Two expeditions are the capstone of each HMI Summer Term

During the Summer Term, two week-long wilderness backpacking expeditions provide a unique environment to practice leadership and develop skills to live and travel in remote settings. Expeditions also provide an amazing backdrop for our academic classes, as the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains becomes our laboratory, source of inspiration, and fodder for debate.

The wilderness curriculum during the summer delves into skills you can transfer to your life at home and/or to expeditions you lead in the future. Among other skills, we’ll teach you how to read a map, how to cook delicious meals over a one-burner stove, and how to camp comfortably and in style. The backcountry also provides an ideal setting for you to develop your leadership skills by leading your peers, while receiving coaching from faculty. Serving as a team member in a group is a fantastic way to learn about yourself, and to develop interpersonal skills that will transfer far beyond the wilderness boundaries.


Typical Day on an Expedition