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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,
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Bella Donna trips are ladies-only.


Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides; add $20 for meal & souvenir cup; volunteer option

 

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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)

Wilderness First Aid

    Adults Only

April 15-16
The WFA course, April 15-16, will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. All students are required to have current First Aid, CPR and AED training before the WFA course date. This is available to every student the Friday night before your course from 6-8 for an extra $25. You provide a bag or backpack packed with everything you would bring on a normal hiking trip, grungy clothing you don't mind getting ruined (stained, cut, torn) and appropriate food for the day. We provide learning materials, instruction and certification card in the mail. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. Minimum age: 16. ($225) Trip with NAC expert guides

Hike Salmon La Sac

    Adults Only

Saturday, April 15
Hike your way through the views of this amazing state starting with this hike Saturday, April 15. The Pacific Northwest is such a unique location, its mountains offering visitors tranquility in its vast forest. Difficulty: easy/moderate; distance: 8.2 miles round-trip; time: 4-5 hours. Minimum age: 12. Meet at Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6:30 a.m. ($90) Trip with NAC expert guides

 

Sunset Photography

    Adults Only

Saturday, April 15
Take advantage of the evening light to hone your outdoor photography skills! We'll discuss techniques for shooting in limited light, exposure bracketing and the use of a tripod. Photographers of all levels using film or digital cameras are encouraged to attend this Saturday, April 15 seminar. Bring your camera and tripod along with the owner’s manual.  When we’re at Discovery Park, we’ll take advantage of the blue hour and travel to Kerry Park and capture Seattle’s amazing skyline. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 5 p.m. and McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5:15. ($55) Trip with NAC expert guides

Hike Dungeness Spit

    Adults Only

Sunday, April 16
This narrow strip of land just east of Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a gorgeous place to explore miles upon miles of sandy beach, spy shorebirds wheeling and even get a little shot of greenery at the beginning and end of your trip. Check it out Sunday, April 16. Distance: 11 miles round-trip; elevation gain: 130 feet. Minimum age: 16.  Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7:30 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 7:45. ($60) Trip with NAC expert guides

Kayak Skills Class

    Adults Only

Tuesday, April 18
Outdoor Recreation offers five levels of two-hour kayak skills classes.

  1. Level one: proper paddling techniques and how to buddy-rescue.
  2. Level two: edging maneuvers and self-rescue.
  3. Level three: recovery techniques and muscle memory exercises for the roll.
  4. Level four: multiday kayak trip prep and t-rescue.
  5. Level five: the roll.

The next sea kayak skills class is April 18. 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) Clinic with NAC expert guides

Pedals and Pints

  Adults Only

Saturday, April 22
Head to Woodinville Saturday, April 22 to bike along the Sammamish River Trail to Marymoor Park and back.  We’ll finish this excursion with a tour of the famous Redhook Brewery and dinner at the Forecaster Pub. Difficulty: beginner-intermediate; distance: 12.5 miles. Minimum age: 21. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 10 a.m. ($55) Clinic with NAC expert guides

Saturday, April 22
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 back-country. Join Outdoor Recreation for a mega-fueled snowmobiling adventure Saturday, April 22, 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 resort ski abilities. Minimum age: 16. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($165)

Landscape Master Class

    Adults Only

Sunday, April 23
This Sunday, April 23 course aims to help beginners and intermediate-level photographers to consciously improve their expertise in the field of landscape photography with a focus on DSLR camera skills. It covers topics that include, but not limited to, basic and advanced camera settings, equipment, shooting techniques, post processing, knowledge and planning aspects of your photographic adventures. Most importantly, to help make your work special, it focuses on soft skills that include composition and properties of a good image:

  1. Understand how a camera works.
  2. Select appropriate values for aperture, shutter and ISO in the camera.
  3. Understand what camera settings should be selected for taking landscapes and portraits.
  4. Choose the right camera for landscape photography.
  5. Select the right lenses.
  6. Comprehend the use of camera equipment like tripod, shutter release, various camera filters, camera bags and cleaning tools etc. and their use in landscape photography.
  7. Use photographic filters in the field.
  8. Learn important camera settings like white balance, image quality modes, histogram etc.
  9. Compose images based on professional guidelines for successful landscape work.
  10. Plan a landscape photography shoot by scouting the field and gaining the appropriate knowledge for a successful adventure.
  11. Do night time photography (star trails and Milky Way practical).
  12. Realize the value and potential of post processing tools like Adobe Lightroom.
  13. Post Process a landscape photo.
  14. Organize your photos better.

Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. ($45) Clinic with NAC expert guides

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

Family Friendly Exceptional Needs Adults Only

Sunday, April 23
Take a trip down the beautiful Wenatchee River Sunday, April 23, where we’ll put in near the unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through the many exciting class-III rapids.  Travel to the east side of the mountain for a hot day in the sun.  Gear, instruction and transportation included.  Minimum age: 12. No rafting experience necessary.  Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:30. ($65; ask about our private trips for groups and units – groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person). Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

Ape Cave Adventure

    Adults Only

Saturday, April 29
Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere Saturday, April 29. Go 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. Difficulty: moderate (two features that must be traversed include 6-foot and 8-foot vertical walls and numerous rock pile up to 20 feet high); distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 250 feet. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m.  ($55) Trip with NAC expert guides

Introduction to backcountry ski

    Adults Only

Saturday, April 29
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. Saturday, April 29 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) Trip with NAC expert guides

Gray whale watching

    Family Friendly

Sunday, April 30
Early spring provides a unique opportunity to view migratory gray whales in the calm, comfortable and protected waters of the Puget Sound. This amazing boat trip is Sunday, April 30 and provides plenty of opportunities to see a variety of wildlife.  Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7:30 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 7:45. Pre-registration is required before Wednesday, April 26 at 5 p.m. ($120; ages 3-12: $80; ages 0-2 $40) Popular Family trip

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

Family Friendly Exceptional Needs Adults Only

Sunday, April 30
Take a trip down the beautiful Wenatchee River Sunday, April 23, where we’ll put in near the unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through the many exciting class-III rapids.  Travel to the east side of the mountain for a hot day in the sun.  Gear, instruction and transportation included.  Minimum age: 12. No rafting experience necessary.  Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:30. ($65; ask about our private trips for groups and units – groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person). Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

Wednesday, May 3
Alpine Club meeting     

Climbers are invited to the Alpine Club meeting Wednesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. The activity and meeting location differ each month. Members, check out JBLMalpineclub.blogspot.com for additional information. (Free)

May 5-7
Mount Adams, South Spur Route

Mount Adams, situated in the eastern Cascade Range east of Mount Saint Helens and north of Mount Hood, is the second most massive and the third-tallest volcano in the Cascade Range. The South Spur route is a nontechnical glacier climb often done in three days. It’s an excellent training and conditioning climb for Mount Rainier preparation, and you can climb with Outdoor Recreation May 5-7. While often called a neglected mountain, this is debatable. During an early summer weekend, the Mount Adams Ranger Station recently issued Cascade Volcano Passes for more than 350 people. Most of these people stay close to the South Spur described. Be careful of rock falls, especially on the headwall routes – there's a reason why most Mount Adams headwall routes remain unrepeated. ($750)

Night sky photography on the Olympic Coast

    Adults Only

Saturday, May 6
Learn to photograph the stars and night sky, while traveling to one of the darkest and most photogenic locations on planet earth Saturday, May 6. You’ll receive photography instruction in the best camera settings and shooting techniques.  We’ll also use this opportunity to capture an amazing sunset.  We’ll return to the NAC around 2 a.m. Minimum age: 16 (anyone younger 18 must be accompanied by an adult).  Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at 3:30 p.m. ($85) Trip with NAC expert guides

Bike Snoqualmie Valley

  Family Friendly Adults Only

Saturday, May 6
Tide through the Snoqualmie Tunnel Saturday, May 6 – it’s nearly 2 miles long! From there, we’ll snake our way around the hills and over old train trestles on the way to Rattlesnake Lake. The best part is, it’s all downhill.  Difficulty: easy; distance: 22.5 miles; ride time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 14. Trip fee includes guide, transportation, bike, helmet, gloves and headlamp. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. ($55) Popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

Sunday, May 7
Bella Donna river SUP

This ladies-only standup paddleboard trip down the beautiful Skykomish River is Sunday, May 7. Travel from Big Eddy through the many exciting class I and II rapids to the riverside town of Sultan. When the river level is low, this is the best way to enjoy it. Gear, transportation and instruction are included. This is an intermediate SUP trip; prior SUP experience or Intro to SUP class is required. Minimum age: 16. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($65) Bella Donna trips are ladies-only.

Composition for Photography

    Adults Only

Sunday, May 7
In this Sunday, May 7 clinic, you’ll learn techniques to enable you to turn everyday snapshots into beautiful compositions.  You’ll learn to see beyond your primary subject so that everything in the frame improves the image.  We will discuss composition techniques, including eliminating distractions and elements of composition to include leading lines and Rules of Thirds to create more dynamic images.  Begin to shoot with an eye that draws the viewer’s attention into vibrant and stimulating photography. Travel to Point Defiance Park to put into practice what we learned in the classroom.  Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. ($50) Trip with NAC expert guides

May 10-29
Denali Summit Attempt

Formerly known as Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America has been the goal of aspiring high altitude climbers since it was first climbed in 1913. Its reputation as a highly coveted summit derives from its location near the Arctic Circle and the Pacific Ocean (Gulf of Alaska), giving it some of the most ferocious weather in the world. Because of its notorious weather and ease of access, some climbers use Denali as a training ground for climbing the 8,000-meter peaks of the Himalaya and for extended expeditions in the Arctic or Antarctic. And for all you peakbaggers out there, Denali is the highpoint of the Denali Borough, the state of Alaska, the United States, the Alaska Range and North America. Denali offers one of the world's greatest expedition challenges. While it is exceeded in elevation by peaks in South America and Asia, its great height above the Alaskan plain make it a severe test of personal strength, team work and logistics. No peak in the world has greater relief: Denali rises 17,000 feet above its surrounding plain and than Kilimanjaro’s 14,000 feet and Everest’s 13,000 feet. Vertical elevation gain on Everest from the normal base camp for the South Col route is 11,000 feet; from the landing spot on the Kahiltna Glacier Denali's summit rises another 13,000 feet. Further, the mountain (and all mountains this far north or south) behaves like it's taller than it really is – the reason being that the barometric pressure in the northern/southern latitudes is less than at the equator which makes climbers feel higher than they really are. West Buttress and the climb is undoubtedly considered as an exceptional mountaineering challenge. Nowhere in the world does one travel with so much gear over so much vertical in such a hostile environment. Although there are no technically difficult sections on the route, many stretches of "The Butt" leave very little margin for error (the lower glacier in warm conditions, Windy Corner, the Autobahn, Denali Pass and the Summit Ridge). Furthermore, the West Buttress is just as exposed as any other route to Denali's legendary weather. Prospective climbers should be highly competent in travel on moderately steep snow/ice slopes and exposed traverses for this May 10-29 summit attempt. ($5,000)

Mother’s Day Rafting

Family Friendly Exceptional Needs Adults Only

Sunday, May 14
Join us for a trip down the beautiful Wenatchee River Sunday, May 14. We’ll put in near the unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through the many exciting class-III rapids.  Travel to the east side of the mountain for a hot day in the sun.  Gear, instruction and transportation included.  Minimum age: 12. No rafting experience necessary.  Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:30. ($65 – add $20 for a steak dinner; ask about our private trips for groups and units – groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person). Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

Pedals and Pints

  Adults Only

Sunday, May 14
Head to Woodinville Sunday, May 14 to bike along the Sammamish River Trail to Marymoor Park and back.  We’ll finish this excursion with a tour of the famous Redhook Brewery and dinner at the Forecaster Pub. Difficulty: beginner-intermediate; distance: 12.5 miles. Minimum age: 21. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 10 a.m. ($55) Clinic with NAC expert guides

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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