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  • FAQ

    Q: When do I arrive?
    A:  Participants who choose sign up for the backpacking, canoeing, kayaking or rock climbing trips can move into your residence hall room on  Sunday, August 24, 2014 . Typically most students arrive with everything and move into their room, other students come with just what they need for the trip and family comes the following weekend with the rest of the student's belongings.

    Q: Where do we stay when we are on campus?
    A:  You'll be staying in your residence hall room that was assigned to you for the year.

    Q: What if I have never been camping, climbing or kayaking before?
    A:  Don't worry, many of the participants have never been camping before and students discover that they really enjoy camping as a group. On the trip your leaders will teach you all the basic skills you will need to be comfortable.

    Q: When can I move in to my room?
    A:  Participants can move in on  Sunday, August 24, 2014.  You'll need to report to the residence hall you were assigned to pick up your key. You can move your belongings into your room.

    Q: What kind of shape do I need to be in?
    A:  We have a variety of trips at many different levels of fitness. We will attempt to place you in the most appropriate trip for you based on the information in your application form. We encourage everyone to engage in some type of regular physical activity in preparation for the trip.

    Q: What type of equipment do I need to bring?
    A:  We provide all the necessary group gear, ie tents, boats, stoves, pots pans, water purifiers, etc.   You are responsible for your own personal gear, ie clothing, personal hygiene, sleeping bag, backpack etc.  A complete list can be found on our gear packing page.  The Outdoor Connection  does have a limited number of sleeping bags and backpacks available for rent.

    Q: Do I need any special equipment?
    A:  You'll need to provide your own sleeping bag, appropriate clothing and we will provide all the group camping equipment. The Outdoor Connection does have a limited number of sleeping bags and pads for rent but not enough for everyone. Both can be reserved on a first come first serve basis and are only $10.

    Q: I signed up but I haven't been contacted yet?
    A:  If it has been more than a week since you have signed up please contact adventure@uwlax.edu. Your e-mail's spam filter may have blocked it or it could have been placed in your junk mail file.

    Q: What forms do I need to complete before the program starts?
    A:   The following forms are provided below.

    Challenge course waiver

    Excursion waiver

    Statement of health form