Ages 15-17 Camp, Summer 2019
July 27th - August 6th
Other payment options are available. See our Tuition page for more information about pricing for camp.
All girls* ages 15-17: hop in the She-Wolf van for a wild adventure that will take you from mountains to rivers, out to the ocean and back. Stretch your limits, swim every day, and get to know this richly diverse, dynamic landscape in the best way possible: by exploring it yourself, with the help and support of She-Wolf guides—and by hanging out with farmers, rock climbers, fisherwomen, surfers, and many others who call this region their home. We’ll dive into history, both human and non-human, and learn the story of this beautiful and complex part of the world. You’ll leave with your heart full-up of strength and belief in the incredible things you’re capable of.
*We respect variance in gender identification.
Day 1 : Drop-off, orientation and swimming at Rainbow Falls State Park
Parents will drop off their girls at Rainbow Falls State Park, in Chehalis, Washington between Portland and Olympia. We’ll get to know each other, splash in the cool waters of the Chehalis River, and do a backpacking refresher workshop. We’ll sleep under the stars at the park’s campground so that we can be ready for the excitement of the next four days…
Days 2-5 : Backpacking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness
We’ll wake up, drive to the Clear Fork Trailhead, and embark on a 4-day backpacking trip through the stunning alpine wonderland of the Goat Rocks; where the wildflower-blanketed meadows, serrated peaks, and icey turquoise lakes will take your breath away. We’ll gather inspiration from and surely cross paths with—you guessed it—herds of white-coated mountain goats grazing on the steep slopes of glacial cirques. On our last day we’ll hike out of the wilderness and camp at Rimrock Lake, where we’ll be able to take showers, rest our tired feet, and eat a big pasta dinner in celebration.
Day 6 : Laundry, Yakama Culture, and rock creek canyon
In the nearby town of Yakima, Washington, we’ll have breakfast at a local diner, do our laundry, and get fresh vegetables at one of the many fruit stands Yakima is known for. Later, we’ll dip into the cold waters of the Klickitat River, whose headwaters we’ll have encountered in the Goat Rocks. We’ll camp out on the edge of Rock Creek Canyon at Ekone Ranch, under the incredible stars this area is known for.
Day 7 : Canyon exploration
Dawn will be the perfect time to head down into magical Rock Creek Canyon, where steep hillsides give way to a refreshingly cool creek. We’ll practice some off-trail orienteering, keeping our eyes peeled for some of the many animals who call this wild high desert oasis their home. Later, we’ll pack up and drive South to Maupin area, where we’ll be camping for the next couple of nights for an adventurous Day 8 on the Deschutes River…
Day 8 : Rafting and fishing along the Deschutes
We’ll wake up on the Deschutes River and meet our experienced guide, Mia, from Little Creek Outfitters. We’ll spend the day floating and fishing with Mia’s team in the river’s wide golden canyons. After all that hiking, it’ll feel so good to let our bodies be carried by the current of this beautiful river, and to get a chance to try our hands at the old and intricate art of fly fishing.
Day 9 : coastal migrations
Like salmon, we’ll make the journey north along the Deschutes, then west along the Columbia River out to the ocean, exploring the history of these incredibly scenic and important rivers along the way. We’ll arrive in time to dunk ourselves in the cold surf, scramble up and run down the dune at Cape Kiwanda, and make a beach camp amongst the dunegrass.
Day 10 : Saddle Mountain sunrise
We’ll wake up early and warm up our legs to catch the summit of Saddle Mountain at sunrise, with sweeping views of the glimmering ocean and the forested ridges of the Coast Range. We’ll then spend a couple hours exploring tide pools near Cannon Beach, and maybe even score some saltwater taffy for the road back east to Oxbow Regional Park. We’ll spend a last night together under the stars, reflecting on our strong hearts and bodies.
Day 11 : Pancakes and farewells
We’ll have a delicious pancake breakfast and a farewell swim before going to meet parents at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, full up of pride and strength after 11 days of incredible adventure.
**Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, camp needs, and unforeseen circumstances.