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Laguna Mountains Pre-Trip Powerpoint


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Laguna Mountains Pre-Trip Powerpoint

  1. 1. Laguna Mountains Pre-O Adventure August 28-30, 2013
  2. 2. Welcome to Pre-O Adventure! Can you believe that in a few short weeks you and 49 other incoming students will have the opportunity to get acquainted while camping in the Laguna Mountains! Get ready for a social outdoor experience. This will be an amazing way to meet new friends and start your journey at USD! To ensure that you are best prepared for our upcoming adventure we have included important information in a short presentation. After reviewing, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
  3. 3. Questions Answered  What can I look forward to?  What is the schedule?  What will I eat?  Where will I sleep?  What do I need to bring?  What skills and experience do I need?  What are Outdoor Adventures policies?  What will the weather be like?  What are the risks?
  4. 4. Adrenaline rush @ the high ropes course Some Highlights…
  5. 5. Hang out around a campfire
  6. 6. Get to know some AWESOME Student Leaders!
  7. 7. Large group activities in a beautiful, natural setting!
  8. 8. Itinerary  Day 1: Wednesday, August 28th  9:00AM- Check-in at Outdoor Adventures at and move into your residence hall.  12:30PM- Meet up with your guides. Learn the names of your new classmates and depart for our campsite in the mountains!  Day 2:  Today our large group splits up into many small groups as we set out on day hikes around the region.  We are back in camp for some afternoon activities.  Our group will provide the campfire entertainment after dinner.
  9. 9. Itinerary (Cont.)  Day 3:  Pack up camp in the morning and head over to a local summer camp for our high ropes experience.  Participate in the ropes course until lunch. After lunch we will will set off for our return to San Diego.  We will be back on campus to reunite with family by 5:00PM.
  10. 10. What about food?  All meals from dinner on day 1 through lunch on day 3 are included.  Meals are served buffet style. Lunch and dinner have meat options.  If you have any dietary preferences or restrictions, please let us know so that we can accommodate.
  11. 11. Where will I sleep?  We will provided two or four person tents.  There are vault toilets available at the campground.  There is a water faucet in the campground.  There are not any showers until you return to campus.
  12. 12. What do I need to bring?  Please refer to the detailed packing list that outlines what to bring.  OA provides tents and camping equipment. You are primarily responsible for personal clothing and items.  We will need to fit our stuff in a charter bus. Limit extra items.  A duffel bag works well to carry clothing. No suitcases please.  Some items are available to rent through Outdoor Adventures before 8/2/13. Please go to tion/
  13. 13. What is the weather like?  During August average temperatures are in the upper 80s during the day to 50s at night.  We will be camping at an elevation of 5,000 ft. You should expect: lots of exposure to the sun, possible afternoon storms and dry conditions. Our campsite is near the edge of Anza Borrego Desert State Park and warm, dry breezes are common along the hiking trails. We are hoping for perfect conditions, but preparing for the worst.  Please be sure to pack for hot and sunny conditions and it is always good to be prepared for the occasional rain storm. Dressing in layers will allow you to adjust throughout the day as conditions change.
  14. 14. What skills do I need?  No previous experience is necessary. We will make the most of our time each day and there will be a good mix of down time as well.  Be prepared to hike between 5 and 10 miles during our day hike over a combination of dirt roads and established trails. You choose your adventure.  The ropes course can provide moments of challenge. You will work with a partner to complete a series of high obstacles. Climbing and operating at a height of 20- 40ft will be required.
  15. 15. Leave No Trace  On every Outdoor Adventures trip, we abide by the principles of Leave No Trace. They are an integral part of our program and we ask each participant to do their best to follow the seven principles: 1. Plan Ahead and Prepare 2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces 3. Dispose of Waste Properly 4. Leave What You Find 5. Minimize Campfire Impacts 6. Respect Wildlife 7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
  16. 16. Risks and Hazards  There are a variety of risks and hazards associated with outdoor recreation. Specifically, slips, falls, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sun burn, dehydration, animal encounters and blisters are some of the risks to prepare for.  Weather is something we will be constantly evaluating and adjusting for. Sun protection is essential. Afternoon lightning storms are possible and the risk of fire is present.
  17. 17. What about drugs and alcohol?  Illegal drugs and alcohol are never allowed on trips, nor being under the influence.  Prescription medications are required. Please make sure you bring them in the original bottle with the physicians name on it.
  18. 18. Questions or Concerns? Please don’t hesitate to call or email us: 619-260-4709