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 11, before their trip departs. Local trips are $495. White Water Rafting in UTAH is $725. We will celebrate with all 100+ participants and instructors at a closing BBQ!
Financial assistance is available through the WBO Scholarship.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
Please feel free to contact us with your questions:
WBO Office 970.943.2290 or Director Christie Hicks 970.943.7107