Wilderness Based Orientation (WBO)

August 12-16, 2016

Registration opens June 1!!! Many new and exciting itineraries, including a Whitewater Rafting Trip in UTAH! 

Begin your college career at Western with an outdoor adventure! With WBO you will be part of a group of new students discovering what the great outdoors has to offer in the Colorado backcountry. Each WBO course is led by some of our finest students who will give you instruction on adventure activities and life in college.


The purpose of Wilderness Based Orientation (WBO) is to provide an opportunity for you to meet other new students and make meaningful connections, build friendships and get to know the incredible recreational opportunities that Gunnison has to offer before you begin your first semester here at Western.

All 2016 WBO trips are 5 days long. Participants may move into on campus housing Thursday, August 11th, before their trip departs. Local trips are $495. White Water Rafting in UTAH is $750. We will celebrate with all 100+ participants and instructors at a closing BBQ!

Financial assistance is available through the​ WBO Scholarship.

Rock Climbing

Take part in one of the most popular sports at Western- rock climbing. This course caters to the beginner and intermediate climber alike. Your trained instructors will take you through the basics of climbing equipment and technique to help you develop your skills. Experience first-hand the most beautiful places in the Gunnison Valley while having fun...and building new friendships!

 

 

 

 

Multi-Sport Adventure

Having trouble choosing just one course? Enjoy a sample of what WBO has to offer with this multi-sport adventure. This course will take you mountain biking on world renowned trails, hiking through majestic alpine vistas and Stand Up Paddle boarding narrow canyons.  You can do it all!

 

 

 

 

Backcountry Peak Bagging

The Gunnison Valley, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, is an ideal place to hike into a backcountry base camp and tackle some rocky peaks! This trip will teach you the essentials for a successful mountaineering trip including trip planning, scrambling, navigation, backpacking and some light alpine climbing. This fast-paced and rewarding course requires carrying a large backpack at high altitudes (12,000 feet plus). Expect to be physically challenged, learn new skills, and build an effective team.

 

Whitewater Kayaking 

Experience firsthand one of the fastest growing adventure sports—whitewater kayaking. Your instructors will guide you through the training process, equipping you with the essential expertise, techniques, and safety precautions necessary to venture down the rapids. Beginner and intermediate paddlers are welcome. Tackling the challenge of navigating the rivers of the Gunnison Valley will surely be a rewarding experience!  Register early - this trip is sure to fill and is limited to 8 participants.

 

 

Sea Kayaking

Explore Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado's largest body of water, touring atop the flat water in your personal sea kayak. Carry within the kayak all that you need to camp along the water's edge. This relaxing trip will be a great way to have a unique adventure, learn valuable skills, and spend quality time with your peers. Be prepared to paddle yourself several miles a day through the beautiful landscape.

 

Backpacking

Multiple WBO Backpackcing trips explore the high alpine lakes and peaks of the Gunnison area. Prepare to carry everything you need for 4 nights on your back as you walk through stunning vistas and relax by crystal clear lakes. 

 

 

 

Mountain Biking

In 2016, we will have a trip devoted exclusively to exploring the world famous Mountain Biking in both the Gunnison and Crested Butte areas. From desert-like sage brush to the renowned 401 trail, our instructors will show you all the best trails in the area. There will be plenty of time to also explore on foot, play games and maybe even go boating!

Alpine Climbing (Front Country)

While our Backcountry Peak Bagging trip covers some technical skills in the backcountry, this Alpine Climbing course covers more rope skills that will allow you to summit technical peaks as part of a team. Part rock climbing, part peak bagging, come prepared to challenge yourself mentally and physically. After learning and practicing skills on local crags, the team will make a plan and attempt a local, technical summit.

Whitewater Rafting in UTAH!!

While Gunnison is known for its proximity to world class rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, boating and more, most Western students will find themselves making regular pilgrimages to the nearby deserts of the Colorado Plateau. On this exciting trip, we will spend a day exploring the red rock deserts of Colorado before heading to the Utah boarder for a 4 day, 3 night rafting trip through Ruby Horsethief and Westwater Cayon. The river trip starts off with a few days of flat water, hiking, and geologic wonders while camping under starry skies under towering sandstone walls. Finally, we will enter the ancient inner gorge of Westwater Canyon. Here, we will tackle class III/IV whitewater in paddle rafts and oar boats- an adventure to remember (and possibly return to) for your entire college career! 


Please feel free to contact us with your questions:
WBO Office  970.943.7051 or Director Christie Hicks 970.943.7107

wp@western.edu