Wilderness expeditions are the foundation of the HMI Summer Term: the means by which we learn about ourselves, each other and the natural world.

During the Summer Term, two ten-day wilderness backpacking expeditions provide a unique environment to practice leadership, connect with the natural world, and develop the skills needed to live and travel in remote settings. Expeditions also provide an amazing backdrop for journaling and group discussions, as the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains becomes a source of inspiration.

HMI’s wilderness curriculum teaches students skills that they can transfer to life at home, college, and beyond. The backcountry provides an ideal setting for students to develop their leadership and communication abilities as they work with their peers and receive coaching from instructors. As students learn how to read a map, navigate terrain, and work together they also learn a great deal about themselves. These experiences improve self-awareness, build open-mindedness, and develop interpersonal skills that will serve students far past the time they spend in the wilderness.