Major Expeditions

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Our major expeditions motivate CLC members to think big. Youth are awarded grants to lead expeditions in some amazing places around the globe.

Major expeditions are bigger and more complex than CLC’s typical summer expeditions. An major expedition demands extensive training, experience, planning, and resources. In return for financial underwriting and organizational support, our expedition members extensively document and share their experiences with our CLC community. The “giving back” is ambassadorial in nature, and our entire community benefits from the exploits of our elite adventurers.

Every CLC youth is eligible to apply for major expedition member status, support, and cash.


Six of our experienced mountaineers traveled to Argentina in January 2018 to attempt the 360-Traverse route on Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Western and Southern hemispheres. With 17 days on the mountain, the group experienced all kinds of weather, new challenges, and a great amount of hospitality on the mountain.

New Zealand

Five explorers flew from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Christ Church, New Zealand in mid-December 2016.

They met their sixth team member in Christ Church and drove South to tramp through mountains, marshes, and fields, dodging sheep and kea (alpine parrots) along the way.


In September 2016, seven explorers loaded up their racks and ropes and drove to Yosemite National Park, California.

They camped in the valley, climbing the Grack and Harry Daley. They escaped the heat by climbing Catherdral Peak in Tuolumne Meadows.

Haida Gwaii

In August 2016, three explorers drove from Seattle to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and took a ferry to Moresby Island, the southern main island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago.

They rented a couple of kayaks and paddled off to explore the pristine waters and silent forests of Haida Gwaii.

Nahanni River

The first EiR trip of 2016 took CLC to the remote Northwest Territories, Canada.

The team of ten drove from Seattle to Watson Lake in order to fly in to the Nahanni headwater at Moose Ponds. They rafted 360 miles in 18 days, over beaver dams, through the Rock Gardens, around Virginia Falls, and through the Four Canyons. They left the water at Blackstone on the huge Liard River and drove home via Jasper, Alberta.


In 2015, we sent a team of six to the Mt. Everest region of Tibet and Nepal. Explorer in Residence Harrison Laird was on a Mt. Everest summit team. Explorer in Residence Ian Bellows spent six months in Nepal and Tibet, trekking, climbing and conducting independent research in support of his UW International Studies degree program.

The whole team made it to Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side. Ian, Harrison and KJ made it to Advanced Base Camp. Mark, Frances and Leo made it to Base Camp on the Nepal side.


In 2014, CLC supported it’s first major expedition team to climb Denali in Alaska. The team of seven went to 14,400 ft before being turned back due to storms that dumped 6+ ft of snow on the mountain.