Which semester is right for you?

On each HMI Gap semester, students travel for 80 days through the wilderness in a tight-knit community of 12 peers and 3 instructors learning technical outdoor adventure skills, engaging in environmental studies and conservation projects, and growing as leaders.

In order to choose the semester that is right for you–ask yourself: what do I want to learn, and where do I want to travel?

Students can apply to a semester that focuses on backpacking, rock climbing, or both. Our courses travel within the American West and Chilean Patagonia. 

Explore the links below to learn more! 


  • Fall in the American West & Patagonia


  • Fall in the American West & Patagonia

  • Spring in Patagonia



  • Fall in The American West
  • Spring in The American West