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Tier Two (Don't Delete)

Sophomore Wilderness Expedition

The sophomore year is a year of transition for students. Students begin to think beyond high school, and college commitments begin to take shape. It is a time to try new adventures before the all-important academic rigors of the junior year. Thus, Stevenson offers sophomores the opportunity of an extended backpacking trip in the mountains of the Ventana Wilderness through the Sophomore Wilderness Expedition. This trip is designed as a physical and mental challenge in a relatively unfamiliar environment. The experience is designed to engender feelings of self-worth and achievement, providing a foundation for the confidence needed to accept the opportunities of the rigorous years ahead.

On the Expedition, each hiking group will be led by two adult instructors and two student co-leaders. Much is asked of these instructors and co-leaders who make up our staff, so significant training is required of them. Co-leaders are junior and senior students selected by a rigorous evaluation process. After submitting an application, applicants go through an interview and are vetted by our instructors. Information is gathered about them from their teachers and coaches before a final decision is made. They are then trained according to the posted schedule.

Instructors are ultimately in charge of each group, so they undergo additional training. Instructors are a mix of faculty members and experienced outdoor professionals who are hired to support the expedition. All receive medical certification as Wilderness First Responders. Also, each year some instructors go to the Wilderness Risk Management Conference, which is run by some of the top outdoor education companies in the country.

2020 Expedition Dates: February 22–March 3

2020 EXPO Information


Mr. Bob McCormick
Sophomore Wilderness Expedition Director


Meet the Team

Liz O'Hara

Wilderness Expedition Communications Coordinator and Faculty Member

Matt Rymzo

Wilderness Expedition Instructor and Faculty Member

Sam Anaya

Wilderness Expedition and Outdoor Ed Instructor