A group of students participated in a backpacking trip as part of an outdoor adventure trip held by the University Recreation Department. UREC holds adventure trips every semester for students to participate in. These adventure trips include backpacking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and many other outdoor activities.

On the weekend of Oct. 12, UREC held their latest adventure trip. A group of students went on a backpacking trip to Chattooga Trail in Walhalla, SC. The commute to the trail from Carrollton is a little over three hours. The trail is a 15 and a half mile hike that features beautiful natural sites, such as waterfalls, along the trail. The trip lasted until Oct. 14 and the hike itself lasted about two days.

Student participants saw the 15.5-mile trail as an opportunity to challenge themselves through physical exercise as well as do something new. Nick Clark took the trip to South Carolina. “I wanted to stay active and get a good workout,” said Clark. Another participant described the trip as “an opportunity to try something new and exciting while getting a workout.” The trail is described to be peaceful, challenging and full of breathtaking backdrops of waterfalls and nature.

Along with the backpacking, there were other activities available for participants. Students took in sites including a trip to the Kings Creek Falls. “I really enjoyed the natural scenery. The falls were beautiful,” said Clark. After the grueling 15.5 mile journey there was a sense of relief and accomplishment. “Afterwards I felt like I got a good workout. I think it was a good time for all of us,” said Clark.

UREC will have two more adventure trips in the future. On the weekend of Nov. 2, there will be another Backpacking trip through the Cohutta Wilderness. Members will have to pay $10 while non-members will pay $20.  On Dec. 1, there will be a Dayhike at Sweetwater Creek. Members will pay $5 and non-members will pay $15. All equipment is provided and first timers are encouraged to participate as experience isn’t necessary. Also, trips are lead by experienced and trained leaders who are there to ensure your safety. It’s not the Campus Center rock wall, but it’s something new and challenging for students to be a part of. For more information about UREC or their Adventure Trips you can stop by their office in Room 202 in the Campus Center.

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