Buckwild offers a variety of experiences ranging from beginner levels to advanced levels, from backpacking to cycling to climbing and caving. Each of these trips offer different programming unique to each area across Pennsylvania from on the rivers, on trails, on foot, ropes, boats, and bikes. Each trip has a range of physical challenges and amenities which create a more comfortable or a more woodsy experience.

Paddling the Susquehanna River

This is a Beginner experience. No prior canoeing experience is needed. We will teach you everything you need to know. The middle stretch of the Susquehanna river is predominantly flat water with a depth of 3 to 7 ft and a few small, Class 1 rapids along the way. It is a great first canoeing experience!

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BuckWild Unpacked

The exertion level is light. No experience is necessary for this basecamp trip. You do not need prior challenge course experience. The biking is flat on a rail to trail. The hiking will be basic day hiking. We will teach you everything you need to know for all the outdoor pursuits. Stargazing will be an opportunity to enjoy the dark evening stars with your peers, leaders, and hopefully faculty.

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Ohiopyle State Park Basecamp

This is a Beginner experience. No prior climbing or white water experience is needed. The biking is flat on a rail to trail. You should have basic biking ability. We will teach you everything you need to know for all the outdoor pursuits. We are using a guide service for white water rafting.

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Ricketts Glen State Park Basecamp

This is a Beginner experience. No prior canoeing, hiking, or challenge course experience is needed. We will teach you everything you need to know for all the outdoor pursuits.

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Backpacking (Old Loggers Trial)

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.

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Backpacking (Black Forest Trail)

This is an Advanced experience. 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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Rock Climbing and Caving

This is a Beginner experience. No prior climbing or caving experience is needed. Each climbing area has easy to moderate to difficult climbing. You will be able to choose your challenge level. There will also be a possibility of easy hiking in Michaux State Forest. We will teach you everything you need to know for all the outdoor pursuits.

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Backpacking (AT) and Rock Climbing

This is Beginner experience. No backpacking or climbing experience is needed. We have had many first-year students that have never gone backpacking join this experience without any issues. Each climbing area has easy to moderate to difficult climbing. You will be able to choose your challenge level. You will not be carrying the climbing equipment, the climbing and caving team will have all your supplies with them. You will only be backpacking with what you need. We will teach you everything you need to know about backpacking and rock climbing.

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