The New England section of the AT provides some of the most breath-taking views offered by one of the longest marked hiking trails in the United States. The Connecticut portion in particular winds around weathered peaks and alongside fresh-water rivers and streams.
Participants will backpack along glacier-shaped mountain ridges, and those who choose the 9 Day Trip will climb and rappel on the 100 foot tall cliffs of St. Johns Ledges. Meals will be cooked along the trail using lightweight backpacking stoves and each night will be spent under the stars, with tarp shelters provided for protection from the wind and rain
Learn more about the Appalachian Trail here from the conservatory web site.
Incoming first years in the class of 2016 have the opportunity to start their Trinity College journey with a wilderness adventure on Quest, Trinity’s extended pre-orientation on the Appalachian Trail (the “AT”).
For the past seven summers, Trinity College has been proud to offer the Quest Pre-Orientation Program. Few colleges or universities offer an extended wilderness adventure comparable to Quest. The program’s philosophy encourages participants to take on new challenges and responsibilities, meet other Trinity students, and transition into college.
Students will be transported by bus from Trinity College to the Appalachian Trail in New England and divided into groups of six to ten participants.
Previous outdoor experience is not required: two wilderness leaders will teach all the basic wilderness skills necessary on the trip.
Trinity College faculty and staff will serve as program staff, responsible for facilitating climbs and rappels, transportation, and overall program logistics. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be transported by bus back to campus. "4 Day A" trip participants will arrive in time to participate in fall athletic practices and the P.R.I.D.E. program.
Download the 2012 Quest Brochure.