June 24-29, 2018 Expedition near Yakima WA with transportation from Seattle-Tacoma
Whether you are a beginner or advanced backpacker, this expedition week has tons to offer. You will learn how to pack for efficient travel; how to navigate using map, compass, GPS, and with natural orienteering tools; how to work through challenges as a team; how to set up camp; how to cook over open fires and mini stoves; how to stay safe in the wilderness, and much more.
We will be traveling from sagebrush canyonlands, through wilderness pine forests, toward Mt. Rainier. These ecosystems run along the edge of our closest Wolf Pack territory so we can monitor for pack expansion.
Along the way, you will learn how to track animals, use wild edible and medicinal plants for healthy travel, and travel with guides who know how to survive in the wilderness without modern gear and technology.
Designed for ages 18-28 with no prerequisite, while teens may also be accepted in the Teen Leadership & Backcountry Conservation overnight camp running simultaneously.
Course Goals and Skills:
The primary goal of this session is to prepare participants to be future outdoor leaders. Much of our time will be spent discussing safety, education, and how to create a successful expedition. In addition, participants will learn:
- Outdoor Leadership & Risk Management
- Wilderness Camping, Hiking & Backpacking
- Top 10 Tenets of the Wilderness Expedition
- Navigating & Orienteering including Map & Compass
- Backcountry & Campfire Cooking
- Wolf & Wildlife Tracking
- Birding & Bird Language
- Wild Edible Foraging
- Ultralight & Survival Shelters
- Natural Water Purification
- Herbal & Wilderness Medicine
- Best Ways to Make Fire
The itinerary for this expedition includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Sunday: Travel into the Yakima Canyon near Ellensburg, WA where we will get oriented and start our expedition; your group will find its first waypoint this evening and set up an efficient camp.
Monday: Pack camp and prepare for the day’s hike; navigate out of the canyon and travel cross-country to a waypoint on a high ridge. Your group will have the option of following that ridge toward the mountains, using stars to guide you at night, and/or complete your journey the next morning at a location that is one of the best known birding sites in Washington State.
Tuesday: Backpack into the pine forests of the North Cascades wilderness focusing on wild edible and medicinal plants.
Wednesday: Your group can decide whether you would like to skirt rural areas while hiking, or get a ride to the trailhead entering the Teanaway Wolf Pack territory.
Thursday: Leave our packs at our wilderness camp and hike lightly through wolf country in search of wolves at higher elevations.
Friday: Backpack out; report findings to ranger station; and return to Ellensburg, North Bend, Seattle, and Puyallup for celebratory meals and stories.
Our schedule is somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, camper desire, and serendipity.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on hand all week directing our professionally-trained instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum or better student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our testimonials and dating back to 1997!
Arrival & Transportation Options:
Complimentary Sunday Arrival between 4:30-5:00 p.m. at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area Campground in the Yakima Canyon which is 11.5 miles south of Interstate 90 on Canyon Road in time for our camp orientation from 5:00-5:30, followed by food from 5:30-6:00 for those who didn’t eat dinner already, and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. We begin with introductions at 6:00 after which accompanying family/friends are welcome to depart.
$45 Sunday North Bend Arrival Option: Meet us next to the North Bend (WA) Safeway in the McDonald’s parking lot on Sunday by 2:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$55 Sunday Bellevue College Arrival Option: Meet us across from Bellevue College at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church parking lot, 2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue WA 98007 on Sunday by 1:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Sunday Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday by 1:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Sunday Seattle Amtrak Arrival Option: Meet us at the Seattle Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Sunday by 1:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$75 Sunday SeaTac Airport Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday morning in time to meet our pick-up vehicle by 12:30 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate or unaccompanied minor waiting area. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Ellensburg Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to meet us back at Umtanum Campground on Friday for river bathing between 2:00-2:30 p.m. and departure by 3:00.
$45 Friday Evening North Bend Departure Option: Get dropped off next to the North Bend (WA) Safeway in the McDonald’s parking lot on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$55 Friday Evening Bellevue College Departure Option: Get dropped off across from Bellevue College at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church parking lot, 2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue WA 98007 on Friday at 5:00 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Friday Evening Seattle Amtrak Departure Option: Get dropped off at the Seattle Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Friday at 5:15 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 6:00-9:00 p.m. after participants travel back home and have dinner with us. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$115 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon from the Wolf Campus in Puyallup. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$145 Saturday SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday in Puyallup, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
2018 Training Camps & Expeditions are $765/week if you make a deposit by May 5th, or $785 if space remains available thereafter. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per person/week and your balance will be due upon arrival.
Cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including survival knife, firesteel or field guide depending on topic. The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and stayover choices.
Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. Weekend stayovers are complimentary for self-sufficient adults, not including long-distance transportation.
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