The Outdoor Program offers a variety of trips for all levels of experience out there! There is no “typical” Pre-Trip student and participants range from first time campers to experienced backcountry travelers. Take a peek at the trips offered and select one that seems best suited to your experience and desires.

Trip Descriptions

Introduction to Canoeing Camping: Participants will be canoeing on lakes and flatwater, sleeping in tents, few portages. This trip is designed for people with little or no experience with overnight camping and canoeing.

General Canoeing Camping: Flatwater, some moving water, with a few short portages. This trip is appropriate for people who have camped and canoed before; however, no experience is necessary.

Experienced Canoeing Camping: This trip is designed for people that have canoed and camped before and feel comfortable with longer distances, and several portages.

Introduction to Backpacking: Light to moderate terrain, sleeping in tents, light pack weights, lower mileage. This trip is appropriate for people interested in exploring the Adirondacks but have little to no experience backpacking or camping.

General Backpacking: Moderate terrain, occasional steep grades, and longer days. This trip is best for people who have backpacked and camped before; however, for the adventurous at heart, no experience is necessary.

Experienced Backpacking: Frequent elevation change, steep grades, greater mileage. This trip will travel into the "High Peaks" region of the Adirondacks. Choose this trip if you are looking for a physical challenge!

Adirondack Kayak Tour: This trip will follow a flatwater course through the Adirondacks camping in tents and/or lean-tos each night.

Rock climbing in the Adirondacks: This trip is designed for inexperienced rock climbers. We will base-camp in lean-tos in the High Peaks region, and climb daily on nearby Adirondack cliffs. Participants can expect to learn how to use basic climbing equipment, tie essential knots, and belay another climber.

Mountain Biking in the Adirondacks: This trip is designed for anyone interested in learning the basics of mountain biking. Students will sleep in tents and drive each day to different mountain biking trail systems in the Adirondacks. No experience necessary. Bikes and bike helmets provided.

Adirondack Adventure (No hiking/camping experience required). The first day will be spent canoeing, the second day hiking, the third day whitewater rafting. Nights will be spent at SLU’s Camp Canaras on Upper Saranac Lake.