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Wilderness Orientation: North Channel Sea Kayaking and Climbing I

  • August 7, 2016–August 14, 2016
  • Off Campus

On this trip, students will embark together on a self-supported sea kayak paddle through the historic North Channel. Along the way students will camp on granite islands and peninsulas, climb and rappel a rock face that drops 60 feet to the water below and gain the skills needed to safely travel and live out of their kayak for a week. Most students even learn the "Eskimo role"! Passport or equivalent is required.

Passport or equivalent is required.

  • Available spots: 14
  • Cost: $495

Experience level

  • Wilderness experience

    Two out of five for wilderness experience required
  • Water activities

    Relatively high amount of water activities planned
  • Fitness intensity

    Two out of five fitness intensity expected

What students are saying about this trip:

“God revealed Himself to me through the kindness of my leaders, the beauty in His creation, and through the trust and instant bond that was formed between myself and the other students on the trip.”

“The trip deepened my love for nature, God, fitness, and other people.”

“My personal highlights were how close our group got, rock climbing, learning how to flip a kayak, and the meteor shower and northern lights that we got to see one night.”


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Aug. 7 – Trip Orientation and Teambuilding
Aug. 8 – Trip departs for North Channel of Ontario; Road Trip; Camp in Serpent Bay
Aug. 9 – Paddle School and 8 Mile Open Water Paddle near the Turnbull Islands; Island Camping, Rock Jumping
Aug. 10 – 6 Mile Open Water Paddle through the Whalesback Channel; Island Exploration and Rock Jumping
Aug. 11 – Rock Climbing and Rappelling on a 60’ face that drops into the North Channel; Solo Experience
Aug. 12 – 12 Mile Open Water Paddle on Lake Huron
Aug. 13 – 8 Mile Open Water Paddle to the Benjamin Islands
Aug. 14 – Sunrise Paddle; Return to Calvin College by 7:00PM


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