North Country Pre-Orientation Trips

North Country Pre-Orientation Trips - are only available at the Fall Orientation.

The trip dates will be Wednesday, August 22 - Sunday, August 26, 2018.

The Outdoor Program offers a range of pre-orientation excursions on a first-come, first-serve basis. The trip fee ($375) covers meals, lodging, some equipment, and transportation. A fun way to spend a few days in the Adirondacks before Orientation begins.  For questions and more information, contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership: 315-229-5757

You will be able to complete the application form as soon as you receive your welcome letter with your credentials.

Application/Preference Forms Due: May 30, 2018

Acceptance notifications e-mailed: Mid-June

Participation Confirmation (fee and waiver) Due: Mid-July


Can anyone participate in a Pre-Orientation trip?

Schedules for Fall sports and International Student Orientation conflict with pre-orientation trips.  Otherwise, any incoming student, of any skill level, is eligible to participate.

The Outdoor Program (OP) believes that everyone is capable of recreating in the outdoors regardless of ability, experience, race, economic background, sex, gender, faith or personality.  We strive to foster a sense of belonging for all students, as we believe you should never have to work to "fit in."

The OP is a judgment free zone.  We embrace the differences in ability and experience that people of different backgrounds bring.  While we provide support for you to move beyond your comfort zone, we don't pressure people to summit mountains or ski slopes, we listen to what you are passionate about and adjust the plan accordingly.

Who leads the trips?

Upper-class students apply to be trip leaders and are trained by the Outdoor Program Faculty.  At least one leader on every trip is Wilderness First Responder certified. All leaders are trained to lead in the backcountry and to foster a welcoming and positive environment.

What equipment are participants responsible for?

  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Swimsuit
  • Synthetic long pants (not jeans)
  • Hat (wool or fleece)
  • Brimmed hat (sun/rain)
  • 2-3 pairs synthetic socks
  • 1-2 synthetic shirts
  • 1-2 pairs Polypro liner socks (optional)
  • 1 synthetic long sleeve shirt
  • Insect repellent
  • 1 pair nylon shorts
  • 1 quart-size water bottle
  • 1 sleeping bag (20 degree rating)*
  • 1 sleeping pad*
  • Sneakers or broken-in hiking boots
  • Sunblock
  • Backpack*
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Water shoes/sandals (for trips that involve kayaking/canoeing)
  • Mess kit (this includes bowl and utensil for eating; for backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, climbing only)

*The Outdoor Program has limited for borrow.  Contact the OP ahead of time to reserve equipment.

Trip Options


Intro to Backpacking - Light to moderate terrain, sleeping in tents, light packs, lower mileage, little to no experience necessary.

General Backpacking - Moderate terrain, occasional steep grades, longer days. Some experience helpful, though none required.

Experienced Backpacking - Frequent elevation change, steep grades, high mileage. This is a High Peaks trip. A physical challenge.

Canoe Trips

Intro to Canoe Camping - Canoeing on lakes and flat water, sleeping in tents, few portages, little to no experience necessary.

General Canoe Camping - Flat water, some moving water, a few short portages. Some experience helpful, though none required.

Experienced Canoe Camping - Longer distances, several portages. A physical challenge.

General Adirondack Trips

Adirondack Adventure - This trip required for FYP: An Outdoor State of Mind.
Day 1 - canoeing; Day 2 - hiking; Day 3 - whitewater rafting. Sleeping at SLU’s historic Canaras lodge and camping in tents. Little to no experience necessary, though a desire to spend time being active in the outdoors.

Adirondack Kayak Tour - A flat water course through the Adirondacks, sleeping in tents and/or lean-tos. Kayak experience is preferred though none required. A physical challenge.

Adirondack Mountain Biking - Learn the basics of mountain biking.  Sleep in tents and drive each day to a different mountain biking trail system in the Adirondacks.  No experience necessary.  Bikes and bike helmets provided.

Adirondack Rock Climbing - Designed for inexperienced rock-climbers; in the High Peaks. Sleeping in the Outdoor Program cabin. Some experience helpful, though none required.

Link to North Country Pre-Orientation Trip Application. Sign in is required.