The Oregon Deschutes River Rafting course offers students an opportunity to challenge themselves physically and mentally while exploring amazing wilderness areas. The first days of your trip will be spent on the wild and scenic Deschutes River focusing on teamwork and outdoor skills. This experience will serve as the foundation as you continue your journey, learning paddling skills, river hydrology, raft captaining, and rescue techniques. The course also includes an emphasis on leadership, character development, and an ethic of service. From navigating through rapids to paddling into headwinds, wilderness travel is demanding. You do not need to have any previous experience but arriving physically fit and excited for the opportunity for personal development will enhance your experience and allow you to take full advantage of the expedition.
DATES 8.28.2021 - 9.2.2021 | 6 days | 12 students
START LOCATION: Redmond, OR 3pm
END LOCATION: Redmond, OR 10am
*There is some required clothing. Please see the Packing List. Please check in with your Course Advisor about how we can help you assemble these items. The list is long, but don't worry! Outward Bound has a number of items that we can loan you.
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Outward Bound promotes character development, leadership, and service in the most engaging classroom possible … the wilderness. In real time, students experience the effects of their decisions on themselves and the other members of their group as they work to complete difficult tasks necessary for wilderness travel. Instructors challenge students to try new things and step outside their comfort zones. They also provide feedback that students implement on course and when they return to their communities.
DESCHUTES RIVER, OREGON – The Deschutes River is part of the national Wild & Scenic Rivers System. The river flows north from the Oregon Cascades to the Columbia River and then on to the Pacific Ocean. The Lower Deschutes is a popular river for both whitewater rafting and fly fishing. The river is spring-fed, which results in an unusually constant, cold-water flow year-round. Excellent geologic evidence is present all around this area. Courses generally travel anywhere from 50 to 100 miles along the Lower Deschutes. The rapids on the Deschutes, rated up to Class IV, are mostly Class II-III, and are excellent for learning paddle skills and teamwork. The group camps each night along the banks of the river. The Deschutes region has a colorful human history, including the presence of a railroad that borders much of the length of the Lower Deschutes.
Students will travel on the river in four to six-person paddle rafts, and learn to “captain” (maneuver) their paddle raft team through Class II to III rapids. After lessons in basic river travel and safety, students will learn to read currents, anticipate obstacles, and scout rapids. Students will also learn river hydrology, swimming in currents, and paddle techniques. There may also be an opportunity for short day hikes.
Service to others and to our environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Groups follow Leave No Trace ethics as they engage in acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. Students see the impact of their actions firsthand, and may develop a desire to continue service in their home communities.
DAY 1 Course Start, welcome and introductions, gear-check, course overview
DAY 2 Fitting and use of Personal Flotation Device, safety topics, captaining a raft, reading water, swim assessment, capsize drill, navigation, and camp-craft skills
DAY 3 Practice captaining a raft, scouting, throw bag drill, swimming activities
DAY 4 Opportunity for a day hike, rock jump, rock climbing, and/or rappelling. These activities are dependent on student and instructor outcomes for the course
DAY 5 Day run through the town of Maupin. Largest concentration of rapids, take out at Maupin City Park
DAY 6 De-issue and clean gear; course closing and celebration
DAY 7 Transportation home
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