Pacific Northwest

North Cascades Lake is a remote alpine playground.

From the granite peaks of the North Cascades and islands of the San Juans, to big glaciated mountains and the wild rivers of eastern Oregon, the Pacific Northwest has something for everyone. IWLS has a wide variety of leadership courses in the region, ranging from sea kayaking to mountaineering, skiing, climbing, and river skills.

IWLS has a passion for teaching courses in spectacular national and state parks, marine parks, and wildlife sanctuaries and is committed to protecting wilderness areas through conscientious use and education. The Pacific Northwest is a standout in designated wilderness. Our classrooms here include the Owyhee River, a component of the US National Wild and Scenic River System, the North Cascades National Park, and the San Juan Islands.

Mountaineering
12 and 24 days

Climbers from across the country have come to the North Cascades National Park for generations to learn skills and gain mountaineering experience. Often referred to as the American Alps, it is a well respected training ground for climbers looking to gain skill for a lifetime of mountaineering.

Rock Climbing
12 days

High quality rock and uncommonly dry weather make this area a world-class destination. IWLS climbing instructors are incredibly accomplished and talented individuals, with a passion for sharing their skills and experience. You may lead a day of top roping at a wilderness crag, practice aid techniques on a thin crack, or safely learn to place traditional protection on lead.

Backpacking
12 days

The extensive trail system among the mountains, glaciers, and valleys of North Cascades National Park are an excellent classroom for students learning backcountry and leadership skills. You’ll gain confidence through experience as you explore the forests, rivers, and alpine meadows of the area.