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SEP. 11, 2013

Highlights from Hante 2013

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By Lucas Newton, Hante Adventure Coordinator

Summer has come and gone with another successful and magical experience had by all at Eagle’s Nest Camp.  Hante Adventures covered 200 plus miles on the Appalachian Trail, rock climbed adjacent to a waterfalls in Colorado and experienced the wildness of the Southwestern San Juan Mountains.  Even with all the rain that we had in the Southeast and out West, campers spirits were not dampened and they truly “went away and learned” on their heroic Hante journey’s.


Hante Appalachian Trail Trek Virginia definitely had the most difficult weather to deal with over the entire summer.  During Session 2, we had over 15 inches of rain; imagine experiencing that while hiking and camping on the AT. The campers and staff were very resilient, albeit, completely soaked. They didn’t  let anything slow them down from their goal of completing the 102-mile journey through some of the AT’s most beautiful scenery.  They celebrated the backpacking accomplishment by trading their boots for bikes to finish their trip, biking along the famous Virginia Creeper Trail.


This summer Hante also returned to colorful Colorado, in what was pegged as a scenic backcountry trip through the San Juan Mountains.  The original itinerary changed due to mother nature wreaking her havoc in the Weminuche Wilderness area, with wildfires that saw the group re-located to the Del Norte Wilderness area.  The campers summitted Engineer Mountain (12,968-foot) beginning with an alpine start at 4am.  They had 10 days of backpacking in the Del Norte Wilderness area, where they got a true sense of wilderness, seeing barely anyone for the majority of their time spent camping underneath the stars.

Hante AT Trek North Carolina was led by Hante extrodainarie Andy Lester-Niles, who has led more than 15 Hante’s, and Hannah Blue Rose, a first time Eagle’s Nest staff member.  The small group of seven completed over a hundred miles as well, preparing homemade granola, fruit leather and honey soy bread for the trail, making a sweat lodge on a down day, and seeing all sorts of wildlife while hiking. They celebrated the end of their trip by rafting the wild and scenic Nolichucky Gorge River in Tennessee.


If you are looking to experience your own Hante this summer, registration is now open for what is destined to be yet another magical summer of 2014 Hantes at Eagle’s Nest.