The Backpacking BuckWild experience will take place on the Old Logger's Trail. The trail is a historical look into Pennsylvania's railroad logging systems. The trail follows old railroad grade that was developed to harvest trees from the forest. The trail is a loop trail that is 27.1 - miles in length. There are many beautiful streams, some great vistas, and fantastic wildlife. The town of Masten where the trail begins is a vacated town that was hustling and bustling during the logging days!
This is an Intermediate experience. No true prior backpacking experience is needed. Participants should be prepared for carrying all their supplies; backpacking is generally more physically strenuous than some other BuckWild experiences. We have had many first-year students that have never gone backpacking join this experience without any issues. We will teach you everything you need to know about backpacking.
The experience below is only an example, trips are subject to change based on weather, local conditions, other circumstances, etc.
Wake up, pack up equipment, and depart campus! Hit the trail "running" - Goal: Hike between 4.5 to 6.5 miles. Set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.
Wake up, break down camp, and depart. Goal: Hike approximately 7 - 9.5 miles. Set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.
Wake up, break down camp, and depart. Goal: Hike between 6.5 - 8.5 miles depending on night before. Set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.
Wake up, break down camp, and depart camp. Finish hiking to vehicles. Arrive back at Bucknell's Cowan Retreat Center. Your trip leaders will have planned activities for the day, closure activities, dinner and music with students, faculty, and staff, until 8 or 9 pm. Return to campus by 9:30 pm. Call parents, let them know that you are safe and it was the most amazing experience of your life!
Breakfast is provided for BuckWilders, hopefully we will have a BuckWild completion video to share, and our leaders with help you with the New Student Orientation Schedule that will begin today at 11 a.m.!
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