After the death of a loved one, the entire landscape of life changes - routine becomes rigorous, familiar becomes foreign.
This, after all, was not the plan. This was not on your map.
But maybe, in those dark moments where you've felt small and powerless, you've also sensed that you are meant to do something big.
It's not like you're in your comfort zone anyway.
Share a unique adventure with TAPS survivors as we explore the Smoky Mountains on classic trails, take to the waters and soar above the trees for unforgettable experience of the ancient mountains.
Join us as we find new purpose, gain radical perspective, and remember what it feels like to live with determination.
Who can attend?
TAPS Expeditions are open to all adult survivors over 18 including parents, widows, adult children, siblings, battle buddies, extended family, etc.
What should I expect from this trip?
An amazing adventure awaits in the beautiful Smoky Mountains! We will camp under the stars, hike old-growth forests, zip line above the trees and cap off the trip with a whitewater adventure. Expert guides will lead us and share their rich knowledge of the land’s history. Come join your TAPS family on this unique adventure. This trip is being put together through a partnership with REI. See more detailed information about this trip
How much does it cost?
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, TAPS will cover the cost of the trip, including food and lodging once you arrive at the REI host hotel, with the exception of airfare.
Do I need to plan my own transportation and lodging?
You will need to plan and cover the cost of your transportation to and from Tennessee. The closest airport is McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS).
How do I apply?
If you want to join the Smoky Mountains Expedition, please fill out this survey, and the TAPS Expeditions team will contact you shortly to discuss the next steps.
I have no outdoor sports experience. Can I still go?
Yes! If this adventure excites you, we encourage you to fill out this survey. The TAPS Expeditions team will make sure you are prepared and well informed of the nature of this trip.
I have more questions. Who can I talk to?
Please fill out survey, and the TAPS Expeditions team will contact you shortly.