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Base Camp Expeditions

Mountain Biking, Climbing, and Backpacking Expeditions

Choose between three different trips all based out of GRP’s Base Camp.

Trip Overview

  • Length: 6 days
  • Grades: 6th-10th grade
  • Begins and Ends: GRP Base Camp, between 11-11:30AM
  • Airport: Asheville, NC or Greenville/Spartanburg, SC
  • Challenge Level: Introductory / Some prior experience

We work with youth in a pivotal time of their development as they become "young adults." As youth gain a more comprehensive perspective of culture and society they can often be challenged to make choices that affect their lives in intricate ways. Here is an opportunity for them to learn about making appropriate choices in a safe environment, where natural consequences are easily debriefed and can used as metaphors for when to do the right thing.

Expeditions LeaderNorth Carolina

Mountain Biking

GRP is offering one-week sessions focused solely on mountain biking on and off the Preserve. In addition to GRP Wheels programs, this base camp expedition is perfect for campers who have enjoyed mountain biking and want to do more, including spending every day developing these skills on the trails.

Led by experienced GRP instructors, the base camp expeditions combine overnight camping trips with in-camp accommodations. The trips emphasize how to safely have fun on bikes while gaining skills and confidence in a supportive and non-competitive environment. Group size is limited to 8 participants per session.

Green River Preserve base camp is located on 3,400 acres in Western North Carolina. In addition to having our own, private mountain biking trails and training course, our property neighbors the mountain biking mecca, Dupont State Forest. GRP campers have the luxury to ride out the backdoor and explore miles of incredible terrain. Our immense access gives us the ability to progress at the group’s speed and adventure from beginner to advanced trails. Our property and access make this an ideal environment to learn and further develop mountain biking skills while having a good time on the trails.

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Rock Climbing- “Rock and Read”

The Rock and Read Base Camp Expedition is a 1-week session focused on further developing safe and supportive rock climbing skills, while also spending some downtime reading our favorite books. Climbing is offered during all of our base camp sessions, and because of its high demand, GRP is offering this uniquely focused program for campers who love climbing and want more time on real rock. This base camp expedition is perfect for campers who have enjoyed climbing and want to do more, including spending every day developing these skills.

Led by experienced GRP instructors, the base camp expeditions combine overnight camping trips with in-camp accommodations. The trips emphasize safely having fun on a rock while gaining skills and confidence in a supportive and non-competitive environment. Group size is limited to 8 participants per session.

Green River Preserve base camp is located on 3,400 acres in Western North Carolina. In addition to having our own climbing wall and bouldering cave, GRP has established beginner to advanced routes on our property. Campers will have private access to these places as well as the option to explore beyond our property into the greater Western North Carolina mountains. Our property and access make this an ideal environment to learn and further develop rock climbing skills while also having a blast outside with a great community.

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Circumnavigate GRP

This base camp expedition is for GRP campers who love to explore the Preserve and are seeking more. Over the past decade, our staff has connected trails creating a loop around our 3,400-acre property. Campers in this expedition will adventure on this trail, swim in the Green River, and relax at campsites. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to explore spur trails into wilderness areas bordering our property. This expedition is perfect for campers who love the campout experience and want more time on the trail.

Led by experienced GRP instructors, this base camp expedition spends overnight camping trips on the Preserve in our platform tent shelters. The trips emphasize how to safely have fun on the trail while gaining backcountry skills as well as confidence in a supportive and non-competitive environment. Group size is limited to 8 participants per session. This is a great introduction to our high school expedition trips.

Base Camp Expeditions Question and Answer:

We reserve the right to alter the itinerary prior to and throughout the trip. Itineraries may change due to: severe weather, student ability, motivation and conditioning, high or low rivers, high or low snowpack, unpredictable natural disasters, vehicle breakdowns, road closures, forest fires, illness, ever-changing permit regulations, any potential threat to safety; even a brilliant idea from an instructor or student. In the event of a schedule change, comparable activities will be substituted when possible and you will be notified by e-mail of significant change