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Past Diamond Acre Trips

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  • Diamond Acre Expedition 2014

    John L. Townsend III '73 sent 13 lucky students on the adventure of a lifetime in the Western United States.
  • Student Hike, Raft, and Climb Out West

    On a trip sponsored by John L. Townsend III ’73, 12 students spent three weeks over the summer in the wilderness of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Townsend, who started rock climbing as an adult and has summited most of the major peaks in the West, initiated the trip several years ago to give EHS students a chance to challenge themselves and learn about outdoorsmanship.
  • Students Head West for Annual Diamond Acre Trip

Diamond Acre

On a trip sponsored by Trustee Emeritus Chairman John L. Townsend III ’73, 12 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 Ventures, the expedition is unique to EHS students, who are selected on the basis of an application and a faculty recommendation.

Watch the video below to see highlights from the Summer 2018 trip.

Trip Information

How to Apply: All current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. The application deadile will be announced in late fall.
Dates: July 8 - August 1, 2019
Costs: 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 Dean of Students Ashley Taylor.

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