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We do customized trips! Location and times of trips subject to change due to
weather and snow conditions. Register at the Northwest Adventure Center on
North Fort Lewis 7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Private Trips Brochure

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.


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

 

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly Adults Only

 

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people with exceptional needs

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21 years and older

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Alpine Club meeting.

    Adults Only

Wednesday, Dec. 7
Climbers are invited to the Alpine Club meeting Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. The activity and meeting location differ each month. Members, check out JBLMalpineclub.blogspot.com for more information. (Free) Clinic with NAC expert guides

Dec. 8-14
Germany Christmas market bash  

Winter in the Bavarian Alps is magical! There’s nothing quite like these mountains as they crawl across Europe, or the incredible Christmas markets that flood every town with bright lights and warm Gluwein. Take a German vacation with the Northwest Adventure Center Dec. 8–14, staying at the Edelweiss Resort at the base of the mighty Zugspitze Mountain. Take the gondola up to the top of the glacier and see five different countries on a clear day! Your vacation can include tickets to ski the Classic Valley, taking a bus to Disney’s Newschwanstein Castle, hiking the Partnachklamm River Gorge or exploring the amazing local holiday markets. Must register by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. Minimum age: 12. ($3,800)

Sea kayak Cutts Island

    Adults Only

Saturday, Dec. 10
Don’t miss this South Sound classic Saturday, Dec. 10. Start in Carr Inlet, paddling to Cutts Island and around Raft Island. This small island has a steep rock face on the south end that many birds call home. Take a break on the island to enjoy lunch and explore. Difficulty: beginner–intermediate; distance: 6 miles; paddle time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($60) Trip with NAC expert guides

Hike Rattlesnake Trail  

    Adults Only

Saturday, Dec. 10
Hike your way through the views of this amazing state! The Pacific Northwest is such a unique location — its mountains offering visitors tranquility in its vast forest. Take a hike to the top of the 3,000-foot lookout of Rattlesnake Ridge Saturday, Dec. 10. Follow the moderate trail through the lush forest and massive rock faces to a spectacular view of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Difficulty: moderate/hard; distance: 9 miles; time: 3–4 hours. Minimum age: 12. Meet at Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:15. ($50) Trip with NAC expert guides

Sunday, Dec. 11
Ruston Bike Ride   

Sunday, Dec. 11, ride a bike while exploring the beautiful boardwalk of Tacoma’s Ruston Way. Cruise by Chihuly glass art, restaurants, Point Defiance Park and other stunning landscapes on the nearly 10-mile path. Enjoy a picnic and potential yoga in the park to loosen up your muscles after all that pedalling! Minimum age: 16. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($70)

Sunday, Dec. 11
Photoshop for Photography  
 
Learn to manipulate images, improve access to the elements of the software, gain greater editing freedom and significant image enhancement techniques with this Sunday, Dec. 11 workshop. Edit content to output to web, print or mobile devices. This course provides hands-on practical insight into skills to use Photoshop effectively when editing photographs. No Photoshop experience required. To get full advantage of the course, please bring  a laptop with Photoshop installed. Practice images will be provided, but feel free to bring any images you want to work on.  Minimum age: 12. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis Norht at 9 a.m. Location subject to change due to renovation. ($45)

Sunday, Dec. 11
Hike Tahoma Suspension Bridge  
 
Ever wanted to hike the Wonderland Trail but only have time for a sneak peek? Here’s how to enjoy a sampling of the Wonderland’s spectacular scenery in a single day! Sunday, Dec. 11, as you trek, you’ll pass through the different scenery of Mount Rainier, from forest to volcanic to subalpine terrain. Difficulty: difficult; distance: 14.2 miles; elevation gain: 3,100 feet. Minimum age: 16. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7:30 a.m. ($55)

Dec. 16-22
The Frey Argentina 
  
If you’re tired of the Washington weather, imagine a wonderland of endless spires of quality granite bathed in alpine sun amid a backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes, enormous alpine lakes, soaring condors and friendly natives who know how to make pizza and chocolate. Such a land does exist nestled on the east side of the Andes a short steep hike up from the chocolate-filled streets of Bariloche in the lake district of Argentina. Dec. 16–22, enjoy a week of amazing rock climbing in the summer of the southern hemisphere!  The wonderful food and culture of South America awaits! Airfare, ground transportation, technical climbing gear and camping included. Minimum age: 16. ($3,200)

 

    Adults Only

Saturday, Dec. 17

Sea 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.

The next sea kayak skills class is Saturday, Dec. 17. 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

 

    Adults Only

Saturday, Dec. 17

Seattle night photography

This class starts as the sun sets Saturday, Dec. 17. Learn how to capture images shooting directly into the sun and how to capture our beautiful city at night! Learn techniques of isolating aperture and shutter speed to capture different types of nighttime shots and how to capture motion blur. It’s important to have a basic understanding on how to adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Bring your camera, fully charged battery, tripod and comfortable walking shoes. Minimum age: 12 (guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 3:30 p.m. ($65) Trip with NAC expert guide

Saturday, Dec. 17

Snowshoe or hike Paradise

Discover the beauty of Mount Rainier on snowshoeing trails that offer something for everybody. Saturday, Dec. 17, travel along Mount Rainier’s Glacier Vista Trail while exploring the best route up to Panorama Point. Difficulty: moderate to difficult; distance: 3 miles; time: three hours. Minimum age: 12 (guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). Guide, gear, instruction and transportation are provided. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:15. ($65)

Sunday, Dec. 18

Bellingham beach bouldering

If you’re interested in learning rock climbing skills, this Sunday, Dec. 18 trip is a good place to start! Spend a day on the beach of Larrabee State Park exploring the incredible sandstone features on the famous Chuckanut Drive. The Puget Sound comes right up to the rocks as you scamper around, practicing strength and endurance on any of the vast bouldering routes. Weather may be cold, so bring appropriate clothing. Minimum age: 16. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($75)

Friday, Dec. 30

Introduction to backcountry skiing

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. Friday, Dec. 30 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. ($95)

 

    Adults Only

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Alpine Club meeting

Climbers are invited to the Alpine Club meeting Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. The activity and meeting location differ each month. Members, check out JBLMalpineclub.blogspot.com for additional information. (Free) Trip with NAC expert guides


 

  Exceptional Needs Adults Only

Saturday, Jan. 7

Bald eagle SUP/photo excursion

Many people will never get to see the majestic bald eagle in its natural habitat, but we’ll float down the docile Skagit River on paddleboards among one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the Lower 48 Saturday, Jan. 7. Don’t worry about getting cold, as you’ll wear an insulated wetsuit that will keep you very warm. If paddling down the river isn’t for you, then sign up for the optional photography excursion available with either trip. The photo excursion follows the Skagit River as you learn how to take wildlife photos. You’ll also visit many of the eagle’s habitats in the area. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($75) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

Saturday, Jan. 7

Bella Donna backcountry skiing

Winter is here and this Saturday, Jan. 7 is a ladies-only trip designed with every level in mind. There are slopes if you’re still feeling out this activity. For the more confident skiers or boarders, nearby peaks offer a great ride on true alpine terrain. Let your guides lead you on an adventure. Ground transportation, backcountry ski or split snowboard, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and airbag included. ($95)

Jan. 7-8

Winter scramble/snow camping

Want something more than simple snowshoeing but less than technical mountaineering? This Jan. 7–8 trip is for you! Travel to majestic Mount Rainier and head up into the amazing Tatoosh Range for a moderate alpine hike. After setting up camp in the snowy meadows near Reflection Lake, travel up to the summit of Pinnacle Peak for amazing views. This nontechnical climb up snow is moderately strenuous and requires the use of an ice axe, which you’ll learn to use. Don’t miss out on this trip in the beautiful alpine region of Washington state! Minimum age: 16. ($170)

Sunday, Jan. 8

Snowshoe Lake Ann

Hike your way through the views of this amazing state! The Pacific Northwest is such a unique location, its mountains offer visitors tranquility in its vast forest. Lake Ann is nestled at the base of Stewart Mountain in the Central Cascades. Surrounded by peaks, the views from this snowshoe adventure Sunday, Jan. 8 won’t disappoint. Minimum age: 12 (guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). Difficulty: easy/moderate; distance: 8.2 miles round-trip; time: 4–5 hours. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6:30 a.m. ($90)

 

    Adults Only

Sunday, Jan. 8

Winter photography

Winter is a special time at Mount Rainier National Park! The rewards are many for photographers in pursuit of dramatic compositions. In this Sunday, Jan. 8 workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to make winter images from a variety of locations, exploring different compositional methods. Bring camera, tripod and extra batteries. Transportation, instruction and snowshoes are included. Minimum age: 12 (guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). Depart from the Northwest Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($65) Trip with NAC expert guides

 

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly  

Thursday, Jan. 12

Moonlight snowshoe

Snowshoe on the Snoqualmie Pass trails by the light of the moon Thursday, Jan. 12. Gear, guide, instruction and transportation provided. Difficulty: beginner; distance: 1.5 miles; elevation gain: 50 feet; time: 2 hours. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 5:30 p.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5:45. ($55) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip

Jan. 14-17

Winter expedition mountaineering seminar

Mount Rainier is one of the premier locations in the country for winter mountaineering. The Winter Expedition Skills Seminar Jan. 14–17 offers training and mountaineering on glaciers and in weather and temperature conditions similar to Alaska and the Himalayas. After a day of technical training, begin the ascent to Camp Muir where you’ll use the mountain hut as base while learning mountaineering skills oriented toward cold weather, high altitude expedition climbing, avalanche forecasting and avalanche rescue. If weather and climbing conditions allow, the group will make a summit attempt via the Ingraham Glacier as the culmination of the winter mountaineering experience. This is the premiere training event prior to a summit attempt on Denali! Minimum age: 16. ($750)

 

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly Adults Only

Saturday, Jan. 14

Bald eagle SUP/photo excursion

Many people will never get to see the majestic bald eagle in its natural habitat, but we’ll float down the docile Skagit River on paddleboards among one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the Lower 48 Saturday, Jan. 14. Don’t worry about getting cold, as you’ll wear an insulated wetsuit that will keep you very warm. If paddling down the river isn’t for you, then sign up for the optional photography excursion available with either trip. The photo excursion follows the Skagit River as you learn how to take wildlife photos. You’ll also visit many of the eagle’s habitats in the area. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($75) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

Saturday, Jan. 14

Cross-country ski Hyak

Ski along Keechelus Lake near Snoqualmie Pass with the Outdoor Recreation program. Saturday, Jan. 14 will be a great day in the snow-filled Cascades! Gear, transportation and basic instruction are provided. Go to the Northwest Adventure Center to be fitted for your gear no later than the day before the trip. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5 miles; time: 3 hours. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:15. ($65)

 

    Adults Only

Photoshop for photography

Learn to manipulate images, improve access to the elements of the software, gain greater editing freedom and significant image enhancement techniques with this Saturday, Jan. 14 workshop. Edit content to output to web, print or mobile devices. This course provides hands-on practical insight into skills to use Photoshop effectively when editing photographs. No Photoshop experience required. To get full advantage of the course, please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. Practice images will be provided, but feel free to bring any images you want to work on. Minimum age: 12. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. Location subject to change due to renovation. ($45) Trip with NAC expert guides

Sunday, Jan. 15

Introduction to backcountry skiing

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. Friday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 15 are educational days 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. ($95)

 

Sunday, Jan. 15

Sea kayak Deception Pass

Kayaking the waters of Deception Pass is truly an adventure! Not a beginner paddle, the pass offers opportunities to paddle in strong currents and develop an appreciation for tidal influence. This Sunday, Jan. 15 is a great way to expand your skills. This trip is geared toward instruction to advance your skills in difficult conditions. Trip includes gear, guide and transportation. Bring appropriate clothing and food. Difficulty: intermediate–advanced; paddling distance: 5 miles; paddling time 4–5 hours. Minimum age: 16. Meet at the Northwest Adventure at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($95)

 

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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