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The "Red" is the most famous rock climbing area in the Eastern United States. On this course students will learn how to climb slabs, cracks, face, and overhanging rock routes; explore the trails of the Red River Gorge Geological area; rock climb five continuous days at five different areas; and camp at Natural Bridges State Park. This course is tailored to beginners and experienced climbers alike. All students will gain instruction in belaying techniques, movement technique, and rappelling. Students should also anticipate a memorable time of service in the Muir Valley.
Red River, July 11-17 (Prior to PASSPORT II);
August 18-25 (Prior to PASSPORT III)
Available Spots: 24 (12 for first round; 12 for second round)
"I grew deeper with God, others, and experienced His creation in an amazing way."
"An amazing group of people, willing to learn and try something new while supporting the group as a whole."
"Never knew I could be loved so much so soon."
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.
Besides playing outside a lot when I was little, before coming to Calvin I didn't really have much experience with the backcountry. On my orientation trip as a freshman I was kinda nervous because I felt like I wasn't experienced enough. But I had a ton of fun and made really good friends! I loved it so much that I have continued learning as much as I can in outdoor recreation through Calvin so I can lead these trips. I love the outdoors and I consider it an honor to share that with incoming freshman. It is such a cool opportunity to teach them skill about the backcountry, watch them form solid friendships, and get ready for college life.
|Thursday July 11||Team Meeting 9am. Depart for Red River Gorge at 12noon; Camp at Natural Bridges State Park|
|Friday July 12||Red River Gorge Climbing and Rappelling|
|Saturday July 13||Red River Gorge Climbing|
|Sunday July 14||New River Gorge White-water|
|Monday July 15||Muir Valley Service and Climbing Day|
|Tuesday July 16||Red River Gorge Climbing|
|Wednesday Aug 17||Red River Gorge Climbing; Return to Calvin|
|Thursday Aug 18 - Friday August 19||PASSPORT II|