Take the opportunity to step back in time with famous explorers like David Thompson, Merriwhether Lewis or William Clark! As SOLE’s interdisciplinary expedition-based program, adolescents and young adults are able to explore and develop leadership, academic, and outdoor skills in a novel and empowering manner – through an actual backcountry expedition!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGAP Experiences SM posses a  5 – 14 day expedition-based model supported by a dynamic interdisciplinary experiential education curriculum allowing a unique opportunity to develop life and outdoor skills that reach beyond the norm.  Specifically, participants are able to develop skills related to expedition-based living and travel while also learning about the environment and history of the landscape that they are traveling within.  As part of this SOLE Experience SM SOLE works with school buildings and online distance education partners to offer accredited academic coursework and outdoor certifications!  Coupled with our interdisciplinary GAP Experience SM curriculum as the foundation and consistent interaction with their peers, participants are able to accomplish project and expedition goals that provide additional opportunities to practically apply what they are learning, while developing a sound sense of belonging.  All coursework is dependent upon time of year and specific expedition location.

Upcoming Expeditions:

2018 Summer | David Thompson Expedition

Dates: August 20th – 25th, 2018
Location: Cabinet | Selkirk Mountains
Recommended Ages: 13-18 + y/o
Cost: $825 Member | $875 Non Member

Credits Available: Yes. (2 – 4) Credits total.  Options include:

  • Leadership
  • Physical Education (Outdoor Education)
  • Wildland Ethics
  • Environmental Science
  • American History

Certifications Available: Leave No Trace Awareness or Trainer Certificate

Please note: For additional credits and certifications other expenses may apply.

2018-2019 Winter | Selkirk Expedition

Dates: TBA
Location: Selkirk Mountains, Idaho | Washington
Ages: 17 – 25 y/o +
Cost: TBA

Credits Available: Yes. (1 to 3) Credits total.

Yes. (2 – 4) Credits total.  Options include:

  • Leadership
  • Physical Education (Outdoor Education)
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science

Additional credits possible, and other expenses may apply.

Suggested Certifications: American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE) Level 1 Certification + Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Please note: For additional credits and certifications other expenses may apply. 


By providing clients our individualized and novel approach to program design and facilitation, student outcomes include accelerated academic comprehension, as well as, learning opportunities / activities well beyond the norm!  That is what you can expect from any SOLE Experience SM. With supporting a positive learning expedition mindset participants work in concert to support over arching goals and learning objectives, grounded on the SOLE 4 Care Philosophy SM.  This allows our days to be filled with fun and adventure!

GAP Experiences may require pre and post coursework from school districts, buildings, or our online distance partners to cement lesson objectives and learning targets, including those concepts taught “in the field” .  This also ensures that students meet standards and course expectations.

Program curriculum delivered in the field is thematic in nature and supporting lessons are tailored to the season and environment that students are living and traveling within. Specific credits offered are listed in your student paperwork.  Please feel free to request more information during your registration and/or consultation.

  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Leave No Trace
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Outdoor Living & Travel Skills
  • Mountain Ecology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Desert Ecology
  • Winter Ecology
  • Snow Science
  • Avalanche Education
  • Mammal Tracking
  • Human History


Program days and times and other logistical needs are specific to each course and time of year.  These details will be listed in your course paperwork.

Sample Program Schedule – “In the Field”:

Day 1 – Meet and load vehicle/trailer; drive to site location
Day 2 – Day 6 – Expedition living and travel; experiential education lessons
Day 7  Load vehicle/trailer; drive to drop-off location.

Sample Daily Schedule – “In the Field”:

8:00-9:30 AM – Breakfast and break camp
9:30-10:00 AM – Morning briefing with Leader of the Day (LOD) team; GAP Experience SM curriculum lesson(s).
10:15 AM – Morning experiential application; adventure-based activities
12:00 PM – Lunch
12:30 PM –GAP Experience SM curriculum lesson(s); afternoon experiential application; adventure-based activities
3:30 PM – Arrive and set-up camp
4:00 PM – Personal time
5:00 PM – Dinner
6:00 PM – Debrief with LOD team

 *All times are approximate and subject to change

Where to Meet:

Meeting place will be based on specific course location, so please reference your student paperwork. This will also be our drop off site.  Changes may be made accordingly.

Click on the tabs below for more info on our GAP Experience SM Program! 

Are you ready to register?

Follow the simple steps below.

  1. Click on the button below and select your program option.
  2. Complete your personal, participant and payment information.
  3. Complete your payment.
  4. Complete student paperwork and fax / email to us.
  5. Set up transportation and accommodations for the program (if necessary).
  6. Review personal clothing and gear list and complete.
  7. Pack and head out!

Check out all of our upcoming course offerings here or contact us to design your own!