Peaks is proud to present our first OUT OF STATE trip through the red rocks and canyons of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Making the most of the long weekend, join us as we traverse some of the most iconic scenery of the American Southwest--Zion National Park, Buckskin Gulch, Valley of Fire ~it's lit~ State Park, and Black Canyon of the Colorado. Itinerary will be flexible based on weather conditions, but we'll be seeing some sick scenery. Additionally, the moon will be waning during this time, so get ready to see the darkest skies / most stars ever. ***Please note--we are departing USC on THURSDAY night.***
**It will be FREEZING and we may potentially be HIKING IN SNOW. BRING MORE CLOTHING THAN YOU THINK YOU WILL NEED. It is better to be too warm than too cold, and please reach out to us ASAP if you have any questions about gear.**
- sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees F)
- sleeping pad
- mess kit- plate, cup, spoon, knife, & fork
- clothing for freezing nights in the 20s
- fleece or down are good options
- synthetic long underwear
- do NOT bring cotton
- comfortable hiking clothes (day temps in the 40s)
- non-cotton long sleeve shirt and pants to go over your long underwear
- down puffy jacket or fleece jacket
- hard shell outer layer (jacket that is wind and waterproof)
- fleece hat
- fleece gloves
- rain jacket / rain gear (goretex or pertex)
- 3 pairs of socks (you may end up wearing 2 pairs at the same time / one pair extra in case you get wet)
- sturdy hiking boots
- hiking poles
- refillable water bottles
- day pack
- sunscreen, lip balm, hat
- optional: Camera
We Will Provide:
- water filters
Peak: Red Rock Country
Difficulty: We will be tackling a variety of terrain with some minor scrambling and moderate elevation gain in VERY cold (compared to CA and LA) temperatures.
Scenery: red. rocks. cliffs. slot canyons. hot springs. snow! colorado river. need i say more?
Fun Fact: Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in the world.
Professor: Vicki Petryshyn
Department: Environmental Studies
Dr. Petryshyn is a USC alumna and geobiologist who specializes in reconstructing past climate and its impact on life forms, both tiny and large. She is involved with research at Mono Lake, South Africa, Catalina, and Michigan. Aside from rocks, she loves her dog, coffee, running, and NASA!
Trip Lead: Kat Cheng
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