Nestled in the lower corner of the URC, Eastern’s EPIC Adventures outdoor program offers high adventure and outdoor recreation for students.
EPIC stands for “Experiential Programs Inspiring Confidence,” according to Becky Harris, recreation management major and EPIC Adventures employee.
“We just want to get out there,” she said.
Every quarter, EPIC offers weekend trips for Eastern students.
These trips include rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skiing, snowboarding, biking and mountaineering.
They are designed to give students experience in recreation and to help build confidence. Most trips are student-led with professional supervision.
Harris emphasized the low cost of the EPIC trips.
“We’re asking for a lower basic fee to cover costs. On some trips, we actually lose money,” she said.
She explained that transportation, lodging, food and equipment rental is included in the cost of most trips.
EPIC employee Lindsay Anderson explained that the EPIC pass is a unique way to get a lot of value out of the EPIC program.
For $200, students receive a pass worth 600 points. Extra points can be added at a cost of 50 cents per point. Most trips cost 100 to 150 points and day trips cost even less. “For $200, you can go on up to 6 trips or like ten day trips,” said Rachel Morehouse, another EPIC employee.
Anderson agrees. “It’s way cheaper than paying $100 a trip,” she said. “You can’t get a better deal anywhere else.”
“Our mission is to provide outdoor adventures for students here … to learn about themselves, build community and explore the world around them,” said John Fair, EPIC program director. “We’re not a commercial outfit. Everything is for the students.”
“[EPIC is] super fun,” said URC employee Kyle Jennings. “I took a trip to Leavenworth, … the bouldering mecca of Washington. It was amazing.”
Anderson agrees. “It’s a great way to meet people,” she said. She explained that contrary to what many students believe, students of every skill level are encouraged to participate.
“You might be nervous … because you’ve never done [whitewater rafting before],” Anderson said. “[But] there are probably five people next to you who have also never done it before. There’s no reason [not to participate].”
To learn more about EPIC, visit http://www.ewu.edu/epic.xml or visit the EPIC Adventures office in URC 150.