New Student Orientation

hiking towards the mountains

Frequently Asked Questions

This page is intended to answer common questions from both prospective and registered Peak Experiences students. However, it is a not intended to substitute information communicated in other ways. Specifically, within a few weeks of registration, you will be emailed a "Logistics Info Letter." Reading this letter thoroughly is critital to your preparation for the trip. Additionally, you should also become familiar with the packing list, which is available from the left menu bar.

Travel, Lodging, and Logistics

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 in your assigned room between 9 am and 10 am on Sunday.

When should I arrive?

  • If you’re flying, you should book your flight to arrive on Saturday.
  • If you’re driving, you can arrive on Saturday or Sunday, depending on how far you’re coming from.
  • Peak check-in begins at 10 am on Sunday. If you wish to leave belongings in your room, you will do this prior to check-in.

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 Saturday night?

Yes, if you’re arriving on Saturday, 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 on Thursday morning. 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 at noon, after you’ve finished cleaning and de-issuing gear.

How many students are on Peak?

  • All groups are 10 incoming students and 2 student leaders.
  • The total number of participants is 80.

If I’m over 21, can I bring marijuana or alcohol?

No, even if you can legally use either of these substance, neither are allowed on Fort Lewis College events.

Equipment

What do I need to bring?

You are responsible for your personal clothing and footwear. Please see the packing list for all required personal equipment.

What if I don't have my own equipment?

Your trip fee already includes a membership with Outdoor Pursuits, so you can borrow many items for free. 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 Sunday’s lunch through Thursday’s breakfast. 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?

  • Cell phone and music player use is discouraged on trip and you will likely not have service anyway.
  • You are welcome to use your phone for photos if you wish, but should consider how to protect it from rain and use it in Airplane Mode to conserve the battery.

Route, Difficulty, and Weather

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 4.5 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 East 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.

Food

Do I need to bring my own food or water?

No, we will provide food from Sunday’s lunch through Thursday’s breakfast. We will also provide water treatment systems when we’re in the field. 

What will we be eating on trip?

  • You can check out a sample day’s menu HERE.
  • We pack plenty of food and no one has ever starved!

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.