“Outward Bound experiences last a lifetime”

Opinion: Outward Bound experiences last a lifetime

It’s one of the great paradoxes of Canadian life: in the most beautiful country in the world, 80 per cent of us live in an urban setting. Some may never experience a mountaintop sunrise, campfire cooking or a river’s fury.

I was fortunate. In 1977 — having just emerged from my Saskatchewan teens — I had a life-changing experience in the wilds of B.C. The trip was with Outward Bound Canada, a well-established non-profit, charitable educational organization that today provides outdoor adventure programs to people of all ages and backgrounds. Then, the organization’s focus was instilling leadership and a love of nature into any young person willing to take a first step beyond the unknown.

My experience was, in a word, incredible…

First female Omani instructor for Outward Bound Oman

Outside Muscat, in a remote campsite at Khal Hail Mahlab in Jebel Akhdar, a young woman walks with unmatched confidence as she orders a group of over 20 teenage boys to prop themselves up to prepare a meal for the evening.

Until a few years ago, Jawaher had a desk job. The routine task of labelling files and faxing documents required very little effort, she recalled. If that wasn’t boring enough, working within the restricted space of four walls didn’t seem to be doing her any favours. “I knew I was meant to be somewhere else,” she says.

Outward Bound Oman: Chasing winter

Climate scientist Felicity Aston, who was recently awarded the polar medal and an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour list, made a brief visit to the sultanate last week on special invitation by Outward Bound Oman.

During a private gathering at the British Ambassador’s residence, the polar explorer regaled the audience with stories from her adventures in the bitter cold, her never-ending romance with the winters and the foremost question that has been central to her polar quest: How cold could it possibly get?

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