Pacific Northwest Summer Semester

Credit: Willy Oppenheim

Pacific Northwest Summer Semester

Go to the wilderness on your schedule

Push yourself to climb high mountain passes. Explore quiet coves and paddle along pebbled beaches. Prepare yourself with skills to respond in an emergency. On this course, you’ll explore the coasts and mountains of Washington and British Columbia. You’ll spend your days working hard at new outdoor skills as you learn about mountaineering and sea kayaking. You’ll spend your evenings discussing lessons learned that day and planning for tomorrow, then go to bed and prepare for the next day’s journey. This course is designed with busy students in mind. It focuses on essential outdoor skills for mountains and ocean, while offering the chance to earn a Wilderness First Aid certification. 

A key focus of this course will be how you progress and grow as a leader. Pushing your comfort zone becomes a lesson in setting and following through on goals. Working through a group conflict is an opportunity to learn about communication and group dynamics. Making decisions about whether to paddle or remain in camp are an opportunity to learn about risk assessment and developing good judgment. With these experiences, you’ll build a foundation that will prepare you to be a leader, no matter what you decide to pursue in the future. 



2020 Dates

May 1 – June 19, 2020

Tuition: $7,950
Details: Sea Kayaking, Mountaineering
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2021 Dates

April 30 – June 18, 2021

Tuition: $7,950
Details: Sea Kayaking, Mountaineering


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50 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

10 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Risk Management
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 3 Leadership

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Conway, Washington

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Seattle, Washington

Skills learned


Sea Kayaking

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