In addition to the SOP's several weekly trips in and around Sewanee, the program allows students to access more distant adventures during multi-day excursions across the country. These are some of our favorites.

Canoe the Rio Grande

Each spring break, the SOP paddles the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande, an iconic 83-mile section along the national border in southwest Texas. Paddling just downriver from Big Bend National Park, the group spends seven days running rapids, sleeping under the stars, exploring slot canyons, and taking in the beauty of the west Texas desert. 

Winter Mountaineering in Colorado

Over winter break, the SOP leads a group of ten students on a fifteen-day trip ascending alpine summits and snowshoeing along the Continental Divide in the stunning San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

Backpacking in the Smoky Mountains

Each fall break, the SOP backpacks through the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. New hikers as well as seasoned backpackers are welcome on this 4-day journey through lovely rolling hardwoods.

Sport Climbing at Shelf Road, Colorado

Over spring break, the SOP takes a group of students to Shelf Road, a world-class climbing area in the high desert of Colorado.  During this adventure, students refine their climbing skill set, push themselves physically, and cement friendships within Sewanee's climbing community.

Time for some adventures.