Pacific Northwest Explorer Trip

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 an exciting river, and climb the most famous rocks in the Pacific Northwest.

21 Days

$4,595

  • July 16th - August 5th
  • 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 basecamp 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, about our up coming excursions, but most importantly, about each other.

Day 2-3

Our first water activity begins with surfing at the famous beaches near Seaside.  During our two-day program, you will learn the basics of surfing and gain confidence in the water. 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 4-5

Navigating across northern Oregon, we spend an afternoon exploring the quaint town of Hood River located on the shores of the Columbia River. In addition, a visit to Dalles Dam Visitor Center will provide an educational opportunity to learn about the longest dam in the United States and see native fish running through the fish ladders. En route we’ll stop to do a little grocery shopping, picking up needed rations for the second segment of our trip. Up next will be our backpacking trip in the amazing Wallowa Mountains.

Day 6-10

Once home to the Nez Perce Native Americans, the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains will be our home for the hiking 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, we will embark on a journey on well-established trails and quickly learn the basics of backpacking. Working with our team of peers and leaders, we will acquire such skills as Leave No Trace, campsite selection, and navigation with maps and compass. In the process, our hiking legs will get in great shape in preparation for the final portions of the trip.

Day 11-14

Our next locale will be Smith Rock State Park. Well known as a climbing mecca in the U.S., it certainly won’t hurt to have the help from some expert climbing instructors to teach us the ins and outs of rock climbing in this remarkable area of high desert cliffs and crags. Eventually, once our skills and teamwork are superbly accomplished, we’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, not to mention the unparalleled views while you’re at it!

Day 15-18

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, we will embark on a memorable three-day climb. The entire Cascade Range opens to us, with awe-inspiring views of the west coast.

Day 19

After our experience on Mt. Adams, our 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, we’ll find all the exhilaration we 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.

Day 20-21

Returning to the Portland area before departing, we’ll have time to visit some of the outstanding scenic and cultural aspects of this northwest environment, concluding with our traditional celebration banquet. On our final morning, we part ways with our heads and hearts full of memories of lifelong friends, which we’ll never forget.

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 basecamp 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, about our up coming excursions, but most importantly, about each other.

Day 2-3

Our first water activity begins with surfing at the famous beaches near Seaside.  During our two-day program, you will learn the basics of surfing and gain confidence in the water. 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 4-5

Navigating across northern Oregon, we spend an afternoon exploring the quaint town of Hood River located on the shores of the Columbia River. In addition, a visit to Dalles Dam Visitor Center will provide an educational opportunity to learn about the longest dam in the United States and see native fish running through the fish ladders. En route we’ll stop to do a little grocery shopping, picking up needed rations for the second segment of our trip. Up next will be our backpacking trip in the amazing Wallowa Mountains.

Day 6-10

Once home to the Nez Perce Native Americans, the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains will be our home for the hiking 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, we will embark on a journey on well-established trails and quickly learn the basics of backpacking. Working with our team of peers and leaders, we will acquire such skills as Leave No Trace, campsite selection, and navigation with maps and compass. In the process, our hiking legs will get in great shape in preparation for the final portions of the trip.

Day 11-14

Our next locale will be Smith Rock State Park. Well known as a climbing mecca in the U.S., it certainly won’t hurt to have the help from some expert climbing instructors to teach us the ins and outs of rock climbing in this remarkable area of high desert cliffs and crags. Eventually, once our skills and teamwork are superbly accomplished, we’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, not to mention the unparalleled views while you’re at it!

Day 15-18

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, we will embark on a memorable three-day climb. The entire Cascade Range opens to us, with awe-inspiring views of the west coast.

Day 19

After our experience on Mt. Adams, our 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, we’ll find all the exhilaration we 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.

Day 20-21

Returning to the Portland area before departing, we’ll have time to visit some of the outstanding scenic and cultural aspects of this northwest environment, concluding with our traditional celebration banquet. On our final morning, we part ways with our heads and hearts full of memories of lifelong friends, which we’ll never forget.