Recreation

First-Year Adventures

UWild Adventures  X  First Year Programs

Welcome, First-Year students!

In collaboration with First Year Programs, UWild (pronounced U-Wild) hosts a number of adventures for incoming University of Washington students.

Who participates in First-Year Adventures?

These trips are ideal for the incoming student looking to meet others with an adventuresome spirit, learn a new skill, or apply skills in a new area, all while experiencing the amazing wilderness areas around our beautiful state.

Inclusion is at the core of our mission and values. We want all students to have the opportunity to experience Washington’s wild and beautiful spaces. UWild offers a limited number of partial and full scholarships. Please contact Matt Jensen at mcjensen@uw.edu for more details.

Who Leads First Year Adventures?

Most trips are led by fellow UW students trained in wilderness education. These educators will guide you through the development of outdoor skills, provide insights on their experience as a UW student and introduce campus resources.

Schedule of  Adventures

UWild’s First Year Adventures align with summer A&O sessions. We design these adventures to provide flexibility for participation either before or after an A&O session.

Where do Trips Start and End?

Your trip starts at the best spot on campus, the Waterfront Activites Center, the home of UWild Adventures. Located just east of Husky Stadium, and just a few steps away from the University of Washington Station. The first overnight is in the building, we pack, go over logistics, make grocery store runs, etc. There are locker rooms for you to store stuff that won’t go on the trip. Upon completion of the trip, we will end back at the building. Pick up is easy as there is plenty of parking, light rail to the airport, or we can drop folks off around the U District.


2018 Trips

Backpacking

Olympic National Park – High Divide Trail

Experience a little bit of everything – views of the Mount Olympus, walking through old growth forest, and dip your toes in high alpine lakes. Over the three days, you will carry all your possessions, climbing to great heights and outstanding views. This hike is 19 miles, is considered moderate to strenuous and would be an ideal trip for someone with regular mountain hiking experience but no backpacking experience is needed.Your leaders will teach you the basic skills of packing a pack, cooking on a backpacking stove, and setting up a backcountry camp.

Transportation, meals, and all group gear (backpacks, shelters, cookware, etc) will be provided. Individual gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, clothing, footwear) must be provided by participants. Some individual gear can be rented from the UWild’s Gear Garage Rental Center. Please see packing list for more details.

Trip Dates: July 26-29
Cost: $300
Details, Itinerary, and Trip Policies: High Divide Trip Packet   Packing List: High Divide Packing List

 

North Cascades National Park – Hannegan Pass Trail to Copper Ridge

This three-day, two-night, backpacking trip is a great introduction to backpacking and the high alpine trails of Washington State. We will hike into Boundary Camp setting up a base there. The next day will day hike up Copper Ridge crossing through subalpine meadows with an opportunity to dip our toes in high alpine lakes before heading back to camp. If you have ever wondered what backpacking is like this is the trip and the venue to start that experience.

No backpacking is necessary for this trip. Moderate physical fitness is strongly encouraged as we will start at altitude and gain thousands of feet per day. Transportation, meals, and all group gear (backpacks, shelters, cookware, etc) will be provided. Individual gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, clothing, footwear) must be provided by participants. Some individual gear can be rented from the UWild’s Gear Garage Rental Center. Please see packing list for more details.

Trip Dates: August 16-19
Cost: $300
Details, Itinerary, and Trip Policies: Hannegan Pass Trip Packet   Packing List: Hannegan Pass Packing List

 

North Cascades National Park – Chilliwack River Trail to Whatcom Pass

If big days on the trail is your thing, this trip is for you. Our most strenuous backpacking trip is rewarded with unreal scenery and views of Whatcom Pass. The Chilliwack Trail offers up the best traits of the North Cascades, old growth forests, cool river trails, and rocky alpine vistas. This trip starts at Hannegan pass climbs then drops down the Chiliwack River valley. The first night we set up camp at U.S. Cabin Campground along the Chiliwack. From there we will climb up to Whatcom Pass which provides for stunning views of the park and neighboring Mt. Baker Wilderness.

Transportation, meals, and all group gear (backpacks, shelters, cookware, etc) will be provided. Individual gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, clothing, footwear) must be provided by participants. Some individual gear can be rented from the UWild’s Gear Garage Rental Center. Please see packing list for more details.

Trip Dates: August 23-28
Cost: $450
Details, Itinerary, and Trip Policies: Whatcom Pass Trip Packet   Packing List: Whatcom Pass Packing List

Climbing & Mountaineering

Mt. Baker Climb – Easton Glacier

Mount Baker is the third highest mountain in Washington State. On this exhilarating trip, you will learn the skills necessary to safely travel as a group on the glaciers. This includes using an ice ax, knots and hitches, and crampons. If weather allows, a summit attempt will be made!

This trip is ideal for those with little to no mountaineering experience, but backpacking experience is helpful. Mountaineering is strenuous and challenging, strong physical fitness is helpful. Transportation, meals, and all group gear (mountaineering equipment, backpacks, shelters, cookware, etc) will be provided. Individual gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, clothing, footwear) must be provided by participants. Some individual gear can be rented from the UWild’s Gear Garage Rental Center. Please see packing list for more details.

Trip Dates: August 7-11
Cost: $500
Details, Itinerary, and Trip Policies: Announced Soon

Sea to Sky – Deception Pass and Mt. Erie Rock Climbing

A three-day camp and climb trip to Washington State’s most picturesque rock climbing destination, Mount Erie. With 360 degree views of mountains and the coast, climbing at Mount Erie puts you in a spectacular position and will be a memorable experience. This trip is ideal for both those with no previous rock climbing experience and those who have some prior experience. You will learn the basic climbing skills including knots and top rope belaying. We will be car camping at a nearby state park and drive to the rock climbing site each day. You can expect to hike .5 to 2 miles per day on trails that can be uneven and muddy. Climbing will begin on easy and moderate terrain and will progress depending on the group.

Transportation, meals, and all group gear (shelters, cookware, etc) will be provided. Individual gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, clothing, footwear) must be provided by participants. Some individual gear can be rented from the UWild’s Gear Garage Rental Center. Please see packing list for more details.

Trip Dates: August 21-24
Cost: $250
Details, Itinerary, and Trip Policies: Sea to Sky Trip Packet   Packing List: Sea to Sky Packing List

Sea Kayaking Trips

San Juan Islands – Friday Harbor Laboratory

Explore the iconic San Juan Islands by kayak and tour one of UW’s remote campuses Friday Harbor Labs. Start the trip with a ferry ride to Friday Harbor and spend the day touring the iconic Friday Harbor Lab campus. Here UW student engages in research in Oceanography and Marine Biology.

We will sea kayak to remote islands only accessible by boat. Your group will also have the opportunity of touring UW’s Friday Harbor Labs, which houses UW’s premier marine research! This trip is wonderful for active participants who may not have sea kayaking experience.

Transportation, meals, and all group gear (kayaks, shelters, cookware, etc) will be provided. Individual gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, clothing, footwear) must be provided by participants. Some individual gear can be rented from the UWild’s Gear Garage Rental Center. Please see packing list for more details.

Trip Dates: September 6 – 12
Cost: $450
Details, Itinerary, and Trip Policies: Announced Soon

To Register:

Register Here

*The above form does not guarantee entry into the program you are interested in, we take registration requests on a first come first serve basis.  Please wait for a UWild staff member to contact you with your status and payment information.  We cannot accept registration and payment online like the rest of our programs due to the fact that incoming Freshmen are not currently on campus with an active membership to our facilities.
To Connect With A UWild Staff Member

Matt Jensen, mcjensen@uw.edu or 206.616.2083