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The annual hiking trip to the Rocky Mountains in Canmore and the Kananaskis Valley is one of the longest standing traditions at Kelvin. It is open to grade 10 and 11 students and happens during the last week of school. We stay at the Alpine Club of Canada's beautiful hostel and hike five mountains in five days. The goal of the trip is to introduce our flatlander students to the joys of hiking in the mountains, teach them about teamwork and perseverance and show them the beautiful rewards of hiking to the peak of a mountain.
In the words of some of our hikers from last year…
"Rocky 2015 was one of the most memorable experiences that we've had at Kelvin. We conquered five mountains in five days; Wasootch Ridge, Yamnuska, Heart Mountain, Ha Ling and Lady MacDonald. We trekked up steep rocks, ran down mountainsides and cooled off in glacial creeks. These moments helped us create unexpected friendships and allowed old ones to grow stronger. The views were indescribable and the feelings of accomplishment were extremely gratifying. Some words of wisdom from the 2015 rocky crew; things to expect for future hikers going on a 9 and ½ hour hike: you will cry, you will burn, friendships will be tested and you will contemplate jumping off the cliff. In the end, we didn't choose the mountain life the mountain life chose us. "
~ Nicole MacDonell, Maya Janzen, Nathan Wilson and Leah Neufeld
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