First Ascent Program
First Ascent Program
First Ascent is a WCU Orientation Program created to offer unique outdoor adventures specifically for incoming students. It's the perfect way to start your climb at WCU!
  • Explore the Mountains around WCU
  • Get a head start on making connections with other students with similar interests
  • Challenge yourself to do more than you ever thought possible
  • Do something completely different, 180 degrees from normal
  • Create memories that will last a lifetime

Choose from:
First Ascent RAFTING
First Ascent WILDERNESS 
First Ascent ADVENTURE

First Ascent RAFTING
Afternoon whitewater rafting trip that takes place the day before your regular on-campus summer orientation session. The perfect quick splash for those on a tight schedule or who want to sample a single outdoor recreation activity. More info HERE

July 11-16th or August 8-13th, 2014
An extended 6day backpacking and rock climbing trip for the aspiring wilderness explorer. Far away from all civilization, live out of your backpack for 6 days, carrying everything with you from camp to camp. Along the way, you will experience breathtaking mountain views, dip your feet in the sweetest backcountry swimming holes, and spend a day rock climbing near one of your camps. FA Wilderness is the best option for getting away from it all and creating a tight community with your fellow participants. More info HERE

First Ascent ADVENTURE
July 11-16th or August 8-13th, 2014
A 6day outdoor adventure sampler. You'll spend a day each of the following activities: Whitewater Rafting, Rock Climbing, Swimming Hole Hike, Lake Canoe Trip, and a peak ascent hike of one of the tallest mountains in the East. Each night you'll camp in tents near the van at road side campsites or commercial campgrounds, offering at least one shower during the trip. FA Adventure is the best option for an introduction to multiple activities and more of a day trip experience. More info HERE

Visit our information table at the regular on-campus orientation!


Introducing a First Ascent Program for students entering WCU in January - FIRST TRACKS

First Tracks is a WCU Orientation Program created to offer unique, diverse experiences specifically for students beginning in the spring semester. It's the perfect way to start your climb at WCU!

Discover what it means to be a CatamountExperience outdoor adventureConnect with other incoming studentsParticipate in service-based activitiesDiscover the surrounding communityMove in earlyHAVE FUN!

2015 dates TBD - January ???
Price: $125.00
A 3 day experience, First Tracks will present students the opportunity to learn about their peers, their new community, and their selves through challenging activities, thoughtful conversation, and the opportunity to serve the community. A detailed itinerary is coming soon, but the program includes a night ski trip to Cataloochee Ski Resort located 45 minutes from the WCU campus (lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental, and an optional lesson included).

Participants will be able to move into their residence halls the morning of January 6, and will have the opportunity to assist in campus wide freshman move in on January 9. All food, lodging, transportation, and activities are included in the price.



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