This three day/two night trip is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful redwood canyons of Big Basin State Park and still get to stay in tent cabins with wood stoves. With over 18,000 acres of old growth forest, 80 miles of trails and numerous waterfalls, this park has plenty to see. We’ll plan on some short day hikes the first day and then enjoy the jewel of the park on a full day hike following Berry Creek and its wondrous waterfalls. We’ll also do some nocturnal activities both on the trail and in camp. Students will learn about leave-no-trace ethics, map reading and local environmental topics.
- Mandatory: Pre-trip meeting
- Saturday: Meet group on campus at 10, Pack lunch, Drive to park, Set up camp, Short trail hike, Dinner: Exploratory night hike
- Sunday: Full day hike, Dinner, In camp nocturnal games
- Monday: Take down camp, Morning hike, Return to campus by 6pm
- Hiking Boots: make sure they are comfortable, sturdy, and broken-in. Good ankle support is critical.
- Sleeping bag: Synthetic. No cotton bags. Must be rated to 30° or colder. equipment into kayaks, Paddle to a boat-in beach campground to stay the next two evenings.
- Sleeping pad: Ensolite or Thermarest (closed-cell foam)
- Backpack 4,000 – 5,000 cubic inch capacity- internal frame preferred. (should fit all your personal gear with space for group gear and food)
- 2 one liter water bottles (Nalgenes, Sports Drink Bottles, etc.) If you choose to bring a camelback, that’s great but please still bring one water bottle as well.
- Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries, size AA or AAA.
- Small Mug/Cup, Bowl and Spoon (sturdy plastic Tupperware works great)
- Large heavy duty trash bag (compactor bags work best) or rain cover for your pack and gear
Clothing: Upper Body
- Long underwear top (synthetic/polypropylene)
- 2-3 t-shirts (non cotton preferred)
- Mid-weight fleece/wool shirt
- 1 heavy-weight fleece jacket/wool sweater (should be able to be worn over your mid-weight layer)
- 1 waterproof rain jacket (with hood)
Clothing: Lower Body
- 1 pair long underwear bottoms (synthetic/polypropylene)
- 3 pairs underwear
- 1 pair nylon shorts
- 1 pair fleece or wool pants for cold weather (no cotton sweat pants)
- 1 pair lightweight pants- nylon wind pants work great.
- 1 pair rain pants (waterproof layer)
- 2 pairs of wool or synthetic socks for hiking
- Optional: 1 pair Polypropylene thin liner socks (recommended for those who are new to hiking and not sure if they are fine without them – they help prevent blisters)
Personal Camping Gear
- In camp shoe: old sneakers work best — no flip flops please.
- Lightweight gloves (wool, polyester, or polypropylene).
- Sun hat (baseball cap or broad-brimmed hat).
- Warm hat (wool or fleece, not cotton).
- 1 extra medium stuff sack, for storing food.
- Personal hygiene items, toothbrush, toothpaste (travel size).
- 1 bandana or washcloth for personal hygiene use.
- Sunglasses (with retention strap), sunscreen and lip balm – sunscreen and lip balm should be at least SPF 30.
- Eyewear: Glasses (w/ hard protective case), extra contact lenses, contact solution (travel size), contact case.
- Extra supply of prescription medications (i.e. asthma inhalers)
- $20 cash for one meal and snacks on the road.
- Optional: 1 extra stuff sack.
- hacky-sack, playing cards, notebook/pen, camera (be aware, digital cameras do not handle water and sand well. If you would like to bring a camera, waterproof disposable cameras are the best for a trip like this)
- Separate small duffel labeled with your name and safely stored on campus until your return.
- Clean change of clothes.
- Any paperwork needed for move-in.
- Other toiletries needed upon return (medicines, shampoo, soap, lotion).
Please Do Not Bring
- Electronics: I-PODS, Cell Phones, CD Players, etc. (phones approved for use in car ride only
- Perfume / Cologne
- Other expensive items you would be upset to lose or have break.