Note About Course Types:
**Mountaineering Courses are the most difficult courses in Outward Bound. Travel is both on and off trail, above tree line, and on technical terrain (at times requiring the use of ropes and/or ice axes). The packs weigh 10-20 pounds more than on backpacking courses due to carrying extra technical gear for rock and snow climbing, belaying, rappelling, fixed line use and river crossings. NOTE: We suggest that mountaineering students have previous outdoor experience or be in excellent cardiovascular shape and ready to push themselves.
**Backpacking courses provide students with opportunities to travel far into the backcountry. Students use backpacks to carry all gear into the backcountry. The pack weighs 40-50 pounds. There is no rock climbing on these courses.
**High Sierra Alpine Backpacking & Rock Climbing courses allow students to experience both rock climbing and backpacking. Students will learn technical climbing techniques and safety skills, as well as rappelling, knots and rope handling. After the "climbing camp" portion of the trip students will depart for a backpacking expedition. The pack weighs 40-50 pounds.