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Wilderness Orientation: Red River Gorge Rock Climbing

  • August 18, 2021–August 25, 2021
  • Off campus

The "Red" is the most famous rock climbing area in the Eastern United States. Students will rock climb and camp at Natural Bridges State Park. This course is tailored to beginners and experienced climbers alike and provides instruction on climbing technique.

Login to your status page to secure your spot! These trips are open to admitted students. If you need help accessing your status page to secure your spot, you may contact your admissions counselor—they are happy to help!

  • Available spots: 9
  • Cost: $575

Experience level recommended

  • Wilderness experience

    Lowest level of wilderness experience needed
  • Water activities

    Least amount of water activity planned
  • Fitness intensity

    Level three our of five for fitness intensity

What students are saying about this trip:

“It's 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.”



Day 1—Trip Orientation, skills clinic, and team building
Day 2—Depart for the Red River Gorge; Set up Camp in Natural Bridge State Park
Day 3—Climb North Gorge
Day 4—Climb Middle Gorge
Day 5—Hike and Rappel North Gorge
Day 6—Muir Valley Climbing Day
Day 7—Muir Valley Trail Building Service Project and Climb—Miguel’s Pizza and Ice Cream
Day 8—Return to Calvin College by 7:00 p.m.




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


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