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Wilderness Orientation: Red River Gorge Rock Climbing

  • August 21, 2016–August 28, 2016
  • Off campus

The "Red" is the most famous rock climbing area in the Eastern United States. On this course students will learn how to climb slabs, cracks, face, and overhanging rock routes; explore the trails of the Red River Gorge Geological area; rock climb five continuous days at five different areas; and camp at Natural Bridges State Park. This course is tailored to beginners and experienced climbers alike. All students will gain instruction in belaying techniques, movement technique and rappelling. Students should also anticipate a memorable time of service in the Muir Valley.

  • Available spots: 12
  • Cost: $450

Experience level

  • Wilderness experience

    Lowest level of wilderness experience needed
  • Water activities

    Least amount of water activity planned
  • Fitness intensity

    Two out of five rating for fitness intensity

What students are saying about this trip:

“An amazing opportunity to meet incoming freshman as well as enjoy God's amazing creation.”

“I have made new friends that I now consider my first Calvin family.”

“If this is what college looks like I cannot wait.”

“My personal highlights were my solo times, climbing many different routes, and pushing myself to do things that I never thought I could do.”


Coming soon


Aug. 21 – Trip Orientation and Teambuilding
Aug. 22 – Depart for the Red River Gorge; Set up Camp in Natural Bridge State Park
Aug. 23 – Climb North Gorge
Aug. 24 – Climb Middle Gorge
Aug. 25 – Multi-pitch Climb and Rappel
Aug. 26 – Muir Valley Climbing Day
Aug. 27 – Muir Valley Trail Building Service Project and Climb – Miguel’s Pizza and Ice Cream
Aug. 28 – Return to Calvin College by 7:00PM


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  • Red River Gorge
  • Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
  • 40387
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