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+-Backpack Yosemite

Backpack YsemitePay homage to John Muir, the most important naturalist in California history, on this world-famous backpacking adventure. We'll discover the small treasures as well as the monumental wonders of Yosemite through the conscientious perspective of a backcountry traveler. We'll spend the first night in a front-country campsite with time to stare in awe at the waterfalls and towering granite faces of Yosemite Valley. Then we'll leave the summer crowds and hit the trail for three days filled with the joys of backcountry travel: wildflowers, streams, alpine lakes, and views of the park seldom witnessed by most visitors. This trip is a great opportunity to learn basic backpacking skills, backcountry navigation, Leave No Trace ethics, backcountry cooking, and important Californian history.

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+-Kayak and Hike the High Sierras

kayak and hike the High SierrasPaddle among the curious and beautiful limestone tufas of Mono Lake, then hike through some of the most exquisite glacial valleys of the Eastern Sierras. This trip combines an exciting variety of activities and landscapes. We'll start the trip by driving up highway 395 which separates the Sierra Nevadas from Death Valley National Park and exhibits some of California's most extraordinary geology. Day two will begin with a kayaking trip on Mono Lake led by a local guide knowledgeable in the areas natural and human history. If time permits, we'll drive up to Tuolumne Meadows in the afternoon. We'll head over to Rock Creek on day three for a day-long hike to the top of Mono Pass. Prepare for unbelievable views of pristine, lake-filled alpine valleys. The drive home on day four will involve stops to soak in natural hot springs and to uncover many more of the area's quirky features.

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+-Backpack Big Sur

Backpack big SurHike through the breathtaking and diverse coastal landscapes of Big Sur! This trip begins with one of the most beautiful drives in California, up the Big Sur coast, with opportunities to stop along the way and admire an elephant seal colony, redwood groves, and the famous McWay falls. We'll spend our first starlit night at a front-country campsite enjoying campfire activities and learning useful backpacking skills. The next three days will be spent hiking through the mountains of the Ventana Wilderness, high up on the Big Sur river, through sycamore, manzanita and conifer forests, to Sykes Hot Springs. There, we'll soak in mind-centering pools of earth-heated mineral water, the best way to balance the physical challenges of backpacking. This trip is a great opportunity to learn basic backpacking skills, backcountry navigation, Leave No Trace ethics, backcountry cooking, and much more. 

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    Kelli Sattler
    Associate Director for Student Affair, First Year Programs
    714-997-6961
    sattler@chapman.edu

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