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    Here are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding EPIC

    What is EPIC Adventures?

    EPIC Adventures is the Eastern Washington University (EWU) outdoor program. As a part of Campus Recreation and under the larger umbrella of Student Affairs, EPIC is here to help EWU students augment their learning by trying new and adventurous activities outside of the classroom while learning about themselves and the natural world. 

    What does "EPIC " stand for?

    EPIC is an acronym: Experiential Programs Inspiring Confidence. Adventures denotes that we will participate in or seek out adventurous activities and experiences. 

    What kind of activities does EPIC do?

    In short, backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking (flatwater & whitewater), whitewater rafting, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, biking. If it's human powered and in the outdoors, we probably do it.

    How can I join EPIC?

    You can't. It's nothing personal, we're just not a club, so you can't "join." Simply sign up for whatever trips, classes or events that you want to take part in. If you want to sign up for a bunch, check out our loyalty point program. If even this doesn't satisfy you, see our employment page if you just need to "join" EPIC.

    What if I've never tried it before?

    Almost all of our activities are set up for everyone from complete novices to experienced folks. Most of the time, all of the people on an EPIC trip are trying the activity for the first or second time (even waterfall ice climbing). We are here so that Eastern students can try new things. So... it's ok to be nervous!

    What does it cost?

    Well, that depends on the trip. EPIC is supporetd through Services and Activites fees, so our trip prices reflect only the price of travel, food, and small miscellaneous expenses. You can find our prices on the EPIC Trips page. Our prices rock. Really. Check around.

    Who can sign up for an EPIC trip?

    EPIC is here primarily for current EWU students, but occasionally we have friends and family members of EWU students who join as well. While we are more than happy to welcome these folks, our priority is to EWU students so non-EWU students will pay a higher rate and are subject to limited spots on each trip. 

    Will going on EPIC trips improve my dating prospects?

    Maybe. Probably. That's not why we're here, but we can't rule out the possibility that going on an EPIC trip will make you more awesome.

    Is it safe?

    We'll answer this yes-or-no question with the following: risk mangement is our highest priority. We have our risk management practices audited every 3-4  years by an external organization, mostly recently by NOLS. That being said, the sports we offer do have risks involved, and we can't eliminate every risk.

    Will going on EPIC trips improve my GPA?

    Yes, it might! Students who are involved in co-curricular activities like EPIC and other campus recreation programs tend to stay in school and do better than students who just go to class. Plus, many students love the community-building benefits EPIC offers. 

    Who leads the trips?

    Students, for the most part. All trips are planned and led by student trip leaders who have gone through a rigorous field training process, first aid training, van driver training and other skills training depending on the type of trip. On trips involving climbing or whitewater travel, a professional staff with advanced technical training is also present.

    What do I need to bring?

    Yourself. Maybe a friend. Oh, and clothes. For most trips, we provide all the equipment you need to take part in the activity. For instance, on a whitewater rafting trip, you can show up in a swimsuit and we have pretty much everything else you need. Before every trip, we'll give you a detailed packing list, so you'll know what to bring.

    Contact Information

    EPIC Adventures
    150 University Rec Center
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: epicadventures@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.4014

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