- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Canada, United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: High School, College
- Program Length: Quarter
- Start Month: April
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Other, Tents
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
This demanding course will challenge you in the best wilderness classrooms the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from the U.S. to Canada. This course is trimmed down to the essentials: extended time in wilderness and a focus on leadership. It includes sea kayaking, and mountaineering, with a potential for independent student travel, pending your instructors’ approval.
Learn to lead in the mountains & on the water
Find your next adventure in the glaciated peaks of the North Cascades and striking coastline of British Columbia. Climb high mountain passes and paddle past quiet coves bounded by thick forest. Complete early morning peak ascents, watching the sun rise over jagged peaks veiled in clouds. Camp on pebbly beaches and fall asleep under the stars.
Starting with the basics of minimum impact camping and living comfortably in the outdoors, you’ll work your way up to technical skills like mountaineering and sea kayaking. Learn to travel on rock, snow, and ice high in the mountains. Hone your paddle technique and develop your navigation skills on both land and water.
Your instructors will guide you along the way, and as you gain confidence and experience, you’ll take on more leadership responsibilities. Practice good communication and risk management while leading a rope team across a glacier. Develop your decision-making skills in a dynamic ocean environment. Build a foundation that will prepare you to be a leader, no matter what you decide to pursue in the future.