Hours before sunrise on August 12, 2016, the Class of 2020 returned from more than a week spent in the great outdoors. The 91 rising freshmen had just completed the Pecos Wilderness Trip, an eight-day excursion in the mountains of the northern New Mexico wilderness and a rite of passage for all rising freshmen.
Guided by faculty and staff leaders and Upper School student volunteers, the freshmen hiked, camped, and explored the natural flora and fauna, fished for trout, and cooked a unique menu of meals. Many Upper School students and alumni point to their Pecos Trip as a moment that drew them closer together as a class and as a brotherhood. Each freshman also completed the Solo, a day spent alone in nature, contemplating his Upper School career.