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The Cascades

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Tuition $2,995





Jul 1 - Jul 10 Jul 13 - Jul 22 Jul 25 - Aug 3

Backpack, Whitewater Raft

Arrival Location

Portland, OR

Departure Location

Portland, OR

Trip Overview

On this 10-day adventure, students will experience the stunning views of Oregon’s rivers and mountains. This trip is the perfect introduction to the backcountry! Students will learn backcountry skills including campsite selection and set-up, water purification, backcountry cooking, and Leave No Trace principles during their 2 expeditions. The group will spend 3 days rafting down the Deschutes river– they will learn to paddle rafts, cook delicious group meals, and sleep on the river banks under the stars. They will then head out into the Three Sisters Wilderness to spend 3 days backpacking and camping with beautiful alpine views! Students will experience the magical and lush wilderness of Oregon while building confidence, creating lifelong memories, and practicing skills that are vital for every adventurer to know!


  • Whitewater Raft the Deschutes River – 3 days (overnight)
  • Backpack Three Sisters – 3 days (overnight)
My favorite part of the trip was definitely the whitewater rafting. The guides where awesome and so was the food! I just had a lot of fun and really enjoyed being on the water. It was a great time to bond with my peers and really soak in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

-Winston, 2022 Cascades Student

Trip Price Includes

  • Accommodations
  • Activities
  • Meals
  • Group gear

Not Included

  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Airfare to and form the trip start and end
Travelers all jumping in the air

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