First Ascent ADVENTURE


2014 First Ascent ADVENTURE Dates:
July 11-16th
August 8-13th

First Ascent ADVENTURE is a small group (6-12 people) outdoor activity sampler. Each day, you'll participate in a different activity, covering the best that the area has to offer. The following activities are included: Whitewater Rafting, Rock Climbing, Swimming Hole Hike, Lake Canoe Trip, and a Peak Ascent of one of the tallest mountains in the East. This trip is run road trip style, you'll leave campus on the first day and camp each day in tents at a different Forest Service Campground or designated road side camping spot, offering a few showers during the 6 day trip. For each day's trip, you just bring what you need for the day and leave the rest in the van.


  • Explore different areas and outdoor adventure activities surrounding WCU - EXPLORE
  • Develop a sense of community among trip participants - CONNECT
  • Foster a sense of what it means to be a Catamount - SCHOOL PRIDE
  • Learn and practice leadership skills - LEADERSHIP
  • Learn strategies for success when being immersed in new environments (outdoors as a metaphor for college life) - LEARN

Trip Staff:
This trip is lead by a team of of the most experienced student staff of Base Camp Cullowhee. These professional staff have gone through a rigorous training regimen including wilderness emergency medicine, training trips, and apprenticeship to qualify to work these trips. Many of them are former First Ascent participants themselves. In addition to the staff that accompany the entire trip, many days are also visited by additional staff to help with the technical aspects of some trips.

$255 - Early Registration, $275 - Late Registration
July 11-16: Early Registration Ends June 20th, Final Registration Ends July 4th
August 8-13: Early Registration Ends July 18th, Final Registration Ends August 1nd.
          *Minimum enrollment is 6 people per trip, Maximum of 12 per group.         
          **Cancellation Policy: There are no full refunds once registered. %50 of your registration fee is refundable if you cancel before 2 weeks before your trip. Within 2 weeks of the trip, no refund will be issued.

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Sample Schedule: *May change depending on weather or other local conditions
Day 1 - Arrive on campus (am), welcome lunch, gear and food issue, go over expectations, set goals, etc. Pack the van and transport to first campsite.
Day 2 - Whitewater Rafting on the Nantahala River, 9miles of class II-III whitewater, camp nearby
Day 3 - Canoe across Bear Lake to the headwaters waterfall, ample opportunity for swimming, drive to trailhead for following day, camp
Day 4 - Swimming Hole Hike, pack lunch in your day backpack and hike into our favorite swimming holes for lunch and a chilly dip, camp at Forest Service Campground
Day 5 - Rock Climbing, load climbing gear into your day backpack and hike a short distance to a remote rock climbing location, camp at trailhead
Day 6 - Peak Ascent, lace up your hiking boots for a challenging 3 mile ascent of one of the tallest mountains in the East. The view is worth it! Return to campus, clean gear and depart.


What experience do I need?
None, your instructors will teach and provide you with the skills to make "life in the woods" fun. No worries. Already have experience? Excellent, share you knowledge with others and learn a few new tricks from Base Camp's super-experienced backcountry gurus.


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