Montana Wyoming

Montana Wyoming

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Northern Rockies on this wonderful and diverse adventure along the Continental Divide. From the carved peaks of the Wind River Range to the towering Tetons, this adventure features backpacking, sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking school and a dramatic summit climb of the Grand Teton.

28 Days

$5,995

  • July 1st - July 28th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Days 1-2

Meeting for the first time together in Jackson Hole Airport in the heart of Grand Teton National Park will be an exciting, memorable and welcoming experience. For most of you, this will be your first time introduced to the massive saw-toothed Teton Range. Once everyone has arrived, you will drive a short 10 minutes to your first campsite in Grand Teton National Park. On this arrival day, you’ll take time to get to know each other, play some welcoming games and learn to set up your tents and cook dinner for the first time. As dusk settles, you’ll likely have the chance to see herds of bison roaming and grazing in the surrounding sagebrush. After dinner, you’ll watch the sun set over the Tetons and enjoy the first of many relaxing evening campfires before crawling into bed. The next morning, you’ll wake with excitement, enjoy a fortifying breakfast, then spend the day acclimatizing and stretching your legs on the beautiful mountain trails of Grand Teton National Park. In addition to your physical preparation, you’ll begin to assemble your equipment and food in anticipation of your first overnight backpacking adventure!

Days 3-8

Your introduction to overnight backpacking takes place in one of Wyoming’s most pristine wilderness areas. The Fitzpatrick Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest features alpine meadows, dramatic granite spires, lush, alpine grasslands and an abundance of wildlife. Its ample pronghorn antelope population complete the largest migration of any land mammal in the lower 48. Of course, thanks to your attentive leaders who make every aspect of the experience both educational and enjoyable, you’ll learn all of the skills necessary to thrive and enjoy life in this wonderful environment. Expect to cook delicious backcountry meals, choose beautiful, secluded campsites, traverse exciting mountain landscapes and grow incredibly close as a team. When your first backpacking trip draws to a close, you’ll emerge from the wilderness as a fully-formed team and excited for the days ahead.

Days 9-13

Following your backpacking excursion, you will take a break from the trails and hit the water. Next up: whitewater kayaking school. Meeting up with your professional kayaking instructors, you’ll begin your four-day whitewater kayaking school. As a progressive, empowering and exciting course, you’ll begin your training on flat water, advancing to friendly streams, fun rapids and onto the Hoback and Snake Rivers as your abilities on the water grow. Whitewater kayaking has a quick, rewarding learning curve, so you’ll be feeling like a pro in no time. During the course, you’ll learn how to read and navigate whitewater, practice paddling maneuvers, and master skills like hip-snaps, wet exits and the art of rolling our kayaks. After each day on the water, you’ll head back to your campsite in Grand Teton National Park. For your culminating day of whitewater kayaking school, you’ll enjoy the thrill and confidence of shooting through the Snake River Canyon, mastering rapids such as “Big Kahuna” and “Lunch Counter.” At the end of your kayaking experience, you’ll take a day to begin preparations for your next backcountry section and set your sites north of Jackson into Montana’s Big Sky country.

 

Days 14-18

Now both acquainted and comfortable with backcountry travel following your experience in the Winds, you’ll enjoy furthering your skill sets by learning advanced navigation and route finding techniques, low-impact camping skills and of course growing closer as traveling companions and friends. This second section of backpacking through the Spanish Peaks of Montana is certain to top the first in terms of enjoyment, confidence-inspiration, leadership development and group bonding. Throughout your trek in Montana, you’ll see yourselves developing as leaders and teammates as you work to prepare meals, choose beautiful campsites and complete the day’s route. You’ll also keep a watch-out for the abundant species of animals, and hopefully enjoy sightings of elk, moose, bear, bald eagles and possibly wolves.

Day 19

After departing the backcountry, you’ll take the time to shower and do laundry before visiting Yellowstone National Park. Aside from taking a well-deserved rest, you’ll use your fun time in America’s “Wonderland” to enjoy and learn about the geothermal wonders of America’s first national park. During your exploration, you’ll visit Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and many of the other amazing sites. As generations of visitors before you can attest, your time in the park will certainly build your appreciation for both the local ecosystem, and the great social and environmental good that results from the protection of wild lands. Following our site seeing, it will be time to prepare for our next adventure: backcountry sea kayaking through Yellowstone.

Days 20-22

You will stretch your arms and give your legs a rest on a three-day sea kayaking voyage through Yellowstone’s high altitude lakes. Meeting up with your Wilderness Adventures Sea Kayaking Specialist, you’ll learn the fundamentals of paddling and sea kayak safety before embarking out on the lake as a group. Each night, you’ll camp at secluded lakeside sites, cook amazing meals and gaze up at the wondrous sky whose stars shine so bright they reflect off the water below. You’ll be paddling joyfully but often quietly along the shoreline so that you can “sneak-up” on the many animals that come to drink by the water’s edge. If you’ve missed out on any wildlife sightings so far, you’re certain to see them here from our stable, two-person sea kayaks. You’ll keep an eye out for moose, beaver, elk, bald eagles and the many other amazing creatures of the west.

Days 23-26

You will leave Yellowstone and head back towards Grand Teton National Park for the culminating activity of your trip: summiting the Grand Teton.  Climbing the 13,771-foot Grand Teton is a major accomplishment for anyone. For the first two days, you will engage in a substantive, nurturing and fun rock climbing school with the world-famous Exum School of Mountaineering. As part of your educational preparation, you’ll learn climbing techniques, knots, belaying skills and how to travel in a rope team. On your third day you’ll meet your guides once again and make the non-technical trek up to basecamp at 11,500 feet! Here you’ll settle in, eat a big meal and go to bed early in anticipation of your alpine start the next morning. Beginning in the wee hours of the morning, you’ll climb at first by headlamp and have the opportunity to witness the sun rising from over 12,000 feet. After the encouraging sunrise, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Montana. Cresting this dramatic summit will feel like you’re on top of the world and you’ll be filled with pride and the knowledge that you can accomplish anything!

Day 27-28

At the end of your summit of the Grand Teton, you’ll head back to town and de-brief from your trip with a day to explore the iconic western town of Jackson Hole. That night, you’ll celebrate the entire adventure over your traditional end-of-summer banquet. Waking up early that next morning to depart from the airport, you certainly won’t be ready to go home. However, you’ll be comforted to know that you’ve developed a wonderful network of meaningful friendships that are sure to last.

 

Days 1-2

Meeting for the first time together in Jackson Hole Airport in the heart of Grand Teton National Park will be an exciting, memorable and welcoming experience. For most of you, this will be your first time introduced to the massive saw-toothed Teton Range. Once everyone has arrived, you will drive a short 10 minutes to your first campsite in Grand Teton National Park. On this arrival day, you’ll take time to get to know each other, play some welcoming games and learn to set up your tents and cook dinner for the first time. As dusk settles, you’ll likely have the chance to see herds of bison roaming and grazing in the surrounding sagebrush. After dinner, you’ll watch the sun set over the Tetons and enjoy the first of many relaxing evening campfires before crawling into bed. The next morning, you’ll wake with excitement, enjoy a fortifying breakfast, then spend the day acclimatizing and stretching your legs on the beautiful mountain trails of Grand Teton National Park. In addition to your physical preparation, you’ll begin to assemble your equipment and food in anticipation of your first overnight backpacking adventure!

Days 3-8

Your introduction to overnight backpacking takes place in one of Wyoming’s most pristine wilderness areas. The Fitzpatrick Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest features alpine meadows, dramatic granite spires, lush, alpine grasslands and an abundance of wildlife. Its ample pronghorn antelope population complete the largest migration of any land mammal in the lower 48. Of course, thanks to your attentive leaders who make every aspect of the experience both educational and enjoyable, you’ll learn all of the skills necessary to thrive and enjoy life in this wonderful environment. Expect to cook delicious backcountry meals, choose beautiful, secluded campsites, traverse exciting mountain landscapes and grow incredibly close as a team. When your first backpacking trip draws to a close, you’ll emerge from the wilderness as a fully-formed team and excited for the days ahead.

Days 9-13

Following your backpacking excursion, you will take a break from the trails and hit the water. Next up: whitewater kayaking school. Meeting up with your professional kayaking instructors, you’ll begin your four-day whitewater kayaking school. As a progressive, empowering and exciting course, you’ll begin your training on flat water, advancing to friendly streams, fun rapids and onto the Hoback and Snake Rivers as your abilities on the water grow. Whitewater kayaking has a quick, rewarding learning curve, so you’ll be feeling like a pro in no time. During the course, you’ll learn how to read and navigate whitewater, practice paddling maneuvers, and master skills like hip-snaps, wet exits and the art of rolling our kayaks. After each day on the water, you’ll head back to your campsite in Grand Teton National Park. For your culminating day of whitewater kayaking school, you’ll enjoy the thrill and confidence of shooting through the Snake River Canyon, mastering rapids such as “Big Kahuna” and “Lunch Counter.” At the end of your kayaking experience, you’ll take a day to begin preparations for your next backcountry section and set your sites north of Jackson into Montana’s Big Sky country.

 

Days 14-18

Now both acquainted and comfortable with backcountry travel following your experience in the Winds, you’ll enjoy furthering your skill sets by learning advanced navigation and route finding techniques, low-impact camping skills and of course growing closer as traveling companions and friends. This second section of backpacking through the Spanish Peaks of Montana is certain to top the first in terms of enjoyment, confidence-inspiration, leadership development and group bonding. Throughout your trek in Montana, you’ll see yourselves developing as leaders and teammates as you work to prepare meals, choose beautiful campsites and complete the day’s route. You’ll also keep a watch-out for the abundant species of animals, and hopefully enjoy sightings of elk, moose, bear, bald eagles and possibly wolves.

Day 19

After departing the backcountry, you’ll take the time to shower and do laundry before visiting Yellowstone National Park. Aside from taking a well-deserved rest, you’ll use your fun time in America’s “Wonderland” to enjoy and learn about the geothermal wonders of America’s first national park. During your exploration, you’ll visit Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and many of the other amazing sites. As generations of visitors before you can attest, your time in the park will certainly build your appreciation for both the local ecosystem, and the great social and environmental good that results from the protection of wild lands. Following our site seeing, it will be time to prepare for our next adventure: backcountry sea kayaking through Yellowstone.

Days 20-22

You will stretch your arms and give your legs a rest on a three-day sea kayaking voyage through Yellowstone’s high altitude lakes. Meeting up with your Wilderness Adventures Sea Kayaking Specialist, you’ll learn the fundamentals of paddling and sea kayak safety before embarking out on the lake as a group. Each night, you’ll camp at secluded lakeside sites, cook amazing meals and gaze up at the wondrous sky whose stars shine so bright they reflect off the water below. You’ll be paddling joyfully but often quietly along the shoreline so that you can “sneak-up” on the many animals that come to drink by the water’s edge. If you’ve missed out on any wildlife sightings so far, you’re certain to see them here from our stable, two-person sea kayaks. You’ll keep an eye out for moose, beaver, elk, bald eagles and the many other amazing creatures of the west.

Days 23-26

You will leave Yellowstone and head back towards Grand Teton National Park for the culminating activity of your trip: summiting the Grand Teton.  Climbing the 13,771-foot Grand Teton is a major accomplishment for anyone. For the first two days, you will engage in a substantive, nurturing and fun rock climbing school with the world-famous Exum School of Mountaineering. As part of your educational preparation, you’ll learn climbing techniques, knots, belaying skills and how to travel in a rope team. On your third day you’ll meet your guides once again and make the non-technical trek up to basecamp at 11,500 feet! Here you’ll settle in, eat a big meal and go to bed early in anticipation of your alpine start the next morning. Beginning in the wee hours of the morning, you’ll climb at first by headlamp and have the opportunity to witness the sun rising from over 12,000 feet. After the encouraging sunrise, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Montana. Cresting this dramatic summit will feel like you’re on top of the world and you’ll be filled with pride and the knowledge that you can accomplish anything!

Day 27-28

At the end of your summit of the Grand Teton, you’ll head back to town and de-brief from your trip with a day to explore the iconic western town of Jackson Hole. That night, you’ll celebrate the entire adventure over your traditional end-of-summer banquet. Waking up early that next morning to depart from the airport, you certainly won’t be ready to go home. However, you’ll be comforted to know that you’ve developed a wonderful network of meaningful friendships that are sure to last.