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JUL. 7, 2013

Hante Appalachian Trail Trek Up-date

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By Lucas Newton, Hante Adventures Coordinator

Hante AT Trek North Carolina departed campus Wednesday after a great send-off from all the campers of Session 3. The close-knit group of 5 campers and 2 staff were in high spirits, excited to finally get their trail legs underneath them when I dropped them off at the trailhead.

The group has been very busy since their arrival on Sunday. On the very first night they started their wilderness experience on a camp out near Black Balsam in nearby Pisgah National Forest, high up on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  They returned to campus Monday afternoon, and starting preparing and packing out food for the trip. They participants even got the opportunity to work with Ali, our baker, to make their own granola, power bars, and even homemade honey soy bread to take out into the field.  Homemade baked goodness on the trail means everything, and the bread was delicious!

Andy and Hannah Blue also dehydrated some fruit leather all day (apple butter and blueberry) for the campers to take out on the trail.  The group also participated in some group initiatives to build the cohesiveness of their trail family, and made their own journals for the trip.  Before heading out as well, we purchased crochet needles and yarn for campers to learn from staff how to knit and hopefully make their own hats while on the trail.

Needless to say, the quality time spent on-campus before the trip definitely prepared the campers to have an amazing couple of weeks on the trail. All of them learned new skills from bread-making, knitting and even guitar. This group is going to have such a great experience!