LGBT+ Backpacking Trip:
As much as we like to categorize, few things in nature fit perfectly into the neat little boxes we make – and that includes us humans. A first for Living Earth School this year, we are offering an affirming teen backpacking trip for anyone in or exploring the LGBT+ community. If you know what labels fit you, great! If you’re still figuring that out, perfect! Figuring out community, becoming an adult, and identity is already a complicated equation when the default script more or less fits for you. This trip is about figuring out your own script. You’ll get to connect to other young people and trip leaders with shared experiences, explore the outdoors in a welcoming and affirming environment, and celebrate your authentic self out in nature. Like all of our teen trips, this expedition will focus on building connections to the natural world, gaining forest skills, and digging deeper into personal and community skills. No prior backpacking experience is required but will include hiking up to 5 miles in a day with 30-40lbs in a backpack.
Location: Buena Vista VA
Mount Rogers: an Advanced Trip
One of the beauties of backpacking is the ability to go to a destination that offers extreme beauty and adventure. This trip achieves just that – Mount Rogers is the highest peak in Virginia at 5729 ft, surrounded by sweeping vistas, and highland meadows (balds) that are roamed by wild ponies. It is an area of stunning beauty.
This trip is designed for people who have been backpacking before whether with LES or on their own. Participants will become comfortable with the ins and outs of expedition backpacking- camp set up, meal prep, safety, and more. The participants will have the opportunity to help pick the route and decide our adventure together.
Every day, participants will learn more about the core areas of leadership – work ethic, initiative, communication, attitude, and respect.
We will advance backcountry and leadership skills so that your child can pursue a lifetime of adventures to beautiful places all over the planet. This is a trip they won’t forget.
Location: Mount Rogers / Grayson Highlands, VA