Travel Experiences

Diamond Acre

On a trip sponsored by Trustee Emeritus Chairman John L. Townsend III ’73, 13 students will spend three weeks during the summer in the wilderness of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, on the annual Diamond Acre Expedition.

Townsend, who started rock climbing as an adult and has summited most of the major peaks in the West, initiated this trip several years ago to give Episcopal students a chance to challenge themselves and learn about outdoorsmanship. Named after Townsend's Diamond Acre Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, the expedition includes hiking and camping in Montana and Wyoming; whitewater rafting on the Salmon River in Idaho; and climbing the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.

Run by Wilderness Adventures, the expedition is unique to EHS students, who are selected on the basis of an application and a faculty recommendation.

Watch the videos to see highlights from previous trips.
Imagine that you were living a happy life with only three senses; then something happened and these senses were doubled. That is what it was like to experience the Diamond Acre Expedition. Rafting the Salmon River, sleeping out under the stars, playing beach volleyball, pushing your legs just one step further under a heavy backpack, all those things set the stage. Then, faced with the climax of the trip, you summit the Grand Teton. That was truly the prize at the end of the tunnel. Every sense you never knew existed comes alive and your life shines like never before.

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    Chris Davies 

    Associate Dean of Students, Teacher

Trip Details

Application information: Current sophomores and juniors who are interested in Diamond Acres must complete this application by February 6, 2022. 

Dates: June 26 - July 18, 2022

All enrollments costs are covered by John Townsend '73. Students and their families are responsible for the cost of airfare and attire for the expedition.

For more information, contact the Interim Associate Dean of Students Chris Davies.