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 2021 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 2021 HANTE ADVENTURES

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Session 1: *Hante Darwin


Session 2: Hante Rocks and Rivers


*Hante Spain


Session 3: *Hante Pacific Northwest


Session 3: Hante Appalachian Trail Trek Virginia


Previous Hante Adventures


Session 1: *Hante Darwin

Session 1       Dates  6/12/21 – 6/25/21 (20 days)       Grades: 9 – 11

*Hante Darwin (meets at Charlotte International Airport- CLT)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $4,300

This Hante hopes to bring together like-minded students of Charles Darwin’s work – evolution geeks! His life and writings provide a lens to the Victorian Age – a fascinating and conflicted era of imperialism, monarchy, exploration, industrial might, poverty, and great social and political upheaval. Great Britain is a national history museum of a country and there are opportunities for learning and teaching abound. Our Hante of three faculty and eleven students will begin with four days of hiking on the breathtaking fells and pikes of the Lake District. We’ll then catch a train to Darwin’s hometown of Shrewsbury. We’ll head over to ancient Cambridge for a few days, his university and the academic center of Darwin studies, and on a related note, the site of the discovery of the DNA molecule by Watson, Crick and Franklin. Our stay there is hosted by the Youth Hostel Association. We hope to capture the feel of living and studying in one of the truly great centers of learning at Cambridge. Our last few days are in London for the spectacular Natural History Museum, Westminster Abbey, and other Darwin sites as well as a day trip to Down House. We will depart for home from London’s Heathrow airport.

Hante Darwin 2021 Description and Tentative Itinerary

Hante Darwin 2021 Equipment List

Hante Darwin 2021 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2021 Hante Instructors


Session 2: Hante Rocks and Rivers

Session 2       Dates  6/27/21 – 7/16/21 (20 days)       Grades: 7 – 11

Hante Rocks and Rivers (meets at Eagle’s Nest)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $3,850

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 2021 Description and Tentative Itinerary

Hante Rocks and Rivers 2021 Equipment List

Hante Rocks and Rivers 2021 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2021 Hante Instructors


*Hante Spain

Session 2       Dates  6/27/21 – 7/16/21 (20 days)       Grades: 8 – 11

*Hante Spain (meets at Charlotte International Airport- CLT)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $5,845

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. You will spend time trekking on El Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage with its roots in the 9th century.  Your journey will begin at the heart of this region in León, Spain.  From here you will travel west, all the while winding through pastureland, quaint towns, and rolling hills.

Hante Spain 2021 Description and Tentative Itinerary

Hante Spain 2021 Equipment List

Hante Spain 2021 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2021 Hante Instructors


Session 3: *Hante Pacific Northwest

Session 3        Dates  7/18/21 – 8/6/21 (20 days)       Grades: 8 – 11

*Hante Pacific Northwest (meets at Sea-Tac- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $5,190

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 2021 Description and Tentative Itinerary

Hante Pacific Northwest 2021 Equipment List

Hante Pacific Northwest 2021 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2021 Hante Instructors


Session 3: Hante Appalachian Trail Trek Virginia

Session 3        Dates  7/18/21 – 8/6/21 (20 days)       Grades: 7 – 11

Hante Appalachian Trails Trek Virginia (meets at Eagle’s Nest)
Deposit: $450
Tuition Amount: $3,850

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 2021 Description and Tentative Itinerary

Hante Appalachian Trails Trek Virginia 2021 Equipment List

Hante Appalachian Trails Trek Virginia 2021 Goals and Summary

Click here to see the 2021 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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