Being honest about your ability level will help you and everyone on your trip have a more safe and enjoyable time.
Intro trips are more suited to people in fair to average physical fitness. They are best for people who are trying out the activity for the first time.
Intermediate trips are more suited to people in average to very good physical fitness. They are best for people who have some experience with the activity.
Expert trips are more suited to people in very good to excellent physical fitness. They are best suited for people who really know their stuff and feel very comfortable doing the activity.
Rock Climbing and Mountain Bikingtrips cover a wide range of skill levels.
Those on Backpacking trips need a pair of well-fitting, broken-in hiking or work boots with good support.
Depending on the trip, you may be carrying full packs (25-50 lbs) for multiple hours a day. See trip descriptions for more details.
Those on Canoeing trips must be able to swim.
Depending on the trip, you may be carrying full packs (25-50 lbs) and canoes for a quarter to a few miles for each portage. If you are interested in a more difficult trip it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with how to canoe stern.
Rock Climbing Trips:
Rock Climbing trips will be top rope climbing. There will be routes to suit climbers at every level.
Mountain Biking Trips:
Those on the Mountain Biking trip must have ridden a bike off-road before and be comfortable doing so.
All trips will be a primitive camping experience. No special equipment is necessary, but anyone wishing to bring their own gear is highly encouraged to do so. Please note that trip assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on who registers, you may sleep in a tent with people of the same gender or a different gender than your own.
Most of the trips have these nifty links called “Link to CalTopo Map of Trip” and you should definitely check them out! They show the routes for each day of the trip in an epic display of color coordination. You can also check the terrain by selecting a route and clicking “Profile” in the menu that pops up.
Trip 1: WHAT I LEARNED IN BOATING SCHOOL IS…
Leaders: Ashley Abel and Jackie Budka
Description: Yeah we be doin some paddling in the Saranac Lake area, it’s gonna be da bomb. Many opportunities for exploring, many opportunities for eating, many opportunities for swimming, and yodeling.
Description: Hello and what’s up! If you are looking for a challenge, definitely keep reading! If not, keep reading, we are pretty great writers. Join Kaitlyn and Gnarly for a four day, three night, action packed saunter through the beautiful Cranberry Lake Wilderness! We will be completing a 50-mile flat loop around the lake, along with a few detours up some spectacular mountains. You should expect long days of full packing followed by swimming, good food, and sasquatch hunting. Both your leaders are certified in shenanigans, and will therefore ensure you have a spectacular time. Stay classy my friends, and see you in August!
Description: Join us on an exciting cruise through Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom! Sean and Calvin will lead you along one of the greatest trail networks on the east coast, Kingdom Trails, tearing up every berm, drop, and jump. Be ready for three days of incredible riding, excellent swimming holes, epic scenery, and stargazing! For this moderate-difficult mountain biking trip, limited club bikes are available, or you can bring your own. We look forward to riding with you!
Trip 4: Lord Have Marcy!
Leaders: Kaitlin Okun and Hunter Hardy
Description: If you are looking for an awesome trip with even better views (and rad leaders), this is the trip for you! We will be hiking some of the most beautiful mountains in the Adirondacks, including Mount Marcy, New York’s highest peak. Add in delicious backcountry meals, cold but refreshing swims, and some intense card games, and it can’t get much better. Come hang with us and find out exactly why our trip is called Lord Have Marcy!
Leaders: Cameron Dion, Rittir Frankowski, and Reed Wolfe
Description: Think you got what it takes to spend three days climbing some of the most difficult routes in the world while roughing it in some of the harshest conditions? Yea, nor do we. That’s why this is a nice and easy introductory trip that is fun for all experience levels. Have you been climbing for all of your life? Cool! Don’t know what a rock looks like? That’s pretty weird but don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of time to look at them while learning how to climb on this trip. There’s not a whole lot of walking because even though we go to different areas to climb, we don’t even have to move base camp because where we’ll climb is so close.
Description: A great way to see what the ADK has to offer! We have the potential to hike 3 Adirondack high peaks, but don’t let that sound too intimidating. We will have a flexible schedule and the longest trip will be around 6 miles of great, low incline terrain. There will also be many options for other hikes. We will have our base camp set up at John’s Brook Lodge all 3 nights at a lean-to. We also will have the option to opt out of a day of hiking and to go explore John’s Brook and play around in the water at Tenderfoot pools. All in all a great trip with plenty of opportunities.
Description: Are you ready for the best hiking trip you have ever been on? This trip is designed to be flexible, provide incredible views, and create memories that will kick start your college career, while hiking through some of the best areas in the High Peaks. You are not going to want to miss it!
Description: Join some sick chicks on a fun filled adventure to the Dix! During the day we will be sending it up some mountains and nights will be spent chillaxing and munching on delicious backcountry meals. The Dix Range can be kind of rough, but we’ll take it easy and make sure to find lots of time for swimming. Grab your hiking boots and come conquer the Dix with us!
Description: Let us start off by saying congrats! Choosing to do a Pre-Orientation trip may be the second best decision you’ve ever made. Choosing this particular trip will be the first. Prepare for 4 days of fun in the sun, fun on/in the water, scenic camping and hanging out with friends that you haven’t become friends with yet. Imagine the European exploration of the New World without the smallpox! We gonna cross deez ponds like George Washington crossing the Delaware. Epic stuff. Also, every hot meal will be cooked in a wok. Hence the name.
Description: We will start our journey in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains from the Southern Meadows trailhead and hike into John’s Brook Lodge, where we will be camping for the whole trip. The next day we will hike Big Slide, one of the most amazing High Peaks, and then end our day by exploring swimming holes and natural water slides. On the 3rd day of our trip we will hike some cool mountains of the Great Range, enjoy awesome views, and hopefully see some summit dogs! Our trip will end with a hike out to Noonmark Diner for some breakfast and pie!
Description: Begin at South meadows where we will hike into avalanche pass. On arrival we will set up camp and spend the rest of the day chilling. The following day, we will hike a peak in the vicinity. The day after, we will hike up an over Marcy where we will spend the night near JBL. Pickup day we will hike out, stop at the Noonmark Diner, and the be picked up and bused back to Clarkson.