Appalachian Mountains Backpacking & Rock Climbing
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Jul 17, 2013 - Jul 30, 2012
Questions? Call 1 (888) 75 NCOBS for more infomation.
- Course Length 14
- Ages 18 or older
- Region NC Mountains
- Activities Adult Courses, Backpacking, College Age/Adult, Initiatives, Multi-Activity, Rock Climbing, Summer Courses
- Financial Aid AvailableYes
- Location Start Asheville Regional Airport; Asheville, NC
- Location End Asheville Regional Airport; Asheville, NC
Take your journey deep into some of the oldest mountains in the world, where North Carolina Outward Bound School was founded. For nearly 50 years, NCOBS has delivered wilderness courses among the highest mountains east of the Mississippi, in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.
While exploring these unique mountain forests, their thick mountain laurel and rhododendron, cool mountain streams and unique rock formations, you will acquire many life and technical skills. This rock climbing focused course teaches participants to tie knots, belay, and read rock faces for climbs. These skills will then be put to the test over several days of progressive climbs. Participants will develop teamwork, leadership and confidence while working together with their group to meet daily goals.
In addition to being put to the test physically, participants will build communication and leadership skills, confidence, initiative and teamwork that will leave them with a newfound strength that can easily be applied to everyday obstacles. No prior experience is necessary.
- Safety precautions for backcountry foot travel
- How to find and set-up campsites
- How to navigate terrain
- Map and compass reading
- Working with ropes (know tying and rappelling)
- And more…
This course includes six to eight days backpacking, up to three days rock climbing or repelling (weather dependent), up to 24 hours of a Solo, or reflection period, and a personal challenge event. An ethic of service is a continuous theme throughout the course and on courses longer than 14 days it will be practiced in greater depth with a possible service project. Looking for specific information about itinerary, clothing and gear and travel? Find everything you need to know on our course forms and information page.
- Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $125 Application Fee and $125 In-Course Transportation Fee in addition to the listed tuition prices of each course. Please see the Enrollment Policies and Procedures before enrolling.
- North Carolina Outward Bound School provides the technical gear required for course participation (i.e. backpacks, sleeping bags, tents or tarps, cooking utensils and supplies, food, rock climbing gear and whitewater canoeing gear). Tuition covers the usage of these items. We provide each applicant with a clothing list which describes the items that participants are responsible for supplying.
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From the Field
“My instructors were supportive and engaging, yet they challenged us as a group by stepping back and asking us to always put yourselves 100% into whatever we did. I will also carry with me fond memories of my teammates and how they affected my perspective.” —Sandy Wong, age 24
“My greatest challenge was the rock climbing. I kept getting stuck below the halfway point and it made me discouraged. But with the help of my instructors and the encouragement from my teammates, I made it up!” —Ann Kalas, age 34
“I feel more confident now in setting goals for myself. ” —Amanda, 2011 alum
“I will never forget this. The hardest part for me was being away from my family and support system back home, but it is also my biggest accomplishment. My instructors helped me push through challenges and keep me going. ” —Annie, 2012 alum
“My instructors were amazing and they made the course. ” —Katie, 2012 alum
“Really being able to accept myself was a highlight of the course. ” —Alex, 2012 alum
“I learned to rise above challenges and crush them.” —Harrison, 2012 alum
“I can't wait to tell others about all the exciting things I did here, including the hardships and challenges I overcame.” —Tim, 2012 alum
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