The Smith Rock Climbing and Yoga course will offer you a journey through the crags and spires of one of Central Oregon’s most distinct and renowned areas, Smith Rock State Park. While exploring this world famous climbing area, you will learn climbing techniques including gear use, belaying, rappelling, safety and etiquette. You are given ample opportunity to push your limits and test new learning amidst the grandeur of this towering geologic formation. Smith Rock State Park will also serve as the backdrop for your daily yoga practice and training. Incorporate breath, balance, focus and flexibility into your movement on rock.
This course is closed for the season. 2020 courses coming soon.
Do you ever want to unplug, step away from the daily grind to take on new challenges? Are you ready to conquer harder skills and remind your senses (or discover for the first time) what it’s like to crest a mountain peak, hear the echoes at the edge of a vast canyon or feel the rush of white water spray on your face? Take a break from your routine, radically change your surroundings and test your tenacity. Put some “firsts” in front of you and find moments of unexpected discovery along the way. Experience Outward Bound as an adult and prepare for an injection of adventure, awareness and adaptability that sticks with you long after you unpack your backpack.
Return home with newly expanded wilderness abilities, an energized outlook, a rekindled allowance of empathy into situations and relationships and an eye toward the future.
Students will receive individual instruction and test their skills against vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders. Camping will be in a front country site at Smith Rock State Park among the multicolored cliffs and spires. Students will learn about basic climbing equipment, rope management, wearing harnesses, tying knots, belaying and rappelling techniques, and movement on rock.
A daily yoga practice of movement, breath and connection to the body complements the more dynamic sport of rock climbing. Students will have the opportunity to cultivate their own yoga practice through daily class while on course. The course will begin with some basic introduction to the practice of yoga and develop into a habit students can take home with them.
Service to others and the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. While in the wilderness, students are encouraged to practice service to the environment and their team by sharing responsibilities and following Leave No Trace ethics throughout the expedition.
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Solo is the opportunity to experience solitude in the wilderness without distraction while also taking a break from the physical rigors of the course. During this course, students will participate in a mini-Solo, an opportunity to spend a few hours during a specific day to sit in solitude to reflect on their experience.
This course will introduce students to the ideas of leadership, character development, and service that are integral to Outward Bound. Students will begin to develop these skills in an expedition setting so that they can continue to grow once they return home. Instructors will work to challenge students to try new things and step outside their comfort zones. As a team, each group will work together to complete difficult tasks necessary for backcountry travel. Adult courses offer a unique opportunity to disconnect from the busyness of everyday life and reconnect with self, and other individuals. Regardless of age or life stage, Outward Bound believes that everyone can benefit from opportunities to experience challenge, adventure, and to work within a supportive environment to gain a greater sense of self.
Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
Smith Rock is a world-renowned climbing destination that attracts climbers of every ability level. It is widely considered to be one of the top sport climbing areas in the country. Smith rock is a uniquely beautiful area that commonly graces postcards and calendars. The Crooked River lazily winds its way through the canyon, cutting a path through the cliffs and spires. To the west, the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range rise on the horizon, above the flat checkerboard of irrigated plains. One of the most striking features is a prominent spire, Monkey Face. Given the dry and temperate climate, rock climbing is feasible most of the year.
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