This Backpacking BuckWild program will take place on the Black Forest Trail. The entire length of the trail is 42.1 miles. We will be doing around 35 miles of the trail. The Black Forest Trail is known for its beautiful vistas that make the entire trip well worth the effort. Beyond vistas there are many meandering creeks and other beautiful landscapes. The name, Black Forest Trail,  comes from the dense, dark (Black) coniferous forest that is known throughout the region. The hike is located in Lycoming County near the small wooded village of Slate Run, PA.

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Challenge Level

Buckwild backpacking experiences can be physically challenging. The Black Forest Trail is a trail that incorporates distance and diverse terrain. Participants should be prepared for carrying all their supplies. This trip was designed for participants with some hiking or backpacking experience. We will teach you everything you need to know about backpacking.

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Expedition Itinerary 

The experience below is only an example, trips are subject to change based on weather, local conditions, other circumstances, etc.

Day 1

  • 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Move in to the Residence Halls, breakfast and lunch on your own
  • 12:15 p.m.: In a duffel bag, bring your packed equipment from the packing list for your specific trip to an area for storage (TBD) prior to the Weis Center meeting
  • 12:30 p.m.: Meeting with the Associate Dean, Director of Outdoor Education & Leadership, and BuckWild student trip leaders in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts
  • 1:15 p.m.: Break
  • 1:30 p.m.: Meeting with the President, Provost, and Dean of Students in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts
  • 2:15 p.m.: Say farewell to your families
  • 2:30 p.m.: Your BuckWild experience begins-icebreaker's, equipment packing, learning about the equipment, evening activities, snacks, dinner, and the traditional Grove campout with your classmates (you will not be sleeping in your room until the experience is completed)

Day 2
Wake up, pack up equipment, and depart campus! Hit the trail "running" - Goal: Hike between 7 - 10 miles. Set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 3
Wake up, break down camp, and depart camp. Goal: Hike approximately 8 - 11 miles. Set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 4
Wake up, break down camp, and depart camp. Goal: Hike between 8 - 11 miles depending on night before. Set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 5
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 in your life!

Day 6
8:00 am 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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