CBU students enjoy Zion’s peaks and canyons on Outdoor Adventures trip
Students from California Baptist University take in the sights of Zion National Park during an Outdoor Adventures trip held Oct. 20-22.
Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2017) – Jakob Hartt, a history sophomore at California Baptist University, is admittedly scared of heights. Nevertheless, on a recent trip, he joined a daunting hike with other CBU students up a steep, narrow trail to Angels Landing, a peak in Zion National Park in Utah that towers 1,500 feet above the canyon floor.
“I would definitely say that I have a stronger connection to the CBU community as a result of this trip,” Hartt said. “I met new people and bonded with them in a way I wouldn't be able to anywhere else. You really get to know a person after hanging on for dear life a thousand feet above the valley floor with them!”
Hartt was part of a CBU team that went on Community Life’s latest Outdoor Adventures trip to Zion on Oct. 20-22.
Three staff and 27 students participated in the trip, camping and hiking peaks such as Angels Landing and The Narrows, the tightest section of Zion Canyon, with walls looming a thousand feet above the river.
“I would definitely recommend Outdoor Adventures to anyone who has a passion for the outdoors and building community with new people,” Hartt said. “The program provides unforgettable experiences for anyone who is interested.”
Delaney Sorrell, a mechanical engineering freshman, enjoyed getting to know people around the campfire and on the drive to and from the park.
“Everyone was so welcoming and inclusive that it made the hikes more enjoyable and fun,” Sorrell said.
Community Life’s Outdoor Adventures program helps students take advantage of natural wonders. Previous trips have included excursions to Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Mountain and beaches along the Pacific Ocean. For a small fee the program provides transportation, gear and most of the food.
“These trips benefit students because we offer a way for them to connect with students with similar interests,” said Tucker Carl, program coordinator for Outdoor Adventures. “This allows us to create the opportunity for people to have community with others while doing the activities they love.”