Each year, a new selection of Hante Adventure wilderness trips are offered. Whether they’re rock climbing in Colorado, whitewater paddling in North Carolina or trekking across the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hante participants are sure to come away from their experience with confidence and a strong connection to nature.

No previous experience is needed for any of these adventures, although being in good physical shape is necessary. Follow our Suggestions for Hante Preparation to ensure you are physically ready for the adventures that await.

TO APPLY FOR A HANTE:
All Hante participants and their parents must complete a Questionnaire before being considered for acceptance. To receive the Questionnaire, we must first receive the Hante Application and Deposit.  Click here to register for a 2020 Hante!  (*) Select Hantes have an application deadline of November 15th and are not eligible for the Early Bird Discount.  Rolling admittance pending availability after November 15th for (*)Hantes.

SUMMER 2020 HANTE ADVENTURES

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Session 1: *Hante Darwin


Session 2: *Hante Spain


Session 2: Hante Rocks and Rivers


Session 3: *Hante Pacific Northwest


Session 3: Hante Appalachian Trail Trek Virginia


Previous Hante Adventures


Session 1: *Hante Darwin

Session 1        Dates  6/13/20 – 6/26/20 (14 days)        Grades: 9 – 11

Hante Darwin (meets at CLT- Charlotte International Airport)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $4,100+group airfare from CLT

Join us for our two-week trip to the United Kingdom where we will study the scientific and historical context of nineteenth century Great Britain using the life and work of Charles Darwin. Starting with Darwin’s birthplace and early schooling we will then retrace Darwin’s geological field trip to Mt. Snowdon in Wales. We will then visit Christ College (Darwin’s college), punting on the River Cam, lunch at The Eagle Pub where the discovery of the structure of DNA was announced by Watson & Crick, and visit the Natural History Museum and the Sedgwick Geology Museums. We will also stop in London at the Natural History Museum and Westminster Abbey and visit Darwin’s home at Down House.  While hiking and boating we will explore the geology of the Lake District where Darwin and his family spent some of his last years. There will be an academic emphasis on Victorian natural history and the social and political history of nineteenth century Great Britain.

Hante Darwin 2020 Itinerary

Hante Darwin 2020 Equipment List

Hante Darwin 2020 Course Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2020 Hante Instructors


Session 2: *Hante Spain

Session 2       Dates  6/28/20 – 7/17/20 (20 days)        Grades: 8 – 11

*Hante Spain (meets at CLT-Charlotte International Airport)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $5,565+group airfare from CLT

On your Hante you will have the wonderful opportunity to travel simply through the North of Spain with a close community of friends and peers on El Camino de Santiago.  Your journey will begin at the heart of this region in León.  From here you will sojourn west, all the while winding through pastureland, quaint towns, and rolling hills.  Although you won’t make it the entire 250 kilometers to the final terminus of the pilgrimage at Santiago de Compostela by foot, your journey will be amazing! The goals and objectives of this Hante exist on many different levels. Most obviously, this course will focus in on developing your wilderness skills in backpacking, camp-craft, and orienteering. Beyond the technical and hard skills, your Hante will also focus on bringing you into the fantastic history and story of Spain through language and cultural immersion.  You will be walking through small towns, meeting and interacting with Spaniards, and getting off the traditional path of tourism in the area.  Your instructors want you to walk away from this Hante having gained a sense of the historical factors that have shaped the region, and they want to help you foster your own personal connection to the natural world.

Hante Spain 2020 Description and Itinerary

Hante Spain 2020 Equipment List

Hante Spain 2020 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2020 Hante Instructors


Session 2: Hante Rocks and Rivers

Session 2       Dates  6/28/20 – 7/17/20 (20 days)       Grades: 7 – 11

Hante Rocks and Rivers (meets at Eagle’s Nest)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $3,665

On your Hante you will have the wonderful opportunity to travel simply through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with a close community of friends and peers on local rivers, rocks and trails.  Your journey will begin at Eagle’s Nest Camp where you set goals for your trip with your instructors and peers.  The group will work on their paddling and climbing skills before setting off from campus.  From here you will sojourn out into the beautiful Western North Carolina watersheds to begin your 4 days of paddling local whitewater rivers.  After your trip on the local rivers, you will get to experience some of the Southeast’s most amazing climbing that we are so grateful to have adjacent to Eagle’s Nest Camp.  Campers will be working together on teamwork, communication and leadership during the climbing portion of the trip.  Camper’s will experience a progression to be confident and comfortable on the rock.  Camper’s will finally have the chance to practice their leadership skills by planning their backpacking trip in Pisgah Forest.  Instructors will be able to guide them through the process, but most importantly, camper’s get to take ownership of their experience with the instructors assisting them the entire time while they are on the trail.

Hante Rocks and Rivers 2020 Description and Tentative Itinerary

Hante Rocks and Rivers 2020 Equipment List

Hante Rocks and Rivers 2020 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2020 Hante Instructors


Session 3: *Hante Pacific Northwest

Session 3        Dates  7/19/20 – 8/7/20 (20 days)       Grades: 8 – 11

*Hante Pacific Northwest (meets at Sea-Tac- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $4,940

On your Hante you will have the wonderful opportunity to travel both by land and sea in the various ecosystems of The Pacific Northwest region. With the group you will spend time learning how to camp and travel with all of your essentials packed into a kayak or a backpack. Your journey will start with two 6-day backpacking trips in Olympic National Park and the North Cascades. These routes will take you through low elevation rainforest, glacial passes, and many beautiful places in between. You’ll spend the next few days Sea Kayaking in the San Juan Islands, north of Seattle. For this journey you and a partner will pilot a sea kayak around and between the Islands, navigating the bays, inlets and currents under the guidance of seasoned kayak guides.

Hante Pacific Northwest 2020 Description and Tentative Itinerary

Hante Pacific Northwest 2020 Equipment List

Hante Pacific Northwest 2020 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2020 Hante Instructors


Session 3: Hante Appalachian Trail Trek Virginia

Session 3        Dates  7/19/20 – 8/7/20 (20 days)       Grades: 7 – 11

Hante Appalachian Trails Trek Virginia (meets at Eagle’s Nest)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $3,665

On your Hante you will have the wonderful opportunity to travel simply through the beautiful Grayson Highlands with a close community of friends and peers on the Appalachian Trail.  Although you won’t make it the entire 2,175 miles to the northern terminus of the AT in Maine, your 100-mile journey will be amazing!   The Hante Adventures program began with a simple trip on the Appalachian Trail with our founder, Helen Waite, in 1973.  Over the past 38 years we have logged thousands of miles on the trail from the foothills of Georgia to Mt. Katadahn in Maine.  This course will focus on the development of wilderness skills in backpacking, camp-craft, and orienteering. Beyond these technical skills, your Hante will also focus on learning and exploring the ecology and geological history of these historic mountains. Your instructors want you to walk away from this Hante having gained a sense of what historical factors have shaped the Appalachian region. They also want to help you foster your own personal connection to the natural world.

Hante Appalachian Trails Trek Virginia 2020 Description and Tentative Itinerary

Hante Appalachian Trails Trek Virginia 2020 Equipment List

Hante Appalachian Trails Trek Virginia 2020 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2020 Hante Instructors


Previous Hante Adventures

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Cultural Exchange

  • Ghana, West Africa
  • Mexico
  • Ecuador and the Galapagos
  • Iceland
  • France
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Austria


Wilderness Treks

  • Costa Rica
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Mt.Katahdin
  • Scotland
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Maine
  • Canadian Rockies
  • British Isles
  • Alaska
  • Australia
  • John Muir Trail
  • New Zealand
  • British Columbia


Whitewater Paddling

  • Southeast United States (Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee)
  • Southwest United States (Utah)
  • Canada


Rock Climbing

  • Southeast United States (Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee)
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Maine
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Eagle’s Nest Camp is an equal opportunity provider and is operated under special use permit with Pisgah National Forest and other National Forests as appropriate.


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