Jackson Hole Explorer

Jackson Hole Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

Enjoy hiking and backpacking through two breathtaking mountain ranges; whitewater raft the exciting Yellowstone River; sea kayak the crystal clear waters of Yellowstone National Park; and rock climb in the incomparable Teton Range of Jackson Hole. Finish by rafting through the wild and scenic Snake River Canyon.

21 Days

$4,925

  • June 22nd - July 12th
  • July 15th - August 4th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1-2

We promise you’ve never seen an airport as scenic as Jackson Hole. Nestled at the foot of the Tetons, you will deboard your plane and meet the people who will be your new family for the next three weeks. Your trip leaders, who will share and magnify your own excitement, will be the first to greet you as you enter the airport. From there, you will load into your van and make your way toward your first campsite, located only a few minutes away in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park. Once there, you will set up camp for the first time and have the chance to get to know your new trip mates by playing games, enjoying your first dinner together, and telling stories over the campfire. The next morning, after a hardy frontcountry breakfast, you will acclimatize to your surroundings by going for a day hike in scenic Grand Teton National Park. As a group, you will explore high-mountain lakes, bask in the glory of towering peaks, and get to know each other in preparation for your upcoming backcountry adventure.

Day 3-7

Now you take to the trails! For your first trek, you’ll be venturing into a wilderness area just outside of Jackson Hole, a region dominated by slender alpine ridges and neighboring snow-capped peaks. Traveling shorter distances at first, you and your group will allow yourselves to become acclimatized while focusing on your backcountry education. Skills such as backcountry cooking, minimal impact camping, map and compass skills, and more are all on the agenda for these first couple of days. And, although you will be learning new and interesting techniques, there will be plenty of time to break and observe the abundant wildlife whom you’ll be sharing the land with. Upon exiting the wilderness, you’ll then have the opportunity to take a shower, do some laundry and get organized for your upcoming kayaking adventure.

Day 8-10

Moving to Yellowstone, you will take advantage of the attractions that make this area so famous. First on the itinerary, however, will be your exploration of its high mountain lakes. For three days, you will paddle across glassy waters in two-person sea kayaks. While observing osprey diving for trout among other wildlife sightings, you’ll master the basics of sea kayaking. At night, you’ll set up camp on sandy beaches, warm yourselves around the fire, and hear about the natural phenomena that make this region so incredibly unique. After you’ve kayaked your way across the gorgeous waterscapes of Yellowstone, you’ll again take a shower and do some laundry. But don’t worry, you’re not finished with Yellowstone just yet!

Day 11-12

On the northern borders of America’s first national park sits one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the Northern Rockies. For an action-packed day, you’ll paddle the waters of the Gallatin River — growing closer as a team and making new memories as you paddle alongside professional guides on these exciting waters. The following day, before departing from Yellowstone, you and your group will explore the famous attractions found of this incredible national park. Of course, the one and only Old Faithful geyser will be one of your stops, as well as some of the other geo-thermal features found in the area. You’ll take advantage of those quintessential sights before embarking on your second backpacking expedition.

Day 13-17

After your Yellowstone adventure, you’ll return to the high-country for one last backpacking trip into the wilderness. Polishing and building on your previously acquired skills, you’ll be moving camp each day as we hike up to and above tree line to elevations that will offer unparalleled views into the heart of this landscape. Finally, after your last day of hiking, you will once again return to Jackson for showers and laundry in preparation for your upcoming rock climbing adventure.

Day 18-19

You might be finished with your backpacking portions of the trip, but you’ll waste little time before returning back to the stunning mountains. Accompanied by expert climbing guides, you’ll start as students in basic climbing school. Learning skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, you’ll then feel confident to make an ascent towards the next day of intermediate climb school. Climbing is without a doubt one of life’s most fulfilling activities; although challenging at times, there is nothing quite as rewarding and as empowering as your climbing experience with the world famous Exum School of Mountaineering!

Day 20-21

Finally, you’ll conclude your journey with a second whitewater trip, an exhilarating ride through the class III rapids of the Snake River. After all of the time you’ve spent together, rafting will be a fitting end to your group’s amazing journey. Your final night together will be spent at your magnificent group banquet, reminiscing over the adventures had, the memories made, and the future adventures to come.  Goodbyes are never easy, but although your trip may be over, you have made friends for a lifetime.

Day 1-2

We promise you’ve never seen an airport as scenic as Jackson Hole. Nestled at the foot of the Tetons, you will deboard your plane and meet the people who will be your new family for the next three weeks. Your trip leaders, who will share and magnify your own excitement, will be the first to greet you as you enter the airport. From there, you will load into your van and make your way toward your first campsite, located only a few minutes away in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park. Once there, you will set up camp for the first time and have the chance to get to know your new trip mates by playing games, enjoying your first dinner together, and telling stories over the campfire. The next morning, after a hardy frontcountry breakfast, you will acclimatize to your surroundings by going for a day hike in scenic Grand Teton National Park. As a group, you will explore high-mountain lakes, bask in the glory of towering peaks, and get to know each other in preparation for your upcoming backcountry adventure.

Day 3-7

Now you take to the trails! For your first trek, you’ll be venturing into a wilderness area just outside of Jackson Hole, a region dominated by slender alpine ridges and neighboring snow-capped peaks. Traveling shorter distances at first, you and your group will allow yourselves to become acclimatized while focusing on your backcountry education. Skills such as backcountry cooking, minimal impact camping, map and compass skills, and more are all on the agenda for these first couple of days. And, although you will be learning new and interesting techniques, there will be plenty of time to break and observe the abundant wildlife whom you’ll be sharing the land with. Upon exiting the wilderness, you’ll then have the opportunity to take a shower, do some laundry and get organized for your upcoming kayaking adventure.

Day 8-10

Moving to Yellowstone, you will take advantage of the attractions that make this area so famous. First on the itinerary, however, will be your exploration of its high mountain lakes. For three days, you will paddle across glassy waters in two-person sea kayaks. While observing osprey diving for trout among other wildlife sightings, you’ll master the basics of sea kayaking. At night, you’ll set up camp on sandy beaches, warm yourselves around the fire, and hear about the natural phenomena that make this region so incredibly unique. After you’ve kayaked your way across the gorgeous waterscapes of Yellowstone, you’ll again take a shower and do some laundry. But don’t worry, you’re not finished with Yellowstone just yet!

Day 11-12

On the northern borders of America’s first national park sits one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the Northern Rockies. For an action-packed day, you’ll paddle the waters of the Gallatin River — growing closer as a team and making new memories as you paddle alongside professional guides on these exciting waters. The following day, before departing from Yellowstone, you and your group will explore the famous attractions found of this incredible national park. Of course, the one and only Old Faithful geyser will be one of your stops, as well as some of the other geo-thermal features found in the area. You’ll take advantage of those quintessential sights before embarking on your second backpacking expedition.

Day 13-17

After your Yellowstone adventure, you’ll return to the high-country for one last backpacking trip into the wilderness. Polishing and building on your previously acquired skills, you’ll be moving camp each day as we hike up to and above tree line to elevations that will offer unparalleled views into the heart of this landscape. Finally, after your last day of hiking, you will once again return to Jackson for showers and laundry in preparation for your upcoming rock climbing adventure.

Day 18-19

You might be finished with your backpacking portions of the trip, but you’ll waste little time before returning back to the stunning mountains. Accompanied by expert climbing guides, you’ll start as students in basic climbing school. Learning skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, you’ll then feel confident to make an ascent towards the next day of intermediate climb school. Climbing is without a doubt one of life’s most fulfilling activities; although challenging at times, there is nothing quite as rewarding and as empowering as your climbing experience with the world famous Exum School of Mountaineering!

Day 20-21

Finally, you’ll conclude your journey with a second whitewater trip, an exhilarating ride through the class III rapids of the Snake River. After all of the time you’ve spent together, rafting will be a fitting end to your group’s amazing journey. Your final night together will be spent at your magnificent group banquet, reminiscing over the adventures had, the memories made, and the future adventures to come.  Goodbyes are never easy, but although your trip may be over, you have made friends for a lifetime.