On a backpacking trip, you may experience the beautiful pine trees of the Green Mountains of Vermont, the rolling hills of Shenandoah National park, or the rocky ridges of the Black Forest. Each day, the group will travel to a new campsite, encountering scenic overviews, beautiful waterfalls, and refreshing swimming holes along the way. In addition to these nature-inspired rests, groups pause mid-day for a communal picnic lunch and throughout the day for games and GORP breaks.
The majority of our trips (50+) involve some degree of backpacking, and the exact experience will depend on the region. Many trips hike along the Appalachian Trail, which stretches along the East Coast from Georgia to Maine. Other groups explore loops or networks of trails in state parks and forests, including Harriman State Park (NY), the Black Forest Trail (PA), and the Catskills (NY). The mileage varies by group and by day, but typically 4-6 hours a day are spent hiking.
The group learns to be self-reliant and interdependent, setting up camp together as a team, finding a good site for the tent or tarp, collecting water, and cooking dinner. Groups may spend the evening gazing at the stars in the dark night or sitting by a campfire sharing stories and talking about campus life.