Make new friends and discover the Blue Ridge Mountains from a raft on the Nantahala River and on the trails of the Mount Mitchell area. Move in early and be back in time to join your other new classmates for the PC Week of Welcome. No experience necessary. Only 15 spots are available. To reserve your spot today, fill out this application packet and send it in with your trip deposit. Our adventure begins on Thursday, August 22 and we return on Saturday, August 24.
Blue Hose Outdoor Orientation Trip
Total Cost of Trip: $200
Trip dates and length: August 22-24, 2019; 2.5 days and 2 nights
Who can sign up: All incoming First-Year Students who have attended one of the Orientation Sessions
Activities Included: whitewater rafting, hiking and community building
Clothing & Items To Bring:
- 1 pair of broken in hiking boots or trail worthy shoes
- 1 pair of water shoes, tennis shoes or river sandals – just make sure they will stay on your feet
- 1 pair of strapped sandals, flip flops, or comfortable shoes for camp
- 3 pairs of socks that can be worn hiking
For the river, plan on wearing a t-shirt & shorts or a bathing suit
(Ladies – a bathing suit and shorts works great!)
- 3 pairs of shorts to hike in (synthetic is preferred)
- 1 bathing suit
- 1-2 outfits to sleep in (we will be sleeping in conditioned spaces)
- 3 short-sleeved shirts
- 1 set of rain gear (at least a jacket)
- 1 brimmed hat
- 4 pairs of underwear
- 2 1-liter water bottles or hydration system
- 1 small flashlight with 1 extra set of batteries
- 1 sleeping bag
- 1 camp pillow
- Bug repellent
- Glasses should be attached with croakies
- Money (if you want to buy anything at the Nantahala Outdoor Center after the river trip)
- 1 toothbrush
- 1 small toothpaste
- 1 small bar of soap
- 1 small bottle of shampoo/conditioner
- 1 hairbrush or comb
- 2 beach towels (one for the river and one for the showers)
Meet your BOOT leaders
Daniel Adams, Bob Bryant, and Rachel Pigg
We’re so excited to have you join us! We look forward to sharing our passions for active living, building community, and exploring the outdoors. As the Director of Student Involvement, Daniel (center) helps students connect to the PC Community. Bob (right) is a professor in the Religion and Philosophy Department, and Rachel (left) is a professor in the Biology Department. We’re always ready to be outside, whether it’s hiking, backpacking, canoeing, bird watching, biking, longboarding, whitewater rafting – or whatever!
2016 BOOT Experience
What other students are saying...
The Mount Mitchell area in North Carolina.
The Nantahala River is a class II and III river that is well suited for both beginners and those with more experience.
Meals will be included in the trip, however if you have a special snack that you prefer you are welcome to bring this as well.
If something comes up we need all cancellations on or before July 8th. After this date we will do our best to fill your slot (and get you a refund) with our waiting list, but we cannot guarantee refunds due to lodging and whitewater payment timelines.
YES. We will be sure you are back and ready to enjoy all the Welcome Week activities with your peers.