Cascade Mountain School in an outdoor science school in the Columbia River Gorge that is partnering with OES on its summer programs: www.cascademountainschool.org. Introduction to Backpacking is a 6-day, 5-night adventure camp from August 12 – 17, 2018 for students ages 12 – 14. Students will learn how to travel safely as a group over challenging terrain as they backpack and mountaineer on Mt. Adams, a dramatic glaciated volcano towering 12,280 feet above sea level. Students will camp under the stars on the side of Mt. Adams, hike and glissade on snow and ice, traverse mountain trails, and whitewater raft the world-class White Salmon River.
This camp combines outdoor skills, leadership development, environmental science concepts, outdoor adventure, and an appreciation for the power of nature.
Students should expect to make new friends, learn new ways of traveling in the outdoors, and come home with new-found confidence and leadership skills. Participants do not need prior rafting or backpacking experience, though they should be in good physical condition and able to work within a cooperative group setting. We encourage participants to bring their own gear. However, we have some equipment to loan if necessary.