The SOP offers several on-campus trips and activities each week as well as many weekend trips in the surrounding area. These are highlights from our longer break trips across the country.

Canoe the Rio Grande

Every spring break the SOP takes a group of students to canoe the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande (El Rio Bravo del Norte!), an 84 mile section along the national border in Southwest Texas. Canoeing through 1,500' limestone canyon walls just downriver from Big Bend National Park, the group spend seven days running rapids, sleeping under the stars, exploring slot canyons, and taking in the beauty of the West Texas desert. This trip fully immerses you in the life of the river.

Winter Mountaineering in Colorado

Over winter break, the SOP leads a group of twelve students on a fifteen-day trip ascending alpine summits and snowshoeing along the Continental Divide in the 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.

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. With hundreds of routes for intermediate/advanced climbers on beautiful limestone cliffs, Shelf Road has more than enough outstanding climbs to keep our group busy for eight days. Throughout the trip, students refine their climbing skillset, push themselves physically, and cement friendships within Sewanee's climbing community.