Start your Chapman University experience with a three-day expedition to the wilderness! Make new friends, challenge yourself, and explore some of the most beautiful areas in California. Through this unique collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles’s (UCLA) Recreation Outdoor Adventures program, students can chose between 3 separate excursions:
Wilderness Treks — August 15-19
»First Year Wilderness Treks
Trek Dates: August 15–19, 2013
Application: Registration begins June 3rd and will remain open until all spaces are filled.
Cost: The fee for each trip is $435 per person. Spaces will be filled in the order applications are received.
Description: A maximum of 30 students (3 groups of 10) will participate. Guides from Chapman and UCLA will serve as mentors and teachers throughout the entire experience. On Thursday, August 15 students can check-in to the residence halls between 8:30-9:30 a.m. The entire group will leave the Chapman campus around 12:00 p.m. and take a bus to the UCLA Sunset Recreation Center. A boxed lunch will be provided on the bus. Upon arrival, students will participate in a 4 hour (challenge by choice) ropes course. The day will conclude with a few camp activities and trip preparation, as well as a dinner they will make together. Participants will camp at UCLA and depart to their individual locations the next morning. After three days of exploring California students will return to UCLA and depart back to Chapman at 9:00 p.m. Monday, Aug 19. Just in time for Orientation to begin the next day.
+-A few important details to note:
Cost: The fee for each trip is $435 per person. Spaces will be filled in the order applications are received. Once registered and selected for the First Year Wilderness Treks program, staff in the Office of Orientation and First Year Programs will contact participants with further direction regarding the electronic deposit of $200. The remaining amount will be collected when students arrive on-campus in August.
Included in Cost: Transportation, a backpack to use throughout the excursion, camp fees, permit and park entrance fees, group gear such as tents, stoves, etc., experienced guides, and all meals except dinners on the road.
Dietary Need and Allergies: The guides will be in contact with each participant at least a week before the trip. They’ll ask about any dietary concerns at that time and will fully accommodate when planning menus.
Guides: Each trip will consist of 3 UCLA guides and 1 Chapman University Student Leader. The Chapman Student Leader will provide the support and University knowledge helpful toward making a smooth transition into college life. The UCLA guides are students who are part of the UCLA Outdoor Leadership Program. They have acquired a high level of experience through intensive training trips in a variety of outdoor skills (including a 10 day backpacking and trip), by guiding numerous trips throughout the year in all seasons, and by becoming certified Wilderness First Responders (an 80 hour program).
Gear: Each participant will be provided with a backpack. There will be opportunities to rent sleeping bags, ground pads, and headlamps if needed. More details to come soon. A list of what to bring for each trip is included in the trip descriptions
Worried about limited experience with hiking, backpacking or kayaking: The trips are suitable for all skill levels. They are a great way to experience the outdoors for the first time in a friendly environment. Our guides are also comfortable adjusting their trips at any point to suit the skill levels and needs of participants. A positive attitude, willingness to try new things is of course also important.
In order to get the most of your trip, it is important to be in relatively good physical condition. Get out there and bike, swim, hike, or whatever it takes this summer to make sure you’re prepared!
Weather Conditions: Weather conditions for Yosemite and Sequoia and the Eastern Sierras: At lower elevation, expect summer highs in the 90s and lows in the 50s. The days will be cooler as we gain elevation. Afternoon thunder showers are frequent. Night temperatures can drop to the low 40s in extreme conditions.
Weather conditions for Big Sur: During the summer, Big Sur typically has highs in the 80s and lows in the 40s. Night temperatures can drop to the low 40s in extreme conditions.