College to Host Summer Hiking Workshop

Posted by Brent Treash

The Emory & Henry College Outdoor Program is launching the inaugural Hiking Institute for Adults from May 15-18. Participants will have the opportunity to experience an immersion in hiking and backcountry skills.

The multi-day workshop will begin with equipment and hiking skills demonstrations. The experience will conclude with an overnight backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail.  Cost for the workshop will be $350, which includes lodging on the Emory & Henry campus.

“Participants will get to spend plenty of time on the trail, but the Emory & Henry Outdoor Program fosters a value for taking the necessary amount of time to observe flora and fauna and ponder the breathtaking views that only the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia afford,” said Jim Harrison, director of the outdoor program.

The workshop is targeted for older adults who are looking for a fun and welcoming workshop that offers an introduction to backpacking.

“The idea is to offer a gateway experience that builds confidence, and this would be a great experience for singles or couples,” said Harrison.

Participants will gain foundational instruction in Leave-No-Trace backcountry ethics, layering systems, backpacks, effective packing, shelter systems, footwear, backcountry and risk management associated with weather, insects and animals.  There will be a particular focus on how to prepare delicious backcountry meals!

Upon the conclusion of the workshop, participants are invited to stay in the area and experience the region’s popular outdoor event Trail Days in nearby Damascus, Va. Trail Days is the largest gathering of backpackers in the United States.

For more information about the summer hiking workshop, contact Jim Harrison 276-698-7121.

Emory & Henry College is also offering a series of one-week outdoor program experiences for teenagers from June 10th to June 30th. Students may choose to attend one, two, or engage in all 3 weeks of adventure. Each week focuses on a specific adventure sport: Wk 1-Backpacking, Wk 2-Whitewater, and Wk 3-Rock Climbing. The cost for each session is $750 per student. This fee covers the cost of all meals, transportation and equipment such as backpacks, bouldering shoes, climbing ropes/harnesses, kayaks, rafts, sleeping bags, stand-up paddle boards and tents, along with expert guidance and instruction from qualified instructors.

  • The Emory & Henry College Outdoor Program is launching the inaugural Hiking Institute for Adu...
    The Emory & Henry College Outdoor Program is launching the inaugural Hiking Institute for Adults from May 15-18.

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