Wilderness Adventure Meet new friends, discover Colgate, and explore the Adirondacks all while having a great time in the outdoors.
About Wilderness Adventure
Wilderness Adventure (WA) is Colgate’s largest pre-orientation program. Each year in August, 125 to 150 first-year students come to campus early to make friends, learn about Colgate from upper-class student leaders, and have an absolute blast! All of our trips use the outdoors to help students acclimate to Colgate, Central New York, and life as a college student.
Living and traveling with a small group of other first-year students and two or three highly trained leaders, you’ll work together to hike, paddle, climb, cave, bike, or sail through stunning New York wilderness. No previous technical or wilderness experience is needed for any of our trips, just a willingness to have fun, learn, and meet new people. Some trips, where noted, require a certain level of physical fitness.