The Wilderness Expedition is an 11-day backpacking and wilderness camping trip for sophomores that takes place in the rugged mountains of the Nantahala National Forest along the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Participants are organized into crews of 8-10 students and accompanied by an experienced Cranbrook Kingswood leader, an experienced wilderness leader, and a student leader.
During the Expedition, students are introduced to an exciting and rugged wilderness environment through activities such as wilderness travel and backcountry camping. The emphasis is on developing in the student positive attitudes toward challenging situations while teaching specific outdoor skills. In this environment, students are challenged to learn necessary basic skills, accomplish collective tasks, and 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.