Expeditions

Promote greater understanding and appreciation of self, others & the natural world.

 

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Experiential Education

Your expeditions will be structured to require the group to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results. After presenting the necessary skills, our Instructors step back and allow the group to take ownership over their trip and learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes. The group must rely on one another; forcing leaders to emerge, individuals to collaborate, and participants to gain a greater understanding of themselves and others. Our Instructors are not guides, but fellow students who are passionate about sharing their experience, and trained to teach essential technical skills, ensure physical and emotional safety, and facilitate the learning process. 

 

Activity Level

There is no previous experience required to participate in our programs, however, wilderness travel is physically demanding by nature. Each trip is different depending on the fitness level of the participants and the unpredictable weather conditions. The group helps plan their route at the pre-trip meeting, taking into account the individual fitness levels of all participants. Typically, kayaking trips paddle 4-5 hours per day and backpacking trips cover about 10 miles per day with packs weighing 30-45 lbs. Day hiking trips cover 5-7 miles and rock climbing trips allow the most flexibility in terms of exertion level (everyone selects the level of difficulty and number of climbs they complete). Trips are designated E - EASY, M - MODERATE, or S - STRENUOUS depending on activity level and potential for challenging weather conditions.

 

Pre-trip Meetings

There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting the week of each trip. At the pre-trip meeting, we plan our route, pack our food, prepare our gear for the trip and decide our departure and return times. All food, transportation and equipment are included; participants just provide their personal clothing. Pre-trip meetings for day trips last about one hour and overnight trip meetins last about an hour and a half.


Registering for a Trip

You may register and pay with a credit card online here.

You can also pay with cash or your One Card expense account by visiting the Campus Rec Main Office located (SRC 101). The fee includes transportation, food, and equipment. To check for available spaces call 919-843-7529. Registration for expedition trips opens on the first day of class each semester.

 

Still Have Questions about Expeditions?

Check out our FAQ or contact Rebekah Phipps at rjphipps@live.unc.edu.

  

Fall 2014 Trips & Expeditions

 

Trip

Date(s)

Pre-trip meeting

Location/

Activity

Description

Act. Lev.

Student Fee

9/6

9/3

7 pm

Haw River

Kayaking

The boulder strewn rapids of the lower Haw River beckon. This trip will explore the picturesque lower reaches of the Haw River where it cascades into Jordan Lake. Your group will explore the many islands and channels of this area and lunch on the rocks as you relax to the sounds of the river.

E

$40

9/14

9/10

7 pm

New Hope Creek

Kayaking

This trip will explore the lower reaches of New Hope Creek as it flows into the backwaters of Jordan Lake. Your kayaks will allow you access to the shallow marshes and creeks that powerboats can't reach. Ducks, geese, great blue heron, snowy egrets, solitude, relaxation...

E

$40

9/20

9/17

7 pm

Pilot Mountain

Climbing

The 60' quartize cliffs of Pilot Mountain provide the perfect introduction to outdoor top-rope climbing. Your team will learn knots, belaying, climbing technique and safety management. This climbing expedition always provides plenty of challenge and creates lasting friendships!

E

$50

9/26 – 9/28

9/24       7 pm

White Oak River

Kayaking

This trip explores the ancient hardwood forests of the upper White Oak River. Your group will explore the river as it goes from brackish tidewater to freshwater. See several different ecosystems as they come together and are shaped by the natural forces of the coast. You will paddle among two thousand year old bald cyress trees draped with Spanish moss and camp deep in the black water swamp of the Croatan National Forest.

M

$140

10/4

10/1

7 pm

Hanging Rock

Hiking

The sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and quiet forested coves of Hanging Rock State Park allow for a complete mountain hiking experience within easy driving distance of Chapel Hill. You and your group will pick a hiking route and spend the day exploring the lofty ridges of these ancient mountains in search of the perfect picnic spot and breathtaking views of the piedmont plateau.

E

$35

10/5

10/1

7 pm

Hyco River

Kayaking

New for 2014! Explore the many islands and flat water routes or continue downstream to the confluence of the Dan and Roanoke Rivers. We call this area the Four Rivers Water trails because of the close proximity of convergence of the Banister, the Hyco, the Dan and the Roanoke Rivers. Lots of options for various downstream or loop paddling.

M

$40

10/11

10/8

7 pm

Pilot Mountain

Climbing

The 60' quartzite cliffs of Pilot Moutain provide the perfect introduction to outdoor top-rope climbing. Your team will learn knots, belaying, climbing technique, and safety management. This climbing expedition always provides plenty of challenge and creates lasting friendships!

E

$50

10/12

10/8

7 pm

Raven Rock

Hiking

This unique park is situated along the fall line where the Cape Fear River breaks through the bedrock of the Piedmont and enters the Coastal Plain. Over the millennia, the river has carved Raven Rock, as impressive overhanging cliff that overlooks the river and thundering waterfalls below. Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Mountain ecosystems collide here and you will find plants representing all three of North Carolina's distinct geographical regions.

E

$35

10/15-10/19

10/13

7 pm

Wilson Creek

Wilderness
Perspectives\

Backpacking

Folks have been asking for this trip for years! Modeled after Wilderness Adventures for First Year Students (WAFFYS), this intensive wilderness experience offers an unparalleled opportunity for self-reflection by escaping the responsibilties and distractions of civilization. You and your group explore the wilderness of the Southern Appalachians. Instructors will teach you the skills to succeed and allow you to lead your own experience. Nightly debriefs, solo time and evening conversations will encourage you to reflect on who you are, what you're doing and  where you are going in life.

M

$230

10/24-10/26

10/22

7 pm

Mount Mitchell

Backpacking

At 6684' the Spruce-Fir forested slopes of Mount Mitchell are the highest you'll find east of the Mississippi River. We climb this mountain from the base at around 1800' in order to squeeze all the adventure we can out of it!

S

$140

11/1

10/29

7 pm

Cape Fear River

Kayaking

New for 2014! Known as "Sapona" by the Native Carolinians, the upper Cape Fear is steeped in history, myth and legend. Mermaids are said to have swum from the coast to wash the salty water from their hair in the river. Italian explorer Verrazano, backed by the French government to find a westard passage to Asia, came to the Cape Fear in 1524. This trip will explore the section of river the transitions from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain. Our scouting trip to this course area reported Bald Eagles! 

E

$40

11/2

10/29

7 pm

Pilot Mountain

Rock Climbing

The 60' quartzite cliffs of Pilot Moutain provide the perfect introduction to outdoor top-rope climbing. Your team will learn knots, belaying, climbing technique, and safety management. This climbing expedition always provides plenty of challenge and creates lasting friendships!

E

$50

11/8

11/5

7 pm

Holden’s Mill

Yoga Hike

Connect your mind, body and spirit with this rejuvenating day of hiking and yoga! We will hike out to a relaxing wilderness setting near the Eno River and use the power of nature to enhance your workout!

E

$35

11/9

11/5

7 pm

Medoc Mountain

Hiking

The core of what was once a mighty range of mountains, Medoc Mountain is what remains after millions of year of errosion. The eroded peaks were formed by volcanis action during the Paleozoic Age, about 350 million years aho. An elongated structure of biotite granite, Medoc Mountaion has effectively routed the streams of the area around itself and has resiste the erostion typical of the surrounding lowlands. The park sits near the fall line, an area where the hard, resistant rocks of the foothills give way to the softer rocks and sediments of the coastal plain. The northern and western face of Medoc Mountain have very steep slopes, dropping 160 feet over a distance of less than a quarter mile. Such rugged terrain is unusual for the eastern piedmont.

E

$35

11/14-11/16

11/12

7 pm

Roanoke River

Kayaking

Camping on the platforms deep in the ancient bald cypress swamps of the Roanoke River is an experience to cherish for a lifetime! This trip will teach the basics of flat water kayaking and promises unprecedents access to one of the most spectacular ecosystems in the world!

M

$140

11/22

11/19

Morrow Mountain

Hiking

Morrow Mountain State Park is located on the ancient Uwharrie Mountains. The pinnacles are the remains of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the eastern United States. This trip offers a taste of challenging mountain hiking just a short drive from campus.

E

$35

11/23

11/19

7 pm

Pilot Mountain

Climbing

The 60' quartzite cliffs of Pilot Moutain provide the perfect introduction to outdoor top-rope climbing. Your team will learn knots, belaying, climbing technique, and safety management. This climbing expedition always provides plenty of challenge and creates lasting friendships!

E

$50


 
*The fee includes transportation, food and equipment.

 

Spring 2015 Expeditions




Trip

Date(s)

Pre-trip
meeting

Location/

Activity

Description

Act.
Lev.

Student
Fee

1/17

1/14

7 pm

Hiking
Dutchman’s Creek

Wow! This trail has mossy cliffs, rock scrambling, waterfalls and giant trees! Breathtaking scenery a half hour away! What?

E

$35

1/24

1/21

7 pm

Hiking
Panther Cliffs

Prominent rock features, vertical cliffs, dense rhododendron thickets... Where am I? Why do they call this place Panther Cliffs?

E

$35

2/14

2/11

7 pm

Climbing
Pilot Mountain

The 60' quartzite cliffs of Pilot Mountain provide the perfect introduction to outdoor top-rope climbing. Your team will learn knots, belaying, climbing technique, and safety management. This climbing expedition always provides plenty of challenge and creates lasting friendships!

E

$50

2/15

2/11

7 pm

Hiking
Cox Mountain

Climb one of the highest peaks in the area and then leave the trail to explore the ridges and valleys of the Eno Wilderness. Learn off-trail travel and really get to know the land!

M

$35

2/22

2/18

7 pm

Hiking
Ridges Mountain

New for 2015! According to legend, in the mid-1700's, a trading post was established on top of Ridges Mountain by Godfrey Ridge, thereby establishing its name. Hugh boulders are strewn about over many acres, providing convenient rock shelters or ancient remnants of a cave, which may confirm explorer John Lawson's 1701 report of a mountain-top cave that 100 men chould sit in to dine. The mystery of the cave that Lawson described is kept alive by an early 1884 map of Randoolph County, by Trinity College, showing Ridges Mountain with a notation "cave underneath."

E

$35

2/28

2/25

7 pm

Kayaking
Cape Fear River

Known as "Sapona" by the Native Carolinians, the upper Cape Fear is steeped in history, myth, and legend. Mermaids are said to have swum from the coast to wash the salty water frp, their hair in the river. Italian explorer, Verrazano, backed by the French government to find a westward passage to Asia, came to Cape Fear in 1524. This trip will explore the section of river the transitions from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain. Our scouting trip to this course area reported
Bald Eagles!

M

$40

3/1

2/25

7 pm

Hiking
Morrow Mountain

Morrow Mountain State Park is located in the ancient Uwharrie Mountains. The pinnacles are the remains of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the eastern United States. This trip offers a taste of challenging mountain hiking just a short drive from campus.

E

$35

3/21

3/18

7 pm

Climbing
Pilot Mountain

The 60' quartzite cliffs of Pilot Mountain provide the perfect introduction to the outdoor top-rope climbing. Your team will learn knots, belaying, climbing technique, and safety management. This climbing expedition always provides plenty of challenge and creates lasting friendships!

E

$50

3/22

3/18

7 pm

Kayaking
Hyco River

This unique course area provides many options to explore the exposed rock faces and low willow covered islands or continue downstream to the confluence of the Dan and Roanoke Rivers. Scouting parties reported tons of wading birds and Alligator Gar, a wild-looking primitive species of fish!

E

$40

3/27-
3/29

3/25

7 pm

Kayaking
Contentnea Creek

New for 2015! Search the mysterious black water swamps for "Catechna," the ancient Tuscaroran town and the probable site of the 1711 trial and execution of explorer John Lawson by the "fiery tortures." Paddle through stands of massive Bald Cypress trees draped in Spanish Moss and let your imagination run wild!

M

$140

4/10-
4/12

4/8

7 pm

Backpacking
Mount Rogers

With open grassy balds towering over 5500' and punctuated by spiny rock ridges, the highlands of Mount Rogers are sure to provide an adventure to remember. Mount Rogers is the highes peak in Virigina and home to wild ponies in a unique alpine ecosystem.

S

$120

4/18

4/15

7 pm

Kayaking
Three Rivers

As the Eno River merges with the Flat River and empties into the backwaters of Falls Lake, it slows and creates a paddling experience reminiscent of Coastal salt marsh. Wind through a maze of tiny islands in search of wildlife, including Osprey, Egrets, and Great Blue Heron.

E

$40

4/19

4/15

7 pm

Climbing
Pilot Mountain

The 60' quartzite cliffs of Pilot Mountain provide the perfect introduction to the outdoor top-rope climbing. Your team will learn knots, belaying, climbing technique, and safety management. This climbing expedition always provides plenty of challenge and creates lasting friendships!

E

$50

 

Summer 2015 Expeditions



Trip

Date(s)

Pre-trip
meeting

Location/

Activity

Description

Act.
Lev.

Student
Fee

5/23

5/20

7 pm

Kayaking
Hyco River

This unique course area provides many options to explore the exposed rock faces and low willow covered islands or to continue downstream to the confluence of the Dan and Roanoke Rivers. Scouting parties reported tons of wading birds and Alligator Gar, a wild-looking primitive species of fish!

E

$40

5/24

5/20

7 pm

 

Hiking
Hanging Rock

The sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and quiet forested coves of Hanging Rock State Park allow for a complete mountain hiking experience within easy driving distance of Chapel Hill. You and your group will pick a hiking route and spend the day exploring the lofty ridges of these ancient mountains in search of the perfect picnic spot and breathtaking views of the piedmont plateau.

E

$35

5/29-
5/31

5/27

7 pm

Backpacking
Wilson Creek

Description to be provided soon!

M

$120

6/5-
6/7

6/3

7 pm

Kayaking
White Oak River

This trip explores the ancient hardwood forest of the upper White Oak River. Your group will explore the river as it goes from brackish tidewater to freshwater. See several different ecosystems as they come together and are shaped by the natural forces of the coast. You will paddle among two thousand year old bald cypress trees, draped with Spanish moss, and camp deep in the black water swamp of the Croatan National Forest.

M

$120

6/13

6/10

7 pm

Kayaking
New Hope Creek

This trip will explore the lower reaches of New Hope Creek as it flows into the backwaters of Jordan Lake. Your kayaks will allow you access to the shallow marshes and creeks that powerboats can't reach. Ducks, geese, great blue heron, snowy egrets, solitude, relaxation...

E

$40

6/25-
7/1

N/A

WAFFYs

Description to be provided soon!

E

$325

7/7-
7/13

N/A

WAFFYs

Description to be provided soon!

E

$325

7/16-
7/22

N/A

WAFFYs

Description to be provided soon!

E

$325

7/21-
7/29

N/A

WAFFYs

Description to be provided soon!

E

$325

7/30-
8/5

N/A

WAFFYs

Description to be provided soon!

E

$325

8/6-
8/12

N/A

WAFFYs

Description to be provided soon!

E

$325

8/28-
8/31

8/26

7 pm

WAFFYs

Description to be provided soon!

E

$185

 

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