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Pre-registration is required for all trips.
Schedule, fees and trip details, to include meeting times, are subject to change without notice.  Register through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. For more information,
call 252-967-6263.


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March 13-17
Japan ski vacation   

If you’ve ever seen a picture of the snow in Japan, then you know it’s one of the most sought-out places to ski in the entire world. This is an amazing area for any avid backcountry skier to explore. Join us March 13–17 on a trip that offers a little something for everyone. Stay in a rustic cabin with access to front and backcountry skiing, visit the famous mountain of Niseko on the northern Hokkaido Island — with an average of 15 meters of annual snowfall and plenty of natural hot springs to soak in and excellent food to enjoy. Use our top-of-the-line BC ski and snowboard equipment, or bring your personal favorite set of sticks. Two meals a day are included in the trip fee. Baggage fees more than $100 are not provided. A passport is required. Minimum age: 16 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). ($4,300)

March 18
Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Pineapple Pass

Winter isn’t over yet!  Pineapple Pass at Snoqualmie Pass is an exceptional backcountry area where you can choose the terrain dependent on your skill. Whether it’s open glades, steep drops or wide-open chutes, Pineapple has it.  For the more confident skiers or boarders, nearby peaks offer a great ride on true alpine terrain.  Let our guides lead you on an adventure!  Ground transportation, backcountry ski or split snowboard, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and airbag included. ($95)

March 18
Snowshoe Ape Cave

Snowshoe through the epic winter landscape of Mount St. Helens to the second longest lava tubes in North America! Then journey into the ancient subterranean depths of the Ape Cave as we travel deep into the underside of a 2,000-year-old lava flow to scramble under and climb over volcanic formations.  In this subterranean environment, the average year-round temperature remains a constant 45 degrees, so dress warmly.  Minimum age: 12. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 3 miles; time: 3 hours. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($50)

March 18
Kayak Skills Class

Outdoor Recreation offers five levels of two-hour kayak skills classes.
• Level one: proper paddling techniques and how to buddy-rescue.
• Level two: edging maneuvers and self-rescue.
• Level three: recovery techniques and muscle memory exercises for the roll.
• Level four: multiday kayak trip prep and t-rescue.
• Level five: the roll.
Start at any time and master as many levels as you’d like! Meet at Kimbro Pool inside McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center
at 7:30 p.m. Minimum age: 12 ($25)

March 18
Waterfall Tour

Explore the greatest  concentration of waterfalls in the continental United States with a waterfall tour. One stop is the world-famous Multnomah Falls, which plunges more than 620 feet from its origins. Enjoy a pitstop in Hood River, Ore., for lunch (not included in the trip fee). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. ($65; ages 5–12: $40; ages 0–4: $15)

March 19
Avalanche Awareness BC Ski/Board

If you travel in the backcountry in winter conditions, then the statistical probability of encountering an avalanche jumps dramatically. Indeed, every single person who spends time in the mountains in a winter context will encounter avalanche terrain and avalanche conditions. Join us for an instructional day on skis or a snowboard to learn all about avalanche awareness. Ground transportation, backcountry ski or split snowboard, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and airbag included. Minimum age: 18. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($100)

March 19
Intro to Backcountry Ski

Whether you’re wanting to get into  skiing or want to take the plunge into the backcountry with your skills, this
class is for you. This is an educational day that will teach you everything from how to set up your ski kit and how to engage the avalanche float bags to perfecting your turns in deep powder. Get away from the lift lines and learn how to earn your turns anywhere the snow falls. Minimum age: 16. ($95)

March 19
Sea Kayak Ballard Locks

Officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, they’re used to transport boats large and small from the Puget Sound to Lake Union and Lake Washington. The Ballard Locks are one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions, but very few make it to visit the locks by water. Paddle from Lake Union to the Puget Sound, using the locks to drop us roughly 25 feet to our lunch spot at Commodore Park before we return through the locks to Lake Union. Some paddling experience is required. Difficulty: easy-moderate; paddling distance: 8 miles; paddling time: 5 hours. Minimum age: 14. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($75)

March 19
Snowshoe Reflection Lake

What better  way to combat cabin fever in winter than with a trip to Mount Rainier National Park for some  snowshoeing? You’ll get a welcome dose of alpine elixir — fresh cold air, powdery snow and snowy peaks in every direction. The trek to Reflection and Louise lakes is a quintessential Mount Rainier snowshoeing experience. The bright, flat expanse of snow and ice-covered mountain lakes and subalpine meadows offer opportunities for romping. You’ll enjoy the stupendous views of the mountain, the Tatoosh Range and the south end of the Mazama Ridge beckoning you to follow. Minimum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. ($55)

March 25-26 (field portion, April 1-2)
Basic Alpine Climbing Course

During this course, you’ll receive hands-on climbing and climber’s safety training in Washington’s glorious Cascade Range. Unlike Rainier, the Cascades is part of a huge mountain range with scores of peaks topping 8,000 feet, upwards of 400 glaciers and countless permanent snowfields. This program is designed for the beginner or intermediate climber who wishes to develop strong fundamental skills in all aspects of snow and glacier climbing, as well as rock climbing. The course serves as a prerequisite for many of the Outdoor Recreation program’s basic-level climbs and is a stepping stone to more technically difficult mountains, including Denali. This course has served as a springboard to many climbing careers, including numerous Everest summiteers and has developed a foundation of skills for hundreds of independent climbers. Taught over the course of two weekends, the first half is classroom-based skill sessions, while the following weekend is an overnight field skills practice. Minimum age: 18. ($250)

March 25
Skagit Valley Photography

Located in Western Washington, the Skagit Valley is home to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. During the months of March and April, the surrounding farmland transforms itself into an array of different colors. The surrounding fields were first planted by Dutch immigrants in the early 20th century who brought with them the knowledge of growing fields of tulips and saw that the Skagit Valley had the perfect climate. Acres and acres of fields are planted in late fall in a variety of different tulip species, which come to life in late March into early April, making the Skagit Valley rich in photographic potential. During this workshop, you’ll learn a variety of techniques — both in the field and in the classroom — that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We will focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful landscape images, such as:
Working with dramatic light, including sunrise.
The fundamentals of powerful compositions.
Abstract techniques for creating artistic photographs. 
Minimum age: 12; younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  $65 per person.

March 25
Snowmobile Accessed Backcountry Ski

Backcountry skiing/snowboarding refers to areas not covered by a resort or lifts, including terrain reached by hiking, split-boarding, touring or sledding (snowmobile). The backcountry usually has the best snow because it’s not easily accessible to others and almost all of the best snowboard videos are filmed in the backcountry. Join Outdoor Recreation for a mega-fueled snowmobiling adventure where you can get dropped off at the top of a hill, shred it on skis or  snowboard, then hop back on and do it all over again. Simply put — sledding and boarding is rad! Ground transportation, snowmobile, backcountry ski or split snowboard, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and airbag included.  Must have some have resort skiing abilities. Minimum age: 16. Contact Adventure Programs for details.
$165 per person.

March 26
Winter SUP

If you think paddling stops as summer ends, think again! Paddle the many waterways of Washington and take in the beauty. When nobody else is on the water, you have a lot of room for yourself and your thoughts. The wildlife in and around the water come back in full force, making paddling in the winter simply beautiful. Equipment — board, paddle, PFD and insulated wetsuit — is included. Minimum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. ($65)

March 26
Tulip Ride

The beauty of hundreds of acres of tulips is awaiting you! On this guided bike journey through the Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, tour the Rooengaarde gardens, view open fields and stop in the small tourist town of La Conner for a hearty lunch and to experience the festival from a local perspective. The fields might be muddy, and the weather might be chilly or rainy, so be prepared and dress in layers with a waterproof jacket. Bike, helmet and gloves are provided. Difficulty: easy; time: 4 hours; distance: 15 miles. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6:45 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 7. ($60)

March 26
Wallace Falls Hike

A large majority of this five-and-a-half-mile trek follows 1,300 vertical feet of Wallace Falls with several scenic vistas.  Several scenic waypoints along the falls mean several opportunities to hike as much or as little of the trail as you’re able. A small picnic shelter at the middle falls provides a great place to rest up and grab a bite on the way up or down.  Difficulty: intermediate; distance: 5.6 miles roundtrip; elevation gain: 1,300 feet. Minimum age: 16. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($50)

April 1
Explore Victoria, B.C. (Preregistration required by Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.)

Hop on the ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C., by foot or bike. The downtown area has everything from antique stores to artisan chocolate shops to check  out. Plus, you can stop in at the Royal B.C. Museum or watch an IMAX® film. The trip fee includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket and transportation to and from Port Angeles. You may add a guided bicycle tour with guide, bike and helmet for only $50 more per person. ID requirements: U.S. Passport or Enhanced Driver’s License are required. Non-U.S. citizens may require Visa; visit travel.state.gov for details. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 4:45 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5. ($110; ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–4: $55; bike tour, add $50) FA

April 1
Whitewater raft the Wenatchee River

Join us for a trip down the beautiful Wenatchee River, where we’lll put in near the unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through many exciting class-III rapids.  Travel to the east side of the mountain for a hot day in the sun.  Gear, instruction and transportation are included.  No rafting experience is necessary.  Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:30. Minimum age: 12. Ask about our private trips for groups and units. Groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person. ($65) [ACCESSIBLE/FAMILY / IN HOUSE]

April 2
Bungee Jump/Zipline

If adrenaline is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed with this trip! Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off one of the highest bungee bridges in the country. If bungee jumping isn’t your thing, you can zipline
over the canyon for an adventure in the trees on seven different ziplines. Bungee jumpers get two jumps and a T-shirt.
Minimum weight: 90 lbs. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. Preregistration required
by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. ($135)

April 2
Snowshoe Paradise

Explore Mount Rainier’s Glacier Vista – a winter wonderland without the summer crowds that you’re sure to love.   Difficulty: advanced; distance: 5.2 miles; elevation gain: 1500 feet; time: 3 hours. Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 7:30 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8. ($135)

April 2
Tulip Ride

The beauty of hundreds of acres of tulips is awaiting you! On this guided bike journey through the Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, tour the Rooengaarde gardens, view open fields and stop in the small tourist town of La Conner for a hearty lunch and to experience the festival from a local perspective. The fields might be muddy, and the weather might be chilly or rainy, so be prepared and dress in layers with a waterproof jacket. Bike, helmet and gloves are provided. Difficulty: easy; time: 4 hours; distance: 15 miles. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6:45 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 7. ($60)

April 3-9 (Must register before March 1)
Nicaragua Yoga Retreat

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Escape the cold and join us on this incredible adventure into paradise.  Nicaragua is rich in culture, history and out-of-this-world scenery.  We’ll spend four days at the Casa Maderas Eco-Lodge outside of San Jan Del Sur, Nicaragua.  This jungle haven offers access to surfing, sea turtle snorkeling, horseback riding, zip-lining, fishing, sailing and much more.  Start and end your days with an incredible homemade meal, two sessions of invigorating and relaxing yoga and more activities than you can fit! Each room comes with mosquito nets, a private bathroom, fan, Wi-Fi access and a terrace with a hammock. The trip fee includes five breakfasts, three dinners and two dinners out on the town with one free tour to choose from (other tours offered at an additional price). Enjoy daily shuttles to the beach for surfing or just relaxing. Single occupancy or double occupancy is available by request at an additional cost.  This is sure to be a vacation you’ll never forget! Option to purchase a Manduka yoga matt, block and strap at additional cost. Must have a valid passport. Minimum age: 16; anyone younger 18 must be accompanied by an adult. ($3,200)

April 5
Alpine Club meeting

Climbers are invited to the Alpine Club meeting at 6 p.m. The activity and meeting location differ each month.
Members, check out JBLMalpineclub.blogspot.com for details. (Free)

April 7-9
Ladies Suncadia X-Country Ski

Get to know this incredible state, and adventure into the middle of the Cascade Mountains with us. Suncadia Resort is nestled on the outskirts of Cle Elum and Roslyn. Roslyn is famous for the filming site of Northern Exposure, and we’ll explore many businesses still functioning today! Stay two nights in the award-winning resort, pamper yourself with a massage, cross-country ski along the river and wine and dine at the historic local establishments.  Let us guide you on an incredible weekend right in your own backyard! Gear is provided; this trip can be modified to suit your needs. Minimum age: 12; younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($700)

April 8-9 (field portion, April 15-16)
Basic Alpine Climbing Course

During this course, you’ll receive hands-on climbing and climber’s safety training in Washington’s glorious Cascade Range. Unlike Rainier, the Cascades is part of a huge mountain range with scores of peaks topping 8,000 feet, upwards of 400 glaciers and countless permanent snowfields. This program is designed for the beginner or intermediate climber who wishes to develop strong fundamental skills in all aspects of snow and glacier climbing, as well as rock climbing. The course serves as a prerequisite for many of the Outdoor Recreation program’s basic-level climbs and is a stepping stone
to more technically difficult mountains, including Denali. This course has served as a springboard to many climbing careers, including numerous Everest summiteers and has developed a foundation of skills for hundreds of independent climbers. Taught over the course of two weekends, the first half is classroom-based skill sessions, while the following weekend  is an overnight field skills practice. Minimum age: 18. ($250)

April 8-9 (field portion, April 15-16)
Intermediate Alpine Course

The four-day intermediate mountaineering course is an incredible opportunity to learn advanced alpine climbing topics in the North Cascades. The focus of the course is climbing steep snow, ice, rock and mixed terrain, in addition to glacier travel. The wilderness of the North Cascades provides the ideal training ground due to the variety of terrain that is available. The goal of this course is that graduating students should be able to climb non-technical glaciated mountains with short sections of moderately technical terrain safely. This course also provides excellent advanced preparation guided ascents of Liberty Ridge of Mount Rainier, the Matterhorn, Denali, Mount Vinson and Cho Oyu. During this course, we focus on objective and subjective safety, advanced climbing techniques, technical climbing in alpine terrain and climbing team assessments. ($350)

April 8
Photo Restoration Workshop

Do you have old print photographs that have faded, been scratched, stained or torn over time? Would you like to learn how to restore and archive these images digitally? If so, this class is for you. Using Adobe Photoshop, you’ll learn how to scan and do basic color correction and damage repair on old photos. Prerequisite: a basic understanding of computers; some Photoshop experience is useful but not required. Please bring laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed.  Sample photo will be provided, but feel free to bring your own photos to work on.  Minimum age: 12; guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. ($45)

April 9
Intro to Paddleboarding

Learn the basics of standup paddleboarding in a fun group setting. Start on dry land learning the correct paddle height and hand placement, equipment overview, kneeling and standing on a board, as well as water safety and SUP etiquette. Then on the water, learn to safely get on and off the board, proper standing technique, paddling technique, turning the board, maneuvering over small waves and self-rescue techniques. Appropriate for all experience and fitness levels. Minimum age: 12. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. ($35)

April 9
Sea Kayak Tacoma Narrows

The Tacoma Narrows is known for its tidal bottleneck effect causing strong/swift currents as the water tries to squeeze through the narrow 1-mile-wide passage. This trip is perfect for paddlers to get a small taste of the influence tidal currents can have. We have planned out this trip so that we will be assisted by the currents from start to end as we make our way through the “river” and under the bridge on this 5-mile paddle from Point Defiance to Titlow Beach.  Prior experience is encouraged, but beginners may join the trip in a double kayak with another guest. Difficulty: beginner-intermediate; distance: 6 miles; time on water: 3 hours. Minimum age: 14; guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9:30 a.m. ($75)

Open-water scuba The first level of any diver’s education, the goal of open-water scuba is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. The requirements are: swim continuously for 200 yards and able to tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card that recognizes you as an open-water diver, allowing you to dive anywhere in the world! Join us for this week-long course July 7–13 or July 14–20. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

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