• United States of America
    • Seattle
4 - 12 weeks

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Backpacking Mountain Climbing Rock Climbing
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WFR certification

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Sep 28, 2021
Nov 03, 2021
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This 42-day program begins and ends in Washington. Students will first embark on a 5-day backpack in North Cascades National Park in Washington, where students begin to learn the ins and outs of leading backcountry trips, get more comfortable with backcountry navigation and moving as a group through new terrain. Throughout the next two months they will get their Wilderness First Responder certification, learn the mechanics of mountaineering and attempt a summit of Mt. Adams and Mt. Olympus, go through a three-day climbing progression at Smith Rock in Oregon where they will learn to multi-pitch climb, and will build up to planning and leading their own 5-day backpack on the Olympic Peninsula.

North Cascades National Park
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Smith Rock State Park
Olympic National Park

The Leadership Adventure Semester summer course will offer the ability to earn 8 hours of college credit (which equals two classes) through Western Carolina University (WCU).

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Program Highlights

  • Receive 8 college credits from WCU
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification
  • Advanced hard skill courses in rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking and expedition planning
  • Capstone 5-day student-led and planned backpack
  • Being part of a strong community and learning leadership and community building skills

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Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer ever!

I loved backpacking, rock climbing, and learning wilderness medicine skills while camping! I now feel prepared to lead my own backpacks and plan and cook meals while camping. The community that AT trips foster is one of a kind, and stays present long after closing day. Being in a small group allowed us to move around quickly and experience the Rockies, City of Rocks, and the North Cascades in one trip. Going on our student-led backpack was amazing, and our instructors were very close in case of emergency. Rafting was a great and fun-filled way to close the trip!

What was your funniest moment?
Too many to count! Maybe our spooky storytelling in the cheese caves.
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