Surrounded by the towering Tetons and the wonders of Yellowstone, this 14-day adventure is action-packed and the perfect introduction to a wide variety of outdoor activities. You’ll learn to rock climb in Grand Teton National Park, glide across the pristine backcountry waters of Yellowstone Lake in sea kayaks, and learn to whitewater kayak in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Our programs offer a wide variety of activity options. Explore the activities specific to this program below.
Welcome to beautiful Jackson Hole! Flying over the Teton Range is truly a unique experience and will give you the chance to get a bird’s eye glimpse of the territory you are about to explore for the next two weeks. Upon entering the airport, you will be greeted by your trip leaders and meet your new trip mates at the baggage claim. Once everyone has arrived and telephoned home, you’ll then drive the short ten minutes to your first campsite in Grand Teton National Park. You’ll spend the rest of the evening familiarizing yourself with your new surroundings, learning about your gear, and, most importantly, getting to know your new friends by playing games and telling stories around the campfire.
On your second day in the glorious Jackson Hole area, you’ll explore some of the wonders of Grand Teton National Park. You will go on a fun, introductory day hike in the foothills of the majestic Tetons. Then, you will head north into Yellowstone National Park, otherwise known as “America’s Wonderland.” You will spend a day experiencing all of Yellowstone’s most famous sights such as Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The park is full of hundreds of natural geysers and thermal features bubbling up from inside the Earth containing a rainbow’s worth of dramatic colors to enjoy.
Yellowstone is home to the second largest high alpine lake in the world, and from sea kayaks you’ll really be able to enjoy its beauty. Touring through Yellowstone, you’ll quickly come to understand how this astonishing area must have struck its first observers as so impressive and why it was eventually deemed worthy to be America’s first national park. There’s no better way to absorb the staggering splendor of this landscape than from the seat of a sea kayak far away from the crowds! You will live on the lake for three days and two nights on a backcountry adventure. From your kayaks you’ll see plumes of steam rising out of the ground bordered by rocks of unusual red and yellow colors. You’ll keep your eyes peeled for bison, grazing elk, mule deer, river otters, moose, and maybe even a wolf! Along the way, you’ll also take the time to learn the fundamentals of wilderness travel such as map and compass navigation, backcountry cooking, Leave No Trace principles, and minimal impact campsite selection.
You’ll spend the next two days learning how to rock climb with the renowned guides of Exum Mountain Guides. The guides will instruct you on skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, and you’ll quickly build up the confidence and skills to attempt multi-pitch climbing and rappelling. Although challenging at times, there is nothing quite so rewarding as reaching the top of a climbing pitch. Afterwards, you will take showers, do laundry, and prepare for whitewater kayaking school!
Saving the best for last, your trip will culminate with a few days of Whitewater kayaking. Sporting spray skirts, helmets, and colorful hard shell kayaks, you’ll feel like pros even before you begin. You’ll meet up with river guides who will teach you the basics in a pool so that you’ll become more confident in your boats. The next day, you’ll head outdoors to peaceful Slide Lake. There you’ll practice paddling maneuvers, hip-snaps, and wet exits from your boats; some of you may even master the art of rolling your kayak within the first two days! After each day on the water, you’ll head back to your campsite to review the skills you’ve learned that day and play games together around the campfire. Finally, your last two days will be spent showing off your new whitewater kayaking skills on the wild Hoback and Snake Rivers!
The final evening, you’ll gather together one last time for the traditional end-of-trip banquet. Letting someone else cook for your group for a change, it’ll be a night of reminiscing, laughs, awards, and bittersweet goodbyes. Then sadly, the next morning you’ll head back to the Jackson Hole airport where it all began to go your separate ways.
Everything from the trip leaders to the activities it was great! This was such a fun trip - I can't wait for my next adventure.
Jeremy, 2019 Jackson Hole High Trails Student
Trip Price Includes
- Group gear
- Personal gear and clothing
- Airfare to and form the trip start and end