search instagram arrow-down

Blog post archive

Follow Traynor On The Trail on WordPress.com

Blogs I Follow

Hike And Learn

The Semester-A-Trail is part of the unique Outdoor Program that also offers an Adventure Team to students to rock climb, kayak, hike and more. Students are professionally trained and certified as part of select programs.

Whilst hiking along the Appalachian Trail (AT), two Emory & Henry College (E&H) students earned credits studying in the great outdoors.

They participated in the Emory & Henry College Semester-A-Trail Program. It’s the only program in the United States that offers college credit for thru-hiking or other prepared hikes on the A.T. with an academic component and training.

The Semester-A-Trail is part of its unique Outdoor Program that also offers an Adventure Team to students to rock climb, kayak, hike, and more. Students are professionally trained and certified as part of select programs.

The program is open to all college students around the globe. Students are welcome to transfer to Emory & Henry for a semester to engage in a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience while earning credits in a field of interest. Faculty from both colleges work together to set the curriculum and outcomes.

E&H sophomore Sadie Burton and junior Tilghman Moyer shared their experiences along the trail during spring semester 2019 in a video. It was the first time both students hiked a portion of the trail to earn hands-on credit.

Burton focused her journey on creative writing and photography with the goal of producing a documentary and Moyer developed a project in phenology, studying plant and animal life cycle events along the A.T. 

Jim Harrison, director of outdoor programs, said, “This is the definition of exceptional hands-on learning in a gorgeous outdoor lab. Both students trained and learned how to hike the trail to be prepared. Prior to the trip, they learned wilderness first aid techniques and received instruction on packing, eating, safety and mental wellness. Being on the trail for long periods of time can be physically and mentally challenging, yet so rewarding.”

Burton logged 400 miles and ended her section in Damascus, Va. and Moyer completed his thru-hike of 2,190 miles and ended at Mt. Katahdin at Baxter Peak, the northern terminus of the A.T. Stats show only one in every four hikers accomplish a thru-hike and it usually takes five to six months. Moyer finished in five months.

“We’re 14 miles from the A.T. and our students are blessed not solely to hike, but kayak in all sorts of rivers and lakes; go bouldering and rock climbing, and take in all of the natural beauty in Southwest Virginia,” added Harrison.

Leave a Reply
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

FunWritings

A great plan is here for the children, the environment and more

Alex Roddie

Editor & Outdoor Writer

Cycling Around Japan

The Travelling Bean Counter - A naive but enthusiastic cyclist tackling the mountains Japan over approximately 4 months, to experience japanese culture and learn the language. https://www.instagram.com/thetravellingbeancounter/

RTW Roxy

A girl travelling around the world on a motorcycle.

In Flow with Otto

Creativity is within us all

Back Road Journal

Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life

William Kemsley Jr.

Backpacking Footnotes