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Wilderness Orientation Fall 2018


Dates & Times

  • Program Begins: Wednesday August 15th, 1:00 pm
  • Program Ends: Sunday August 20th, dinner

Cost: $100

Covers: food, transportation, instruction, group equipment, and any needed personal gear (sleeping bag, backpack, headlamp, and sleeping pad).


Why Wilderness Orientation?

  • Explore the lakes, mountains, and majestic wonders the Sierra Nevada backcountry wilderness has to offer.
  • Form new friendships and discuss your hopes and fears about college life.
  • Learn skills in backcountry travel, community living, and the ethics of Leave No Trace.
  • Challenge yourself and enjoy an exciting adventure!


What’s It Like?

While Wilderness Orientation does not require backpacking experience, participants need to be fit and have a positive attitude. Over the course of their journey, students should expect to hike approximately 5 miles per day with a backpack filled with personal and group items at elevations ranging from 6,000-10,000 feet. Students will have the opportunity to visit alpine lakes, learn from backcountry rangers, and participate in a field service project.


Trip Leaders

Our trip leaders are a dedicated group of experienced outdoor enthusiasts who know the Tahoe backcountry. SNC Outdoor Adventure leaders take great pride in providing a meaningful experience for their participants. Through training in navigation, First Aid, risk management, group dynamics and leadership, our leaders are able to present an enjoyable journey for the group.



All group equipment (tents, stoves, cooking gear, and maps) is provided by SNC. Students are encouraged to utilize their own personal equipment (sleeping bag, backpack, headlamp, and sleeping pad), but any items below in bold that are needed can be checked out from the college at the beginning of the trip.

Personal Items:

  • Rain Jacket
  • Warm Jacket
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm Gloves
  • Long Underwear Tops and Bottoms
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes/Boots
  • Two Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Two Short Sleeve Shirts
  • Two Pairs of Shorts
  • One Pair of Pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Five Pairs of Socks
  • Sun Hat
  • Two 32oz Water Bottles
  • Sun Screen
  • Lip Balm & Toiletries (packed in a Ziploc bag to hide the smell and for easy storage in a bear canister)
  • Mug
  • Cup
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Backpack*
  • 20 Degree Sleeping Bag*
  • Sleeping Pad*
  • Tent*
  • Headlamp*

Wool, fleece, polypropylene, or other synthetic materials are preferable over cotton garments.

All of these items should be brought to the trip meeting in your backpack or packed into an identifiable medium-sized duffle bag.