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Wilderness Orientation: Colorado Alpine Backpacking

  • August 7, 2016–August 17, 2016
  • Off campus

This trip will feature an eight day backpacking trip on a high alpine loop, as well as an attempt at a 14,000 foot peak! This trip will take place in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Students will gain proficiency in a full range of wilderness living and travel skills. Students should anticipate moderate hiking, a peak ascent and possible snow travel.

  • Available spots: 18
  • Cost: $599

Experience level

  • Wilderness experience

    Two out of five rating for wilderness experience needed
  • Water activities

    Least amount of water activities planned
  • Fitness intensity

    Level three our of five for fitness intensity

What students are saying about this trip:

“The wilderness creates instant community and a more thorough understanding of Gods heart.”

“A life changing trip that is just the beginning of many more to come!”

“I loved being on the top of Mt. Belford. I also loved doing solo time next to Twin Lakes. The views were awesome, and so was the community.”

“The leaders and their instruction, example, wisdom and love for God and others. God's creation and the incredible views! Solo time and the talks we had that stretched and challenged my faith.”


Coming soon


Aug. 7 – Trip Orientation and Team Building
Aug. 8 – Trip Departs for the Rock Mountain West; Road Trip!
Aug. 9 – Arrive in Central Colorado; outfit and prepare for Elk Range Backpacking
Aug. 10 – Backpack 8 Miles to High Alpine Lake
Aug. 11 – Backpack 10 Miles to; Cross Alpine Pass
Aug. 12 – Backpack 8 Miles; Cross Alpine Pass
Aug. 13 – Solo Experience
Aug. 14 – Backpack 8 Miles
Aug. 15 – Depart Wilderness; Relax and Hot Tub at the Aspen Rec Center; Stage for 14,000 Peak Ascent
Aug. 16 – Peak Ascent! Alpine Start; Climb 14,000 foot Mountain
Aug. 17 – Return to Calvin College by 2:00PM


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