Trip Information

The Wilderness Project was founded on the philosophy that the natural environment provides a neutral space for facilitating life's transitions, for promoting personal growth, and for discussing pressing social issues. The program consists of a weeklong trip in the Ozarks, with the options of either backpacking or climbing. The trip is completely planned and led by Wash U students, from sophomores to seniors, and it is an amazing beginning for anybody's college journey.

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All participants should arrive to the Washington University campus on Thursday, August 16th, 2018, between 7am and 1pm (please do not arrive later than 1pm! If you have flight restrictions, don't hesitate to contact us and we can figure it out). After everyone arrives on campus, we will be heading out to Greensfelder State Park where we will camp for the night. The next day we will challenge ourselves on the ropes course (with trained facilitators) and do team building exercises with our trail groups. Backpackers will head to base camp for the night before hitting the trails the next day, and climbers will drive down to Arkansas. The climbers and the backpackers reunite for our final day together and relax with a float trip. We will return to campus on Thursday, August 23rd, at approximately 2pm. Please have what belongings you are moving into your dorm delivered on or after this date. Do not bring anything other than what is listed on your required gear list when you arrive on August 16th. Participants will not be moving into their dorms until August 23rd, so do not plan to move in before then!

Backpacking or Climbing! Which one will you choose?

Backpacking ... in the beautiful Ozarks

Our trail will be a portion of the Ozark Trail in southern Missouri, located within the beautiful Ozark Mountains. This entire trail has been developed by local organizations and currently contains over 200 miles of networked trail. The portion of the trail we hike goes up rocky ridges, through secluded forests, and across clear streams while maintaining an easy to moderate trail difficulty. Although you have to carry your gear and food, the trails are suitable for all skill levels. We will be on trail for 4 days, 3 nights. We challenge you to step outside of civilization and see some of the finest scenery Missouri has to offer and make memories that will last throughout your college career. For more information about the trails and maps of where we're headed, check out The Ozark Trail website!

Hiking in 2008!

Climbing in 2007!

Rock Climbing ... how high will you go?

After leaving Greensfelder, climbers will drive down to Jasper, Arkansas where they will set up camp at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (HCR) for the next four days. The ranch is nesseled in a canyon containing around 300 bolted sport routes and many more traditional routes and boulder problems. HCR is known for great climbing at all levels. You can see pictures of some climbs at their website.

How to Register
Please follow the three steps below to register for WP!

1 Apply

Applications are submitted through the First Year Center and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration starts Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 3:00 PM CST. Upon acceptance into our program, you'll receive an email confirmation! Click below to apply!

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2 Complete Forms

After registering and receiving our confirmation for WP, take a look at our online participant packet and sign the attached medical and policy forms.
They're required!

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3 Finish Up

You're almost there. First, see our Packing List to make sure you have everything that you need for our trip! Then, go to our Leader Profiles page and stalk your future leaders!

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