Do you want to make new friends before classes start? Do you enjoy the outdoors? If you answered YES to either of these questions, then our Summit the San Juans trips are for you.
For more information review the tabs below or contact Colt Fetters at 970-247-7293 or Email Colt.
When: August 19-22, 2020
Where: Weminuche Wilderness Area, San Juan Mountains
Number of students: 60
Student cost: $250
Registration opens on March 2, 2020!
These trips are open for all experience levels and are moderately difficult. Most of the trails are over gradual terrain, but some include off-trail travel, with elevations exceeding 10,000 feet. There are many ridges and peaks that offer outstanding views, but can require hiking challenging, steep sections.
Peak Experience trips costs $250 and include the following:
Participants are responsible to bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Beyond what is listed as available to borrow on the packing list, Outdoor Pursuits does have limited clothing available. Please contact us if you have questions.
Substantial financial assistance is available for those who qualify. To apply, please complete the registration process, including the financial assistance application. This will hold your space on the trip. We will review applications on a rolling basis. You will be notified no later than June 15th if you qualify for assistance.
Unless otherwise noted, all of the below items are minimum REQUIRED to keep you and your group safe and comfortable in the mountains. Summer weather in the San Juan Mountains is very unpredictable. Peak groups have experienced warm sunny weather, freezing rain, and even snow. Given that it is monsoon season, it is very likely you will get rained on. If you are not accustomed to this weather or know you get cold, please bring extra warm layers.
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PRINTABLE PACKING LIST
We will provide the following but feel free to bring your own if you wish.
There are many affordable alternatives to going out and buying all this gear at an outdoor store if you don’t have it already. Check out this VIDEO for more information.
Will there be a place for me to store all my things while on the trip?
Yes, you will be able to drop off any belongings not needed for the trip at your residence hall during your assigned time (to be announced).
When should I arrive?
How do I get to campus from the airport?
If you provide us with your flight information, we’ll pick you up at the airport for free.
Is there a place for me to stay on Tuesday night?
Yes, if you’re arriving on Tuesday, students may “camp out” in the Student Life Center
Will I be back in time for New Student and Family Orientation?
Yes, we return to campus by Saturday evening. This is perfect timing for moving into your room and checking in to New Student and/or Family Orientation.
When and where can I meet my family upon returning?
Any family or friends joining for move-in or Orientation can meet you upon your return and after equipment clean-up. Campus return times will be staggered between mid-afternoon and early evening. You will be notified of your return time prior to Peak beginning.
How many students are on Peak?
If I’m over 21, can I bring marijuana or alcohol?
No, even if you can legally use either of these substances, neither are allowed on Fort Lewis College events.
What do I need to bring?
You are responsible for your personal clothing and footwear. Please download the packing list for all required personal equipment.
What if I don't have my own equipment?
OP has a full equipment room where you will be able to check out items such as backpacks, sleep bags, sleeping pads, etc. You are responsible for your personal clothing and footwear. See the packing list for more information.
Can I use my own pack/tent/etc.?
Yes, you are welcome to use any personal gear you wish (providing it is approved by your trip leader), but you will be responsible for any personal equipment you choose to bring.
Do I need to bring my own food or water?
No, we will provide food from Wednesday’s lunch through Saturday’s lunch. We will also provide water treatment systems when we’re in the field.
Can I bring my own pack?
Yes, but your pack must be at least 70 Liters and meet our staff approval, as you will have to fit food and group gear. Our rental packs are 90 Liters.
Should I bring my cell phone or emergency beacon device?
What will the weather be like?
The weather can range from 70 degrees and sunny, to below freezing temps with rain and snow. Please read the packing list thoroughly to be prepared.
How far are we hiking?
The total route length ranges from 12 to 25 miles, with 3.5 days to cover this distance.
Where are the routes going?
Most of the groups will be between Durango and Silverton in the San Juan Mountains. A few groups may also be La Plata Mountains, just West of Durango.
What elevation is the trip?
All routes travel above 10,000 feet, with many groups traveling higher.
How heavy will my pack be?
Depending on your size, your pack weight may range from 30-60 pounds.
No, we will provide food from Wednesday’s lunch through Saturday’s breakfast. We will also provide water treatment systems when we’re in the field.
What will we be eating on trip?
Do you accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies?
Yes, we are able to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions and allergies. You may note these requirements in the registration process.
Can I bring my own snacks?
Yes, if you have a special snack you want to have, you’re welcome to bring it.
Student leaders make this program what it is!
For more information on our leaders and leadership program, visit the Student Outdoor Leadership (SOL) website.