The High Divide (Trip) - Grade 9

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The High Divide (Trip) - Grade 9


Saturday, August 4 - Friday, August 10, 2018

Pre-Trip Meeting (Mandatory): Friday, August 3, 2018

Join with a group of other advanced backpackers to hike on one of the most spectacular - and popular - trails in the western U.S. and Canada. Here marmots, pika, black bear, mountain goats, and humans share the trail with wildflowers, waterfalls, alpine lakes and meadows, glaciers, rivers, and ancient trees. This trail has it all!

The ticket for admission to this wilderness splendor is stretching our edges: five out of seven hiking days will be with our full packs on back, while two days we will be exploring mountain meadows and alpine lakes with day packs. Our route will take us through a fairyland of mossy green old growth forest alongside the Sol Duc river, then up into the high country. Above the trees, we’ll walk along the High Divide, a top-of-the-world perch to watch the sunset over Mt. Olympus and enjoy expansive views in all directions. Making camp near Hoh Lake, we’ll day hike back up to the Divide to explore the Seven Lakes Basin, where elk herds and solitary black bear often roam among glacier-carved alpine lakes. We’ll end this epic exploration day hike with a scramble up Bogachiel Peak to watch sunset over Mt. Olympus. Our descent will include an overnight at Deer Lake before we come full circle to the trailhead.

As we travel through these mountains we'll explore and discuss our own journey through adolescence in this rite of passage trek. All along the way, we'll go out and go within, co-discovering our changing selves as young women in this time and culture, considering our relationships with self, parents, peers and our community.

This hike is 20 miles long, but day hikes can extend it to 30+ miles. We'll be making collaborative decisions about how much extra exploring we want to do beyond our commitment to the 20-mile loop. Read more here (check out the reviews below the main description), here, and here. Slideshow here.

Advanced Level. Total trip miles: 20 miles with full packs, collaboratively decided additional distance in day hike explorations.


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2018 Itinerary

Saturday, August 4 - Friday, August 10, 2018

Pre-Trip Meeting (mandatory): Friday, August 3, 2018. Time: 10:00-1:00PM. Location: Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue, Bellingham. Directions. Participants should bring backpack and everything on the gear list they plan to bring on the trip. While this meeting is for participants only, we're happy to fill parents in on everything we discuss!


Meet at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue, Bellingham at 8:00AM in order to catch the ferry from Keystone (Coupeville) to Port Townsend. Directions.

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Pick-up: Meet at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue, Bellingham. Directions. Time: TBA.

Learning Outcomes: Lessons learned and concepts covered on this adventure include an in-depth exploration of all Wild Whatcom mottos, healthy and supportive interpersonal communication, Leave No Trace (TM) ethics, collaborative leadership development, positive and negative peer pressure, common sense camping, analyzing hazards and how to mitigate their risk, integrity, exploring how our thinking affects our reality, Native American history and ethnography, self care, ecology and botany of coastal ecosystems, multiple intelligence theory, wilderness awareness, river ecosystems, survival priorities, navigation, preparedness, wildlife and their adaptation to humans, working with and through fears, coastal weather systems, accepting and working with emotions, intermediate backpacking skills, practicing gratitude, the bridge of adolescence, understanding personal potential, and more!

Participant trip questionnaire and tetanus immunization required to participate.

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