The Wilderness Expedition is an 11-day backpacking and wilderness camping trip for sophomores that takes place in the rugged Smoky Mountains in the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests along the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Participants are organized into crews of 8-10 students and accompanied by two leaders and a student leader.
During the Expedition, each crew is introduced to an exciting and rugged wilderness environment through activities such as wilderness travel and back country camping. The emphasis is on developing in the student positive attitudes towards challenging situations while teaching specific outdoor skills. In this environment students are challenged to learn necessary basic skills, to accomplish collective tasks, and to meet the physical demands made on them by the environment.
Since 1970, the Schools have encouraged sophomores to become members of the Wilderness Trip, an important and valuable part of the 10th grade year. Why Upper?