- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July, August
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th
- Gender: Girls Only
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Sub-Categories: Hiking
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
Come to Idaho and explore the outdoors with a group of girls looking to grow and support each other throughout this wilderness backpacking course. Build self-confidence in the mountains for an unforgettable experience with a group of peers ages 14 and 15.
The difference with this course is it's all girls! There are many benefits of learning alongside other girls. Over the years we have seen that girls develop deep and meaningful relationships with both their peers and the instructors, thus allowing them to grow and learn in a very supportive environment. You'll learn skills - backpacking, cooking, camping, and navigation with a map. You'll also learn things like how to turn challenging situations into opportunities, how to get along with your group, and how to be a leader even when you're following. Along the way, you and your peers will practice leadership skills with the guidance of your instructors as you move through remote mountain ranges and discover clear alpine lakes.
By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills and practice to lead the group on a peak ascent, work through a long hiking day, and make dinner for your tent group.
*Duration: 14 days
*Route length: approximately 30-60 miles
*Average group size: 15 students / 3 instructors
*Average pack weight: 40-55 pounds
*Elevation range: 7,000-11,000 feet
*Terrain: on and off-trail hiking, forest, and alpine environments
*Potential for non-technical peak ascents, snow travel skills, and fishing
*Wildlife you may see: moose, elk, deer, bear, sheep, mountain goat and fox