Not your average summer camp

pacific geology

Pacific group at the Little Grand Canyon.

By Allison Jones, Olivia Sue and Sara Warix

Field Camp is a six-week capstone course in how to be a professional field geologist.

We are part of a group of seven Pacific geology students who got to travel to Park City, Utah to attend the Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp.

During camp, we travel to various field sites six days a week to apply what we have learned in the classroom at Pacific to the geology of western North America.

While intellectually rewarding, field camp is also mentally and physically taxing. The average day involves heading into the field at 7:30 a.m., hiking all day in the desert sun, and returning from the field around 5 p.m., just in time for a shower before dinner. Typically, there is an evening lecture and a project due at 10 p.m. before we start over the next day.

The Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp is hosted by the University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The camp also hosts a number of students from outside institutions.

This year there are about 70 students here. Working with students from across the country is beneficial because each student brings a different perspective to solving geologic problems. It also provides the opportunity to create a professional network that extends beyond Pacific.

So far at camp, we have gained confidence in our abilities as geologists, made new friends and have seen world class rocks.

Visit the Geological & Environmental Sciences website to learn more about majoring in geology.

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