Travel Experiences

Double Diamond Expedition

On a trip sponsored by Trustee Emeritus 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 Double Diamond Expedition  (formerly Diamond Acre).

Townsend, who started rock climbing as an adult and has summited most of the major peaks in the West, initiated this trip in 2008 to give Episcopal students a chance to challenge themselves and learn about outdoorsmanship. In 2022 Townsend committed to endow the trip in perpetuity ensuring it will remain accessible for generations to come. 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.

Program Coordinator

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    Chris Davies 

    Associate Dean of Students; Teacher - Social Studies

Trip Details

Dates for 2024 Trip
July 7 - July 29

Application due by 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2024


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