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Outdoor Orientation Trips

August 11-15, 2014

Multi-Sport Adventure

Hike, rock climb, raft, explore, return to camp, and repeat. The southern slope of the Uinta Mountains is home to Dinosaur National Monument, Split Mountain, and the Green River. This trip will explore them all from a basecamp inside the monument. Participants will be "car camping" in a central location for the duration of the trip. Rock climbing will accommodate all levels - no experience necessary! Whitewater rafting will be through Split Mountain Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument. **This is the only trip that can accommodate students who need to return to campus for Honors or Scholars Orientations.

Packrafting Expedition
Backpack and paddle all in one unique expedition-style trip. Packrafts are small inflatable 1-person boats weighing in at just under 5lbs and they allow for some spectacular wilderness travel. On this trip, participants are likely to backpack 5-8 miles on hiking days and paddle 10-15 miles on paddling days. Participants should be prepared for hiking, paddling, and camping above 8,000ft, carrying backpacks weighing ~40lbs, alpine & desert environments, and stunning scenery. Westminster was the first college in the lower 48 states to start a packrafting program!

Alpine Backpacking
Trek through the beautiful alpine terrain of the Uinta Mountains. The Uintas are home to the highest terrain in Utah, including King's Peak which stands at 13,527ft. The Uintas offer ample opportunities to see wildlife, try your hand flyfishing, and spend time above treeline. Participants are likely to backpack 5-10 miles per day and occasionally experience significant elevation gains. Participants should also be prepared to carry a backpack weighing ~35lbs and hike & camp at altitudes above 8,000ft.

Registration will open May 1st.