welcome to Hante rocks and rivers

Are you interested in rock climbing or have you dreamed of canoeing down a white water river? On Hante Rocks and Rivers, you will have the opportunity to travel through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Pisgah Forest 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 the other members of your group, and begin to gain skills in canoeing and rock climbing. For five days you will sojourn out into the beautiful Western North Carolina watersheds to paddle local whitewater rivers. After your trip on the local rivers, you will get to experience some of the Southeast’s most amazing climbing in Pisgah Forest and Linville Gorge. Finally, participants will plan their own backpacking trek  in Pisgah Forest, using newfound map skills to  Instructors will guide them through the process, but, most importantly, campers will take ownership of their experience with the instructors guiding and assisting them on the trail.

Rocks and Rivers

July 17-August 5, 2022 (meets at Eagle’s Nest Camp)
For participants completing grades 7th through 11th grade in Spring 2022
Cost: $4,670


Trips Goals and Highlights

  • Develop outdoor skills and explore the beauty of Western North Carolina
  • Experience the joys of outdoor adventure with a group of peers, gain valuable leadership skills and work together to overcome adversity and challenges
  • Whitewater canoeing, rock climbing, and rappelling!
  • Learn how to plan a multi-day backpacking trip, from route planning to daily food menus
  • Develop lifelong connections with new friends and incredible places



Rocks and Rivers Itinerary

July 17th : Group meets at Eagle’s Nest Camp. The afternoon will be spent getting to know each other and setting goals for the upcoming adventure.

July 18th – 19th : On‐campus food pack out and working on paddling/climbing skills. These two days will be spent on campus focusing on outdoor leadership skills and final trip preparations. You’ll also work on basic paddling strokes on the Eagle’s Nest lake and climbing skills at the rock climbing tower.

July 20th – July 23rd: Paddling local rivers. Participants will enjoy a 4-day progression from Class I – III whitewater rapids on famous local rivers such as the Tuckaseegee, Nantahala, French Broad, and Green. Evenings will be spent camping under the stars, preparing delicious food, debriefing the day’s activities, and enjoying time together.

July 24th – July 28th: Climbing the world‐class crags of Western North Carolina. Participants will spend 5 days building their climbing strength and knowledge of safety systems on some of the best climbs in the Southeast. Progressing from bouldering to 100-foot granite slabs, participants may experience routes on Table Rock, Cedar Rock, Looking Glass Rock and Rumbling Bald. The group will spend evenings camping in beautiful Pisgah National Forest.

July 29th – August 3rd: Participant‐planned backpacking trip. With two weeks of backcountry experience, participants will have the opportunity to take ownership of the remaining section. With staff guidance, the group will map out and plan their final 6-day backpacking trip among the 6,000+ft. peaks, cascading waterfalls, and peaceful backcountry of Pisgah National Forest.

August 4th: Group returns to Eagle’s Nest Camp. After their long journey, participants return to a hero’s welcome on campus. They’ll celebrate their achievements with a special dinner and Closing Ceremony.

August 5th: Participants depart and spread their leadership knowledge to the greater world.


Hante Rocks and Rivers Equipment List:

To apply for a Hante Adventure:

All Hante participants and their parents must complete a Questionnaire before being considered for acceptance. (*) 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.




All Added Adventure, Hante Adventures, and Junior Counselor participants and their parents or guardians must complete all questionnaires before being considered for the program. Questionnaires are available with registration on CampDoc.   

Questions about your application or having trouble getting started? Please email us at register@enf.org or call us at 336-761-1040.