Gib Egge

College of DuPage - Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

Contact me:     (630) 942-2787


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Join us this fall as we traverse some of the most iconic landscapes of the American southwest. Travel by boat through Glen Canyon to hike Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Explore the narrow Antelope Canyon under the direction of a Navajo guide. Watch the sun set on Monument Valley. Marvel at the clearest and darkest night skies in the country as we visit Natural Bridges under a new moon. See the ancient Ancestral Puebloan rock art and ruins of Grand Gulch and Horseshoe Canyon. And hit the trail in two of our countries finest National Parks, Arches and Canyonlands. Participants must be comfortable hiking 5-10 miles a day over rocky and sometimes steep terrain.


Class: September 30, 2015 (6 to 8 p.m.)


Field Study: October 9-16, 2015


Fee: $1970 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, all entrance and activity fees, some meals and 7 nights hotel lodging). 1 credit of tuition is extra.


Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS029



Escape winter and head for summer on the far side of the world to Patagonia, where we will hike the remarkable mountain landscapes of Chile's Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and Argentina's Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Experience the South American capitals of Santiago and Buenos Aires, hike beneath the iconic Cuernos del Paine, marvel at the turquoise waters of Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Pehoe, live among the native guanacos, flamingos and condors, witness the subtle movements of glaciers, come face-to-face with the three magnificent "towers" of granite from which Torres del Paine gets it's name, hike to the base of jagged Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and much more! Participants must be comfortable hiking up to 15 miles a day over moderate terrain with a 5 to 10 pound backpack.


Class: January 6, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)


Field Study: January 30 to February 11, 2016


Fee: $5735 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel and refugio lodging, guides, park admissions, Argentina reciprocity fee and some meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.


Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS045



Situated under the auroral oval, Alaska's geographical location is perfect for viewing one our planet's most mysterious natural phenomenons – the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Join us as we head north to Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks, Alaska to experience these solar storms and other unique Alaskan events unattainable during the busy summer months. Partake in the festivities of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, snowshoe among towering alpine peaks, drive your own team of sled dogs, soak in natural hot springs, and much more.


Class: February 10, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)


Field Study: March 3 to 11, 2016


Fee: $2460 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel  lodging, all entry fees, dogsledding and snowshoeing, park admissions and some meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.


Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS035 and PHYS-1800-FS036



The thermal waters in central Arkansas were what first brought Native Americans and later European explorers to the "Valley of Vapors" now known as Hot Springs National Park, the oldest park managed by the National Park Service. Today the park is adorned with miles of mountainous trails that encircle the historic Bathhouse Row. The "Natural State" also holds claim to the meandering, wild and scenic, Buffalo River, America's first National River, and one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the continental United States.  Join us as this spring as we head south to the Ozark Mountains to hike, rejuvenate ourselves in the healing waters and paddle among the massive 500 foot bluffs of the Buffalo National River (optional). Expect to hike up to 10 miles per day.


Class: March 30, 2016 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)


Field Study: April 9 to 14, 2016


Fee: $1325 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, hotel lodging, park admissions, all canoeing equipment for optional excursion, hot spring fees, and some meals). 1 credit of tuition is extra.


Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS032



Join us this spring as we head to northeast Iowa, to paddle the unforgettable winding waters of the Upper Iowa River. Learn basic river canoeing and camping skills as we paddle through steep limestone canyons and the pastoral farmland of small town Iowa.  Expect to paddle between 25 and 40 miles during this weekend adventure.


Class: April 20, 2016 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)


Field Study: April 29 to May 1, 2016


Fee: $25 (includes ground transportation, camping and paddling fees, instruction, and group canoeing and camping equipment). 1 credit of tuition is extra.


Register for code: PHYS 1810 FS035



Join us as we bike the friendly roads and trails among the state parks, shorelines, beaches and bluffs of Door County, Wisconsin. Expect to ride between 30 and 40 miles per day while learning bicycle safety, basic bike repair and maintenance. Students must provide their own bicycle in good working order.


Class: May 4, 2016 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)


Field Study: May 13 to 15, 2016


Fee: $25 (includes transportation, camping fees, group camping equipment, trail fees and park admissions).


Register for code: PHYS 1804 FS030



In 1956, the still controversial construction of Glen Canyon Dam began, significantly altering the desert landscapes of the region. Today, the once remote and virtually inaccessible canyons of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are routinely explored by hikers and kayakers. Join us as we traverse this alien landscape of desert and water to hike among massive natural bridges, observe remnants of ancient civilizations, kayak winding canyons, and discuss man's lasting impact on the natural environment. When the sun sets, spend your evenings aboard the comfortable houseboat, or make your way to shore to camp among the dark open desert skies.


Class: May 18, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)


Field Study: June 4 to 11, 2016


Fee: $2075 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, hotel and houseboat lodging, camping and kayaking equipment and most meals). 1 credit of tuition is extra.


Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS083



From soaring rock towers to grassy alpine meadows, the Italian Dolomites offer some of the most dramatic hiking in the world. Join us as we hike one of the world's classic hikes;  the Alta Via 1, through the Pragser, Tofana and Civetta mountain groups of the Italian Alps. Travel among remnants of the first World War to quaint mountain huts where the warmth and hospitality is equally as appealing as the spectacular scenery. The conclusion of our adventure will be a relaxing two days exploring the canals, waterfront palazzos, palaces, churches and bridges of Venice. Expect to hike up to 12 miles a day with a 20-pound backpack with elevation changes up to 4000' per day.


Field Study: July 9 to 20, 2016


Fee: $4890 (includes air, train and bus transportation, hotel and co-ed refugio lodging, equipment and most meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.


Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS081



Join us as we head to Minnesota's North Country to canoe the pristine lakes much like the acclaimed fur-trading French Canadian voyageurs did in the 18th and 19th centuries. Paddle through this pine-rich wild country among some of the oldest exposed rock formations in the world and live alongside the eagles, wolves and loons that call Voyageurs National Park home. Learn canoeing and camping skills, try your hand at fishing, marvel at the sight of the Northern Lights and enjoy all that the north woods has to offer.


Field Study: July 27 to 31, 2016


Fee: $360 (includes ground transportation, permits, entry fees, camping/lodging fees, group canoeing/camping equipment and most meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.


Register for code: TBA



Following the Sierras and immersed in arguably the finest mountain scenery in the United States, the 210-mile John Muir Trail is the ultimate legacy to the renown naturalist who spent years roaming this wilderness. Join us as we climb out of Yosemite Valley, among massive waterfalls and the iconic Half Dome, past Cathedral Peak where Muir made a first accent in 1869 to the high country of Tuolumne Meadows. From here we cross 11,000 foot Donahue Pass into the Ansel Adams Wilderness where we will travel among photogenic alpine lakes through Muir's "Range of Light", and finish the trek at the geologically significant Devils Postpile National Monument. Prior backpacking experience and consent of instructor is mandatory. Students must be comfortable backpacking up to 12 miles a day at altitudes up to 11,000 feet, while carrying a 40 pound backpack. Those wanting to continue the trek can join us for Part 2 (John Muir Wilderness/Kings Canyon NP) in fall 2017.


Class: August 3, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)


Field Study: August 20 to 29, 2016


Fee: $1449 (includes air and ground transportation, lodging and camp fees group camping and backpacking equipment and some meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.


Register for code: TBA



Join us as we travel to Africa to attempt an ascent on one of earth's "Seven Summits" - 19,340ft. Mt. Kilimanjaro. The hike to the roof of Africa requires no technical skills, but the challenge, which requires long days and exhausting accents, is not to be taken lightly. We will attempt our climb with a team of local porters and guides over 7 days. Not only does this increase the success rate in reaching the summit, but it will also allow us ample time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and better acclimate to the high altitude. After our time on the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, we will celebrate by embarking on a 4-day African safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Here we will to live among the rhinoceros, lions, cheetahs and elephants of the African plains. Opportunities will also be available to those that would like to give back to the local community. Instructor approval is required prior to registration, and participants must be comfortable hiking at high altitudes up to 10 miles a day with a 15-pound backpack over well maintained trails in various weather conditions.


Class: December 7, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)


Field Study: January 4 to 18, 2017


Fee: $7986 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel and camping fees, permits, group camping equipment, local guides, cooks and porters, tips, 4-day African safari, and most meals)


Register for code: TBA





College of DuPage

Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad


425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Office: BIC 3509

Ph: 630.942.2787

Fx: 630.942.3764



I have been involved with Field and Experiential Learning at the College of DuPage for over 20 years. From dogsledding in the arctic of Alaska to tramping all over New Zealand, I have taught and led over 200 programs across the world. I am a trained wilderness first responder, avid photographer and happy father to twin girls. If you have questions, or would like to participate in any of my programs, please contact me.