Wilderness Adventure Session 1

Fees and Financial Aid

The fee for all trips is $475. Students may also borrow much of the required gear from Colgate at no charge. You may request gear after receiving your trip assignment.

Financial aid is available for those receiving aid from Colgate. We match 100% of the aid given by Colgate. For example, if you receive 80% aid from Colgate, you would receive 80% off the WA trip fee, meaning the WA trip fee would be $95.

To be considered for financial aid, you must indicate so when you register. You will be informed of your aid amount and total due when you receive your trip assignment. If you are concerned about the amount due, please contact us.

If you believe your total trip fee will be less than $100 after your financial aid is considered, you may use one of these coupon codes to waive the registration fee. If you owe a balance, you'll pay that after receiving your trip notification. Note, codes are case sensitive.

For OUS students, use coupon code "WAOUS2019"
For any other students, use coupon code "WAReg2019"

Available Trips

No previous wilderness experience is needed for any of our trips, just a willingness to have fun, learn, and meet new people. Nevertheless, some trips are more strenuous than others. Trips are sorted into levels based on how strenuous they are. Please contact us if you have any questions about finding the right trip for you.

Level 1

Low level of physical fitness needed

Colgate University student paddling canoe

Experience varied and exciting adventure activities along with up to 10 of your classmates. You might swing from the trees on our high ropes course, hike along the scenic trails of central New York and the Southern Adirondacks, explore local waterways by canoe, or try your hand at rock climbing at a local crag. Each evening, you will return to Hamilton and spend the night at Colgate’s Beattie Reserve sleeping in our yurt*. 

This trip is designed to be a little less rustic and demanding than our typical options but still provides plenty of fun and adventure and the chance to try out several activities with a new group of friends. 

*What's a yurt? It is a 30' diameter circular tent made of wood and canvas. It has a permanent foundation, wood and propane stoves, couches, and bunk beds.


Students hiking

Based from a campground in the Adirondack High Peaks Region, this trip will take day outings to local adventure hot spots. You will experience several varied adventure activities along with up to 10 of your classmates. The exact itinerary will depend on weather, conditions, etc., but options include: summiting one of New York’s 46 High Peaks, white water rafting on the Hudson River, stand-up paddle boarding on historic Lake Placid, or rock climbing at an Adirondack 'crag'. Each evening, you will return to your campsite at one of New York’s state campgrounds.

This trip is a little less rustic and than our backpacking and canoeing trips in that you won’t be carrying all your supplies on your back and you'll be "car camping" at a campground with picnic tables, showers, etc. That said, some of the activities, like hiking a 46er, will be physically challenging. You might consider this more of a level 1+ trip, when compared to Basecamp and Green Adventure


Level 2

Moderate level of physical fitness needed

Colgate student on wilderness adventure

We will hike 4-8 miles daily over terrain that is sometimes flat but also hilly. Depending on your route, you might even hike up a peak. We'll arrive at camp by late afternoon, with ample time to relax before dinner.


Colgate students on wilderness adventure

We will paddle mainly on pristine flat water lakes and rivers of the Adirondack Park and complete a few short portages (carrying the canoes and gear over land between waterways) in order to explore even more of the ADKs. We'll arrive at camp by early afternoon, with time to relax before dinner. Afternoons might include cooking in camp, swimming, or maybe even a day hike.


Colgate students canoeing

We will kayak 3-8 miles daily from our campsites in the middle of Cranberry Lake. We will help you perfect your kayak strokes and learn to pack your boat while enjoying the beauty of the Adirondacks. Free time is spent honing kayaking skills, learning to roll a kayak, swimming, and cooking in camp.


Colgate students rock climbing

Experience a variety of climbing across Central New York and the Adirondacks. You’ll get to try your hand at roped climbing, bouldering, and peak hiking! This trip is a great introduction to rock climbing, and no previous experience is needed. You will not only challenge yourself while scaling the cliffs, but also enjoy beautiful scenery and have a great time with your group in this beautiful setting.


Level 2+

High level of physical fitness needed

Colgate students mountain biking

We'll explore Central New York woods and forests on two wheels while also learning basic to intermediate riding skills, bike maintenance, and possibly building or maintaining a section of trail.

We will spend nights camped out in local parks, relaxing and cooking group meals.

Participants must know how to ride a bike, but do not need any previous mountain biking experience. If you have your own mountain bike, please check with us before you bring it - it should have at least front suspension. If you don't have a bike, we can lend you a mountain bikes free of charge.


Colgate students backpacking

With backpacks 33% lighter than typical packs, we’ll carry a minimum of equipment and compensate with specialized lightweight camping techniques. Lightweight backpacking combines the splendor of wilderness travel with the glory of a light load on your back. Some previous backpacking experience may be helpful but it is not required, we can teach you everything you need to know. 

We will hike 6-12+ miles daily over steep terrain, and we will hike over one or two peaks. Days are challenging but the light packs make the long days manageable. We'll spend evenings in camp, cooking meals, relaxing, and sharing stories about the days adventures.



To register, look for deadlines and registration links on the Wilderness Adventure home page. 

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