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.