Gib Egge

College of DuPage - Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

Contact me: eggegi@cod.edu     (630) 942-2787

ADVENTURES

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BACKPACKING: YELLOW RIVER STATE FOREST

 

Tucked away in Iowa’s northeast corner, where scenic trail meander through cliffs and valleys opening to vast vistas, is the Yellow River State Forest. Kick off this spring with an outdoor

adventure and backpack this little-known area as the wildflowers awake and the trees begin to leaf. Learn basic wilderness navigation, cooking, camping and backpacking skills during

this weekend adventure. Perfect for beginners or more experienced backpackers

 

Class: April 1, 2015 (6 to 7:30 p.m.).

 

Field Study: April 10 to 12, 2015

 

Fee: $25 (includes transportation, camp fees, group camping/backpacking equipment, and most meals) 1 credit of tuition is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS-1811-FS035

CANOEING; THE UPPER IOWA RIVER

 

Join us this spring as we paddle among bald eagles, steep limestone cliffs, pastoral farmland and the unique small towns of the Upper Iowa River. Learn basic river canoeing and camping

skills, and expect to paddle between 30 and 40 miles during this weekend adventure.

 

Class: April 22, 2015 (6 to 7:30 p.m.).

 

Field Study: May 1 to 3, 2015

 

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

 

Register for code: PHYS-1801-FS035

BIKE AND HIKE: CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

 

Called the Crooked River by Native Americans, the Cuyahoga river valley in northern Ohio has provided natural wooded sanctuary to city dwellers for well over 100 years. Join us as we

explore the deep forests, rolling hills and waterfalls that to this day, still provide sanctuary and recreation. Bike the famous Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, return via the scenic

railroad and hike some of the over 125 miles of trails in this, one of America’s newest national parks! Class: May 6 (6 to 7p.m.). Field study: May 14 to 17. Fee: $296 (includes ground

transportation, bike transport, hotel lodging, park admissions, some meals and tr

 

 

Class: May 6, 2015 (6 to 7 p.m.)

 

Field Study: May 14 to 17, 2015

 

Fee: $296 (includes ground transportation, bike transport, hotel lodging, park admissions and some meals) 1 credit of tuition is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS-1804-FS030

BIRTHPLACE OF CONSERVATION: THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK

 

When Teddy Roosevelt came to the Dakota Territory in 1883, the rugged badlands and meandering wild rivers had a profound affect on him; nurturing his well-known love for the outdoors and conservation. Much of this part of the country, now protected as a National Park named for our 26th President, is very much the same as it was when “T.R.” first came to the area to hunt bison. Join us as we explore this inspiring, quiet corner of the United States and hike among the petrified forests, wildlife rich meadows, badlands, crystal-clear rivers, wildflowers and inspiriting landscapes of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

 

Class: May 27, 2015 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)

 

Field Study: June 8 to 13, 2015

 

Fee: $1590 (includes airport shuttles, air/land transportation, hotels, park entrance fees and some meals). 1 credit of tuition is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS072

ICELAND: TREKKING THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE

 

Join us this summer as we trek among volcanoes, waterfalls and geysers, cross glaciers and soak in hot springs. All while living among the dramatic and dynamic landscapes of Iceland. Get aquatinted with the country in it’s capital Reykjavik before experiencing destinations like Thingvellir National Park, Solheimajokull glacier and the Laugavegur Trail, Iceland's best known trek! Participants must be comfortable hiking up to 15 miles a day over rugged mountainous terrain.

 

Class: June 17, 2015 (6 to 8p.m.).

 

Field Study: July 9 to 19, 2015.

 

Fee: $4945 (includes air and ground transportation, 3 nights hostel lodging, 6 nights camping, camping/glacier travel equipment, park admissions, local guides, tips and most meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS069

CANOEING: THE BOUNDARY WATERS

 

Canoe and camp in one of the best canoeing destinations in the United States! The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an intricate collection of lakes and rivers that encompasses more than 1,500 miles of canoe trails. Listen to the call of the loon; watch for bear, bald eagle and moose; fish for trophy northern pike; marvel at the sight of the Northern Lights; or just enjoy what the Minnesota Northwoods has to offer.

 

Class: July 15, 2015 (7 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: July 29 to August 2, 2015

 

Fee: $320 (includes ground transportation, permits, entry fees, camping/lodging fees, group canoeing/camping equipment, and most meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.

 

Register for codes: PHYS-1800-FS060 and PHYS-1810-FS060

WANDER THE WILDS: EASING THE COLLEGE TRANSITION

 

Are you an incoming student unfamiliar with the College of DuPage? Do you enjoy being active and outdoors? Are you looking to make new friends and earn a couple of credits before transitioning in to the traditional classroom? Then why not join us on our 5-day adventure orientation! Enjoy two days of rock climbing at Devil's Lake State Park, bike the famed Elroy/Sparta Trail, try spelunking as we head underground to explore intricate cave networks, learn orienteering and map and compass navigation, and master the basics of camping, from setting up a tent to cooking your meals outdoors.

 

Class: August 5, 2015 (7 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: August 7 to 11, 2015.

 

Fee: $99 (includes ground transportation, all entrance/activity fees, group camping/climbing equipment, camp fees, and most meals. Tuition is extra.

 

Register for codes: PHYS-1841-FS007 and PHYS 1804-FS007

JORDAN: PETRA, WADI RUM AND THE DEAD SEA

 

The man-made and natural wonders of Jordan have been attracting travelers for ages. Join us on this active cultural adventure as we hike the gorge of Wadi Mujib, float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, wander the Roman city of Jerash and trek through the rose-rock canyons of the lost city of Petra. Our journey will conclude among the soaring sandstone and granite cliffs of Wadi Rum. Here we will travel to a desert camp to learn about the ancient Bedouin culture, ride camels, eat traditional meals and overnight under the vast night sky. Other activities include trekking in the Ajloun Nature Reserve and the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Expect to hike up to 8 miles a day.

 

Class: August 26, 2015 (6 to 8 p.m.).

 

Field Study: September 17-24, 2015.

 

Fee: $3110 (includes, all air and ground transportation, 5 nights hotel lodging, 1 night bungalow, 1 night tented camp, most meals, and entrance/activity fees). 2 credits of tuition is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS016

HIKING: CLASSIC LANDSCAPES OF THE DESERT SOUTHWEST

 

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

PATAGONIA: TREKKING THE TORRES

 

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

AURORA BOREALIS TO IDITAROD: WINTER IN ALASKA

 

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

HIKING: GLEN CANYON AND LAKE POWELL BY HOUSEBOAT

 

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

THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL: YOSEMITE AND THE ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS

 

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

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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

e-mail: eggegi@cod.edu

ABOUT ME

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.