Since 1971, students have begun their Proctor careers by completing a wilderness orientation trip. We believe that this experience is the best way for new students to begin building relationships, self-awareness, and understanding of Proctor. Upon arrival, each new student joins seven other students and two Proctor faculty members for a five-day and four-night backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After the experience of hiking, camping, and simply having fun with the group, each student returns to campus having stretched his or her own limits physically, mentally, and sometimes, emotionally. This orientation provides each person with significant insight into what Proctor is all about: experiential education and genuine relationships.