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Date(s) - 03/11/2018 - 03/17/2018
All Day

Na Pali Coast, Hawaii


Backpacking in Paradise

Dates: 3/11-17 Time: Multiday
Early Registration Deadline: 2/1 Early Bird Cost: $595/$650
Registration Deadline:  3/1 Regular Cost: $695/$750
Location: Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Trip Description:

Come to the Na Pali Coast with us over Spring Break to see that the epic scenery in Jurassic Park wasn’t just cinematography. Make some lifelong memories in one of the U.S.’s most unique states. Hike the rib-like mountains poking out of Kaua’i Island while gazing upon Hawaii’s famous waters. Spend some time tanning on a private beach only accessible by boat or a pair of hiking boots. Explore beneath the ocean’s surface while participating in one of Hawaii’s most well-known recreational activities: snorkeling! If you love adventure and marvelling at nature’s breath-taking beauty, then this trip is for you.

Trip Cost:

Early Registration (full payment due at registration):

$595 with a TCU ID, $650 as a sponsored guest

Regular Registration:

$695 with a TCU ID, $750 as a sponsored guest

  • Prices reflect the TCU student/faculty and sponsored guest rate.
  • Please read our cancellation/refund policy carefully before registering.
  • Price does not include meals on the road

*Note: The overall trip cost does NOT include airfare



Packing List

Physical Challenge




Outfitting & Food


Pre-Trip Meeting:

Pre-Trip meetings are required and are held the date of the registration deadline (listed above – generally the week of or week before the trip), from 6-7:30 pm at the TCU Climbing Wall.  You will meet the leaders and other trip members, as well as cover all details such as weather, menu, safety issues, and clothing requirements. You will also be issued all of your equipment at this time (sleeping bags, pad, tent, etc.).

*Note: The pre-trip meeting will also be a time where we distribute gear among the group to pack into your own luggage since we will all be flying out separately.


3/11: Arrange your own travel plans to arrive at Lihue Airport by 3pm.

3/12-15: Hiking and camping through the mountain trails along the ocean.

3/16-17: Snorkeling, Surfing, and sight-seeing around the beautiful Kaua’i Island! Return to the airport by 5pm. Arrange your own travel plans to return home.

Physical Challenge

Backpacking and hiking can be strenuous on the legs. Designated trails are often well-worn whereas others might be nonexistent. We could be hiking several miles over rough terrain as we explore and over multiple days, so your endurance will be tested. Staying well hydrated, taking your time, resting when necessary (but not for too long), and keeping your energy level high is essential. Trip members should be in good physical condition for hiking on rocky and rugged terrain.

TRIP RATING 2 out of 3 – This is a beginner-friendly hiking trip that may put you outside your comfort zone.


Packing List

**Please don’t purchase any of the following items before the pre-trip meeting, as your trip leader will have advice on what/where to purchase any required gear**

We are limited on space, and the less stuff you bring, the less you have to carry around. Ask yourself…What would I want in the coldest/wet weather or the hottest/dry weather? Pack to be prepared for both!

*Note: keep in mind that we will be flying so pack lightly and tightly

Things that should be packed inside your personal day pack and kept with you inside the van:

  • Small day pack
  • Money for road meals
  • A warm layer
  • Headlamp
  • Travel size pillow
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Camera


  • Sunglasses w/retainer strap
  • Personal stuff- extra contact lenses, chapstick, sunscreen, baby wipes, baby powder, ear plugs, hand lotion, medications you usually take…
  • 2 durable crush proof one-liter water bottles or a hydration pack
  • Eating utensils
  • Plastic bowl
  • Mug/insulated cup
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Wide brimmed shade hat
  • Beanie/ stocking cap
  • Bandana
  • Gloves
  • Tennis shoes with good ankle support
  • Hiking Socks
  • Hiking Shoes/ Boots
  • Cotton or synthetic blend hiking shirt (breathable layer)
  • Cotton or synthetic camp shirt (a clean shirt to wear at camp)
  • Synthetic Long Sleeve Top(s) – Polypro, Capilene, or polyester.
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • Sports bra
  • Windbreaker
  • Nylon shorts
  • Lightweight long pants/ cotton or synthetic hiking pants
  • Rain Pants
  • Sweatpants
  • Underwear
  • Synthetic long underwear (top & bottom)
  • Bathing suit
  • 15-30˚ sleeping bag and Thermarest sleeping pad
  • Tent with rain fly (sleeps 2-4)
  • Headlamp
  • Camp chair
  • Pack Bag: to hold all of the above items PLUS your personal gear and clothes
  • Expedition First Aid Kit
  • Ground Tarp
  • Stoves, fuel and all cooking gear-pots, pans, spice kit etc.
  • Repair kit for tents, stoves, packs, etc.
  • Water bags -2+ gallon bags for camp use
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert


There are numerous risks and hazards associated with backpacking the Na Pali Coast. Snakes, scorpions, millipedes, are only some examples fauna that we may encounter. Local flora includes many sharp and poisonous plants that require extra caution when hiking. Not dressing appropriately can result in heat or cold illnesses (Hyperthermia or Hypothermia). Not drinking enough water results in dehydration and not being in adequate physical condition can result in sore muscles. Trip members must make a conscious effort to be safe. One person’s disdain for safety will always result in more hardship for the group. If we do have an accident or injury that requires medical attention beyond the scope of our leader’s experience, the trip is immediately over without refund. Our leaders are trained to administer first aid in an outdoor environment; however, while they may be able to treat injuries they cannot always prevent them.


While hiking, we will be stopping at designated campsites along the trail. There will bedesignated tent sites, picnic tables, and water nearby.  TCU will provide tents, warm synthetic sleeping bags, and foam sleeping pads. You will have the choice to share a tent with two or three trip members or sleep under the stars. The sleeping area provides us with durable hard packed dirt.


The trip leaders will research the weather conditions in advance to assess the situation. The Trip will be cancelled if the weather is dangerous. If you do not receive an email about this, then please be prepared to be out in the weather. Please follow the weather and use your best judgement as well as the packing list to determine what you will personally need to stay warm and dry during the entirety of this trip. Layers are recommended for cold weather and failure to bring proper attire will be detrimental to your experience.