What is Wilderness Orientation?
Wilderness Orientation is a five-day, student-centered program introducing you to the community, culture, and places of Green Mountain College. You start by meeting a group of 5 to 8 other incoming students, along with 2 to 4 student leaders on campus and then you go off into the natural environment and learn how to solve problems, explore the places around Green Mountain, live together, ask questions, and find support for a week before Orientation begins. Our program is an outdoor adventure of learning to live in new ways. All aspects of being at Green Mountain College are connected to the people and places around us, and Wilderness Orientation is a great way to get started right away!
Is Wilderness Orientation for me?
Yes! Green Mountain welcomes EVERY incoming student regardless of background, body, ability, and previous experience with outdoor adventure and recreation. We support students by providing equipment (you are welcome to bring your own), food, and the experience of our student leaders. Even if you have been an outdoorsperson your entire life, we’d encourage you to come and adventure with your new community.
What are the dates of Wilderness Orientation?
Wilderness Orientation will take place August 18-23, 2018. Students and families should arrive on campus to move in the morning of August 18th. We set out on the morning of the 19th.
How much does it cost?
It costs us about $250 per student to feed, provide equipment for, get land-use permits, and transport everyone for the length of our wilderness program. One of our goals is to support a meaningful transition to Green Mountain College, and financial aid is available for this program. If you need financial assistance to participate, please contact GreenMAP at email@example.com.
Who will I be with?
You will be accompanied by at least two student leaders from the Green Mountain Adventure Program (GreenMAP). Our GreenMAP Leaders include nontraditional students, international students, Resident Assistants, Athletes, members of most academic majors on campus, and others. Many of our leaders also train with adaptive recreation programs, and all participate in equity and inclusion training.
What activities do you offer?
This year, our Wilderness Orientation programs include: backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and bikepacking/bicycle touring.
- Bikepacking: A 5 day, 4 night, self supported, camping-based bicycle tour starting and ending at Green Mountain College. This trip shows that you can have both a beautiful journey through remote wild areas, and an opportunity to adventure wherever home is. As a bicycle traveler in Rutland County, you’ll have the chance to explore the local swiming spots, farmsteads, singletracks, blueberry patches, and community engagement that forms our home at GMC.
- Backpacking: A 5 day, 4 night, self contained hiking trip in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. Here, you can explore the “forever wild” Adirondacks including tranquil forests, gentle trails, clear, starry nights, mountain vistas, and the people less than an hour from campus. The Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness is an excellent introduction to backpacking and hiking.
- Backpacking with Climbing: 5 days of backpacking, including 2 days of rock climbing. The Lake George Wild Forest is a half hour drive from campus and encompasses scenic ridge walks, rolling trails, and clear mountain tops. Beginner-friendly rock climbing on the lake gives you another opportunity to explore.
- Canoeing: 5 days of exploring the Adirondack Mountains along the Saranac Lake Chain. These waterways have historically been one of the best ways to travel through the North Country for recreation, trade, and exploration for everyone in the Adirondacks, and have been described by some as the “Venice of the North.” This is a great introduction to a new form of wilderness adventure.
Our programs are adapted to support everyone who participates. Many may include some of the actions below, so please contact us if you are concerned about any of the following:
- walking/paddling/riding a bike for up to 8 hours a day
- lifting and carrying up to a 30 lb backpack
- reading a map
- having none/limited access to electricity for a 5-day period
What is the registration deadline?
The registration deadline for Wilderness Orientation is August 1, 2018.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up for Wilderness Orientation through your personal GMC URL (Please contact the admissions office). GreenMAP will then send you our registration packet, and be in touch over the summer regarding your upcoming adventure.
Who can I ask about…?
Please give us a call at the GreenMAP Office at (802) 287-8383, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us via our social media if you have any other questions. Our office hours are Monday–Thursday, 10am–4:30pm EST.