Taking trips into the outdoors is a strong tradition at CRMS dating back to the early days of the school. For students and faculty alike, witnessing the beauty of magical places across the Western U.S. and enjoying the personal and community benefits of living simply and traveling in small groups help to make participating in CRMS's trips one of the most favored practices of the school community. Additional benefits gained are increased physical fitness, an improved sense of well-being, an appreciation for the outdoors, and an expanded sense of self including unity among group members, the making of lasting friendships, and the development of a greater respect for others.
The goals and outcomes of CRMS trips include:
- Emphasizing skills and ethics designed to minimize the impact on and maximize student appreciation for the natural world
- Teaching competency with outdoor skills, mastery of camp craft, ability to care for oneself and others in wilderness settings, and technical skills associated with varying trip disciplines
- Reinforcing the enduring value of teamwork and service to others
- Offering unique opportunities for participants to learn about the natural and/or human history of the locations visited
- Inspiring students to develop the skills and passion for lifelong engagement with the natural world
Fall Trip, in particular, is an opportunity for the entire school to celebrate the Rocky Mountain region in all of its autumn splendor. Trips are designed to provide challenging and rewarding experiences that impel students and faculty to work together, enjoy each other’s company, and learn new skills while exploring some of the myriad public lands that surround CRMS. Fall Trip also allows students to integrate skills learned in the afternoon active program on an outdoor trip.
Sample Fall Trip offerings include:
- Hiking and Service trips throughout the Alfred Braun Hut System
- Rock climbing San Rafael Swell, Unaweep, Shelf Road
- Kayaking Ruby and Horsethief canyons, Gates of Lodore
- Mountain biking Crested Butte, White Rim Trail, Fruita
Spring Trip allows the entire school to undertake expeditions that explore the mesas, rivers, and canyons of the American Southwest. Students and faculty embark on exciting and challenging experiences that build upon skills learned during Wilderness and Fall Trip. Students discover more about their strengths as they realize their individual roles within group settings.
Sample Spring Trip offerings include:
- Canoeing and hiking Green River
- Rock climbing Shelf Road, Indian Creek, San Rafael Swell
- Backpacking Death Hollow, Slickhorn Canyon
- Canyoneering Gravel and Long canyons, Robbers' Roost
- Mountain biking Kokopelli Trail