New STUDENT Backpacking Program

  • Applications are due by July 29, 2021.  Due to the fact that we have limited spaces, preference may be given to applications in the order that they are received.  

  • Shortly after the Application Closing Date we will notify accepted participants and registration will be opened.  Please continue to monitor your email during this time and register promptly so that we know you are committed.

  • Registration Deadline will be August 12, 2021 at noon. Payment will be due at the time of registration.  Failure to register by the deadline will result in your spot being given to another student.


If you have any questions, please contact us at outdoors@whitworth.edu.

What is it?

Whitworth Wilderness is an opportunity for a select group of incoming students to embark on a 2 day backpacking adventure in the Northwest’s beautiful Selkirk Mountains. The program includes an alpine lakeside camping experience.

Why should I do it?

Participating students will be able to develop and foster new relationships with one another through an outdoor experience; creating bonds that will transition with them into their first year at Whitworth University.

Students will have the opportunity to learn outdoor skills related to backpacking. Some of these skills will include:

  • Water filtration techniques

  • Backcountry cooking

  • Trail etiquette

  • Leave No Trace practices

  • Astronomy

  • Animal and plant identification

  • and much more!

When and Where is it?

The Selkirks are two-and-a-half hours northeast of Whitworth University. Students meet at Whitworth University Recreation Center (building 56 on campus map) on September 11 at 9:00AM. The trip will return to campus on September 12th.


Who leads it?

Whitworth Outdoors employs a team of skilled student leaders who will be guiding the backpacking groups. These student leaders have extensive experience leading Whitworth Outdoors trips and are Wilderness First Aid certified.



How much does it cost?

The cost of the pre-orientation program is $45 per student. Once accepted, WO will notify students on how to pay for the program. Whitworth Outdoors will provide all group gear such as stoves, pots, tents, water filters, and food, as well as the essential individual backpacking gear:

  • Backpack

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad

  • Trekking poles