Join Camp Wa-Ya for a week-long program focused on hiking, backpacking, and exploring alpine ecology. In Cascades Backpacking Adventure, you will spend your first day on-site in Olympia developing hiking skills, understanding packing and remote safety, and developing your route and meal plan for your adventure. Then, for 4-days and 3-nights you’ll set out on a backpacking adventure exploring Mount Rainier and Mount Adams and learning about leadership, wilderness survival, alpine ecology, and geology. Each week Camp Wa-Ya will explore a different location in the Cascade range,including Goat Rocks - an extinct stratovolcano! Previous backpacking experience is not necessary; campers will be provided a required gear list at least 1 week prior to the trip. Please NOTE: Since this week is a 4-day (instead of 5-day week), due to 4th of July falling on the Monday, the overnight trip this week will likely be a 3-day, 2-night trip. This session is offered at a reduced price and great for someone who wants a shorter trip to start with!