Expeditions

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

 

For all facility hours and program and event dates, check out the Campus Recreation Calendar.


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 dependinog 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

To register, go to the Campus Recreation Office located in 101 Student Recreation Center. The fee includes transportation, food, and equipment. You can pay with cash or your One Card. To check for available spaces call 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@email.unc.edu.

  

Spring 2014 Trips & Expeditions

Trip

Date(s)

Pre-trip meeting

Location/

Activity

Description

Act. Lev.

Fee

1/25

1/22

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 millenia, the river has carved Raven Rock, an 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

2/16

2/12

7 pm

Morrow Mountain

Hiking

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

3/1

2/26

Pilot Mountain

Rock Climbing

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

3/22

3/19

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

3/23

3/19

Pilot Mountain

Rock Climbing

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

3/28 – 3/30

3/26

7 pm

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

4/5

4/2

7 pm

Rocky River

This remote river is surprisingly close to Chapel Hill. The steep banks feature rock outcroppings and pockets of Mountain Laurel. Deer, beaver, ducks, geese, and heron abound!

E

$40

4/6

4/2

7 pm

Pilot Mountain

Rock Climbing

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

4/12

4/9

7 pm

Rhode’s Pond

Kayaking

Rhodes Pond was built in the 1700's by a dam crossing the Black River. It served as a gristmill and sawmill, which became a hub for settlement. The lake encompasses ~460 acres of tea-colored water filled with bright lilies, beavers, and an enormous grove of bald cypress tress. This trip offers black water swamp paddling complete with Spanish moss, just an hour's drive from campus!

E

$40


 
*The fee includes transportation, food and equipment.


Interested in working at the Outdoor Education Center? Click here for 2014 Staff Training information.

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