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Adventure Trips

This webpage was updated on August 4, 2019, 10:00pm 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 2019, our outdoor/wilderness student organization Into the Wild is offering the following 5 trips:

ONLINE SIGN-UP LINK

Click here to sign up for this trip.

Note: This link will not go live until August 5, 2019, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

TRIP DETAILS

Depart from Campus: September 18
Return to Campus: September 20
Total Spots Available: 9
Cost per Student: FREE! SCU covers all costs. However, there is a $40 deposit that will be refunded to you after you complete the trip.
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, 9/18, through Friday, 9/20, so you will be back in time for Welcome Weekend! We’ll be car camping, hiking, and swimming around Arroyo Seco. The day hikes 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, beach going.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner level; little to no prior experience required; good physical fitness is highly recommended.
Trip Leaders: Nikki Dully and Miya Duffy.

ONLINE SIGN-UP LINK

Click here to sign up for this trip.

Note: This link will not go live until August 5, 2019, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

TRIP DETAILS

Depart from Campus: September 18
Return to Campus: September 20
Total Spots Available: 9
Cost per Student: FREE! SCU covers all costs. However, there is a $40 deposit that will be refunded to you after you complete the trip.
Trip Description: Hey all! Come join Into the Wild Leaders Noel and Will on a 3 day, 2 night backpacking excursion in the Emigrant Wilderness. We will be departing early in the morning on Wednesday, September 18th, and returning around 5pm on Friday, September 20th. We are going to be hiking a little over 17 miles over these 3 awesome days on the Gem Lake Loop trail near Stanislaus National Forest, averaging out to about 6 miles a day. While checking out Gem Lake, we will also be seeking out wildlife, lakes, lily pads, great sunsets to swoon over, and new friendships! No camping or backpacking experience is required, but participants should be at a comfortable fitness level to carry an approximately 20 pound backpack each day with a moderate amount of elevation gain. We hope to see you soon!
Activities: Hiking, backpacking, camping.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner level; little to no prior experience required; good physical fitness is highly recommended.
Trip Leaders: Noel Del Toro and Will Dierker.

ONLINE SIGN-UP LINK

Click here to sign up for this trip.

Note: This link will not go live until August 5, 2019, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

TRIP DETAILS

Depart from Campus: September 18
Return to Campus: September 20
Total Spots Available: 10
Cost per Student: FREE! SCU covers all costs. However, there is a $40 deposit that will be refunded to you after you complete the trip.
Trip Description: Howdy Wildling! We hope you will be able to join us on an awesome Adventure Trip!! We will make our way Eastward toward the beautiful Eastern Sierras. Departure will be the morning of Wednesday, September 18 and we will return to campus on Friday evening, September 20. Total of 2 nights camping and 3 days in the great outdoors. We will be camping! - car camping as we call it - but this does not mean we will be sleeping in cars. Don’t worry we will be comfy and cozy in tents. Each day, we will drive to different areas just south of Mono Lake. We will spend our days sweating a bit on awesome day hikes, then head to a local hot spring! Get ready to explore some of the beautiful natural area around Santa Clara that we are so fortunate to visit. AND get pumped to foster new friendships as you start this new chapter of life. No better way to get to know someone than spending time with them outdoors! No prior camping/outdoor experience is required, just a great attitude ready for some hiking, camping, and adventure!
Activities: Hiking, backpacking, car camping.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner level; little to no prior experience required; good physical fitness is highly recommended.
Trip Leaders: Nick Fazio and Ari Cepulis.

ONLINE SIGN-UP LINK

Click here to sign up for this trip.

Note: This link will not go live until August 5, 2019, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

TRIP DETAILS

Depart from Campus: September 18
Return to Campus: September 20
Total Spots Available: 8
Cost per Student: FREE! SCU covers all costs. However, there is a $40 deposit that will be refunded to you after you complete the trip.
Trip Description: First year wildlings! Are you looking to meet other zany adventure-seekers like yourself before starting college? Come join three 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 will be departing on Wednesday, September 18th at 8:15AM and returning Friday, September 20th by 5PM. We are going to be hiking a total of 15 miles over three days in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, searching for wildlife, scenic vistas, and new friendships. Over the three days, we will enter Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin State Park, and Portola Redwoods State Park. This trip a beginner backpacking trip but be prepared to carry all of your own gear as well as some group gear! Be prepared for a little bit of strenuous activity, some beach time, and a whole lot of fun! Your leaders will take care of the logistics––food, tents, supplies––all you need to bring is your personal gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, backpacks available to rent) and a whole lot of enthusiasm! We can’t wait to meet all of you nature junkies!
Activities: Hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming, beach going.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner level; little to no prior experience required; good physical fitness is highly recommended.
Trip Leaders: Kevin Corrigan, Cate Ralph, and Amanda Pretti.

ONLINE SIGN-UP LINK

Click here to sign up for this trip.

Note: This link will not go live until August 5, 2019, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

TRIP DETAILS

Depart from Campus: September 18
Return to Campus: September 20
Total Spots Available: 9
Cost per Student: FREE! SCU covers all costs. However, there is a $40 deposit that will be refunded to you after you complete the trip.
Trip Description: Howdy New Wildings! Come join us and your fellow first years for some Intermediate Backpacking in the Trinity Alps. The Trinity Alps mixes the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with the magnificence of the Sierra mountains, so they’re a perfect place to go to get to know the California wild. We will complete the Four Lakes Loop trail, backpacking through alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes, and green, green forests. Don’t be fooled, there’s a whole lot of elevation to gain, so this trip is not for faint of heart. This trip is perfect for those who love seeing the stars, making new friends, and adventuring in the great outdoors. We strongly recommend previous backpacking experience or extensive hiking experience. We will depart from campus the morning of Wednesday, September 18th and drive north to Shasta- Trinity Alps National Forest, then hit the trails to hike 5 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain to our campsite at Echo Lake. On Thursday, we’ll traverse mountains, lakes and meadows on a lovely 7 mile hike, reaching Siligo Meadows. On our last day, we’ll trek the final 7 miles back to the trailhead, then drive back to Santa Clara. We’re stoked to adventure with you as you start your time here at Santa Clara! Get up, get out, get wild!
Activities: Hiking, backpacking, camping.
Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner level; little to no prior experience required; good physical fitness is highly recommended.
Trip Leaders: Kirsten Dodroe, Pierce Klinke, and Nick Keenan.

Online Sign-Up Links

Online sign-ups for Adventure Trips 2019 will be available on the following dates:

  • Open: August 5, 2019, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Close: August 12, 2019, 10:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Note:
The sign-up links below (red buttons) will not go live until August 5, 2019, 6:00pm Pacific Standard.

Waitlist:
If trips are filled up, please complete the online form (last button below) to get on the waitlist.

Information

First Come, First Serve:
Online sign-ups are on a "first come, first serve" basis so spots go fast within a few minutes.

Refundable Deposit:
Each trip is FREE but does require a $40 deposit that will be refunded to you after you complete the trip.

Incurred Travel Costs:
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 attend Orientation Sessions 1-6 in July are eligible to participate. However, first year students who attend Orientation Session 7 in September are ineligible since their session is on the same dates as Adventure Trips. Transfer students are also ineligible since Transfer Orientation is on the same dates as well.

Since all trips are September 18-20, students attending Orientation Session 7 on September 18-19 are ineligible 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!

Since all trips are September 18-20, transfer students attending Transfer Orientation on September 20 are ineligible 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 transfer students for not having the chance to participate in Adventure Trips!

All trips generally depart from campus on the morning of Wednesday, September 18 and return to campus midday on Friday, September 20. Exact times will be emailed to confirmed trip participants in late August.

Online sign-ups for Adventure Trips 2019 will be available on the following dates:

  • Open: August 5, 2019, 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Close: August 12, 2019, 10:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Students will have until August 12 to confirm their spot or else they will forfeit their spot to students on the wait list.

IMPORTANT: Online sign-ups are on a "first come, first serve" basis so spots go fast within a few minutes.

Each trip is FREE but does require a $40 deposit that will be refunded to you after you complete the trip.

Credit card is the only payment option upon signing up. If you prefer to pay cash or check instead, please contact Tedd Vanadilok at tvanadilok@scu.edu so we can discuss other payment options.

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.

Students who participate in Adventure Trips will be able to move in early into the residence halls on Tuesday, September 17. 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 21-22) 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 pre-trip dinner on the evening of September 17 and a post-trip dinner on the evening of September 20.

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 pre-trip dinner on September 17 and after the post-trip dinner on September 20.

The pre-trip dinner will be part of a gathering to meet all participants and trip leaders as well as review trip basics, answer questions, and start packing.

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).

For More Information

Contact: Nick Keenan, Into the Wild
intothewild@scu.edu