Pacific Northwest Backpacking

Credit: Madhu Chikkaraju

Pacific Northwest Backpacking

Push yourself in the Cascade Range

Grow as a leader during a month in the wilderness. On this course, you’ll dive into learning leadership and outdoor skills. Climb to the tops of jagged peaks and wander evergreen forests. Learn about local ecology as you backpack through moss-covered temperate rainforests and learn to cross quick-moving rivers. Wake up to see the sun rise on glacier-carved peaks, and fall asleep ready to take on the next day. Depending on the season, your course will either go to the Pasayten Wilderness of north-central Washington, known for its rugged ridges and high plateaus, or to Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula, known for its high, glacial mountains and wide alpine meadows.

Focusing on leadership skills will be a key component of this course. You and your group will draw on leadership skills like communication and decision making as you meet new challenges, like making choices about a route or resolving conflict. You’ll be in a different leadership role every day, finding out what your unique style is and how your style supports the team. At the end of this course, you’ll walk away with real experiences that will help you be a leader no matter where you find yourself.



2018 Dates

June 20 – July 20, 2018

Tuition: $4,590
Full, Waitlist Available Apply now

June 27 – July 27, 2018

Tuition: $4,590
1 space remains Apply now

July 11 – Aug. 10, 2018

Tuition: $4,590
2 spaces remain Apply now


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Equipment Deposit
31 days
Minimum Age
16 yrs.
Academic Credit
6 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Environmental Studies

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics

Conway, Washington
Fly in/out
Seattle, Washington
Skills learned