The Wilderness Backpacking Expedition is our introductory expedition, specifically designed for 16-18 year old students. This multi-week adventure focuses on teaching students to be competent in fundamental outdoor skills such as cooking, camping and navigation while developing leadership skills as an individual and member of an expeditionary group. Students will be challenged physically, at appropriate levels and will hike most days with heavy packs in a changing alpine environment. While navigating through mountain terrain, students will engage in lessons about Leave No Trace® camping principles, wilderness and ecology lessons, and learn how to work as a team to accomplish common expedition goals. Each student will have an opportunity to be the expedition leader of the day and to use his or her newly acquired leadership skills. For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression see Expedition Life.