Gib Egge

College of DuPage - Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

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

ADVENTURES

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CANOEING: VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK

 

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). Tuition for two credits is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS 1810 FS060 and PHYS 1800 FS060

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). Tuition for two credits is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS010

AUTUMN IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES

 

Autumn in the Colorado Rockies means fewer crowds, blue skies, crisp, clean air, snow-dusted peaks, and mountainsides blanketed in aspen yellow. Hike under these golden canopies to spectacular vistas in Rocky Mountain National Park, Maroon Bells, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and much more. Explore abandoned ghost towns, soak in hot springs, learn how to safely and comfortably hike at higher altitudes, and discover the plants and animals that call this wild, rugged country home. Participants must be comfortable hiking up to 6 miles a day at altitudes up to 10,000 feet.

 

Class: September 7, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)

 

Field Study: September 17 to 24, 2016

 

Fee:  $1480 (includes airfare, airport shuttles, ground transportation, hotel lodging and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS029

BACKPACKING: FALL COLOR IN THE SYLVANIA WILDERNESS

 

Learn introductory backpacking skills as we travel through old-growth forests and along the pristine lakes of the Sylvania Wilderness in Michigan during peak fall-color season. During this weekend adventure, students will learn backcountry cooking, map and compass navigation, Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and much more. This course is great for the first-time or more experienced backpacker. Participants must be comfortable backpacking up to 7 miles a day with a 30-pound backpack.

 

Class: September 14 (6 to 7:50 p.m.)

 

Field study: September 30 (8:00 a.m.) to October 2, 2016 (9:00 p.m.), 2015

 

Fee: $25 (includes ground transportation, group camping/backpacking equipment and camp fees/permits). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS 1811 FS001

APPALACHIAN AUTUMN: NATIONAL PARKS OF THE CAROLINAS

 

Travel along the renowned Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and venture deep into Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest to explore waterfalls, colorful fall colors, mountain vistas, and remnants of early American life. Then we will cross the boarder into South Carolina to Congaree National Park. Here we will hike among some of the tallest trees in the Eastern United States. Participants should be comfortable hiking 5 to 8 miles per day.

 

Class: October 5, 2016 (6 to 7:50 p.m.)

 

Field Study: October 22 to 27, 2016

 

Fee: $1160 (includes airport shuttles to and from the College of DuPage, air and ground transportation, hotel lodging, park admissions and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS005

BELIZE AND GUATEMALA: RUINS TO REEFS

 

Join us winter break as we head to Central America for an active, multi-sport adventure. Trek to the summit of Mayan pyramids in Tikal and Xunantunich, snorkel among the hundreds of species of tropical fish on the second largest reef system in the world, hike and canoe among howler monkeys and toucans through lush jungles, and discover fascinating Mayan history as we explore the intricate cave system of Actun Tunichil Muknal. Learn about the ancient Mayan culture and the fragile coral reef ecosystem as you improve your hiking, canoeing, caving and snorkeling skills. Participants must be comfortable being active 6 hours a day.

 

Class: December 14, 2016  and January 30, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.).

 

Field Study: January 7 to 14, 2017

 

Fee: $2680 (includes air, ground and water transportation, lodging, all activity fees and some meals).

 

Register for code: PHYS 1813 FS035

AURORA BOREALIS TO IDITAROD: ALASKA'S WINTER WONDERS

 

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, try cross-country skiing, soak in natural hot springs, and much more.

 

Class: February 8, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)

 

Field Study: March 2 to 10, 2017

 

Fee: $2460 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel  lodging, all entry fees, cross country skiing and snowshoeing equipment/fees, park admissions and some meals).  Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS036

BIKING: ACROSS MISSOURI ON THE KATY TRAIL

 

Spend your spring break biking across the state of Missouri on America's longest rails to trails project, the 237-mile Katy Trail. Follow the Missouri river much like Lewis and Clark did in 1804, and ride through small town middle America, all while improving your cycling endurance. Expect to ride 50 miles a day with the assistance of a support vehicle along the way.

 

Class: March 13, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)

 

Field Study: March 25 to 29, 2017

 

Fee: $550 (includes ground transportation, hotel lodging, support vehicle, and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for code: TBA

ANCESTRAL CLIFF DWELLINGS OF THE SOUTHWEST

 

Visit some of the best-known archaeological sites of the Ancestral Puebloans who lived more than 10,000 years ago in the Four Corners region of the United States. Travel to Bandelier National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Canyon De Chelly National Monument to see and learn why these areas were settled, abandoned and now protected. The field study will conclude with a visit to Petrified Forest National Park where we will hike among 200 million year old fossilized trees and expansive badlands. Expect to hike 5 to 8 miles a day.

 

Class: March 15, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)

 

Field Study: April 2 to 8, 2017

 

Fee: $1410 (includes airport shuttles to and from the College of DuPage, air and ground transportation, hotel lodging, park admissions and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS038

BIKING: MINNESOTA'S BLUFFLANDS

 

Join us as we head to southeastern Minnesota for three days of riding among the rock outcrops, wooded valleys, streams and historic towns of the Root River and Harmony-Preston Valley State Trails. Improve your cycling endurance as we ride up to 40 miles a day while learning bicycle safety, basic bike repair and maintenance along the way.

 

Class: April 19, 2017 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)

 

Field Study: April 28 (departing in the AM) to 30, 2017

 

Fee: $25 (includes transportation, camp fees, group camping equipment, trail passes and park admissions). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for code: TBA

AUSTRIA AND GERMANY: BIKE THE BLUE DANUBE

 

Alongside the Danube River from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria lies the renowned and most famous cycling path in Europe. Discover the enchanting river landscape, picturesque villages, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites as we cycle comfortably, up to 40 miles a day, along the banks of the "Blue Danube". In addition to riding 300 kilometers across two countries, participants will also have the opportunity to explore the Bavarian metropolis of Munich and the "city of music" that is Vienna.

 

Class: May 3, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

 

Field Study: May 20 to 30, 2017

 

Fee: $3425 (includes air and ground transportation, hotels, bike rental, luggage transfers while riding, Viennese concert and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for code: TBA

ALASKA'S NATIONAL PARKS: DENALI, WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS, AND KENAI FJORDS

 

Ditch the cruise ship and get your boots dirty as we get out and experience some of the very best that the great state of Alaska has to offer. Hike among the continents highest peaks in wildlife-rich Denali National Park. Explore the historic Kennecott mines in America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. And take to the water and marvel at calving tidewater glaciers, puffins and whales in Kenai Fjords National Park. Expect to hike between 5 and 10 miles a day.

 

Class: June 7, 2017 (6 to 8:50 p.m.)

 

Field Study: June 22 to July 2, 2017

 

Fee: $3875 (includes airfare, land and water transportation, hotel lodging, park admissions, tours, and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS 1800 FS062

ICELAND: EXTREME GEOLOGY IN THE LAND OF ICE AND FIRE

 

Located on the arctic circle, and straddling two of Earth's major tectonic plates, Iceland is the ultimate geology classroom. Join us this summer as we walk atop glaciers, soak in hot springs, climb volcanoes, marvel at waterfalls and study the science behind the danger and beauty of this land of ice and fire. Circle the country and visit locations such as Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon, Þingvellir and Vatnajökull National Parks, Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Akureyri the Snæfellsness Peninsula, and much more during this 10-day volcanologic and glaciologic expedition.

 

Class:  July 5, 12, 19 and 26 (7 to 9:50 p.m.)

 

Field Study: August 9 to 19, 2017

 

Fee: $4195 (includes air and ground transportation, hotels, entrance/activity fees, specialized equipment and some meals).

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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.