- Use safe backcountry kitchen practices to cook nutritious meals on a camp stove or fire
- Demonstrate an ability to select an appropriate campsite and set up a shelter while minimizing the impact on the ecosystem
- Understand and demonstrate how to stay healthy, warm, and comfortable in the backcountry
- Understand and demonstrate techniques for camping and traveling in bear habitat
- Use various navigation and route-finding tools and methods for on and off trail travel
- Travel efficiently in the alpine and river environment using map and compass skills
“I feel like I’ve realized that I need to be more selfless and appreciate what I have. And I feel like this expedition has taught me to live more simply and try to block out all the stress of the world.”
-Rus, MWS student
Backpack in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and then packraft, canoe and fly fish the legendary Yellowstone River! During this dynamic land and water
expedition students will learn and practice MWS core skills in navigation,
camping, backcountry cooking and teamwork. You will progress from the mountains
to your river section and learn to paddle both packrafts and canoes with your expeditionary team. The
Yellowstone Adventure is specifically designed for 16 to 18 year old students
looking to challenge themselves both in the mountains and on an iconic Montana river.
Dates: July 30 to August 19th, 2017
Ages: 16 - 18 years old
Group size: Max 8 students/2 instructors
Length: 21 days
*This expedition includes a wilderness first aid course. During this 16-hour course students will have an opportunity to receive a national recognized certification from Aerie Backcountry Medicine.
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- Backpack in the mountains of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem
- Packraft and canoe the Yellowstone River; the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 states!
- Learn swift water rescue techniques
- Adventurous white water paddling experiences
- Learn to fly fish on a blue-ribbon Montana river
- Experience abundant wildlife and pristine ecosystems
The Yellowstone Expedition is designed for 16 to 18 year
old students to provide them an opportunity to experience the
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem both on land and on the river. Students will spend the
first week of the expedition backpacking through vast valleys in a remote
mountain range and learning fundamental backpacking and camping skills. During the second and third week of the expedition students will get in their packrafts and canoes and paddle down the scenic and iconic Yellowstone river. This part of the expedition will
provide them opportunities to learn how to paddle both expeditionary canoes and inflatable packrafts and will expose
them to basic swift water rescue techniques. Fly fishing techniques and skills will be incorporated during the paddling sections of the expedition on this blue-ribbon Montana river. From beginning to end, students will
also engage in lessons about place-based ecology, leadership and communication,
gaining formal tools they can then practice with their expeditionary team.
For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression see Expedition Life