Montana Wyoming Trip

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 climb of the Grand Teton.

28 Days

$5,595

  • July 2nd - July 29th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1-3

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

Day 4-9

Our introduction to overnight backpacking takes place in one of Wyoming’s pristine wilderness areas. This area features 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 our attentive leaders who make every aspect of the experience both educational and enjoyable, we’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 our first backpacking trip draws to a close, we’ll emerge from the wilderness as a fully-formed team, thrilled from having had the time of our life and excited for the days ahead.

Day 10

Departing the backcountry, we will spend a day taking well-earned showers and doing laundry. We will take time to plan, shop for, and prepare our meals and our gear for our next backpacking trip!

Day 11-15

Since our first wilderness backpacking experience was truly spectacular, it’s difficult to describe the impact and inspiration achieved from our backpacking trip  — though it is certain to top the first in terms of enjoyment, confidence-inspiration, leadership development and group bonding. Now both acquainted and comfortable with backcountry travel, we’ll enjoy furthering our skill sets by learning advanced navigation and route finding techniques, low-impact camping skills and of course growing closer as traveling companions and friends. We’ll also see ourselves developing as leaders and teammates as we work to prepare meals, choose beautiful campsites and complete the day’s route. During our days, we’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 16

After departing the backcountry, we’ll take the time to shower and do laundry before visiting Yellowstone National Park. Aside from taking a well-deserved rest, we’ll use our fun time here to enjoy and learn about the geothermal wonders of America’s first national park. During our exploration, we’ll visit Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and many of the other amazing spectacles. As generations of visitors before us can attest, our time in the park will certainly build our appreciation for both the local ecosystem, and the great social and environmental good that results from the protection of wild lands.

Day 17-19

Next we’ll stretch our arms and give our legs a rest on a three-day sea kayaking voyage through Yellowstone’s high altitude lakes. Meeting up with our Wilderness Adventures Sea Kayaking Specialist, we’ll learn the fundamentals of paddling and kayak safety before embarking out on the lake as a group. Each night, we’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. During our days, we’ll be paddling joyfully but often quietly along the shoreline so that we can “sneak-up” on the many animals that come to drink by the water’s edge. If we’ve missed out on any wildlife sightings so far, we’re certain to see them here; from our stable, two-person sea kayaks, we’re sure to see abundant moose, beaver, elk, bald eagles and many other amazing creatures.

Day 20-23

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

Day 24-27

Meeting up with our professional kayaking instructors, we’ll begin our four-day whitewater kayaking school. As a progressive, empowering and exciting course, we’ll begin our training on flat waters, advancing to friendly streams, fun rapids and onto the Hoback and Snake Rivers as our abilities grow. Whitewater kayaking has a quick, rewarding learning curve, so you’ll be feeling like a pro in no time. During the course, we’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, we’ll head back to our campsite in Grand Teton National Park. For our culminating day, we’ll enjoy the thrill and confidence of shooting through the Snake River Canyon, mastering such rapids as “Big Kahuna” and “Lunch Counter.” At the end of our kayaking experience, we’ll celebrate the entire adventure over our traditional end-of-summer banquet in the Old West town of Jackson.

Day 28

Waking up early to depart from the airport, we certainly won’t be ready to go home. However, we’ll be comforted to know that we’ve developed a wonderful network of meaningful friendships that are sure to last thanks to sharing the best experience of our lives together.

Day 1-3

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

Day 4-9

Our introduction to overnight backpacking takes place in one of Wyoming’s pristine wilderness areas. This area features 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 our attentive leaders who make every aspect of the experience both educational and enjoyable, we’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 our first backpacking trip draws to a close, we’ll emerge from the wilderness as a fully-formed team, thrilled from having had the time of our life and excited for the days ahead.

Day 10

Departing the backcountry, we will spend a day taking well-earned showers and doing laundry. We will take time to plan, shop for, and prepare our meals and our gear for our next backpacking trip!

Day 11-15

Since our first wilderness backpacking experience was truly spectacular, it’s difficult to describe the impact and inspiration achieved from our backpacking trip  — though it is certain to top the first in terms of enjoyment, confidence-inspiration, leadership development and group bonding. Now both acquainted and comfortable with backcountry travel, we’ll enjoy furthering our skill sets by learning advanced navigation and route finding techniques, low-impact camping skills and of course growing closer as traveling companions and friends. We’ll also see ourselves developing as leaders and teammates as we work to prepare meals, choose beautiful campsites and complete the day’s route. During our days, we’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 16

After departing the backcountry, we’ll take the time to shower and do laundry before visiting Yellowstone National Park. Aside from taking a well-deserved rest, we’ll use our fun time here to enjoy and learn about the geothermal wonders of America’s first national park. During our exploration, we’ll visit Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and many of the other amazing spectacles. As generations of visitors before us can attest, our time in the park will certainly build our appreciation for both the local ecosystem, and the great social and environmental good that results from the protection of wild lands.

Day 17-19

Next we’ll stretch our arms and give our legs a rest on a three-day sea kayaking voyage through Yellowstone’s high altitude lakes. Meeting up with our Wilderness Adventures Sea Kayaking Specialist, we’ll learn the fundamentals of paddling and kayak safety before embarking out on the lake as a group. Each night, we’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. During our days, we’ll be paddling joyfully but often quietly along the shoreline so that we can “sneak-up” on the many animals that come to drink by the water’s edge. If we’ve missed out on any wildlife sightings so far, we’re certain to see them here; from our stable, two-person sea kayaks, we’re sure to see abundant moose, beaver, elk, bald eagles and many other amazing creatures.

Day 20-23

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

Day 24-27

Meeting up with our professional kayaking instructors, we’ll begin our four-day whitewater kayaking school. As a progressive, empowering and exciting course, we’ll begin our training on flat waters, advancing to friendly streams, fun rapids and onto the Hoback and Snake Rivers as our abilities grow. Whitewater kayaking has a quick, rewarding learning curve, so you’ll be feeling like a pro in no time. During the course, we’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, we’ll head back to our campsite in Grand Teton National Park. For our culminating day, we’ll enjoy the thrill and confidence of shooting through the Snake River Canyon, mastering such rapids as “Big Kahuna” and “Lunch Counter.” At the end of our kayaking experience, we’ll celebrate the entire adventure over our traditional end-of-summer banquet in the Old West town of Jackson.

Day 28

Waking up early to depart from the airport, we certainly won’t be ready to go home. However, we’ll be comforted to know that we’ve developed a wonderful network of meaningful friendships that are sure to last thanks to sharing the best experience of our lives together.