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 (links to clothing lists can be found at the bottom of this page). Pre-trip meetings for day trips last about one hour and overnight trip meetings 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.

*The fee includes transportation, food, and equipment.

 

Still Have Questions about Expeditions?

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

 

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

Countless waterfalls and massive, old-growth Yellow Poplar and Eastern Hemlock surround you as you descend into Harper Creek Gorge. Pick up some backcountry cooking tips and hone your navigation as you find your way through the maze of steep ridges and valleys that are the Wilson Creek Area.

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- Wilson Creek

Countless waterfalls and massive stands of old-growth yellow poplar and hemlock surround you as you descend into the Wilson Creek Area. Once empowered with the knowledge to navigate using a map & compass, you'll learn to collaborate with your teammates as you find your way through a maze of ridges and valleys. The terrain gets steep in a hurry here and the dense old growth of NC's temperate rainforest will test your limits and force your group to develop quickly. Your perseverance and teamwork will soon pay off with triumphant mountaintop celebrations and feelings of camaraderie. You will emerge from the forest with a great confidence in your ability to take on your next challenge, UNC!

S

$325

7/7-
7/13

N/A

WAFFYs- Wilson Creek

Countless waterfalls and massive stands of old-growth yellow poplar and hemlock surround you as you descend into the Wilson Creek Area. Once empowered with the knowledge to navigate using a map & compass, you'll learn to collaborate with your teammates as you find your way through a maze of ridges and valleys. The terrain gets steep in a hurry here and the dense old growth of NC's temperate rainforest will test your limits and force your group to develop quickly. Your perseverance and teamwork will soon pay off with triumphant mountaintop celebrations and feelings of camaraderie. You will emerge from the forest with a great confidence in your ability to take on your next challenge, UNC!

S

$325

7/16-
7/22

N/A

WAFFYs- Wilson Creek

Countless waterfalls and massive stands of old-growth yellow poplar and hemlock surround you as you descend into the Wilson Creek Area. Once empowered with the knowledge to navigate using a map & compass, you'll learn to collaborate with your teammates as you find your way through a maze of ridges and valleys. The terrain gets steep in a hurry here and the dense old growth of NC's temperate rainforest will test your limits and force your group to develop quickly. Your perseverance and teamwork will soon pay off with triumphant mountaintop celebrations and feelings of camaraderie. You will emerge from the forest with a great confidence in your ability to take on your next challenge, UNC!

S

$325

7/21-
7/29

N/A

WAFFYs- Wilson Creek

Countless waterfalls and massive stands of old-growth yellow poplar and hemlock surround you as you descend into the Wilson Creek Area. Once empowered with the knowledge to navigate using a map & compass, you'll learn to collaborate with your teammates as you find your way through a maze of ridges and valleys. The terrain gets steep in a hurry here and the dense old growth of NC's temperate rainforest will test your limits and force your group to develop quickly. Your perseverance and teamwork will soon pay off with triumphant mountaintop celebrations and feelings of camaraderie. You will emerge from the forest with a great confidence in your ability to take on your next challenge, UNC!

S

$325

7/30-
8/5

N/A

WAFFYs- Wilson Creek

Countless waterfalls and massive stands of old-growth yellow poplar and hemlock surround you as you descend into the Wilson Creek Area. Once empowered with the knowledge to navigate using a map & compass, you'll learn to collaborate with your teammates as you find your way through a maze of ridges and valleys. The terrain gets steep in a hurry here and the dense old growth of NC's temperate rainforest will test your limits and force your group to develop quickly. Your perseverance and teamwork will soon pay off with triumphant mountaintop celebrations and feelings of camaraderie. You will emerge from the forest with a great confidence in your ability to take on your next challenge, UNC!

S

$325

8/6-
8/12

N/A

WAFFYs- Wilson Creek

Countless waterfalls and massive stands of old-growth yellow poplar and hemlock surround you as you descend into the Wilson Creek Area. Once empowered with the knowledge to navigate using a map & compass, you'll learn to collaborate with your teammates as you find your way through a maze of ridges and valleys. The terrain gets steep in a hurry here and the dense old growth of NC's temperate rainforest will test your limits and force your group to develop quickly. Your perseverance and teamwork will soon pay off with triumphant mountaintop celebrations and feelings of camaraderie. You will emerge from the forest with a great confidence in your ability to take on your next challenge, UNC!

S

$325

8/28-
8/31

8/26

7 pm

WAFFYs- Wilson Creek

Countless waterfalls and massive stands of old-growth yellow poplar and hemlock surround you as you descend into the Wilson Creek Area. Once empowered with the knowledge to navigate using a map & compass, you'll learn to collaborate with your teammates as you find your way through a maze of ridges and valleys. The terrain gets steep in a hurry here and the dense old growth of NC's temperate rainforest will test your limits and force your group to develop quickly. Your perseverance and teamwork will soon pay off with triumphant mountaintop celebrations and feelings of camaraderie. You will emerge from the forest with a great confidence in your ability to take on your next challenge, UNC!

S

$185

 

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