Pacific Northwest Explorer

Pacific Northwest Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

This adventure is the perfect introduction to the wonders of the Pacific Northwest – a land of lush rainforests and towering volcanoes. Hike pristine coastal beaches and plunge into the azure Pacific. Sea kayak amidst orca whales, raft one of this area’s most exciting rivers, and climb the most famous rocks in the Pacific Northwest.

21 Days

$4,795

  • June 22nd - July 12th
  • July 15th - August 4th
  • Portland, OR

Day 1

Your extraordinary journey begins with your arrival into the Portland airport. There you’ll be greeted by your trip leaders as well as the rest of your new trip mates. Once everyone has arrived, it is only a short distance before you reach your first base camp located along Oregon’s dramatic coastline. Your first evening under the stars together is always a great one. You’ll learn to set up camp, talk about what to expect with your upcoming excursions, play games, and enjoy your first front country meal together.

Day 2-3

Your first water activity begins with surfing at the famous beaches near Seaside. During your two day surfing program, you will learn the basics of surfing and gain confidence in the water alongside your trip mates. Each day also includes interactive lessons on marine biology and environmental stewardship, beach games and other fun and educational activities. Surfing in Oregon is an experience you’ll never forget, and something you can tell your friends and family about for years to come!

Day 4-6

After surfing, you’ll travel to the Columbia River Gorge area, near the Oregon-Washington border. Your next activity will be a great change of pace but every bit as thrilling– whitewater rafting on the great White Salmon River! A truly distinct stretch of river, you’ll find all the exhilaration you need. Fed from the glaciers of the majestic Mt. Adams and flowing through spectacular basalt canyons, whitewater river rafting on the White Salmon River epitomizes the lush and wild character of the Pacific Northwest in one exciting raft trip. Following your rafting adventure, you’ll begin prepping for your backpacking excursion in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Day 7-11

Once home to the Nez Perce Native Americans, the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains will be your home for your next adventure. This vast region has almost 60 high alpine lakes, which are surrounded by open meadows, bare granite peaks and ridges, and classical U-shaped glacial valleys. Here, you will embark on a journey of well-established trails and quickly learn the basics of backpacking. Working with your team of peers and leaders, you will acquire skills such as Leave No Trace principles, campsite selection, and navigation with maps and compass. In the process, your hiking legs will get in great shape!

Day 12-15

You’ll head out of the backcountry, do laundry and take well-deserved showers. Before heading to your next adventure, you’ll visit Dalles Dam Visitor Center for the educational opportunity to learn about the longest dam in the United States and see native fish running through the fish ladders.

From here, your next locale will be Smith Rock State Park. Well known as a climbing mecca in the U.S., you will have expert climbing instructors teach you and your trip mates the ins and outs of rock climbing in this remarkable area of high desert cliffs and crags. Once your 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 route, your reward will truly be as great as the obstacle you’ve overcome to get there. And the views will be incredible!

Day 16-19

Following your days of climbing, you’ll begin preparation for the next segment of your trip: Mt. Adams! Mt. Adams is one of the highest peaks in the Cascade Range and offers stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier. Following a day of climbing instruction on the flanks of this glaciated volcanic peak, you will embark on a memorable three-day climb. A WA summit experience is one you’ll never forget. From the top of Mt. Adams, the entire Cascade Range opens to you, with awe-inspiring views of the west coast.

Day 20-21

You and your group will make your way back to the Portland area before your final day as a group. On route, however, you will spend an afternoon exploring the quaint town of Hood River and enjoy the outstanding scenic and cultural aspects of this northwest environment. This last night together will conclude with the traditional WA farewell banquet, where you and your trip mates will reminisce on your adventures together. On our final morning, you will part ways with your heads and hearts full of memories of lifelong friends.

Day 1

Your extraordinary journey begins with your arrival into the Portland airport. There you’ll be greeted by your trip leaders as well as the rest of your new trip mates. Once everyone has arrived, it is only a short distance before you reach your first base camp located along Oregon’s dramatic coastline. Your first evening under the stars together is always a great one. You’ll learn to set up camp, talk about what to expect with your upcoming excursions, play games, and enjoy your first front country meal together.

Day 2-3

Your first water activity begins with surfing at the famous beaches near Seaside. During your two day surfing program, you will learn the basics of surfing and gain confidence in the water alongside your trip mates. Each day also includes interactive lessons on marine biology and environmental stewardship, beach games and other fun and educational activities. Surfing in Oregon is an experience you’ll never forget, and something you can tell your friends and family about for years to come!

Day 4-6

After surfing, you’ll travel to the Columbia River Gorge area, near the Oregon-Washington border. Your next activity will be a great change of pace but every bit as thrilling– whitewater rafting on the great White Salmon River! A truly distinct stretch of river, you’ll find all the exhilaration you need. Fed from the glaciers of the majestic Mt. Adams and flowing through spectacular basalt canyons, whitewater river rafting on the White Salmon River epitomizes the lush and wild character of the Pacific Northwest in one exciting raft trip. Following your rafting adventure, you’ll begin prepping for your backpacking excursion in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Day 7-11

Once home to the Nez Perce Native Americans, the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains will be your home for your next adventure. This vast region has almost 60 high alpine lakes, which are surrounded by open meadows, bare granite peaks and ridges, and classical U-shaped glacial valleys. Here, you will embark on a journey of well-established trails and quickly learn the basics of backpacking. Working with your team of peers and leaders, you will acquire skills such as Leave No Trace principles, campsite selection, and navigation with maps and compass. In the process, your hiking legs will get in great shape!

Day 12-15

You’ll head out of the backcountry, do laundry and take well-deserved showers. Before heading to your next adventure, you’ll visit Dalles Dam Visitor Center for the educational opportunity to learn about the longest dam in the United States and see native fish running through the fish ladders.

From here, your next locale will be Smith Rock State Park. Well known as a climbing mecca in the U.S., you will have expert climbing instructors teach you and your trip mates the ins and outs of rock climbing in this remarkable area of high desert cliffs and crags. Once your 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 route, your reward will truly be as great as the obstacle you’ve overcome to get there. And the views will be incredible!

Day 16-19

Following your days of climbing, you’ll begin preparation for the next segment of your trip: Mt. Adams! Mt. Adams is one of the highest peaks in the Cascade Range and offers stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier. Following a day of climbing instruction on the flanks of this glaciated volcanic peak, you will embark on a memorable three-day climb. A WA summit experience is one you’ll never forget. From the top of Mt. Adams, the entire Cascade Range opens to you, with awe-inspiring views of the west coast.

Day 20-21

You and your group will make your way back to the Portland area before your final day as a group. On route, however, you will spend an afternoon exploring the quaint town of Hood River and enjoy the outstanding scenic and cultural aspects of this northwest environment. This last night together will conclude with the traditional WA farewell banquet, where you and your trip mates will reminisce on your adventures together. On our final morning, you will part ways with your heads and hearts full of memories of lifelong friends.