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Week of Wilderness

Week of Wilderness (WOW): 2022 Information Coming Soon

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 July. The cost of the trip is only $275 and 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.

Refund Policy: Participants may receive a full refund (less 10% processing fee), if requested prior to August 4. No refunds will be issued after August 4, 2021.
Registration begins Friday, July 15. Please use this registration guide to assist you in registering. If you need additional assistance or have questions please e-mail