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New Adventures

REGISTRATION FOR NEW ADVENTURES 2018 HAS CLOSED

New Adventures is Ohio University's adventure orientation program for first year students! The trips take place during the summer before your first semester of college and allow you to develop leadership skills, see amazing places and form lasting friendships before you even set foot on campus for your first year.

Food, transportation, gear and instructors are included on all trips. After registering for a trip, information packets will be emailed to you to help you prepare for your New Adventures trip.

For a list of New Adventures FAQs, please open this .pdf.

 

Boundary Waters Canoe Expedition
 
New Adventures serves as a freshman orientation expedition for incoming students. These trips serve to introduce students to the university, create new friendships, and provide students with a fun and unique experience to begin their university experience. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) together with Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park is one of the few remaining unspoiled wilderness areas in the United States, covering more than 2 million acres between northern Minnesota and southern Canada.
 
 This trip begins with a half day orientation at Ohio University on August 12th, 2018. The trip will leave on August 13th and head for Superior National Forest, Minnesota. During the seven-day expedition, participants will travel by canoe, portage between lakes, and camp at isolated campsites. Late summer sunsets will highlight daily discussions about wilderness skills, the day’s events, and campus life.  Participants will travel in groups of nine, consisting of seven peers and two Ohio University trip leaders. No prior canoeing experience necessary. Transportation, food, big gear items*, and instruction are provided.
 
* sleeping bag, sleeping pad, sleeping bag liner, pots/pans, tent, backpack, canoes
 
Long Trail Backpacking Expedition

 

The Vermont Long Trail (VTLT) is the oldest long distance hiking trail in the United States, covering the full length of Vermont in 273 miles from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border. For the trip, groups will hike a section of the trail that brings them over the top of the highest mountain in Vermont, Mt. Mansfield. 
 
This trip begins with a half day orientation at Ohio University on August 12th, 2018. The trip will leave on August 13th and head for the Green Mountains of Vermont. During the seven-day expedition, participants will travel by foot, carrying all their equipment in backpacks, camping at campsites along the trail, and volunteer for part of a day with the caretakers of the Long Trail. Late summer sunsets will highlight daily discussions about wilderness skills, the day’s events, and campus life. Participants will travel in groups of ten, consisting of eight peers and two Ohio University trip leaders. Participants earn 3 credit hours on this trip. This trip has very difficult terrain, and it is advised that the student start an exercise plan at least a month in advance to prepare his/her body for carrying a heavy backpack up and down steep mountains. Transportation, food, big gear items*, and instruction are provided.
 
* tent, backpack, pots/pans, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner

 

Quotes from Past Participants
"No matter what mountain you have to climb, you have to climb, you can do it" - Nick Hacker
 
"I am way beyond grateful for this trip, as it has provided me with incredible people to go through my college years with" - Jennifer Walker 
 
"They taught us to love the wilderness"- Scout Kegley
 
"New adventures has given me a group of friends I know I can always talk to" - Jennifer Simmoneli
 
"I would do it again in a heartbeat"- Ben Knape
 
"My time in the wilderness gave me a new perspective on life"- Ben knape
 
"I learned I am capable of climbing to the highest mountain in Vermont"-  Josh Wright
 
"I am so grateful for this experience and would definitely do it again"- Madeline Linksey

 

Questions About New Adventures?

Contact Judd Walker, Assistant Director of Outdoor Pursuits at (740) 593-9928 or walkerj5@ohio.edu