Three travelers with backpacks smiling and walking together

Our Greatest Adventures

Welcome to the Wilderness Adventures yearbook! From the 1970s to the 2000s, take a walk down memory lane with us and let the spirit of adventure live on.

Traveler with rock climbing helmet, getting ready to climb
Travelers in a golf cart smiling
Travelers walking in a line over a stream, all with backpacks
Traveler group photo all with rock climbing helmets and gear on
Travelers all jumping in the air

1973

Mike and Helen Cottingham in 1973

Wilderness Ventures began in 1973 when Mike and Helen Cottingham took their first group of students on a trip to the Pacific Northwest!

1974

1974 WA Staff
1974 Hiking with WV

1975

1975 Hiking in the forest
1975 Sliding in the Snow
1975 Mountaineering with WV
1975 Soaking in the hot springs

1976

1976 Backpacking Instructions
1976 Hiking

1977

1977 Trail along the Mountain
1977 Hiking with Ice Axe
1977 Big Huddle
1977 Backpacking on the snow
1977 Backpacking on the beach
1977 Hiking on snowy ridge
1977 Great Northwest Group

1978

1978 Staff

1979

1979 Canoeing
1979 Landscape
1979 Looking at the view
1979 Crossing a River
1979 Crab
1979 Lake
1979 At the Chalet
1979 Staff

1980

1980 Pyramid
1980 Map
1980 Mountains
1980 Hiking Photo
1980 Bunk Beds
1980 Hanging out in the grass
1980 Staff
1980 Hike Break

1981

1981 Backpacking up a Glacier
1981 Canoe Break
1981 Fun on the snow
1981 At Camp
1981 Eating
1981 2 Backpackers
1981 Picking Berries
1981 Hiking through mud
1981 by the lake
1981 Backpacker looking at the lake
1981 Food Prep
1981 Group Photo
1981 Backpacking in the snow
1981 Nap
1981 Pizza Muffins
1981 Guitar
1981 Boat Nap
1981 Group under a tree
1981 Snacking on a hike
1981 Melons
1981 Full Group
1981 Snack Break
1981 Under a Glacier
1981 Taking Pictures
1981 Hike Break
1981 Girls with Lake and Mountains
1981 Sleeping Bags on a Boat
1981 Snacks
1981 White Water Rafting
1981 Group by shelter
1981 Resting
1981 Meal Time
1981 Group by the water
1981 Hammock
1981 Scrambling
1981 On a boat
1981 Staff
1981 Hanging out on a boat
1981 Group in front of a snowy field
1981 Lunch
1981 Laying in the sun
1981 Smores

1982

1982 High Five
1982 Paddling Inflatable Boats
1982 Hike Break
1982 Backpacking
1982 Person sitting by the river
1982 Group Photo 3
1982 Inflatable Boats
1982 Group Photo
1982 Food
1982 Staff
1982 Smiles
1982 Group Photo 2
1982 Mountain
1982 Taking Photo
1982 White Water Rafting
1982 Solo Paddler
1982 Swimming

1983

1983 Staff #2
1983 Waterfall
1983 Staff

1984

1984 Going Rock Climbing
1984 By the Waterfall
1984 Sea Kayak Break
1984 Circle Hug
1984 Unloading Boats
1984 Sea Kayak Landscape
1984 Laughs
1984 4 Person Group
1984 Cooking
1984 Sea Kayaking
1984 Sillhouette
1984 Sea Kayak Paddling
1984 Group Photo
1984 Bus
1984 Kayaking on the Lake
1984 at the car
1984 Starting the fire
1984 2 Sea Kayakers

1985

1985 Group in front of a waterfall
1985 Staff

1986

1986 Cooking Food
1986 Staff
1986 On the Snow
1986 Hike Break
1986 Food

1987

1987 Sleeping Bags
1987 Circle hug
1987 rafting
1987 rafting landscape
1987 Staff
1987 Rafting Landscape
1991 White Water Kayak
1991 White Water rafting

1988

1988 Trip Directors Shade
1988 Staff
1988 Trip Directors

1989

1989 Trip Directors
1989 Yellowstone Backpack
1989 Staff

1990

1990 Trip Directors
1990 Staff

1991

1991 PCT Terminus
1991 Group
1991 Rafitng
1991 Group with the trailer
1991 Fly Fishing
1991 Group Photo with person holding up a bike
1991 Circle Swimming
1991 Rafting Boats
1991 Swimming and Splashing
1991 Group by the waterfall
1991 Group Guitar
1991 Tents by the water
1991 Group Biking
1991 Preparing Food
1991 Rafting Smiles
1991 Circle Hug
1991 Rafting Paddling
1991 Trip Directors
1991 Rafting Wave
1991 Staff
1991 By the river

1992

1992 Sea Kayak
1992 Rafting Splash
1992 Learning to raft
1992 Reading
1992 Hike Break
1992 Rafting Jump
1992 Food
1992 Hiking
1992 Journal
1992 Sea kayaking through icebergs
1992 Playing in Mud
1992 Sea Kayak paddlers
1992 group in front of a cabin
1992 White Water Rafting
1992 Sea Kayak Waterfall
1992 White Water Rafting Paddle