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Week of Wilderness

Fall 2024 Week of Wilderness (WOW)

Sunday, August 19th - Friday, August 23rd

The WOW is an amazing experience for new students at UC Merced, both incoming freshmen and transfer students. During the trip, participants are introduced to both wilderness travel and their upcoming college experience; all within a healthy and safe group environment.

Week of Wilderness Yosemite Backpacking

Spend an amazing week in the Yosemite backcountry backpacking and learning about the wilderness of Yosemite. Due to current snow conditions in the backcountry, the exact details of the route will be determined in early August. This trip includes transportation, group food, backpacking and camping gear, park and guide fees. This trip is rated moderate to strenuous for altitude, mileage and carrying large loads.

New process for 2024: When sign ups open, register to be added to the list of interested individuals. On or about July 31st, a random drawing will be held to select participants for the trip. Selected participants will receive an email with information on how to register for the trip and provide a $100 deposit. 
If you would like to be notified when registration opens please complete the form here.
If you need additional assistance or have questions please e-mail