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Your expeditions will be structured to require the group to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results. After presenting the necessary skills, our Instructors step back and allow the group to take ownership over their trip and learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes. The group must rely on one another; forcing leaders to emerge, individuals to collaborate, and participants to gain a greater understanding of themselves and others. Our Instructors are not guides, but fellow students who are passionate about sharing their experience, and trained to teach essential technical skills, ensure physical and emotional safety, and facilitate the learning process.
There is no previous experience required to participate in our programs, however, wilderness travel is physically demanding by nature. Each trip is different depending on the fitness level of the participants and the unpredictable weather conditions. The group helps plan their route at the pre-trip meeting, taking into account the individual fitness levels of all participants. Typically, kayaking trips paddle 4-5 hours per day and backpacking trips cover about 10 miles per day with packs weighing 30-45 lbs. Day hiking trips cover 5-7 miles and rock climbing trips allow the most flexibility in terms of exertion level (everyone selects the level of difficulty and number of climbs they complete). Trips are designated E - EASY, M - MODERATE, or S - STRENUOUS dependinog on activity level and potential for challenging weather conditions.
There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting the week of each trip. At the pre-trip meeting, we plan our route, pack our food, prepare our gear for the trip and decide our departure and return times. All food, transportation and equipment are included; participants just provide their personal clothing. Pre-trip meetings for day trips last about one hour and overnight trip meetins last about an hour and a half.
Registering for a Trip
To register, go to the Campus Recreation Office located in 101 Student Recreation Center. The fee includes transportation, food, and equipment. You can pay with cash or your One Card. To check for available spaces call 843-7529. Registration for expedition trips opens on the first day of class each semester.
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Spring 2014 Trips & Expeditions
Please check back for more information on upcoming spring expeditions!
*The fee includes transportation, food and equipment.
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