Summer Term - Upper School Outdoor in Washington

Outdoor Program Summer Term

Outdoor Program Summer Term

The Outdoor Program offers wilderness-based Summer Term trips each year that range from backpacking, mountaineering, canyoneering, kayaking and sailing expeditions. Open to all students in the Middle or Upper School, these trips run from 8 to 21 days and aim to provide an impactful wilderness adventure in which students learn fundamental leadership, community- living and technical skills. In addition, students gain first-hand experience with the natural and cultural history of the course area. Please follow the links below to discover more about specific Spring and Summer Term trips.

Outdoor Program Summer 2020 Offerings

Upper School: Lake Tahoe Pacific Crest Trail

  • Trip Leader: Mr.  Watkins
  • Cost: $2,000-$2,500, dependent on enrollment
  • Dates: June 22nd-July1st, 2020
  • Current Classes: IX-XII
  • Description: Description: Come join your classmates on an amazing adventure exploring two of the crown jewels of the lower 48-states: Lake Tahoe and the Pacific Crest Trail! Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, sculpted by an awe-inspiring combination of glacial and volcanic activity, with diverse terrain that allows for seemingly unlimited exploration. Along the Lake Tahoe section of the Pacific Crest Trail --a trail that reaches from Canada to Mexico-- we will backpack through two wilderness zones, rock climb on world-class, granite rock climbing areas, and camp at unique alpine lakes. With the cobalt blue water reflecting the Sierras, the group will trace its way across airy ridgelines and dive into ponderosa and lodgepole pine forest. Via Ferrata, Packrafting and Paddleboarding are additional skills and activities that will be considered. Learn and practice teamwork, wilderness, and leadership skills. Find connections with your classmates based on support, respect and fun!
  • Application form

Middle School: Teton Rock & Water

  • Trip Leader: Mr. Watkins, Ms. Joslin, Mr. Waterhouse
  • Cost: $1,200-1,500, dependent on enrollment
  • Dates: August 17-23, 2020
  • Current Classes: VII-VIII
  • Description: The Waterford Outdoor Program is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to join your classmates for an unforgettable adventure in Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming. Our trip will begin with a two-day kayaking trip across the stunning Jackson Lake, where we will explore an immaculate shoreline before stopping at our secluded campsite near Spalding Bay. We will fall asleep under the stars of the wide Wyoming sky, embracing the power of pristine wilderness. After kayaking and camping for two days, we’ll backpack through Alaska Basin with the Teton mountains ever-present above us. After hiking out near Phelps Lake, the group will raft and paddleboard a Wild & Scenic designated section of the Snake River with the Teton Range looming above us. Wildlife is abundant and the sightings will be many as we meander across the valley floor and look for wild trout as we float along. Bear and bison, moose and muskrat, beaver and bald eagle all frequent this area with amazing regularity. After floating the Snake River we’ll head to Jackson to enjoy a final celebratory dinner as we look back on an exceptional week in the Tetons.
  • Application Form

     

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