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Adventure Trips

This webpage was updated on August 23, 2018, 1:30pm PST.

Adventure Trips are opportunities for first year students to explore the great outdoors with the guidance of trained and experienced students from our outdoor/wilderness student organization Into the Wild.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in Adventure Trips, first year students will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet classmates and form friendships before classes begin
  • Explore California and learn about its natural history
  • Learn about sustainability, leadership, nature, and discernment
  • Have a facilitated transition into college from Orientation to Welcome Weekend to the start of fall classes
  • Learn about the college experience from current students
  • Gain backpacking skills and/or other skills

Trips

For 2018, our outdoor/wilderness student organization Into the Wild is offering the following 6 trips:

SOLD OUT

Depart from Campus: September 12
Return to Campus: September 14
Total Spots Available: 7 total spots (4 first come first serve, 3 lottery)
Cost per Student: $110
Trip Description: Join us and six of your new best friends on a camping trip to the Eastern Sierra! We will be hiking into some of the most pristine alpine valleys and forests in the nation, exploring the Ansel Adams Wilderness, experiencing the otherworldly, volcanic landscape around Mono Lake, and even sleeping next to natural hot springs! Expect to hike around 7 miles each day, relax by our drive-in campsite each afternoon, and stargaze late into the night. We will leave Santa Clara Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00 am and return to Campus by 8:00 pm on Friday, September 14th. No prior outdoor experience required! Get psyched to start off your college experience right with the adventure of a lifetime!
Activities: Hiking, car camping, hot springs, stargazing, s'more-making, granite valley exploring.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginning car camping; no prior backpacking experience required; an average of 7-mile hikes per day.
Trip Leaders: Henry Amestoy, Kirsten Dodroe, and Kelly Madden

SOLD OUT

Depart from Campus: September 12
Return to Campus: September 14
Total Spots Available: 7 total spots (4 first come first serve, 3 lottery)
Cost per Student: $135
Trip Description: Do you enjoy bonding with strangers while carrying a backpack and spending time in exquisite landscapes? Come join your favorite Into The Wild leaders Nick, Anne, and Claire as we venture on a 3 day, 2-night journey into the not so desolate Desolation Wilderness!! Desolation is a pristine wilderness area that rests southwest of the Lake Tahoe area. We will depart from campus the morning of Wednesday, September 12th and set out 6 miles to spend our first night along the shores of Lake Aloha. Thursday, the greatest day of the week, will be a 6-mile trek dedicated to exploring small lakes and summiting Mount Tallac - the highest peak in the Tahoe area - standing at over 9,700’. Friday we will round out our adventure with a beautiful 8-mile descent with expansive views of Lake Tahoe returning to campus by 7 pm. This is a backpacking trip with no prior experience required. We do recommend being in good shape to tackle the more challenging summit of Mount Tallac.
Activities: Backpacking/hiking, camping.
Experience/Fitness Level: Intermediate backpacking; backpacking experience is highly recommended; hiking experience and being in good shape is a must for a difficult mountain summit; an average of 7 miles a day of hiking with a heavy pack; 20 miles will be covered over the course of the trip.
Trip Leaders: Anne Graham, Claire French, and Nick Rogers

Click here to sign up for this trip
(online sign-up ends August 26, 10:00pm PST)

Depart from Campus: September 12
Return to Campus: September 14
Total Spots Available: 10 total spots (5 first come first serve, 5 lottery)
Cost per Student: $100
Trip Description: Come join two Into the Wild leaders and ten other peers and potential best friends on a backpacking trip of a lifetime. We will be departing Wednesday, September 12th at 8:00 am and returning Friday, September 14th around 7:00 pm. This 18 mile, three day (two night) backpacking trek will take you on the Gem Lake Loop in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park and offers incredible views, alpine lakes, and diverse terrain. Highlights of the trail include desolate, alpine stretches with towering granite walls that give way to thick, lush forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. The trail doesn't have a distinct up or down but rather various points of ascending and descending, which kept it challenging but not too hard. No camping or backpacking experience is required but participants should be prepared to carry a heavy backpack for around 6 miles each day with moderate elevation gain.
Activities: Backpacking/hiking, camping.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginning backpacking; no prior backpacking experience required; must be able to hike 6 miles a day with elevation gain and a heavy pack; 18 miles will be covered over the course of the trip.
Trip Leaders: Joe Curran and Claire Capeloto

Click here to sign up for this trip
(online sign-up ends August 26, 10:00pm PST)

Depart from Campus: September 12
Return to Campus: September 14
Total Spots Available: 9 total spots (5 first come first serve, 4 lottery)
Cost per Student: $100
Trip Description: Join us for a car camping adventure to Big Sur before you start your incredible first year at Santa Clara. Our adventure will take place Wednesday, 9/12, through Friday, 9/14, so you will be back in time for Welcome Weekend! We’ll be car camping, hiking, and swimming around Arroyo Seco. The day hike will be a beginner level, but it is important that you are comfortable swimming. Whether you have lots of outdoor experience or none at all, we encourage you to join us!
Activities: Hiking, car camping, swimming.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginning car camping; no prior experience required.
Trip Leaders: Cambria Markezich, Brewster Knapp, and Noel Del Toro

Click here to sign up for this trip
(online sign-up ends August 26, 10:00pm PST)

Depart from Campus: September 12
Return to Campus: September 14
Total Spots Available: 10 total spots (5 first come first serve, 5 lottery)
Cost per Student: $95
Trip Description: First-year wildlings! Are you looking to meet other zany adventure-seekers like yourself before starting college? Come join two Into the Wild leaders on this three day, two-night backpacking expedition to Point Reyes and revel in all of the biodiverse glory this National Seashore has to offer. We’ll be leaving early from campus on Wednesday, September 12 and returning the night of Friday, September 14, just in time to enjoy Welcome Weekend. Taking off from the Palomarin trailhead, we’ll be trekking around 25 miles over the course of our three days, enjoying the breathtaking lakes, tree tunnels, and stargazing the Coast Trail has to offer. You’ll also get the chance to explore Alamere Falls, a stunning waterfall feeding straight into the ocean (Google search recommended). No previous backpacking experience is required, however, you should be prepared to carry individual gear along with some group gear in your packs along partially strenuous terrain.
Activities: Backpacking/hiking, camping.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner backpacking; backpacking experience is not required; an average of 8-mile hikes a day with a heavy pack; 25 miles will be covered over the course of the trip.
Trip Leaders: Bryn Pellowe and Sean Even

Click here to sign up for this trip
(online sign-up ends August 26, 10:00pm PST)

Depart from Campus: September 12
Return to Campus: September 14
Total Spots Available: 10 total spots (5 first come first serve, 5 lottery)
Cost per Student: $90
Trip Description: Come join some of your fellow first years on a backpacking adventure to the redwood forests of the San Francisco Peninsula. We are going to be hiking a total of 34 miles over three days in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, searching for wildlife, scenic vistas, and new friendships. We will be leaving Santa Clara’s campus early Wednesday morning and returning Friday night in time for Welcome Weekend. We will explore Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin State Park, and Portola Redwoods State Park over the course of the trip. This trip an intermediate backpacking trip. We will be covering 34 miles total over the course of three days (two nights on trail).
Activities: Backpacking/hiking, camping, frolicking among redwoods.
Experience/Fitness Level: Intermediate backpacking; backpacking experience is highly recommended; must be able to hike 10 miles a day with elevation gain and a heavy pack; 34 miles will be covered over the course of the trip.
Trip Leaders: Zach Gianotti and Nicola Gerbino

Online Sign-Up Links

Online sign-ups for Adventure Trips 2018 will be available on the following dates:

  • Open: August 6, 2018, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Close (extended deadline): August 26, 2018, 10:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Online sign-up links are located along the right column of this webpage below the menu bar (or at the bottom of this webpage if you are viewing from a smart phone). Links are also located in the drop-down descriptions above for each trip.

Once sign-ups start at 6:00pm on August 6, click on the link of the trip that you are interested in.

Please note that you will not be able to sign-up early even if you click on any of the links prior to 6:00pm PST on August 6.

Ticket Lottery

If you are not able to secure one of the "first come, first serve" spots on the trip you want, please complete the online Ticket Lottery form so you can be entered in the lottery drawing to fill the other half of spots. Into the Wild will conduct the lottery shortly after online sign-ups close on August 15, 10:00pm PST. You will be notified if you have been selected for a trip via email by Thursday, August 16 and asked to purchase your ticket by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, August 19.

The Ticket Lottery form is now closed.

Information

IMPORTANT: In previous years once online sign-ups go live, spots go fast within a few minutes. To make it more fair for students who can't sign-up immediately, we are doing a 50/50 split meaning that: (1) half of the spots on each trip will be "first come, first serve" by automatically going to the students who sign up first, and (2) the other half of the spots on each trip will be via "lottery" where sign-ups will be open for a full week so as many students as possible have a chance to sign-up. Then once sign-ups close, we will randomly select from this pool of students to fill the other half of spots.

IMPORTANT: If you arrange travel to participate in these trips prior to online sign-ups going live in early August, but later find out that you did not get a confirmed spot, then you are responsible for paying any and all expenses you incur such as changes in airfare, lodging, etc. SCU will not reimburse you for any incurred costs.

Click here to view additional information on Into the Wild's website.

First year students who attended Orientation Sessions 1-6 in July are eligible to participate. Transfer students are not permitted to participate since Transfer Orientation is on September 14 (trip dates are September 12-14).

Since all trips are September 12-14, students attending Orientation Session 7 on September 12-13 are not able to participate in any trips. We have been aware of this restriction since Adventure Trips began a few years ago. However, our parameters for scheduling and housing as well as other factors have prevented us from having a solution at this time. We sincerely apologize to Session 7 students for not having the chance to participate in Adventure Trips!

All trips generally depart from campus on the morning of Wednesday, September 12 and return to campus midday on Friday, September 14. Exact times TBA to confirmed trip participants.

Online sign-ups for Adventure Trips 2018 will be available on the following dates:

  • Open: August 6, 2018, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Close: August 13, 2018, 10:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)

The link to online sign-ups will be posted on this website on the August 6 launch date.

Students will have until August 20 to confirm their spot or else they will forfeit their spot to students on the wait list.

IMPORTANT: In previous years once online sign-ups go live, spots go fast within a few minutes. To make it more fair for students who can't sign-up immediately, we are doing a 50/50 split meaning that: (1) half of the spots on each trip will be "first come, first serve" by automatically going to the students who sign up first, and (2) the other half of the spots on each trip will be via "lottery" where sign-ups will be open for a full week so as many students as possible have a chance to sign-up. Then once sign-ups close, we will randomly select from this pool of students to fill the other half of spots.

Since the first half of trip spots won't be confirmed until the first week of August and the second half of trip spots won't be confirmed until the second week of August, it is highly recommended that you do not arrange for travel to campus in September until you know for certain that you have a confirmed spot on one of our trips.

IMPORTANT: If you arrange travel to participate in these trips prior to online sign-ups going live in early August, but later find out that you did not get a confirmed spot, then you are responsible for paying any and all expenses you incur such as changes in airfare, lodging, etc. SCU will not reimburse you for any incurred costs.

View the fee per trip by clicking on each trip above for more details. For students who are able to secure a "first come, first serve" spot for the first half of spots, payment is required upon signing up in order to confirm your spot (see more details below about fee waivers, alternate payment options, and refunds). For students who enter the lottery for the second half of spots, payment is due after the lottery has occurred and students in these spots are confirmed.

Credit card is the only payment option upon signing up to at least hold your spot. If you prefer to pay cash or check instead, please contact Tedd Vanadilok so we can discuss other payment options. We can also process refunds if necessary.

Fee waivers are available for students who are Pell Grant eligible. A fee waiver may be requested either upon or after signing up for the trip. If you submit a credit card payment and are eligible for a fee waiver, we can assist you with a refund.

Students who participate in Adventure Trips will be able to move in early into the residence halls on Tuesday, September 11. More information about early move-in will be shared with those students who sign up for the trips.

Although meals are provided during trips, meal plans do not start until Welcome Weekend (September 15-16) so students who move in early are on their own for meals when not on trips. In addition to the meals on the trips, student trip leaders will provide a Kick-Off Dinner on the evening of September 11 and a Closing Dinner on the evening of September 14.

Student trip leaders from Into the Wild can assist new students with finding (but not paying for) options for any meals needed on/before the Kick-off Dinner on September 11 and after the Closing Dinner on September 14.

Into the Wild will provide all of the group gear needed for the trip. Backpacks, headlamps, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads are available to rent through Into the Wild's gear rental system. If you have your own gear, you are encouraged to bring it! Student trip leaders will contact all confirmed trip participants later in August and/or September with details about required equipment for each trip.

Sponsors

Adventure Trips are sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement and Into the Wild. The Center for Student Involvement organizes and hosts Orientation for all new students. Into the Wild is our outdoor wilderness group and is one of our 9 chartered student organizations (CSOs).

Sign-Up Links Below Sign up for the Emigrant Wilderness trip Sign up for the Big Sur trip Sign up for the Point Reyes National Seashore trip Sign up for the Santa Cruz Mountains trip
For More Information

Contact: Zach Gianotti, Into the Wild
intothewild@scu.edu