An Experience of a Lifetime
Rather than spending your last few days before Orientation at home, biting your nails, packing and repacking, we strongly recommend attending a Pre-Orientation Trip. On the Clarkson University Outing Club (CUOC) Pre-Orientation Trips, our trained student leaders will guide you through the beautiful wilderness of the Adirondack Park in northern New York for four days and three nights. We have backpacking and canoeing trips for every skill level and interest, and you are certain to make lifelong friends, learn about the Clarkson experience from upperclassmen, get a head start on the college experience, and even move into your residence hall room early!
Students attending trips move into their rooms early on Monday, August 17th and arrive back to campus on Friday, August 21st in time for Orientation. We even provide a special orientation for your parents and family members when you arrive on the 17th so they do not need to make a separate trip to Clarkson.
Each trip costs $180 which includes an on-campus dinner for you and two family members, a free t-shirt to commemorate your trip, all transportation and food costs during the trip, an on-campus barbecue exclusively for trip attendees, and extensive Wilderness First Responder training for your student trip leaders. Sign up for a trip by completing your checklist items on PeopleSoft. Login with your Clarkson username and password (same as your email) at www.clarkson.edu/peoplesoft.php.
NOTE: Students who are a part of the Clarkson School or Honors Program are NOT eligible for these pre-orientations experiences due to their own Orientation trip taking place at the same time.
Each trip is led by two experienced leaders, and there are eight people (including leaders) per trip. Those wishing to go on a canoe trip must be able to swim. Hiking trips require a pair of well-fitting, broken-in hiking or work boots with good support, as all participants will be carrying large backpacks. All trips will be a primitive camping experience. No special equipment is necessary, but anyone wishing to bring his or her own gear is highly encouraged to do so.
Difficult Hiking: Participant must have experience. Participant must be in good shape. Carrying heavy packs (35-50lbs) for 4-7 miles and day packs (10lbs) for 7-12 miles per day. Rough Terrain. 5-10 peaks.
Moderate Hiking: Participant should have some experience. Participant should be in good shape. Carrying heavy packs for 3-5 miles and day packs for 5-10 miles per day. Rough Terrain. 3-6 peaks.
Easy Hiking: Participant doesn't need experience. Participant does not need to be in good shape. Carrying heavy packs for 2-4 miles and day packs for 3-7 miles per day. Moderate Terrain. 1-4 peaks.
Difficult Canoeing: Participant must have experience. Participant must be in good shape. Canoeing 10-15 miles per day and carrying canoes 2-4 miles. Also, carrying heavy packs 2-4 miles.
Moderate Canoeing: Participant should have some experience. Participant should be in good shape. Canoeing 6-12 miles per day and carrying canoes .5-3 miles. Also, carrying heavy packs .5-3 miles.
Easy Canoeing: Participant doesn't need experience. Participant does not need to be in good shape. Canoeing 2-7 miles per day and carrying canoes up to .5 miles. Also, carrying heavy packs for .5 miles.
Trip 1: Who's Keene on Climbing?
Leaders: Jake Brown, Miles Miller, Tom Twomey
Difficulty: Moderate Rock Climbing
Day 1: Set up camp and possibly climb at Jewels and Jems if time permits.
Day 2: Spend day two of the trip at Beer Walls, a famous Adirondack climbing spot with routes of all difficulty levels.
Day 3: Day three, we will climb in Cascade Pass.
Day 4: Pack up camp and head to Noonmark Diner for some famous pie.
Description: Interested in rock climbing? Keene on adventuring? Join us on this trip and we'll help you learn the basics. We will be climbing at various crags in Keene Valley throughout the trip. It will be car camping, but we will be sleeping in tents. The three guides have training in first aid and lots of climbing experience. There will be a variety of routes for all skill levels. Some outdoor experience is preferred.
Trip 2: Saint Regis Exploration: Sounds Fishy to Me
Leaders: Will Callanan, Troy Bates
Difficulty: Easy Canoeing
Day 1: We will put our boats into Lower Saint Regis Lake, paddling from there, through Spitfire Lake and Upper Saint Regis Lake to Bear Pond.
Day 2: Today, we make our way to Saint Regis Pond. This leg of the journey includes three short portages.
Day 3: Explore the area surrounding the Campsite. Expect a lot of swimming today!
Day 4: Pack up camp in the morning. Paddle through a fish hatchery (really cool) to the pickup point on Route 30.
Description: Adventurers, we made it! Don't be a hoser. Come move in before your roommate and then spend three days canoeing St. Regis Lake. Will and Troy will lead an adventure for all ranges of skill level. You will spend 60% of the time canoeing and 100% of your time having fun. Expect better than mediocre cooking and some of the best card games. On this trip, you will paddle through the ONLY primitive canoe area in the Adirondacks.
Trip 3: Canoe Think of a Better Adventure?
Leaders: Nick Multari, Michael Coelho
Day 1: Start with a short portage from the trailhead to the pond. Put canoes into Long Pond and paddle to the first campsite.
Day 2: Today is a day of leisure.We will paddle around Long Pond as well as any of the adjacent ponds. Expect paddling, swimming, and a lot of fun.
Day 3: We'll start the day by paddling to the trailhead for Long Pond Mountain. Once at the trailhead, it will be a moderate hike up to the summit.
Day 4: After taking our time in the morning to tear down camp and pack up the boats, we will paddle back to the same spot that we were dropped off.
Description: Come spend four days with Mike and Nick canoeing and hiking around Long Pond. We will be spending plenty of time relaxing and having fun as we just enjoy the majestic Adirondacks. If you wish to canoe around a beautiful area with some awesome people, then this is the trip you want to be on!
Trip 4: The Little, Green, Wooden, Square Fish
Leaders: Evan Tougas, Mark Zibinski
Difficulty: Moderate Canoeing
Day 1: Put in at Green Pond and have a soothing 2.2-mile paddle to the first campsite with a super short portage.
Day 2: Pack up camp, and paddle 3.7 miles to the next campsite in Little Square pond.
Day 3: Paddle a super relaxing 1.69 miles to our next campsite in Floodwood Pond.
Day 4: Paddle the last 1.5 miles to the take out at St. Regis outfitters.
Description: Spend fours days hanging out with Mark and Evan as we paddle from Green Pond to Floodwood Pond, and have an awesome time doing it! It will be a chilled and relaxing way to start off your school year, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, and relaxing by a campfire. Not to mention camping on an awesome island!
Trip 5: Freshman Seminar
Leaders: Kyle Stone, Dylan Gilgallon
Difficulty: Easy Canoeing
Day 1: Paddle from drop off point through the Upper Saranac Lake region arriving early to our Lean-to to set up camp and eat dinner.
Day 2: Be prepared to carry the boats and gear a short distance today as we have to pass between Upper and Middle Saranac. Paddle north to the Northway Lean-to while exploring the Middle Saranac Lake Region.
Day 3: Paddle to the Kiwassa Lean-to going past the boat launch on Route 3 and exploring the region further. Today we will pass through various locks located on Middle and Lower Saranac Lake.
Day 4: Paddle through another lock and end up at the public boat launch in downtown Saranac Lake.
Description: Spend four days exploring the Saranac Lake chain with two pretty awesome tour guides. The food will be great, the company will be impeccable, and the memories will be endless. There is no better way to start off your college career. Who knows, maybe bacon and eggs will make an appearance for breakfast. And if that doesn't make up your mind, we don't know what will.
Trip 6: Guys, Where Did Dan Go?
Leaders: Dan Jaremczuk, Cassie Wells
Difficulty: Easy Hiking
Day 1: Starting at Upper Works, the southern entrance to the Adirondack High Peaks, we will hike approximately 3 miles to either Henderson or Walface Lean-to.
Day 2: In the morning, we will make our way to Scott Clearing Lean-to for the night. If time allows, we will hike down to Wallface Pond for the scenery and some swimming.
Day 3: Hike to Rocky Falls Lean-to, then hike to Rocky Falls where we will be swimming and things!
Day 4: We have a very short hike out in the morning. If time allows, we'll hike Mount Jo -- a very short hike with amazing veiws.
Description: Dan and Cassie promise a beginner's trip with fun galore! Bouncing from lean-to to lean-to, this thru hike will pass through a remote area of the High Peaks. View some awesome rock features and maybe enjoy some swimming along the way.
Trip 7: John's Brook Jaunt
Leaders: Patrick Conlon, Andrew Toman
Difficulty: Moderate Hiking
Day 1: Hike in from the Garden, Camp at Goodwin Lean-to. If time permits, hike Big Slide
Day 2: While morale is high, we plan on summiting Haystack, then travelling over to Basin, and then scrambling up Saddleback. We’ll head down the Ore Bed trail and return to base camp.
Day 3: With sore legs from yesterday’s hike, we will take things slower today. After a relaxed morning, we will make our way down John’s Brook to Tenderfoot Pools: a natural waterslide connected to a beautiful swimming hole.
Day 4: We’ll pack up camp early in the morning and head back out the way we came in. Hiking down the same road we came in on, we will find our way to Noonmark Diner, home to the best pie on the face of the planet.
Description: Join Patrick and Andrew on this once in a lifetime adventure across the Great Range. Hike beautiful mountains during the day, enjoy hammocks, cards, and relaxing at camp during the evening, and sleep under the stars at night. This trip also includes a relaxing day at an undisclosed location at which there will be swimming, water sliding, and more adventure. Its location is only know by our fearless guide Andrew. And to top it off, as if this trip couldn’t get any more awesome, eat the best tasting pies in the world from the Noonmark Diner. On this trip we will hit four of the Adirondack 46ers, and have an awesome adventure before school starts. So don’t wait; act now, and join us on the adventure of a life time.
Trip 8: Hike the Face
Leaders: Austin Skoog, Adam Haskin
Difficulty: Easy Hiking
Day 1: From the drop off point, hike in approximately three miles to the Whiteface Landing Lean-to, conveniently located right on Lake Placid.
Day 2: Hike six miles, at an easy pace, up to the summit of Whiteface.
Day 3: Hike six miles, again at an easy pace, to the summit of Mckenzie Mountain.
Day 4: Pack up camp in the morning and then head back out the way we came in, where the bus will pick us up and bring us back to Clarkson.
Description: Join Adam and Austin on the outdoors adventure of a lifetime. You may be able to "ski the face," but can you hike New York's 5th highest peak? This moderate leveled hike will include a 3 mile backpacking portion to Whiteface Landing, where swimming and beachfront fun in Lake Placid will fill the evening. On the second day, we will hike 3 miles up Whiteface, basking in the spectacular views of the Adirondack High Peaks. On the third day, we will hike 3 miles to McKenzie, or spend the day lounging by the lake. We will hike back out the final day and you're off to start freshman year with your newly found friends.
Trip 9: Choose Your Own Adventure!
Leaders: Adam Graham, Matt Dyer
Difficulty: Moderate Hiking
Day 1: Start off at the ADK Loj with a short and sweet hike up Mt. Jo followed by a lunch time swim in Heart Lake (if sunshine allows). Then hike into Marcy Dam to set up camp for the night.
Day 2: Starting and ending at Marcy Dam, we will take the grand tour of central lakes and falls by hiking through Avalanche Pass, along Lake Colden, past Livingston Pond then up to Hanging Spear Falls and back the same way to camp. This scenic passage looks up to several of the Adirondack High Peaks and is a 10 mile hike with little change in elevation.
Day 3: Once again starting and ending in the Marcy Dam area, we will hike up the Marcy Brook trail until we reach Indian Falls where we will hike Phelps and/or Tabletop mountains (depending on how the group is feeling) and make our way back down to Marcy Dam.
Day 4: Depending on the weather and the feel of the group, we can wake up early and hike Mount Colden for the sunrise or we can choose to sleep in and hike out mid-morning to catch the bus at the ADK Loj.
Description: As stated in the trip name, this hiking trip is of the ‘choose your own adventure’ variety. Since we are camping in one of the central-most areas of the high peaks region, we can add on more mountains to hike, choose not to hike certain mountains, or elect to hike entirely different trails than were originally planned. The options are nearly limitless with all the sights to see and mountains to summit in the Lake Colden area. The trip itinerary is not set in stone by any means and we are more than willing to adjust how challenging or relaxed the trip is based on the way the group is feeling, the weather during the week, and available campsites. No matter where we hike or sleep; however, I can guarantee that it will be a fun trip and an experience that you will not soon forget.
Trip 10: The Beginning of the End
Leaders: David Desmond, Josh Valentine
Difficulty: Difficult Hiking
Day 1: Hike to either Uphill or Feldspar lean to from upper works. If time or interest dictates hike Cliff and/or Redfield.
Day 2: Hike to Slant Rock or Bushnell Falls (depending on availability), route goes over Mt. Marcy with opportunities to climb Gray, Skylight, and Haystack.
Day 3: Hike to Ore Bed Brook Lean to over Basin and Saddleback. Chill and go to bed early.
Day 4: Get up early and hike out through the garden and down to the noonmark diner for pie.
Description: Why sit at home listening to your mom ask if you have enough underwear with you when you can be on top of the Adirondacks with Dave and Josh. This trip will start your college career off right with awesome views, great food, and bad puns. We are planning on covering a lot of miles with heavy packs and gaining a lot of elevation. Being in good shape will be a necessity. Some hiking experience is also recommended although Dave and Josh can teach you all the skills you need to conquer the Adirondacks if you are in good shape.
Trip 11: The Great Range Rampage!
Leaders: Eric Mallery, Brian Chrzan
Difficulty: Difficult Hiking
Day 1: Hike in from the Garden, Camp at Myers Lean-to. If interest dictates we will hike over Big Slide via the Brothers Trail, one of the most scenic paths in the Adirondacks.
Day 2: Hike up to the summit of Mt. Marcy and enjoy the spendor awarded by standing on the highest point in the state of New York.
Day 3: Hike the lower Great Range (Gothics, Armstrong, Upper and Lower Wolfjaw), a short but exciting climb.
Day 4: Hike out to the Noonmark Diner to eat the best pie in the world.
Description: Come spend four day exploring the wilderness with Eric and Brian! We’ll be spending three nights at a lean-to located along the scenic Johns Brook and four days hiking parts of the Great Range, one of the best ridge hikes in the park. Jumpstart your college experience by summiting six of the most beautiful high peaks in the Adirondacks. There will be amazing views, fun hikes, and loads of campsite stories!
Trip 12: The High Peaks Traverse
Leaders: Dan Allen, Kyle O'Grady
Difficulty: Difficult Hiking
Day 1: Leave Upper Works trailhead, head into Indian pass. Hike with full packs past Cold Brook Pass trail. Set up camp for night at Scott Clearing. (approx. mileage: 6.5)
Day 2: Leave Scott Clearing Lean-to early, hike up and over Cold Brook pass, stopping halfway to tag Mt. Marshall. Continue down Cold Brook pass to Lake Colden, passing through Lake Colden to Uphill and Feldspar Lean-tos for the night. (approx. mileage: 8)
Day 3: Leave lean-to early, head to Four Corners, drop packs and tackle Gray and Skylight, gather packs and head up and over Mount Marcy, heading towards Marcy Dam past Indian Falls. Possibly picking up Tabletop/Phelps combo if group is up for it. Camp at Marcy Dam lean-to/campsite. (approx. mileage: 11)
Day 4: Leave Marcy Dam around 7AM headed to ADK Loj for pick-up. Following Van Hoevenberg Trail. (approx.. mileage: 2.2)
Description: Are you ready to hit the trails and start your Clarkson experience off on the right foot? Come and log some serious miles and hit some high peaks with us! This trip is not for the faint of heart, but we can ensure a healthy heart after! Enjoying some 5-star backcountry cooking and sleeping under the stars doesn’t get much better than this! Experience the tallest peak in the state, while making some new friends. Come hang with us! We look forward to seeing you this Fall!
Name: Jacob Brown
Name: Miles Miller
Name: Thomas Twomey
Name: Will Callanan
Name: Troy Bates
Name: Nick Multari
Name: Michael Coelho
Name: Mark Zibinski
Name: Kyle Stone
Name: Dylan Gilgallon
Name: Danylo Jaremczuk
Name: Cassie Wells Lumbrazo
Name: Andrew Toman
Name: Austin Skoog
Name: Adam Haskin
Name: Adam Graham
Name: Matt Dyer
Name: David Desmond
Name: Josh Valentine
Name: Eric Mallery
Name: Brian Chrzan
Name: Dan Allen
Name: Kyle O'Grady
HOW TO APPLY: Sign-ups for pre-orientation trips happen from April 15 to July 15. Sign up for a trip by completing your checklist items on PeopleSoft. Login with your Clarkson username and password (same as your email) at www.clarkson.edu/peoplesoft.php.
CUOC Pre-Orientation Trip Travel Policy and Release, Consent, and Waiver Form
Have questions we didn't answer? Try our Trip FAQs. Still didn't find your answer? Email email@example.com.
Mini Orientations: A mini-orientation on Monday, August 17th is available for families of students who are participating in pre-orientation trips. This session is held for your family’s convenience so two trips to Potsdam for Orientation events are not necessary.
IMPORTANT: Due to the nature and location of many of these trips it is direly important that you bring any medication that you could possibly need on your trip. This is even more important to students with conditions such as asthma or allergies to bee stings. If you have ever needed an inhaler, BRING IT, if you have any reason to need an Epi-pen, BRING ATLEAST ONE, we cannot provide this type of medication. If for any reason you normally wear a medical alert bracelet due to drug allergies you MUST wear it the WHOLE trip. Please come prepared with all medications you could need, and inform your leader personally of any possible medical complications you may have.
Top 5 reasons to go on a pre-Orientation trip:
5) Get an awesome T-Shirt.
4) Move in early (get all the good stuff in the room).
3) Have fun in the ‘Dacks and get settled before work sets in.
2) Meet interesting people and make new friends even before classes start.
1) Become part of the coolest club on campus!