your enrollment packet.


 COURSE INFORMATION
This section contain details that are key to the specific course you have enrolled on. This information will come in handy when packing, planning, and preparing for the adventure you have chosen. Please read these documents CAREFULLY and contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.
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Supplemental Forms & Scholarship

Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine if any of the following forms are required for your enrollment process. AGAIN, note the DUE DATE in your Registration E-Mail.
The Northwest Outward Bound School offers financial assistance in the form of Needs-Based Scholarships. The scholarships typically do not exceed 1/2 of the base cost. In order to receive an award offer, you will have to enroll in your chosen course, go through the enrollment and medical screening process and be officially cleared for participation on the course. There is a $500 deposit that must be paid at the time of enrollment, which is refundable if your scholarship award does not meet your needs. Please note that all scholarship applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awards are strictly based on need and scholarship money availability. The application form is available below. Please contact Skye Clifford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions regarding the Needs-Based Scholarships, and/or other questions regarding financing for your course.

Need-Based Scholarship Application

Course Description

Our 14 and 22-day mountaineering expeditions take students into the heart of the North Cascades through the Sawtooth Wilderness. Students learn to read a map, use a compass, how to set up shelters and cook in the backcountry. Travel includes time on and off-trail both above and below tree-line. Mountaineering courses cover a wealth of technical skills including knots and hitches, ice axe use, technical climbing on snow and rock, as well as rope-team and fixed line travel.
 Outward Bound instructors teach and facilitate interpersonal skills which allow groups to function effectively as teams to set and accomplish goals. Outward Bound courses are demanding team environments which require students to work closely together to travel, navigate and camp each  day. Throughout Outward Bound’s 50-year history and into the present, we strive to deliver new perspective on values, compassion, and being of service to others.
Weather permitting, mountaineering courses include opportunities for a peak attempt, many of which are daylong enterprises often entailing pre-dawn starts. Most peak attempts on mountaineering  courses typically require the use of technical gear, and the climbing skills built earlier in the course.
Towards the end of the course, instructors empower students to use their newfound confidence and skills to make route-finding decisions, cook, travel, and camp as one capable team. . During this time, instructors step back, maintain safety management, and allow the group to manage themselves through several days of challenging backpacking.
Each Outward Bound course in Washington includes a solo experience. Instructors thoughtfully manage solo as a time when students can relax from physical and mental rigors and spend time reflecting on their experience. While students will be largely alone during this time, they camp close to the instructor base camp and instructors check on each student regularly.

Outward Bound is committed to improving our communities through Service. Each of our courses include a service component. Our service projects differ depending on the course, but may include trail repair, removal of invasive species, harvest help at our local food bank farm, or repairs at our community non-profit nursing home. Successful completion of this course demands tenacity, leadership, and compassion. The challenges, support, opportunities, and meaningful experiences usher in a discovery of the strength within; this is the purpose of Outward Bound.
Each Outward Bound course in Washington includes a solo experience. Instructors thoughtfully manage solo as  a time when students can relax from physical and mental rigors and spend time reflecting on their experience . While students will be largely alone during this time, they camp close to the instructor base camp and instructors check on each student regularly. 
Outward Bound is committed to improving our communities through service. Each of our courses include a service component. Our service projects differ depending on the course, but may include trail repair, removal of invasive species, harvest help at our local food bank farm or repairs at our community non-profit nursing home.
Successful completion of this course demands tenacity, leadership, and compassion.  The challenges, support, opportunities, and meaningful experiences usher in a discovery of the strength within; this is the purpose of Outward Bound.
 tab=Course Area}The North Cascades are called the “American Alps” for their rugged beauty and glaciated peaks; they remain some of the wildest and most untrammeled wilderness in the United States. The North Cascades host the greatest concentration of glaciers in the “Lower 48” and are full of high mountain meadows peppered with wild flowers. Our course area hosts some of the most famous alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States. Our Mountaineering programs operate in the Sawtooth Wilderness on the east side of the North Cascades and receive significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.
 


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