Jackson Hole Explorer Trip

Jackson Hole Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

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

21 Days

$4,795

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • July 17th - August 6th
  • 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 twenty days. People who share and magnify your own excitement will be the first to greet you as you enter the airport. From there we will load up into our vans and make our way toward our first campsite, located only ten minutes away in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park. There we will set up camp for the first time, but most importantly, have the chance to get to know each other and realize what an extraordinary group we will become. The next day, we will acclimatize to our surroundings by going for a day hike in scenic Grand Teton National Park. As a group, we will explore high-mountain lakes, bask in the glory of towering peaks, and get to know each other in preparation for our upcoming backcountry adventure.

Day 3-7

Now we take to the trails! For our first trek, we’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, we will allow ourselves to become acclimatized while focusing on our backcountry education. Skills such as backcountry cooking, minimal impact camping, as well as map and compass skills are all on our agenda these first couple of days. And, although we will be learning new and interesting techniques, there will be plenty of time to break and observe the abundant wildlife whom we’ll be sharing the land with. Upon exiting the wilderness, we’ll then have the opportunity to take showers, do some laundry and get organized for our upcoming kayaking adventure.

Day 8-10

Moving to Yellowstone, we will take advantage of the attractions that make this area so famous. First on the itinerary however, will be our exploration of its high mountain lakes. For three days, we will paddle across glassy waters in two-person kayaks. While observing osprey dive for trout, we’ll master the basics of sea kayaking. At night we’ll set up camp on sandy beaches, warm ourselves around the fire, and hear about the natural phenomenons that make this region so incredibly unique. After we’ve kayaked our way across all the water we wish to, we’ll again grab some showers and do some laundry. But don’t worry, we’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, we´ll paddle the waters of the Yellowstone River — growing closer as a team and making strong memories as we paddle with professional guides on these exciting waters. The following day, before departing from Yellowstone, we would not want to cheat ourselves by not taking advantage of some of the famous attractions found on its dry land. Of course, the one and only Old Faithful geyser will be one of our stops, as well as some of the other geo-thermal features found in the area. Well take advantage of those quintessential sights before embarking on our second backpacking expedition.

Day 13-17

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

Day 18-19

We might be finished with our backpacking, but we’ll waste little time before returning back to the stunning mountains. Accompanied by expert climbing guides, we’ll start as students in basic climbing school. Learning skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, we’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, we’ll conclude our journey with a second whitewater trip, an exhilarating ride through the class III rapids of the Snake River. After all of the time we’ve spent together, rafting will be a welcome change of pace as well as a fitting end to our amazing journey. Our final night together will be spent gathered around a magnificent group banquet. A great time to reminisce about our exciting time together as well as a time to say goodbye. It has been an incredible time over the past several weeks, but it is always nice to know that 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 twenty days. People who share and magnify your own excitement will be the first to greet you as you enter the airport. From there we will load up into our vans and make our way toward our first campsite, located only ten minutes away in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park. There we will set up camp for the first time, but most importantly, have the chance to get to know each other and realize what an extraordinary group we will become. The next day, we will acclimatize to our surroundings by going for a day hike in scenic Grand Teton National Park. As a group, we will explore high-mountain lakes, bask in the glory of towering peaks, and get to know each other in preparation for our upcoming backcountry adventure.

Day 3-7

Now we take to the trails! For our first trek, we’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, we will allow ourselves to become acclimatized while focusing on our backcountry education. Skills such as backcountry cooking, minimal impact camping, as well as map and compass skills are all on our agenda these first couple of days. And, although we will be learning new and interesting techniques, there will be plenty of time to break and observe the abundant wildlife whom we’ll be sharing the land with. Upon exiting the wilderness, we’ll then have the opportunity to take showers, do some laundry and get organized for our upcoming kayaking adventure.

Day 8-10

Moving to Yellowstone, we will take advantage of the attractions that make this area so famous. First on the itinerary however, will be our exploration of its high mountain lakes. For three days, we will paddle across glassy waters in two-person kayaks. While observing osprey dive for trout, we’ll master the basics of sea kayaking. At night we’ll set up camp on sandy beaches, warm ourselves around the fire, and hear about the natural phenomenons that make this region so incredibly unique. After we’ve kayaked our way across all the water we wish to, we’ll again grab some showers and do some laundry. But don’t worry, we’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, we´ll paddle the waters of the Yellowstone River — growing closer as a team and making strong memories as we paddle with professional guides on these exciting waters. The following day, before departing from Yellowstone, we would not want to cheat ourselves by not taking advantage of some of the famous attractions found on its dry land. Of course, the one and only Old Faithful geyser will be one of our stops, as well as some of the other geo-thermal features found in the area. Well take advantage of those quintessential sights before embarking on our second backpacking expedition.

Day 13-17

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

Day 18-19

We might be finished with our backpacking, but we’ll waste little time before returning back to the stunning mountains. Accompanied by expert climbing guides, we’ll start as students in basic climbing school. Learning skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, we’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, we’ll conclude our journey with a second whitewater trip, an exhilarating ride through the class III rapids of the Snake River. After all of the time we’ve spent together, rafting will be a welcome change of pace as well as a fitting end to our amazing journey. Our final night together will be spent gathered around a magnificent group banquet. A great time to reminisce about our exciting time together as well as a time to say goodbye. It has been an incredible time over the past several weeks, but it is always nice to know that although your trip may be over, you have made friends for a lifetime.

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