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» First Year Wilderness Treks

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:

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Program Overview

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 20 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 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 four days of exploring California students will return to UCLA and depart back to Chapman; arriving around 9:00 p.m. Monday, Aug 24.  Just in time for Orientation to begin the next day.  

Register now for a Wilderness Trek

A few important details to note:

Cost: The fee for each trip to be determined, Spring 2015. 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 for the full amount.  

Included in Cost: Transportation, 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: 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.

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Jamie Gutierrez
(714) 997-6961