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CUOC Pre-Orientation Trips for First Year Students

Pre-Orientation Trip Sign-Up/Payment Form

Trip Types and Requirements

FAQs

Trip Options

Meet Your Trip Leaders

Trip Types and Requirements

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 Biking trips cover a wide range of skill levels.

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Backpacking Trips:

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.

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Canoeing Trips:

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.

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Rock Climbing Trips:

Rock Climbing trips will be top rope climbing. There will be routes to suit climbers at every level.

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Mountain Biking Trips:

Those on the Mountain Biking trip must have ridden a bike off-road before and be comfortable doing so.

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Trip FAQs

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2019 Trip Options

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.

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Trip 1: WHAT I LEARNED IN BOATING SCHOOL IS…

Intro Canoeing

Difficulty:

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.

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 2: I Cran-ber-lieve You’ve Done This!

Expert Hiking

Difficulty:

Leaders: Kaitlyn Howley and Carly Coughlin

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!

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 3: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Mountain Biking

Difficulty:

Leaders: Calvin Schmalzle, and Sean Brown

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!

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Trip 4: Lord Have Marcy!

Intermediate Hiking

Difficulty:

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!

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 5: Creature Double Feature

Rock Climbing

Difficulty:

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.

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 6: Canoodling 101

Intermediate Canoeing

Difficulty:

Leaders: Thomas Elfving and Josh Allessio

Description:  A nice romp around the ponds and lakes of the St Regis Canoe area and The Saranac Lakes region.

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 7: Dyno & Soar

Climbing Hiking Combo

Difficulty:

Leaders: Heath Glasgow, Philip Lynch, and Bekah Eldridge

Description:  Starting off at Chapel Pond, we’ll be base camping in the area and hiking and climbing a few peaks nearby. There will be a service dog accompanying us on this trip!

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 8: Holy Walkamolie

Intro Backpacking

Difficulty:

Leaders: Quinn Worden and Meredith Muller

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.

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 9: Bear Food

Intermediate Backpacking

Difficulty:

Leaders: Sam Celia and David DeCola

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!

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 10: Swimming in the Dix

Intermediate Backpacking

Difficulty:

Leaders: Eola Saucier and Kate Wellings

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!

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 11: How to Wok on Water

Expert Canoeing

Difficulty:

Leaders: Kevin Gilrein and Forrest Gifford

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.

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 12: Scrambled Legs

Intermediate Backpacking

Difficulty:

Leaders: Laryssa Terleckyj and Jack McCutchen

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!

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Trip 13: All’s Well that Ends Better!

Intermediate Backpacking

Difficulty:

Leaders: Adriana Terleckyj and Simon Holt

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.

Link to CalTopo Map of Trip

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Meet Your Trip Leaders!

Get to know the masterminds behind these adventures.

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Adriana Terleckyj

Hello there freshman! I am Adriana Terleckyj, soon to be senior (kind of) mechanical engineering student/ horseback rider extraordinaire! (I may have taken a semester or two to study how to train and manage sport horses for equestrian competitions). I am also an Adirondack 46er which means I have hiked all 46 or the tallest mountains in the park. I have already led two Pre Orientation trips as well as done a two week NOLS wilderness first aid training course, so you guys will be in good hands. No one has died on me . . . yet. I like to run and hike as many miles as I can possibly endure and am always testing limits, but don’t worry this will be a laid back trip compared to what I normally do. I have started to practice yoga and maybe we can zen out on top of a mountain over looking the rugged expanse of wilderness of you are into that sort of thing. I have ample amounts of experience, I would love to share so let’s go tame a bear in the wilderness of the Adirondacks together!

Major: Mechanical Engineering 
Class Year: 2020

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Ashley Abel

Howdy freshies, I’m Ashley Abel. I am a junior electrical engineering major from Albany, NY. When I’m not burning myself on transistors in lab, I dabble in the outdoors. I really enjoy rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and canoeing of course. I never went on a Pre-O trip either, so be easy on my first time. Or else I might just tip my canoe “accidentally”. Can’t wait to meet you guys, we will have a great trip!

Major: Electrical Engineering
Class Year: 2021

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Bekah Eldridge

Hi there! The name is Bekah, the pup is Maya. Yes we are a package deal, and yes she will be on the trip (it’s a win win). Currently a sophomore Bio major on a pre-med track. I am a rather adventurous person always looking to try new things. I love climbing, swimming, hiking, you name it! Our trip is going to be a hoot! Cant wait to meet you all!

Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Class Year: 2022

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Calvin Schmalzle

Hi everyone! My name is Calvin and I am a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Long Island. I went on the mountain biking pre-o trip last year and had a great time so I am super excited to be leading it this year! I love the outdoors and some of my favorite activities are mountain biking (of course), skiing, rock climbing, canoeing, and hiking. I can’t wait to meet you and go shred some sweet trails together.

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Cam Dion

Hey, my name is CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM without so many “A”s. Actually it’s usually just spelled with one “A”. I like rocks and stuff. What’s the stuff part you may ask? I’m glad you asked, because that other stuff I like includes hiking, climbing those rocks I mentioned earlier, snowboarding, and generally being in the outdoors. I’m a rising sophomore, chemical engineering major, so I was in your shoes just last year and let me tell you, the shower is better than you think at the end of this week.

Major: Chemical Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Carly Coughlin

(pick your favorite rap beat before reading) What up, my real name is Carly but I go by gnarly, I’m allergic to gluten so I can’t eat barley. Im a senior biomolecular science major, I work in a chem lab and sometimes its a rager. I like dinosaurs, hiking, skiing, and snow, I’m hobbit sized and I’m not going to grow. I’m a certified hypnotherapist, I like the psychadelic stuff if you catch my gist. I bust mean rhymes, I eat raw limes, come on my pre-o trip for a great time!

Major: Biomolecular Science
Class Year: 2020

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David DeCola

Hey guys, my name is David, and I am a junior engineering and management major from Whitesboro, New York. I love all sports outside, but I usually spend my time backpacking in the Adirondacks, biking until it snows and skiing until the snow is gone with my good pal Sam. As a matter of fact, we are leading this trip together, and have designed this trip to provide some of the best views in the Adirondacks, as well as a having the time of your lives.

Major: Engineering and Management
Class Year: 2021

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Eola Saucier

Hey guys! I’m Eola and I’m a sophomore in mechanical engineering! I’m from Maine so I’ve always been surrounded by woods and grew a love for trees. My favorite thing to do outdoors is falling down mountains whether I’m on skis or just in my hiking boots. If I’m not on a mountain you can find me doing other things outdoors like canoeing, swimming, or sleeping. In my free time I enjoy jumping out of planes and off cliffs to get some adrenaline pumping. Keep doing you and have a dope summer. I’m excited to meet you all in a few months!

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Forrest Gifford

Hey! I’m Forrest Gifford, a sophomore environmental engineering major from the Albany area. In the winter I spend most of my time skiing and hurling my carcass down mountains. In the off season I do whatever I can outside and get out as much as I can whether it be canoeing, fly fishing, hiking, biking, or long-boarding. I look forward to meeting you all and spending some time in the ‘dacks.

Major: Environmental Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Heath Glasgow

I’m Heath, but you can call me anytime. I’m that guy who likes rock climbing, which helps with my extreme hammocking hobby. By combining these two, I’ve been on some crazy adventures. I’ve hammocked on everything from a canoe to a cliff (and I’m not talking alphabetically). My next pursuit: hammocking between two planes and it will be anything but plain. Oh, and I’m a junior environmental and civil engineering major from Albany.

Major: Civil/Environmental Engineering
Class Year: 2021

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Hunter Hardy

Hey y’all my name is Hunter Hardy and I am a junior mechanical engineer. I was introduced to the Adirondacks by the coolest Pre-O leader who I am now leading your trip with this year! I love climbing, snowboarding, and I’m not too bad at backcountry cooking. I am also the 46 Climbs chair of club so I dabble in the art of hiking. Come hang with me in the dacks and see just how cool CUOC is!

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2021

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Jack McCutchen

Hi! I’m Jack McCutchen, a sophomore Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering major. I like to ski, ride bikes, hike, and cliff jump. I’m from upstate New York, and I can’t wait to show you guys what New York is all about!

Major: Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Jackie Budka

Whats up my dudes! My name is Jackie and I might be a little whacky because I basically grew up in the woods. I’m the Vice President of the Outing Club, the Adirondacks are my second home, and I’m super pumped to share them with you! A few quick facts about me: my life is a joke (birthday is April Fools Day), my last name means ‘shed’ in Polish, and my brother is going on a Pre O trip just like you! Hi Nick, I can’t wait to give you a big smooch when you get here! Eh, he probably won’t read this.

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2021

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Josh Allessio

Hey guys! I’m Josh and I grew up skiing in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, but recently moved to the Burlington Vermont area. I’ll never say no to trying something new, especially when it comes to outdoor sports. So far, my two favorites are alpine skiing and whitewater kayaking. This will be my first Pre-O trip, and I hope you all are as excited as I am!

Major: Civil Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Kaitlin Okun

Whaddup y’all. My name is Kaitlin smokin Okun and I’m a senior bio pre-med from Buffalo, New York. I had never climbed a mountain until my Pre-O trip freshman year, and now here I am on my fourth Pre-O!! I love backpacking, snowboarding, hammocking on Cheel lawn when I should be studying, bouldering, and anything I can do on the water, especially canoeing. I am an alumni of NOLS, WFA and CPR certified, but most importantly, I am a trailmix enthusiast, so you will be in good hands. I hope you’re ready for a rad time because I can’t wait to show you my favorite place on earth and how cool CUOC is!

Major: Biology
Class Year: 2020

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Kaitlyn Howley

Wassssss Up!!!! My name is Kaitlyn and I am El Presidente of this here Outing Club! I enjoy hucking my carcass down mountains covered in snow and suffering up large earth zits to see some viewz. I can never say no to sends (as long as they are reasonably safe because I’m kinda supposed to be responsible for you people). I’m wicked excited to introduce the awesome people who pick this trip (the best trip out there) to the Adirondacks. Happy trails!!!

Major: Chemical Engineering
Class Year: 2021

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Kate Wellings

What’s good my people the names Kate please don’t call me Katie. I like doing all the things outside including but not limited to: hiking, skiing, running, walking aimlessly, contemplating the meaning of life, and wondering whether or not Jesus was a real person. I also enjoy quality memes, Annie’s mac, and big naps. See you soon homies come on my trip.

Major: Psychology
Class Year: 2021

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Kevin Gilrein

What up homies, my name is Kevin, better known as Send It Kev. I am from Syracuse, NY but I was born in an avalanche (according to legend). Skiing and mountain biking are my favorite activities. I race enduro and downhill for Clarkson’s Mountain Bike Team. I also dig hiking/backpacking, kayaking/canoeing, hammocking, video editing, trail building, destroying skis, and just being outdoors. I drive a Honda Fit, its name is the Honda Lit. I have completed a NOLS course as well as courses in Avalanche Level 1, Wilderness First Aid, Stopping Bleeding, First Aid and CPR, and Level 3 Kayak Rescue. So whether we’re on the water or on the snow, you’re probably safe with me. But enough about me. Hit me with your worst dad joke and lets go canoeing eh?

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2020

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Laryssa Terleckyj

Hey guys, I’m Laryssa and I’m a junior here at Clarkson studying environmental engineering. I love anything to do with the outdoors but some of my favorites include hiking, backpacking, skiing, trail running, hanging out with dogs and snowshoeing. I love exploring the woods with all my tree friends and cooking up mean quesadillas in the backcountry so we are in for a good trip. I’m so excited to meet all of you and see what adventures await us!

Major: Environmental Engineering
Class Year: 2021

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Meredith Muller

Ayyeee yo My name is Meredith, I am sophomore studying Chemical Engineering from West Virginia. I’m always trying to get outdoors weather its skiing, hiking, and munching on granola. Being from so far means that I am still mapping my way around the Adirondack park so if we get lost, we get lost together. I can guarantee that these four days will the YEETiest you’ve ever experienced. I excited to get to meet you all, have a sick summer!

Major: Chemical Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Philip Lynch

Hey! My name is Philip and I’m majoring in environmental engineering. I love the outdoors and some of my favorite things to do in the outdoors are hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing, I also like to snowboard and ice climb in the winter. I’m one of the hiking chairs in the Outing Club so if you’re ever looking to go on some rad hiking trips I’m always down to get outside and hike. I hope you all have an amazing summer and I look forward to leading you on your trip this upcoming fall!

Major: Environmental Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Quinn Worden

Yeeoooo bud(s) what’s up! I’m Quinn, a “junior” Mechanical Engineer from Central New York. As club’s whitewater chair, you can often find me trying to not drown upside down in a kayak and in the summer you can catch me guiding rafts on the Black River in Watertown! I like to get out to do some hiking/biking but in the winter you’ll pretty much only find me skiing both backcountry and resort. Something not outdoorsy about me- huge car enthusiast, when i’m not outdoors at home, i’m in the garage tinkering. I look forward to meeting all of you and taking you on a great trip! Stay rad!

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2021

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Reed Wolfe Wawryznek

Hey there! My name is Reed Wolfe Wawrzynek, and I am an Mechanical Engineering student. Climbing is my favorite outdoor sport, but you can find me Hiking (both winter and summer) Ice climbing, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, Swimming, cross country skiing, and back country skiing. If you choose to come with us, I can guarantee you a rad time in the woods. YEET.

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2021

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Rittir Frankowski

My name is Rittir, I’m currently a super junior majoring in digital arts and computer stuff. I’m what you might call a chill guy, I like hanging out with my friends on the weekends, and procrastinating on weekdays, but mostly I just like to get high up in the mountains. I’m flippin’ fantastic at starting small fires and getting into shenanigans, and my favorite outdoor activities include climbing, swimming, and trying to catch wild animals, so get ready to haul bottom, cause mama bear don’t play. Have a dope summer, and be ready to get rad in the fall!

Major: Digital Arts and Sciences/Computer Science
Class Year: 2021

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Sam Celia

Hey how’s it going everyone! I am Sam Celia , a junior here at school and i’m from Utica, New York. I love to hang out on the highest mountain mountains where ever I go and that usually includes skiing the deepest powder too. With that being said I am always down for a crazy adventure. Oh yeah, I have been around the Adirondacks all my life so this years trip should be pretty awesome. Hope to meet everyone in august and get ready for a wild semester! ✌

Major: Engineering and Management
Class Year: 2021

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Sean Brown

Hey my name is Sean and I am an upcoming sophomore and will be studying Mechanical Engineering. I am from the great state of New Hampshire where most of my outdoor adventures take place. My favorite summertime activity is mountain biking. I have been racing mountain bikes ever since my freshman year of high school and have fallen in love with the sport. I am super excited to lead the trip to the Kingdom Trails as it is one of my favorite riding spots and I am super stoked to share this place with y’all. Whenever I’m not biking I’m either thinking about biking or enjoying some of my other hobbies such as skiing, hiking, and trail building. I went on this trip last year and I highly recommend that you do as I was able to make some great friends and be assured that I would find people to hang out (but mostly bike) with at Clarkson! It is a great way to meet people from CUOC and get an early introduction to such a sweet club (the best on campus that is). I can’t to see you guys there!

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class Year: 2022

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Simon Holt

Greetings and many salutations! My name is Simon Holt and I am from Milford, New Hampshire, a somewhat irrelevant town that no one has heard of. Anyway, in my free time, I like to do a plethora of exciting activities. During the spring and fall, I hike, mountain bike and occasionally swim. In the winter, all I do is ski, both resort and backcountry. When I’m not skiing I’m thinking about skiing, I’m a tad obsessed. I am stoked to meet you guys and go on some crazy adventures together!

Major: Biology
Class Year: 2021

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Thomas Elfving

Oh, hey there! I’m a junior engineering and management major. I like to spend my free time outdoors: skiing in the winters and hiking and canoeing in the summers. I’ve dabbled in most everything in-between too. Come on my trip! Great canoeing to come!

Major: Engineering and Management
Class Year: 2021

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1 Comment

  1. Hi, my name is Charlene. My son have registered for the CUOC Pre-Orientation Trip. I would like to know the Pre-Orientation schedule for parents as well.

    Thank you

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