After having the most wonderful time on a previous trip with Get In The Wild a few years ago, I just had to go back for more. (You can read my previous review on TripAdvisor.) Yup, just what I thought it was going to be… more of the terrific, safe, and adventurous fun that I remembered, only just a little more technical and challenging on this route. My first-timer friends who came along with me can’t stop raving about it. Christopher Hagedorn is the quintessential guide. Patient, caring, ultra-safe. He doesn’t just take you along, he makes you part of his team. As an educator, he freely shares his endless knowledge of the activity, the area, and it’s history. And he packs you a darn good lunch too! Hoping to be back again in a couple of years, next time with my all my kids and grandkids. It’s just way too good not to share it.
Professional and knowledgeable guidance
Team canyoneering equipment provided
Learn a set of wilderness skills
Over the past twenty-three years, we have learned that in order to safely experience the rugged and wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, one has to be well-rounded and possess a comprehensive set of wilderness skills. To visit these areas often requires skills in off-trail bushwhacking, backpacking, rock climbing, ice climbing, canyoneering and glacier mountaineering. We have brought together skills from each of these fundamental areas to create this exciting new alpine canyoneering program—the first of its kind in North America. We are very excited to share this knowledge with intrepid wilderness explorers who share our passion for exploring and experiencing some of the most distinctive and unexplored landscapes in Washington state and on the planet.
$799 per person | 4 days
Tuition for the course is $799 per person
Meeting location will be provided in your pre-trip information packet.
We’ll meet outside of Seattle, Washington. Typically it’s a 30 to 60-minute drive, but we’ll let you know with plenty of time in advance.
July through September
This course is suitable for adults who are interested in taking a class in an active, adventurous, and educational setting. Students should be able to carry a pack weighing 10-20 pounds. Students aged 12-17 will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Hiking: Easy hiking on well maintained trails
- Canyoneering: Easy hiking and scrambling using hands and feet for balance and support A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs
- Distances: Hike up to 2 miles
- Surfaces: Easy terrain
- Elevation Change: Little to none. Short sections of uphill travel.
- Hiking: Easy to moderate hiking
- Canyoneering: Easy to moderate hiking and scrambling using hands and feet for balance and support. A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs.
- Distances: Hike up to 3 miles
- Surfaces: Flat or rolling terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
- Elevation Change: Up to 600 ft/day
- Hiking: Moderate, off-trail hiking on rugged trails
- Canyoneering: Moderate, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope is required for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs
- Distances: Hike up to 6 miles
- Surfaces: Rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
- Elevation Change: Up to 1200 ft/day
- Hiking: Difficult, off-trail hiking on rugged, technical terrain
- Canyoneering: Difficult, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope is required for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs.
- Distances: Hike up to 10 miles
- Surfaces: Rugged, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
- Elevation Change: Up to 3000 ft/day
- Hiking: Very difficult, off-trail hiking on rugged, technical terrain
- Canyoneering: Very difficult, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs. May require advanced canyoneering techniques including guided rappels, multi-pitch rappels, complex ropework difficult pothole escapes, and advanced problem-solving and anchor building.
- Distances: Hike up to 14 miles
- Surfaces: Extremely rugged, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
- Elevation Change: Up to 4000 ft/day
- Expect to be around other hikers and travelers most of the time.
- Expect to have some solitude, as much as an hour at a time without seeing other groups.
- Expect several hours of solitude at a time.
- Expect to see no more than one or two groups on your trip.
- Expect to see no other hikers or travelers on your trip.
- Experienced and knowledgeable instructors
- Wilderness-based classroom
- Group campsite
- All team canyoneering equipment (i.e., ropes, webbing and rigging)
- Course-specific handouts
- Federal land permit fees
- Safety equipment, including a team first-aid kit and satellite messenger
- A commitment to make the course as exciting, challenging, and informative as you’d like
- Personal equipment
- Gratuities or tips for instructors and guides
What to bring
A full packing list will be sent upon booking.
What Lies Ahead of You
Explore the unique and distinctive wilderness of Washington state
Go on a memorable adventure with Get in the Wild to remote locations
Experience many different environments all in one location
Learn basic survival skills and reconnect with nature at its finest
The Alpine Experience
Be prepared to embark on an adventure where you’ll learn all necessary techniques for exciting canyoneering. Whether it be off-trail bushwhacking, backpacking, rock climbing, ice climbing, canyoneering, or glacier mountaineering, you’ll learn it all! On top of all the skills you’ll come away with, you’ll also have the chance to visit unexplored lands and overlook mystic views. These alpine landscapes are some of the most beautiful in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not. If you’re a keen adventurer looking to discover the pleasure of canyoneering, this trip is for you.
Wear clothes you can move in and won’t tear easily. Layers are also key! For your feet, comfortable medium-weight hiking shoes or boots work best. You definitely need closed-toed shoes that you’ve worn before and broken in well.