Oregon Cascades Explorer

Oregon Cascades Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

From the snowcapped volcanoes of Oregon’s Cascades to the arid beauty of the state’s desert canyons, this 14-day adventure offers a stunning variety of environments and experiences. Swim in beautiful alpine lakes, raft thrilling whitewater and climb the most famous rocks in the Pacific Northwest.

16 Days

$3,995

  • June 30th - July 15th
  • July 18th - August 2nd
  • Portland, OR

Day 1-2

Your trip begins at the Portland airport. After everyone has gotten off of his or her plane, you’ll all assemble in the airport and meet each other for the first time. Excitement grows as everyone buzzes in anticipation to get started on your journey. Once you’re all together, you’ll head to your nearby campsite at the base of spectacular Mt. Hood for your first night of camping as a group. Settling in, it’s a pretty exciting evening as you’ll play games, get your first lesson in setting up camp, and enjoy your first frontcountry meal. Early the next morning in Bend, OR, you’ll have a great opportunity to pick up some food and other necessary supplies for your first leg of wilderness travel. Even though it’s only your second day together, you won’t believe how much you’ve gotten to know your teammates already. Finally, you’ll end your day discussing the area in which you are about to venture and familiarize yourself with the respective maps of the Three Sisters Wilderness.

Day 3-8

Departing from lively Bend bright and early, you’ll get well-acquainted with the Three Sisters Range as you hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Your group’s educational goals for this leg will be general wilderness travel, Leave No Trace principles, backcountry cooking, and route finding. You’ll have plenty of time to discuss these elements throughout the day, but it will surely make for great campfire conversation as you settle down each night at some of the most picturesque sites imaginable. Finally, weather and conditions permitting, you’ll be making a summit attempt on the South Sister before you depart from the area. A truly matchless view from the summit; at the top of your climb you’ll be able to see a majority of the dramatic Cascade Range, including summits of Mt. Hood and even Mt. Rainier. With your first major trek through, and your trip as a whole off to a pretty astounding start, you’ll depart the Three Sisters area and prepare for the next segment of your excursion.

Day 9-11

Following the Three Sisters, you’ll shower up, do some laundry, go food shopping, and then you’re on the road again. Setting our sites up north, our next locale will be Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock’s high desert cliffs and crags are known as some of the best climbing in the USA. You and your group will spend time with expert local instructors who will teach you the ins and outs of rock climbing in this remarkable area. Eventually, once your climbing skills are superbly accomplished, you’ll take on a well known route of the area, the Tyrolean traverse of the “Monkey’s Face!” A challenging course, your reward will truly be as great as the obstacle you’ve overcome to get there, not to mention the unparalleled views while you’re at it!

Day 12-14

After your lofty experience at Smith Rock, your next activity will be a great change of pace but every bit as thrilling – whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River! You’ll take a day to prepare for another few nights in the backcountry and then you’ll hit the water. A truly distinct stretch of river, you’ll find all the exhilaration you need throughout your time on the water. Where perfect weather is almost the norm, you’ll take on rapids with names like “Rattlesnake” and “Buckskin Mary.” Aside from learning how to negotiate your way through the whitewater, you’ll spend a memorable night camping shore-side along the river, reliving the days excitement as you dry off and enjoy a well-earned dinner for the days’ thrills.

Day 15-16

Once you’re off the water, you’ll do your last round of showers and laundry as a group. You’ll organize your gear and prepare to head back to the Portland area for your departure, as well as your group’s end of summer banquet in Hood River. There, you’ll gather round the dinner table to reminisce and talk about the good times had and never to be forgotten. Regretfully, the following morning you’ll part ways with your heads and hearts full of memories of life-long friends.

Day 1-2

Your trip begins at the Portland airport. After everyone has gotten off of his or her plane, you’ll all assemble in the airport and meet each other for the first time. Excitement grows as everyone buzzes in anticipation to get started on your journey. Once you’re all together, you’ll head to your nearby campsite at the base of spectacular Mt. Hood for your first night of camping as a group. Settling in, it’s a pretty exciting evening as you’ll play games, get your first lesson in setting up camp, and enjoy your first frontcountry meal. Early the next morning in Bend, OR, you’ll have a great opportunity to pick up some food and other necessary supplies for your first leg of wilderness travel. Even though it’s only your second day together, you won’t believe how much you’ve gotten to know your teammates already. Finally, you’ll end your day discussing the area in which you are about to venture and familiarize yourself with the respective maps of the Three Sisters Wilderness.

Day 3-8

Departing from lively Bend bright and early, you’ll get well-acquainted with the Three Sisters Range as you hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Your group’s educational goals for this leg will be general wilderness travel, Leave No Trace principles, backcountry cooking, and route finding. You’ll have plenty of time to discuss these elements throughout the day, but it will surely make for great campfire conversation as you settle down each night at some of the most picturesque sites imaginable. Finally, weather and conditions permitting, you’ll be making a summit attempt on the South Sister before you depart from the area. A truly matchless view from the summit; at the top of your climb you’ll be able to see a majority of the dramatic Cascade Range, including summits of Mt. Hood and even Mt. Rainier. With your first major trek through, and your trip as a whole off to a pretty astounding start, you’ll depart the Three Sisters area and prepare for the next segment of your excursion.

Day 9-11

Following the Three Sisters, you’ll shower up, do some laundry, go food shopping, and then you’re on the road again. Setting our sites up north, our next locale will be Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock’s high desert cliffs and crags are known as some of the best climbing in the USA. You and your group will spend time with expert local instructors who will teach you the ins and outs of rock climbing in this remarkable area. Eventually, once your climbing skills are superbly accomplished, you’ll take on a well known route of the area, the Tyrolean traverse of the “Monkey’s Face!” A challenging course, your reward will truly be as great as the obstacle you’ve overcome to get there, not to mention the unparalleled views while you’re at it!

Day 12-14

After your lofty experience at Smith Rock, your next activity will be a great change of pace but every bit as thrilling – whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River! You’ll take a day to prepare for another few nights in the backcountry and then you’ll hit the water. A truly distinct stretch of river, you’ll find all the exhilaration you need throughout your time on the water. Where perfect weather is almost the norm, you’ll take on rapids with names like “Rattlesnake” and “Buckskin Mary.” Aside from learning how to negotiate your way through the whitewater, you’ll spend a memorable night camping shore-side along the river, reliving the days excitement as you dry off and enjoy a well-earned dinner for the days’ thrills.

Day 15-16

Once you’re off the water, you’ll do your last round of showers and laundry as a group. You’ll organize your gear and prepare to head back to the Portland area for your departure, as well as your group’s end of summer banquet in Hood River. There, you’ll gather round the dinner table to reminisce and talk about the good times had and never to be forgotten. Regretfully, the following morning you’ll part ways with your heads and hearts full of memories of life-long friends.