EA Adventures

Program Contact: Seth Wendzel, Experiential Education Coordinator
509-667-6540 • seth.wendzel@wsu.edu

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Types of Trips

  • Backpacking: Spring through Fall, Washington Cascades
  • Sailing: Year Round, San Juan Islands, WA
  • Rafting: Spring through Summer, Deschutes River, OR
  • Winter: November through March, Washington Cascades
  • Seasonal: April through September, Washington Cascades

NOTE: You will be notified before each adventure of the rendezvous point prior to departure.  Transportation to that point will be the responsibility of the participant.

NOTE: All 4-H programs and activities are Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Free events. Failure to comply may result in termination of event or removal of the individual from the activity and notification of parents and appropriate authorities.

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Backpacking

Get outside and explore the natural wonders of the amazing wilderness areas we have here in the Cascade Mountain Range by trail and foot. While hiking this back-country you will marvel at the incredible scenery including alpine meadows and crystal clear pristine lakes. Our feet may be tired at the end of the day, but the rewards come from discovering in ourselves and our natural world, things we did not know were there before.

P1010396 (Medium)On day one we will arrive at a local campground where you will meet your fellow hikers and awesome 4-H instructors. We will go through all the necessary pre-trip logistics, issuing individual and group equipment and covering any other last minute trip details. The next morning we depart for the trailhead where we will shoulder our loaded packs and begin our journey. Along the way, your experienced 4-H facilitators and wilderness guides will teach you how to adjust your backpack, use proper trail etiquette, practice Leave No Trace principles, personal and group safety, wilderness travel, and navigation skills, all while viewing stunning picturesque scenery and mountain wildlife. Participants will be challenged to hike several miles per day to pre-planned destinations with full packs that contain all the necessities for camping, eating and living out of doors for the duration of our trip. When we arrive at our camp each night, everyone will pitch in setting up camp, cooking yummy food and enjoying our evening circle and reflections on the day.

Each trip will have a specific itinerary prepared and mapped out by our highly trained and qualified Instructors who will be guiding the participants throughout their journey. Actual trip locations and itineraries are dependent on the weather and other related conditions and issues outside our control including changing trail conditions, winter snow pack, US Forest Service permit availability and should be available approximately a week prior to the specific trip. The average distance of the planned itineraries is 15-20 miles for a 3-4 day trip. Participant packs will weigh between 40-60 pounds and contain their personal gear, water and a portion of the group food and equipment. Participants are encouraged to be aware of and prepared for the physical component of these trips.

Sailing

Our group of adventurers will come together either Friday evening or Saturday morning at (a location to be identified) on Whidbey Island. We will spend some time getting to know one another and sharing some basic information about the Cutty Sark and our adventure ahead. While on board, you are the crew and will learn to sail this magnificent vessel, navigate using both ancient and modern technology and gain an appreciation for life on the “High Seas”.

P1010356 (Medium)Our adventure begins as we catch the “Slack Tide” through Deception Pass. From here we will travel North through the San Juan Islands to our destination at one of the many uninhabited islands dotting this inland passageway.

Here we will set anchor and disembark the ship to settle our sea legs back on solid ground. We will make camp for the evening, prepare our evening meal, and enjoy some personal “free” time to relax, walk on the beach and explore the island. As the sun begins to set we will stoke the campfire as we listen to our Captain share amazing stories of life and times on the high seas guaranteed to keep us all on the edge of our seats and yearning for more.

After a hearty breakfast the next morning we will break camp and return to the ship continuing on our journey for extended trips or for two-day trips, sail back to the dock at Cornet Bay returning home to family and friends with many of your own stories to share.

Winter survival/Snow shoe/XC skiing

The journey into our “High Camp” will begin by travel on a Sno-Cat, snowmobile or ski’s (depending upon conditions and final site locations). When we arrive we will enjoy an action packed fun-filled day in fresh “High Mountain” snow in the most beautiful winter paradise the Northwest has to offer. That evening, we will gather in our rustic cabins for more activities, a hearty “Family Style” dinner and taking some time to get to know one another and sharing our experiences and stories around the fire.

Mission Ridge MTAC Feb 2012 009 (Medium)Sunday brings more adventure as we put on snowshoes and head out to explore animal tracks and local winter ecology. Experience what stories are being told by the tracks left behind by local wildlife and learn how to read and interpret track and trails with our experienced guides and naturalists. As you head back down the mountain to family and friends just think of the stories you will have to share about “Surviving” your winter experience.

This is an all inclusive journey that travels through some of the best whitewater in the Northwest. We have partnered with Orion Expeditions to help provide an amazing, adventurous whitewater trip! We will travel 40-50 miles down the Deschutes River in Central Oregon, through class 3 whitewater, just as the first explorers did. We will camp along the river each evening where participants will help with camp set-up and cooking dinner. Participants will learn river reading and boat captaining skills, have opportunities to explore the rugged high desert environment, and share stories around the campfire at night.

Transportation along with all meals, rafting and camping equipment, and wetsuits are provided at no charge. You will be notified of a transportation pickup point to join us as we begin our journey with exact times and meeting locations to follow. We will travel to Mecca, Oregon on Day #1 where we will get to know one another, meet our trip guides and instructors and set camp for the evening. We will put our rafts into the river the following morning and be on the river until either Friday or Saturday getting off the river at Sandy Beach just outside the town of Maupin. After cleaning and stowing our equipment one last time, saying goodbyes and packing the vans we will all return home with memories and stories to share

Rafting

This is an all inclusive journey that travels through some of the best whitewater in the Northwest. We have partnered with Orion Expeditions to help provide an amazing, adventurous whitewater trip! We will travel 40-50 miles down the Deschutes deschutes river 2011 005 (Medium)River in Central Oregon, through class 3 whitewater, just as the first explorers did. We will camp along the river each evening where participants will help with camp set-up and cooking dinner. Participants will learn river reading and boat captaining skills, have opportunities to explore the rugged high desert environment, and share stories around the campfire at night.

Transportation along with all meals, rafting and camping equipment, and wetsuits are provided at no charge. You will be notified of a transportation pickup point to join us as we begin our journey with exact times and meeting locations to follow. We will travel to Mecca, Oregon on Day #1 where we will get to know one another, meet our trip guides and instructors and set camp for the evening. We will put our rafts into the river the following morning and be on the river until either Friday or Saturday getting off the river at Sandy Beach just outside the town of Maupin. After cleaning and stowing our equipment one last time, saying goodbyes and packing the vans we will all return home with memories and stories to share

Seasonal Adventures

We offer a wide range of specialized and seasonal adventures. Head over to our Schedule page for more information on planned trips: rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountaineering, mountain biking and winter excursions on skis and snowshoes.

Have a group or club that wants to go on an adventure? We are interested in offering trips tailored for your group. We work with families, teens and groups from schools, 4-H clubs, scouts or churches.

We provide custom experiences for businesses, community and other adult groups. Whether it is just getting outdoors to enjoy the beauty all around us, or as part of your training program, we can help you achieve your goals.

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Contact Us

We welcome inquiries about special group rates and other adventure offerings.

Kevin Powers
kcpowers@wsu.edu
400 Washington St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 667-6540 wk
(509) 667-6561 fax

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