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This program is open to incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students only.

For over 35 years, UCSC's Wilderness Orientation (WO) has proven time and again to be an invaluable experience for incoming college students. Throughout the trip students are introduced to both wilderness travel and the approaching college environment, both within the context of a healthy group experience.

WO was founded in 1983 to deliver an incredible community-building outdoor experience to incoming students that allows them to:

  • Make friends and gain the confidence needed to dive into the college experience
  • Learn basic backpacking and sea kayaking skills
  • Have opportunities to discuss college life and unique features of a UCSC education with instructors
  • Learn about oneself through the triumphs and challenges of being in the wilderness

The beautiful, informal setting provides students with an excellent opportunity to form new friendships and discuss their hopes and fears for the upcoming UCSC experience.

The Backpacking program will spend eight days traveling on foot through California's majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are four different routes, each in the "High Sierra" region south of Yosemite. Much of the time will be spent above timberline in the crisp alpine air between 6,000 and 11,000 feet.

This course is shorter in length, but covers a simlair route. A great option for students who want to particpate in Wilderness Orientation but have limited time.



Trying to Register with your UCSC Email?

Incoming students must make a new account here with a non-UCSC email address.

Questions? Call us at (831) 459-2806 or email at recreation@ucsc.edu

This program is open to incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students only.

For over 35 years, UCSC's Wilderness Orientation (WO) has proven time and again to be an invaluable experience for incoming college students. Throughout the trip students are introduced to both wilderness travel and the approaching college environment, both within the context of a healthy group experience.

WO was founded in 1983 to deliver an incredible community-building outdoor experience to incoming students that allows them to:

  • Make friends and gain the confidence needed to dive into the college experience
  • Learn basic backpacking and sea kayaking skills
  • Have opportunities to discuss college life and unique features of a UCSC education with instructors
  • Learn about oneself through the triumphs and challenges of being in the wilderness

The beautiful, informal setting provides students with an excellent opportunity to form new friendships and discuss their hopes and fears for the upcoming UCSC experience.

The Backpacking program will spend eight days traveling on foot through California's majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are four different routes, each in the "High Sierra" region south of Yosemite. Much of the time will be spent above timberline in the crisp alpine air between 6,000 and 11,000 feet.

This course is shorter in length, but covers a simlair route. A great option for students who want to particpate in Wilderness Orientation but have limited time.



Trying to Register with your UCSC Email?

Incoming students must make a new account here with a non-UCSC email address.

Questions? Call us at (831) 459-2806 or email at recreation@ucsc.edu

Program Offerings

Wilderness Orientation Backpacking Session 1
2019 Summer

No Spots Available
Summary Dates Time Location Status
Fri, Aug 2 2019 at 9:00 AM until Fri, Aug 9 2019 at 10:00 AM Fri, Aug 2 2019 - Fri, Aug 9 2019 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Off Campus

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