The outdoor program prepares the trip to the Grand Canyon – The Arbiter


On December 30, a group of students from Boise State will pack their bags for a five-day, four-night trip to the Grand Canyon.

According to Grace Beltramo, tour leader and staff member at the Recreation Center, the cost of the trip is $ 395. This includes transportation, food, equipment, backpacks, sleeping bags, and water filtration systems.

Jordan Frank, outdoor program coordinator, mentioned that students also pay for teaching chaperones.

“This trip, in particular, will have three trip counts on this side: knowledge base, risk management… and wilderness medicine,” Frank said.

All attendants are also trained in first aid.

Photo courtesy of Jordan Frank

On this trip, students will drive in groups from Boise, giving them time to bond with each other.

According to Frank, the group will stop in Moab, Utah for a day trip where they will explore Arches National Park. The day trip will help students prepare and familiarize themselves with the rest of the trip as they make their way to the Grand Canyon. This trip is about refining the group experience.

“We all work together, we are not really a guide service. We love to educate and we love to educate, ”Frank said. “We teach people how to cook, filter water and make decisions on a daily basis. It’s just part of the group process.

Carson Thompson, a senior computer science major, has signed up for every trip this semester hosted by Rec.

“I really love being in the world and seeing beautiful places, being there and participating[ing] walking through them with other people, ”said Thompson. “It’s a really nice experience to have some discomfort and to exercise physically. “

According to Thompson, the main thing he expects from this trip is the sense of community it will bring.

“It’s really nice to be in nature with other people and having to set up a camp and cook together. It’s really special, ”said Thompson.

Although this trip to the Grand Canyon does not have vacancies, students can register for future trips to myrec.boisestate.edu. The next extended trip available is to the California coast.

“Something we really enjoy about the outdoor program, no experience is necessary. It’s not just for outdoor enthusiasts already, ”said Frand. “We really want to educate and pass this information on. “


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