The Center for Environmental Studies and the Outdoor Adventure Program hosted a backpacking trip in the Blue Ridge for first year and transfer Environmental Studies students this past weekend. The goal of the trip was to provide new students a chance to explore natural areas, meet each other, and participate in programming focused on leadership and career development. Fourteen students participated, led by OAP student guides Lucy Bolin, Rose Brown, Kristin Dippolito, and Brenner Malo. Professors Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, who teaches our ENVS gateway courses, and James Vonesh, director of the ENVS undergraduate program, also participated in the trip. The trip explore the Appalachian Trail between Jennings Creek and the Cornelius Creek Shelter/Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking over Floyd Mountain at > 3500 ft elevation along the Bryant Ridge and overnighting at the Bryant Ridge AT shelter.