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This trip will feature a ten day backpacking trip on a high alpine loop, as well as an attempt at a 14,000 foot peak! This trip will take place in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park. Students will gain proficiency in a full range of wilderness living and travel skills. Students should anticipate moderate hiking, multiple peak ascents, possible snow travel, and, weather cooperating, an attempt at 14,255 Longs Peak!
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
July 8 - 17 (Prior to PASSPORT II)
Available spots: 4
"Best trip I’ve had in regards to spirituality, bonding, and nature."
"It was an emotionally moving and altering experience."
"A great time in God's world."
Wilderness Orientation is the best way to kick-off college: with an adventure. I love to teach technical skills, meet students on a peer level and watch them embrace wilderness as a new habitat.
I'm a Sophomore Biology and Environmental Studies Major who loves exploring the natural world both academically and through trips like this. I've been leading and participating in adventure trips since I graduated from a NOLS semester course in high school. I love the community that is built on these trips and the simplicity of pace. No trip is ever the same, but all are exciting and life changing!
Because of my involvement in Calvin Outdoor Rec, I have a lot of fond memories and unflattering pictures from the North Channel, the Red River Gorge, Manistee National Forest, the Appalachian Trail and the Colorado Rockies. I seek out those opportunities because of a love for nature and a thirst for adventure, but mostly because they are experiences of great joy, incredible community and refreshing closeness with God. They have been formative for my Calvin experience in developing lasting friendships, gaining new skills and learning to practice rest and Sabbath alongside some good, hard work. I can’t wait to return to the Rockies and share another adventure with new friends.
I went on a wildness trip as a freshman and loved it! I have been in the wilderness as much as I can because I think it is truly an amazing place. I am so excited to go with people again in to a place isolated from the rest of the world. Can't wait to go in to the mountains!
|Sunday July 7||Team Meeting @ 7:00pm|
|Monday July 8||Depart @ 7:00am; Arrive in Boulder, CO; Camp|
|Tuesday July 9||Enter Dunraven Trailhead; camp @ Aspen Meadows|
|Wednesday July 10||camp @ Lost Meadow Group|
|Thursday July 11||camp @ Lost Meadow Group – Peak Ascent|
|Friday July 12||camp @ Stormy Peak Group|
|Saturday July 13||camp @ Mirror Lake|
|Sunday July 14||camp @ Mirror Lake - Solo|
|Monday July 15||Exit Corral Creek TH|
|Tuesday July 16||Attempt 14’er; Drive to Iowa; camp @ Rock Creek SP (Grinnel)|
|Wednesday July 17||Drive home|
|Thursday 18 - Friday July 19||PASSPORT Orientation|