Who should apply to Lehigh for their Field Camp ?
Read the following description of camp before proceding to the next step. If you cannot meet these expectations, you should choose another camp. To get to the application link, read through to the bottom of this page.
Lehigh Field Camp is a mentally- and physically-demanding
experience. We do a lot of challenging hikes every day. If you cannot hike, are fearful of heights, and do not want to be pushed physically, you should choose a different camp. Students
who do well and should choose Lehigh as their field camp experience are those who are motivated, curious, and want to be challenged. There are huge intellectual and interpersonal rewards for the engaged student, but in the end, it comes down to the attitude of the individuals.
Students who do not enjoy the outdoors, camping, cold water, infrequent showers, strenuous hikes, or cooking and cleaning up their own meals really should look for other field camp options. If you enjoy these things, then click here for the top 10 reasons why you SHOULD join us.
Hiking is important to your success at camp. All you need to be able to do is a slow, steady pace. But you've got to be able to do that and cover 1500' vertical and several kilometers a day. If you cannot do this, then realistically, you should be looking at other field camp options. You will be in good shape at the conclusion of camp.
There are some things at camp we cannot control, like the weather, for example. Here is the temperature profile for the 2009 camp. It was a cold and rainy summer.
The 2010 summer was quite a bit warmer....but then again, we traveled to the desert southwest that year.
In 2011, we again
traveled to the northern Rockies. We will be working out of these
campgrounds again in 2013. Here is the temperature profile for
2011. We had some pretty cold days and it snowed hard on one of them.
In reality, most of the time the weather and the scenery are glorious - sort of like this picture taken in Idaho. In 2013, we will be traveling to the northern Rockies, which can have cold weather in June so be prepared.
On days like this, you get to lay out and soak up the sun's rays as you work on your projects like these folks are doing here:
However, sometimes clouds appear like this one did in the Badlands and it may actually rain:
Or worse, mother nature sometimes throws you a curveball and forgets that it is supposed to be summer, and this can happen, as it did on June 10th, 2008 in Pinedale, Wyoming:
Or even this - hailstorm that lasted for about an hour, on 28 June, 2009.
You MUST be prepared for cold, wet, and windy weather should it arise and be able to dress like these folks - notice that they are smiling:
In summary, we are a camping camp, outdoors all the time, and
doing lots of hiking. If you are ready for the challenges that reality creates, and want
to learn the best geology and environmental science the Rockies can dish out, then join us.
I really enjoy hiking, camping, all kinds of
weather, and being part of preparing the best camp food anywhere.
I am also interested in camping in the field area I will be mapping:
Send me to the application.