Backpacking

BaseCamp




Backpacking

There is no better way to experience a landscape than with a pair of boots and a backpack. Travel along the Ganaraska Hiking Trail which is dotted with lakes and wildlife for five days and four nights with a group of incoming Brock students from across the university. You’ll spend the days hiking, the nights hanging out by the campfire, and you’ll arrive back on campus with a great group of friends and a head start to your academic career. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

What to Expect on the First Day
Arriving at the Brock University campus early in the morning of the first day of your trip, you will be greeted by BaseCamp staff and your trip leaders who are current students or recent graduates from Brock University. We generally move pretty quickly that morning to get you on your way. Your leaders will double check that you have all the right clothing, footwear and camping gear as you get into the vans and start your journey. You’ll arrive at your start location on the trail around noon on that first day. After a few group games and safety lessons you will “step off” into your BaseCamp adventure!

A Typical Day on the Trail
Trip days are very different than “at home days” – Your trip schedule will have you hiking to different campsites every day. You will likely be getting up early so that you have time to take down tents before setting off on the day’s adventure. Breakfast time is usually filled with conversation and stories of the previous night and prospects for the day ahead. After breakfast, your trip leaders will encourage you to have your bag packed and water bottles filled so that the group can get onto the trail.

You’ll spend your day hiking through pristine wilderness on some of Ontario’s most picturesque trails – Remember to bring your camera! You will be surprised how quickly you and your trip mates become friends and how fast five days can fly-by. Stopping for a swim to cool off, embracing a 1000 year old giant White Pine, exploring a historic logging era site, or simply sitting next to a trickling waterfall are memorable parts of any BaseCamp trip.

Dinnertime is a very special time of the day. As your trip leaders prepare dinner, you have the opportunity to practice you outdoor skills, help cook, hang out with your new group of friends, read a book, or simple get lost in the beauty of nature. Typically, some of the time after dinner is spent on our orientation curriculum where your trip leaders cover many pertinent topics that will help you, as an incoming student, transition into your first year at Brock University. Our trip leaders are current upper year or alumni from Brock University who can answer questions, offer advice and share some of the tricks they’ve learned to be successful at university! Around the campfire, daylight slips into darkness with a roasted marshmallow and a star-filled sky.

What Do We Eat?
One of the most common questions we get is, “What will the food be like on my trip?” We are continually working towards refining our menu to serve the best camping food your will ever have, guaranteed! Below is a typical five-day menu for our BaseCamp trips. The menu does change according to the dietary restrictions of our participants, but this should give you a general idea of what to expect.

 

 
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 1
Not Provided – Eat on route to BaseCamp Drop Off Location
Pita bread, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, fresh fruit
Spaghetti - pasta, tomato paste, onions, garlic, cookies
Day 2
Oatmeal, brown sugar, milk, dried fruit
Pita bread, hummus, cheese, snacks, fresh fruit
Fresh Vegetable Stir-fry – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tofu, peppers, snow peas, onion, pudding
Day 3
Cold cereal, milk, brown sugar
Tortilla, crackers, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, pepperoni
Fajitas - tortillas, black beans, cheese, onions, garlic, brownies
Day 4
Fresh baked cinnamon buns, dried fruit
Tortilla, hummus, cheese, granola bars
Lazy Perogies - noodles, mashed potatoes, cheese, garlic, onions, apple crumble
Day 5
Pancakes, maple syrup, chocolate chips
Pita, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese
Cookies, Juice on Arrival at Brock University Campus
Additional Items
Juice Mix, Various Snack Items, hot chocolate, tea, instant coffee
 
*These items will be replaced with a substitute if a participant has a known allergy.

What Kind of Clothing and Equipment Do I Need?
BaseCamp is able to provide you with all the necessary group camping equipment you will need for your trip at no additional cost. Generally, we say that all you need to bring is your personal clothing, hiking boots, water bottles, hygiene items, and a sense of adventure. We'll send you a detailed backpacking equipment list to see what you will need to bring.

 

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the backpacking trip, contact the BaseCamp office by phone or email and we can answer all your questions.

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For more information, please contact:

Ms. Hilary Sayle
BaseCamp Coordinator
Office: STH 347
T 905 688 5550 x4298
E basecamp@brocku.ca