To start things off in our new Adventure Program blog series, we’ll be featuring backpacking! “My favorite part about backpacking is that it’s the original outdoor adventure program,” says Ben Williams, our Outdoor Adventure Director. “When one reads about John Muir or Aldo Leopold for example, they learn how these adventurers traveled to these amazing places on foot and spent countless hours exploring. I love that we can connect campers back to legends like them in the same manner, and teach them that they can be explorers in their own way too.”
Backpacking and hiking trips are special signup activities at Falling Creek, like all of our Adventure Programs. Boys will hear announcements each day at Morning Assembly - they can choose to leave their daily activity schedules behind and sign up for a variety of trips ranging from short half-day trips to epic five-day adventures. Hiking gives boys the opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of Western North Carolina firsthand, admiring waterfalls, open vistas, rhododendron tunnels, and hardwood stands dating back hundreds of years.
On these trips, campers gain self-reliance and outdoor survival skills as they learn to safely build a fire, cook outdoors, how to find and purify water in the wilderness, and read a map. At Falling Creek, we hike in places like Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, the Art Loeb Trail, and Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Each member of our Backpacking and Hiking staff are Wilderness First Responder certified, and possess valuable knowledge of the local area, along with years of trip leading know-how.