Ready for some human powered adventure? Come paddle a river, canoe a lake, climb
the rocks, explore the forests and national parks. WCU is home to some of the most
amazing rivers, waterfalls, granite domes, and pristine national forests and national
parks in the country. At WCU we aim to reach new heights! We offer a variety of half
day and full day trips along with extended break trips such as fall and spring break
expeditions! All trips and programs are planned and executed by trained students and
our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold certifications
such as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, ACA Swift Water Rescue, American Mountain
Guides Association, and more.
Fall 2017 Trips & Clinics Calendar
Base Camp Cullowhee provides the following services to enhance your outdoor experience
- Outdoor Equipment Rentals
- Climbing Wall
- Cycle Shop
- Multi-use Trail System
- Teambuilding and Low Ropes Course
- Ski and Snowboard Shuttle
Hours of Operation:
Base Camp Cullowhee is here to serve as your resource center, guide to local outdoor
trails, map service center, and outdoor leader to answer all of your questions. We
have tons of maps of North Carolina, including almost every topographic map of the
state. We have books on Standard First Aid to Biking in Utah. We have eager employees
that would love to help you reach your destination, so come by and see the wealth
of resources at your fingertips.
Base Camp Cullowhee offers Outdoor Equipment Rentals for students, faculty, and staff.
To help accommodate the WCU community we have updated our rental rates so we now have
3 rental periods that patrons can rent for. From camping equipment to whitewater gear,
we've got it all.
Deposits are required for all rental equipment! Equipment is considered late if not
returned by 5:00 pm on the day it is due. Renters will pay the daily rental rate for
each item that is late, up until the total cost is occurred for that item.
- Day Rate: allows for patrons to rent for a 24-hour period (Thursday-Friday).
- Weekend Rate: allows for patrons to rent for 3 days (Friday-Monday).
- Week Rate: allows patrons to rent for a 7 day period (Friday-Friday).
Gear Rental Items and Rates
Hours of Operation (Fall/Spring):
Hours of Operation (Summer):
Monday and Thursday: 4pm-7pm
Kids Climbing Dates
Kids Climbing Night is typically the last Friday of the month from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Kids can climb under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Please check in at the
CRC front desk when you arrive. The cost is $5.00/child.
Fall Semester Dates:
- Friday, 8/25
- Friday, 9/29
- Friday, 10/27
- Friday, 12/1
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday and Thursday: 3pm-5pm
The Base Camp Cycle Shop is your one stop shop for all your cycling needs. Students
have access to a fully equipped bike shop and trained technician to assist in repairs
and answer questions. Whether a road bike, mountain bike, or something in between,
we have the tools and knowledge to keep the cycling adventure going. Don't forget
to ask about our monthly clinics ranging from basic bike maintenance to essential
mountain biking skills. BCC also offers mountain bike rentals to explore nearly 7
miles of the WCU campus trail system.
Bike Fix-It Stands and Air Pumps
WCU also has two Dero Bicycle Fix-it Stands and Air Pumps located across campus and
are free to use. For maintenance issues please report to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Campus Recreation Center
- WCU Tunnel Entrance/Softball Stadium Parking Lot
Another campus feature we’re proud to share with the WCU community is our WCU Trail
System. At nearly 7 miles long, this trail was designed for mountain biking and foot
WCU Trail System Map
Teambuilding and Low Ropes Course
These programs are built around fostering teamwork and communication skills. Our Low
Ropes Course, located behind NCCAT near the Wildflower trail head, is a series of
structured activities consisting of ground based initiatives and elements that serve
as a proving ground for teamwork. Teambuilding, like the name might suggest, is team-centered
initiatives concocted from a series of game-like challenges. Unlike our Low Ropes
Course, we can make Teambuilding happen anywhere considering that it utilizes very
Fore more information on booking a program please contact Kay Tufts email@example.com
Ski and Snowboard Shuttle
Get outside and enjoy the winter in Western North Carolina. Shred some powder every
Friday night during the months of January and February. Outdoor Programs offers ski
shuttle services to Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, NC! Make the best out
of the winter and hit the slopes with Base Camp Cullowhee.
For more information on dates and times check out our Trips Calendar.
Base Camp has a variety of programs that will meet you where you are at. BCC is not
a club and you do not need a membership to join. Stop by our Adventure Shop located
in the Campus Recreation Center and let our staff help you get started. We specialize
in small group instruction, minimal impact techniques, traveling light and most importantly
building community! Below is a list of programs that are offered throughout the year.
- First Ascent - WCU's Wilderness Orientation Program
- Outdoor Guide Development Program
- Kayak Roll Clinics
First Ascent is WCU's Wilderness Orientation program created to offer unique outdoor
adventures specifically for incoming students. These programs also offer students
the opportunity to move on to campus early, familiarize oneself with resources and
start building a community of friends that helps ease the transition into the college
experience. It's the perfect way to start your climb at WCU! The program offers two
different options 1.) Wilderness Experience and 2.) Base Camp Adventure.
For more information on program dates, registration, and frequently asked questions
please click FIRST ASCENT
Outdoor Guide Development Program
The Outdoor Guide Development Program (OGDP) is a outdoor leadership training program
open to all WCU students, faculty and staff members offered during the Fall and Spring
semesters. OGDP is an immersive program that provides a smooth transition and educational
process to become a BCC Trip Leader. Certificates of completion will be given to those
students participating in a formal assessment of their skills and qualifications as
pursuant to best industry practice and established Base Camp Cullowhee Trip Leader
and Instructor competencies.
OGDP focuses on giving students the necessary skills, knowledge and awareness to become
competent outdoor instructors and guides. OGDP Foundations and Outdoor Essential Clinics
are at the core of becoming a trip leader and are offered during the Fall and Spring
OGDP is also Base Camp's professional development for current staff working as trip
leaders and focuses on improvement in technical skills, leadership and interpersonal
Becoming an outdoor leader and educator is a lifelong journey that starts with developing
a core set of skills and knowledge. It is more than just being a climber, paddler
or backpacker. OGDP gives you the confidence and tools necessary to pursue a life
full of human powered adventure. Whether you want to become a trip leader with Base
Camp Cullowhee, work for an outdoor guide service, or just looking to refine your
outdoor leader tool box; OGDP has something to offer everyone.
All students are required to complete a Candidate Data Form prior to starting the
Students interested in OGDP can learn more by stopping by the CRC Adventure Shop or
1. Foundations: OGDP begins with three Foundations workshops: History and Philosophy of Outdoor Education
and Programming, Risk in the Wilderness, and Leadership and Group Dynamics. Foundations
are courses that focus on the awareness of appropriate attitudes, knowledge, and skills
as it relates to outdoor leadership with particular emphasis on the relationship between
people, the environment, and equipment. These FREE workshops meet two times in the
Spring, each for two hours - you pick the best time. The schedule of classes can be
found on the Base Camp website and program calendar. You can sign up for Foundations
workshops in the CRC Adventure Shop - Base Camp Cullowhee.
2. Experience Base Camp Cullowhee: Sign up for two outdoor programs day trips, or attend one overnight extended trip
as a participant. One can participate in these trips at any point during their progress
through OGDP, Fall or Spring. During these trips you will learn about how a Base Camp
trip is ran, you will see first hand how the instructor team works together and also
learn about some of our popular outdoor destinations. The Base Camp Cullowhee program
calendar is available on our website or at the CRC Adventure Shop.
3. Overview of Trip Leading with BCC & Technical Field Training: The final phase of OGDP is completing an overview of what it means to be a trip leader
with BCC and attend a weekend of backpacking which will focus on teaching and reviewing
all the necessary technical skills and interpersonal skills one needs to have in order
to move into a trip leader role. Students will work 1:1 with professional staff to
check off on their competency checklist. Once finished, students will meet 2:1 with
Base Camp professional staff for a self-review and reflection of the training.
4. Medical Certifications: The following certifications are required to work for WCU Base Camp Cullowhee: Wilderness
First Responder (Lead Guides), Wilderness First Aid (Instructors), Basic First Aid
(Apprentices), CPR/AED (Everyone), NC Epinephrine Administration, and WCU Van Driver
Training. It is the student's responsibility to obtain these certifications prior
to working. CRW offers CPR/AED courses in house, dates can be found HERE
5. Apprentice: After completing Foundations, participating in BCC programs, completing the Field
Training, meet with professional staff and check off on your competency checklist
and obtain required certifications, you will be ready to start your journey as a Trip
Apprentice. Trip Apprentices are hired as staff with CRW and Base Camp Cullowhee.
Apprentices are paid $7.25/hour. Responsibilities include: help plan logistics, teaching
flow, manage safety and help to facilitate a quality experience for patrons. Once
you are an Apprentice, students will receive emails and newsletters regarding opportunities
for trip leading.
6. Instructors and Lead Guides: Depending on a your skill level, apprenticing enough trips, obtaining proper certifications
and progress on competency checklists; students may be asked to join BCC as a Instructor
or Lead Guide. The process of completing OGDP is different for every student. Our
goal is to meet you where you are at, allow you the time needed to build confidence
and the necessary outdoor skills prior to stepping into a leadership role. You will
go through a field checkoff, at which time BCC trip staff will make sure you complete
all necessary skills on your checklist.
OGDP also offers an exemption process for those students coming in with a wealth of
knowledge, skills, certifications, and experience. The program also offers exemptions
for students who are majoring in Parks and Recreation Management (PRM). For more information
on exemptions please contact Jeremiah Haas firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Outdoor Essential Clinics: Once a student becomes a trip staff with BCC, it is required that staff keep up with
their professional development in order to keep the quality of instruction and risk
management high and to offer top notch programming to our patrons. These FREE workshops
teach you the essential skills for becoming an outdoor leader. There are a series
of both Technical and Soft skill focused clinics and staff have to choose 1 from each
category, during both Fall and Spring semesters. This is a total of 4 workshops over
the year. OGDP Candidates and BCC Trip Staff can register for clinics at the Adventure
Shop, located in the CRC. You can attend Essential Clinics at any time.
Kayak Roll Clinics
Fall and Spring Semesters: 7:00-9:00 PM
Dates - 9/7/17-11/2/17
Learning how to whitewater kayak? Base Camp Cullowhee can help! We offer free roll
clinics in Reid Pool select Thursdays of the semester to help you perfect your roll
so when it comes time to transfer those skills to the river, you are ready. Let our
trained staff work with you 1:1 to help perfect that roll.
Base Camp Cullowhee is permitted to operate on National Forest Service Land. This
permit states: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination
in it's programs on the basis of race, color national origin, sex, religion, age,
disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To
file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room
326-W, Whitten building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or
call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is Base Camp Located?
A: We recently changed locations and our new home is in the Campus Recreation
Q: What are the Adventure Shop Hours?
A: Fall and Spring Hours: Monday 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tuesday – Thursday 12:00 P.M.-5:00
P.M, Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.. Summer Hours: Monday 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M., Friday
9:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M and 3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
Q: How do I sign up for Base Camp?
A: Base Camp is not an organization you sign-up for. A lot of our programs, such as
the climbing wall and roll clinics, are free to students. We do offer numerous trips
that you can sign-up for and each trip is a certain, reduced, cost for students. We
also provide outdoor gear rentals for students, faculty and staff, for a fee.
Q: How do I sign up for trips?
A: To sign-up for a Base Camp trip you can either come to our Adventure Shop located
in the CRC or, you can search Base Camp on WCU’s website and there is a link to sign-up
for all of our trips.
Q: How much does it cost to rent gear?
A: Each item that we rent comes at a different cost depending on the item and how
long you want to rent it. We have items anywhere from $2.00 to $45.00. For more information
click on our rental rates.
Q: Can I rent a Bike?
A: Currently we are unable to rent bikes. We moved into a new facility and do not
have easy access to our bikes. We are in the process of getting a new bike mechanic
and are hoping to start Mountain Bike rentals again in the Fall of 2016.
Q: What are the Climbing Wall Hours?
A: Fall and Spring Hours: Monday-Thursday 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M., Friday 4:00 P.M.-7:00
P.M. Summer Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
Q: Who can sign-up for a Base Camp Trip?
A: Any student, staff, faculty or guest of a student, staff or faculty are allowed
to go on trips. If a guest is wanting to sign-up for a trip, their student, staff
or faculty sponsor must also go on the trip. Non-student rates are slightly more in
Q: What level of difficulty are Base Camp Trips?
A: The majority of our trips cater to beginners. However, we do have some trips that
require some skill on the part of the participant.