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The "Coastal Trail" is one of the most scenic stretches of backpacking east of the Rockies. The rocky Superior coastline is a backpacking paradise. Students should anticipate moderate to challenging hiking, mastering backcountry living and travel skills, enjoying sandy beaches, and primitive camping on the week long adventure. We will have two patrols for this trip. Passport or equivalent is required.
August 18-25 (Prior to PASSPORT III)
Available Spots: 18
"The backpacking trip was the best choice I could have made starting at Calvin."
"Wilderness was a mixture of beautiful views, beautiful people, and beautiful community."
"I got to explore God's exciting physical beauty and peaceful silence while building community with other new students."
I love working with students and adventuring in natural places. When not working in Student Academic Services at Calvin or as an Instructor for NOLS, I try to get outside to climb, hike, and teach as much as possible. I love leading Wilderness Orientation trips because together you meet interesting people, engage fun ideas, grows closer together, and enjoy beautiful creation. The blend of those experiences is an exceptionally fun and novel way to start your Calvin experience.
I believe that being in the wilderness is being in fellowship with nature. WIlderness Orientations are a wonderful way to discover God in his creation, meet wonderful people, and find out more about yourself and grow in your faith. I participated in a Wilderness Orientation upon coming to Calvin College and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It was so wonderful to bond and be vulnerable with other future college students that are feeling the same excitement and fears that you may be feeling.
|Sunday August 18||Arrive @ Calvin for Check In|
|Monday August 19||Depart for Lake Superior Provincial Park @ 8am; Backpack from Sand River to Robertson’s Cove|
|Tuesday August 20||Backpack Robertson’s Cove to Orphan Lake|
|Wednesday August 21||Backpack Orphan Lake to Beatty Cove|
|Thursday August 22||Backpack Beatty Cove to Rhyolite Cove|
|Friday August 23||Backpack Rhyolite Cove to Warp Bay|
|Saturday August 24||Solos on Cape Gargantua|
|Sunday August 25||Backpack Warp Bay to Gargantua Trailhead; return to Calvin|
|Monday August 26-Wednesday August 28||PASSPORT Orientation|