Photo: Judith Robertson

Course Details


Pacific Northwest

Expedition Type

Rock Climbing

Additional Activities

Yoga, Rock Climbing



Technical Skills

Belaying a Climber, Food Preparation and Cooking, Knots, Rappelling, Self Care


Adult, College




6 days



Interpersonal Skills

Character, Leadership, Service, Anger Management, Camaraderie, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Empathy, Independence, Positive Risk Taking, Problem Solving, Resilence, Responsibility, Self Awareness, Self Confidence, Sense of Social Connection

Upcoming Courses

Dates Days Age Cost Course # Actions
3/20/16 - 3/25/16 6 18+ $1295 WOA8-621 Enroll

* Some course dates may not include all of the activities and skills listed. Please ask.

This 6-day adult climbing and yoga course is your chance to journey through the crags and spires of one of Central Oregon’s most distinct and renowned areas - Smith Rock State Park. While exploring this world famous climbing area, learn climbing techniques including gear use, belaying, rappelling, safety and etiquette. Each day presents a new opportunity to push your limits and test your learning amidst the grandeur of this towering geologic formation. Set and achieve goals as crew, not passengers. Learn to trust one another, communicate, make decisions and work as a group to strengthen leadership and teamwork abilities. Although you’ll be climbing for much of the course, spend one day hiking – an ideal opportunity to explore the flora, fauna and local geology of the high desert environment. Smith Rock State Park serves as a picturesque, grounding backdrop for daily yoga practice and training.  Incorporate breath, balance, focus and flexibility into your movement on rock – all amidst stunning natural scenery. 

Classic Courses

No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way. 

  • Build core skills: Learn and practice wilderness, teamwork and leadership skills. Form a crew that supports and encourages one another, and in the thick of challenges, discover there is more in you than you know.
  • Practice Outward Bound values: Learn to incorporate Outward Bound values into everyday life by pushing your own limits and seeking challenge as an opportunity for personal growth.
  • Demonstrate mastery: As the course nears the end, take on more leadership and decision-making responsibilities. Work together to apply new skills and achieve team goals during this final phase of the expedition.
  • What you’ll learn: Return home a stronger, more resilient individual. Discover increased self-confidence, improved leadership, and a desire to make a difference.

Rock Climbing

Students receive individual instruction and test their skills against vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders. Camping occurs in a front country site at Smith Rock State Park among the multicolored cliffs and spires. Students learn about basic climbing equipment, rope management, wearing harnesses, tying knots, belaying and rappelling techniques and movement on rock. 


For students new to yoga and for those who already practice yoga but need further instruction and direction, this course is an opportunity to learn and practice yoga in a positive and supportive environment. 

Photo: Jor-el Zajatz

Course Area

Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

Smith Rock is a world-renowned climbing destination that attracts climbers of every ability level. It is widely considered to be one of the top sport climbing areas in the country. Smith Rock is a uniquely beautiful area that commonly graces postcards and calendars. The Crooked River lazily winds its way through the canyon, cutting a path through the cliffs and spires. To the west, the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range rise on the horizon, above the flat checkerboard of irrigated plains. One of the most striking features is a prominent spire, Monkey Face. Given the dry and temperate climate, rock climbing is feasible most of the year.  

Getting Started

If you are ready to enroll on a course click the enroll button next to the course you wish to select or you can enroll over the phone by speaking with one of our Admissions Advisors (toll-free) at 866-467-7651.

To secure your spot on a course you must submit an enrollment form and $500 deposit that is applied toward the total cost of the course and includes a $150 non-refundable enrollment processing fee. Click here to learn more about the complete enrollment process.