Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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.

Special Diet

We are able to accommodate only meat and vegetarian diets in our backcountry kitchen. Please inquire if you wish to bring supplemental food (space and cooling restrictions may apply). There is no adjustment to fees if you bring your own food.

If you have dietary preferences or food allergies, make a note in the provided space on our registration form. Our meals are healthy and wholesome, and we use fresh, local produce and meats whenever possible.

What 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 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.

We hope these answers help you! If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us!