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Date(s) - 03/11/2017 - 03/19/2017
All Day

10,000 Islands Wilderness: Everglades


Spring Break: Island Hopping the Everglades

Dates: 3/11-3/19/2017 Time: Multiday
Early Registration Deadline: 2/22/17 Early Bird Cost: $575/$650
Registration Deadline: 3/8/17 Regular Cost:$675/$750
 Location: 10,000 Islands Wilderness Everglades National Park

Trip Description:

The Everglades is a picturesque National Park which covers about 20 percent of the entire Florida Everglades. This beautiful and unique landscape is home to many different animals such as dolphins, whales, alligators, and crocodiles. We will spend our time paddling between different island campsites and enjoying all the splendor the park has to offer. We will be camping on beaches, the ground, or in a “chickees” (a platform built directly up from the seafloor)  and changing campsites every night to see a greater span of the park. Everyone will be provided a kayak and will be expected to pack their personal essentials for the entirety of the trip. Come explore and adventure through the Everglades with us for an unforgettable Spring Break experience.

Trip Cost:

Early Registration ($125 Deposit due at sign up):

$575 with a TCU ID, $650 as a sponsored guest

Regular Registration ($225 deposit due at sign up):

$675 with a TCU ID, $750 as a sponsored guest

  • Remaining balance must be paid by 3/8/2017 @ 6pm
  • Prices reflect the TCU student/faculty and sponsored guest rate.
  • Payment in full or a deposit in the amount of $125 (early registration) or $225 (regular registration) is required to reserve your space.
  • Please read our cancellation/refund policy carefully before registering.
  • Price does not include meals on the road



Packing List

Physical Challenge




Outfitting & Food


Pre-Trip Meeting:

3/8 @ 6 pm (Remainder of balance due by pre-trip meeting)

Pre-Trip meetings are required and are held the date of the Sign-Up deadline (listed above – generally the week of or week before the trip), from 6-7:30pm 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.).


Day 1: Depart TCU around 7 am and head east toward Florida.  We will travel through Louisiana to the Florida panhandle, where we will camp for the night along the way.

Day 2: We will depart our campground around 8 am and drive the remainder of the distance to the 10,000 Islands Wilderness in Everglades National Park. We will camp close by the put in location for the paddle. Set up camp, eat amazing food and relax around the fire.

Day 3: We will pack up camp and be ready to go by 9 am. After picking up the boats we will drive to the put in location and start paddling. We will paddle an average of 8 miles each day. Expect to be on the water and enjoying nature for about 6-7 hours per day. Once we arrive at our desert island campsite we will set everything up and cook food together!

Day 4-6: We will get up and break down camp following a delicious breakfast. We will paddle an average of 8 miles each day. Expect to be on the water and enjoying nature for about 6-7 hours per day. While the exact details may change slightly, plan on sleeping on a different deserted island or “chickee” (a platform built directly up from the sea floor) each night. Once we arrive at our campsite we will set everything up and cook food together!

Day 7: We will get up and break down camp following a delicious breakfast. We will paddle an average of 8 miles each day. The exact itinerary is not available yet. Expect to be on the water and enjoying nature for about 6-7 hours per day. We will arrive at the takeout location and spend the night in a campsite close by.

Day 8: We will wake up, break down camp and be on the road by 8 am. We will spend the entire day driving back toward TCU. Once we arrive we will make delicious food and hang out for our last night around the campfire

Day 9: We will depart around 9 am and drive the remainder of the way back to TCU! Approximate arrival at TCU around 8 pm.

 Packing List

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 weather or the hottest weather? Pack to be prepared for both!

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

Physical Challenge

This paddle will be strenuous due to both the distance as well as the length of the trip. We will be in the boats for around 6-7 hours per day and will be paddling an average of 8 miles per day. 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 paddling long distances.

TRIP RATING 3 out of 3 – This trip is a more advanced paddle which requires around 8-10 miles of paddling a day.


The risks for paddling around the Everglades range from improper use of boating equipment which could result in injury to not respecting the wildlife. There are many hazards associated with 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. The area has many risks but we make an intentional effort to prepare everyone for the trip and safety is our number one priority. 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.

Hygiene / Comfort

Our campsites are located around the park and are spread out by an average of 8 miles. We will be finding our own campsites every night along the designated camping areas. Showers and toilets will not be available at any campgrounds. 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 hard packed dirt or soft sand.


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.