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After arriving in Jackson Hole, we’ll acclimatize to the altitude with a hike in the Teton Wilderness. As we make our way through this magnificent environment of wildflower strewn meadows and rushing streams, we’ll learn variety of wilderness travel skills that will prepare of for the rest of our adventure.
Our next adventure will take us by sea kayak through some of the most beautiful high altitude lakes in North America. These placid waters are superb for ?shing and lead to thick forests, meadows, and fascinating geyser basins. Few experiences compare to a sunrise surrounded by the mirror-like waters and mists of these high altitude lakes, home to moose, elk, bald eagles, white pelicans, and trumpeter swans. At the conclusion of our kayak trip, we’ll spend a day viewing the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
Before returning to the Tetons we’ll enjoy a fun afternoon of Class III whitewater rafting down the spectacular Gallatin River Canyon on the northwestern edge of Yellowstone near the Big Sky Resort.
Acclimated and stronger from the early days of our adventure, a more challenging highcountry backpack lies in store. The western slope of the Teton Range offers a trip through the beautiful Jedediah Smith Wilderness. Long, forested valleys offer cascading waterfalls that tumble from towering Teton peaks. By the second day we’ll reach alpine terrain, with opportunities to photograph flower-strewn meadows, emerald lakes, and vast snowfields. From our vantage point we’ll look to the east at Grand Teton National Park, along with the numerous mountain ranges of Idaho to the west.
Returning to Jackson Hole, we will begin our introduction to rock climbing on our adventure. This experience has been carefully designed to be challenging and fun, but not too difficult for our age and experience level. With additional staff from the world-famous Exum School of Mountaineering, we’ll learn basic climbing skills such as knots, signals, belays, and short rappels. Our appetites whetted for the culminating segment of this superb rock climbing experience, we’ll depart the next day for intermediate climb school on an adventure that is most appropriate for our age and experience.
Whitewater rafting will be our final adventure. In 8-person paddle rafts, we’ll run the turbulent and exciting waters of the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, shooting such rapids as Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna. Our final day of rafting will conclude with an exploration of the town of Jackson and the traditional end-of-summer Western barbeque banquet.