2014 Orientation Trips

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September 2, 2014- 41 years ago, the Vail Daily wrote, “Though a hike is not the traditional way to start a school year, it is a great way to start one right. Newcomers and oldtimers got to know each other, a process which often takes weeks in other schools.” And thus, a tradition was born that has continued for more than four decades at VMS.

Each year, middle and upper school students spend the first few days of school on orientation trips that range from a day hike up Booth Falls Trail to a three-day, two-night canoe trip through Canyonlands National Park. This year’s offerings included: hard shell kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on the Colorado River; fly fishing on the Green in Utah; mountain biking in Fruita; an inflatable kayak float trip through the Ruby Horsethief Conservation Area; whitewater rafting in Westwater Canyon; an Outward Bound course culminating in an attempted summiting of Mt. Massive (snowed out!); canoeing through Canyonlands; hiking to Booth Falls; exploring a ropes course at Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; paddling the upper Colorado in duckies; and rock climbing at Turtle Rock in Buena Vista. While this may sound like an extraordinary agenda for summer fun, or a great Colorado bucket list, it's also one of our school's proudest traditions.

Last Monday, students and faculty returned to school beaming with pride in the adventures they’d had. The photos below tell the story. (A special thank you to the faculty for taking such wonderful photos!)

PHOTOS: Middle School Orientation Trips
PHOTOS: Upper School Orientation Trips