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SUNY New Paltz Transfer Over Night (2-day) Outdoor Trip

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The State University of New York at New Paltz Annual Transfer Student Outdoor Trip August 23-25, 2019!
Registration opens June 8
, 2019!

Welcome to New Paltz! The Transfer Student Outdoor Trip Program is without a doubt one of the best ways to start college your time at New Paltz. As you begin to start an exciting new journey in your life, why not start at New Paltz by making new friends before school begins and learning about life at New Paltz on a fun-filled two day, one night hiking and camping trip program in the Catskills Mountains. It will be one of the best parts of your first year at New Paltz, and hopefully one of the most memorable of your time at New Paltz.

When is it?

August 23-25 , 2019

* Friday, August 23, 2019: 6 p.m.-Packing and Gear Meeting
* Saturday, August 24, 2019: 8 a.m. - Trip departs
* Sunday, August 25, 2019: 4 p.m. - Trip returns


Catskill Mountains (about an hour from campus)


24 Transfer and Commuter State University of New York at New Paltz students

  • -2 days and 1 nights of camping and hiking
  • -Meals from August 24–August 25
  • -Bus transportation to and from trip
  • -Most camping equipment

Space is limited to a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 24 students . A wait list will be constructed as needed.

Trip Schedule

Friday, August 23 – 6 p.m.

Meet at the Athletic & Wellness Center for a gear check, packing and discussion/review of trip.
Pizza will be provided for dinner at this meeting.

Saturday, August 24 - 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast provided

Saturday, August 24- 8 a.m.
Meet at the Athletic & Wellness Center to load the buses and drive to the Catskill Mountains.

Saturday August 24 – Sunday, August 26
During both days of the trip, you'll enjoy the beautiful scenery while on one of the many great hikes around the campsite in the Catskills - enjoy scenic vistas, waterfalls, and wildlife. New York State Licensed Guides from Alpine Endeavors will provide some skill and instruction in outdoor living skills such as: packing a pack, pitching a tent, cooking, water purification, Leave No Trace ethics, map & compass, and more.
During the trip, we will discuss and develop the following skills:

o Leave No Trace Principles
o Water Purification Methods
o Preparing Camp
o Campsite selection
o Tent set-up
o Backcountry sanitation
o Cooking
o Stove set-up
o Cooking meals
o Clean-up
o Reading a map
o Using a compass

Sunday, August 25 - 2:30 p.m.

End the trip at the trailhead for pick-up.

Sunday, August 25 - 4:00 p.m.

Arrive back at the State University of New York at New Paltz campus

What is provided for you:
  • - Food
  • -Transportation to campsite and back to campus
  • -Backpack
  • -Rain poncho
  • - Tent
  • -Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • -Bear keg for food storage
  • -Tarp for cooling shelter
  • - Water filter system
  • -Cooking stove and utensils
What you need to bring:

  • -Ankle High hiking boots (REQUIRED)
  • - Headlamp & extra batteries (Black Diamond, Petzl, etc)
  • - Sunglasses
  • -Water bottles
  • -Pocket Knife- folding knives only, no sheath knives longer than 3 inches
  • - Waterproof matches and/or lighter
  • - Personal first-aid kit with any prescription medications you may need
  • -Tissues/Toilet paper
  • - Sunscreen
  • -Bug Spray
  • -Camera (optional)
  • -Plastic Mug, bowl and utensils


Clothing must be appropriate for the season and something to keep you comfortable that you can move comfortably in. Layers are a great choice. Here are some suggestions. Keep in mind that “cotton kills.” Try to wear clothing made out of synthetic materials. Stay away from cotton!
  • -ANKLE HIGH Hiking boots- sturdy footwear suitable for hiking with aggressive sole, preferably waterproof.
  • -T-shirt (preferably a synthetic like coolmax, capilene, bergaline, etc.)
  • -Long-sleeve t-shirt (to protect your arms from sun and bugs)
  • -Shorts & pants (preferably nylon)
  • -Rain pants (gore-tex or comparable material)
  • -Fleece sweater (will depend on the weather)
  • -Hat & Gloves (will depend on weather. Could be cool at night)
  • -Socks (Hiking specific synthetic socks such as: Bridgedai, Smart Wool, Thorlo, etc.)
  • -Gators (small gators toe help keep the mud and rocks out of your boots [optional])

Be sure to try as many models of hiking boots as possible and go for which one fits the best. Be sure they fit properly, and after you purchase a pair; be sure to hike a good amount in them so they are broken in before arrival. We can not stress this enough. If you buy a pair of boots of the Internet, plan on them not fitting - unless you buy a good size range and try them ALL on. If they do not fit right, you WILL GET BLISTERS, and that will end your trip. Blisters can be extremely painful and debilitating, they take a good amount of time to heal. In-field recoveries are slim to none.

Sneakers, sandals, and/or clogs are not allowed.

What you are NOT allowed to bring:
  • -Alcohol and other drugs (including cigarettes and chewing tobacco
  • -Fireworks
  • -Soap
  • -Hatchets
  • -Firearms, swords, survival knifes, fixed blade knives, or pocket knives with blades more than three inches long
  • -iPods, TVs, cell phones, electronic games
  • -Curling iron or hair dryers
  • -Clothing and equipment not listed on the "What to Bring" list (extra layers, jeans, etc.)
  • -Chewing Gum
  • -Deodorant, anti-perspirant
  • -Pets
  • -Bad attitude (leave negative thoughts and attitudes at home)

Transfer Student Outdoor Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Will we hike every day?

Yes! This is a hiking trip and a camping trip so be prepared to hike each day. Hiking difficulty will be based on skill level of registered students. It will moderate hiking, you can do it! This is a “Wilderness Orientation” and it is our goal is to not only introduce you to your classmates but to also introduce you to a part of life that we find very special – the outdoors! We will be working as a group everyday to accomplish some basic but necessary tasks, such as cooking, preparing camp and filtering water. It is our goal to provide you with as much outdoor experience as we can.

Will I be able to shower?


What kind of experience do I need?

There is no experience necessary for this adventure.

Your guides will teach you all that you need to know about gear, low-impact hiking, packing, water purification, land navigation and nutrition in the backcountry. The Outdoor Pursuits Program has a “Challenge by Choice” philosophy, which means that we present you with a challenge, and it is your choice to accept or decline it. We present these challenges in a positive learning environment where individual ideas and choices are respected.

How strenuous is my trip?

You will be hiking both days and depending on fitness level, it could be strenuous. To help reduce our impact in the outdoors, we will limit our group sizes and break up into two different groups on different hikes. The hikes will vary in ability level so that we can provide a challenge to everyone. The emphasis on each trip is teamwork and developing relationships with other students. No hiking day will exceed 8 miles. We recommend that you partake in moderate aerobic activity prior to your trip. While no trip is designed to push students beyond their ability, being in adequate physical shape will make for a more positive experience.

How does weather affect my trip?

We will hike everyday, regardless of weather, unless the safety of the group is at risk.

What will I be eating?

The Outdoor Pursuits Program provides all students with foods high in carbohydrates and fats. Some of the options are Macaroni and Cheese, burritos, oatmeal, granola, hummus, and pancakes. We provide more than enough food for all students. We can make certain meals vegetarian if needed. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please notify us prior to your trip so that we can provide foods more appropriate for you.

What if I get sick or injured on the trip?

All guides are certified in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT’s trained to handle medical emergencies in the backcountry.

Who will guide the Transfer Student Outdoor Trip?
The camping trip will be conducted by Alpine Endeavors. Alpine Endeavors will provide experienced guides who are concerned with making your outing as safe as possible. They are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association. Their senior guides are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association. They are trained in First Aid either as Wilderness First Responders or as Wilderness Emergency Medical Technicians, and they are licensed to guide in New York State for rock, ice, camping, canoeing, hiking, and/or fishing. Safety is their first priority.

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