What is expected of me as a participant?
Part of each CFI program involves learning the basics of wilderness etiquette; this includes learning and utilizing Leave No Trace practices, following guidelines of river etiquette, and packing out all waste.
As a participant, you are expected to act responsibly and safely in all situations. Our long-standing reputation as a high-quality program depends on the support and engagement of our clients in responsible behavior.
What if I have medical needs?
CFI staff is trained to handle most medical needs and situations in the field. If you have special medical needs or will be bringing medications on your trip, make a note in the provided space on our registration form.
I am on a special diet. What should I do?
While we are not able to offer, nor promise fully customized meal plans for individuals in a group, we will try to accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions where practical. In some cases, individuals may be required to bring some of their own supplementary food. CFI can now cater to vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, halal, kosher, and will consider other dietary requests. This information needs to be provided during individual registration.
CFI will review student/adult dietary restrictions and food allergies prior to the trip. Due to the remote location of field camp and outfitting conditions, CFI reserves the right to restrict enrollment to any student/adult.
What is the National Park Tour Group Size?
When taking groups into our national parks in the area (Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park) we are required to limit our groups to 15 people maximum. This number includes an accompanying CFI guide so the maximum size group we can take into the National Parks is 14 individuals.
We can, however, split a larger group apart and take two groups. In this scenario, we would require one of our CFI guides with each group.
What gear is provided?
CFI will provide things you normally would not bring with you, or may not own; big heavy stuff such as rafts, kitchen, and stove, camp chairs on some trips, canoes, life jackets, helmets. At Professor Valley Field Camp, we have sleeping tipis, a kitchen yurt and a classroom yurt, drinking water, solar showers and pit toilets.
What do I need to bring?
It depends on the time of year, the activity you'll be participating in, and your personal preferences. If your trip is during the summer, you may not need a warm hat, gloves, rain gear, and pile jacket; unless you will be at an altitude above 6,000 feet. For early spring and late fall river trips, extra warm clothing is required. Remember, even in the summer, once the sun goes down, the desert can get chilly quickly. On river trips and school programs, participants are expected to bring their own tents and sleeping bags.
Once you register a program, you will be sent a detailed list of what to bring. Bring what is on the list! You should also bring personal items such as binoculars, books, flashlight, small musical instrument, etc.