First Ascent FAQ

Q: How do I sign up or pay for any of the trips?
A: All registration information can be found HERE

Q: Where do I meet for the Rafting Trip?
A: When you arrive on campus, sign in at Scott Hall lobby between 11am-noon. At Scott Hall, look for the Base Camp Cullowhee / Orientation booth, we'll take care of you from there. More details about the check-in process and what to wear on the raft trip: Raft Trip Information Sheet (PDF)

Q: What if I have never been rafting, camping, backpacking, or climbing before?
A: Don't worry, many of the participants have never been done any of these outdoor adventures before.  On the trip, your leaders will teach you all the basic skills you will need to be comfortable and successful.

Q: What kind of shape do I need to be in?
A: You should be in good physical condition for all of the First Ascent options. The least physically demanding option is the First Ascent RAFTING trip. The most physically demanding option is the First Ascent WILDERNESS trip where you will be traveling 2-5 miles a day with 45lb backpacks in mountainous terrain. Contact Josh Whirmore ( at Base Camp if you have questions about the physical requirements of the program or concerns about pre-existing medical conditions.

Q: Do I need any special equipment for any of the trips?
A: For all of the First Ascent options, you'll need to provide your own clothing and footwear. Information and clothing lists for each trip is available on each trip webpage. Base Camp Cullowhee will provide all the specialized equipment for the specific activity and has camping equipment (backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, etc) for you to use free of charge.

More Questions? email Josh Whitmore ( at Base Camp Cullowhee


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