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About The Trips

Orientation Adventure offers twelve trips throughout Southern California, ranging from high mountain passes to pristine island waters, Los Angeles neighborhoods to ancient groves of Sequoias. Each trip will help you meet your fellow Sagehens in a fun, non-academic setting, and gives you the opportunity to explore one of the diverse destinations accessible from Pomona. By cooking, cleaning, making camp and spending down-time together, you will work as a group to make your trip successful. Orientation Adventure practices “Leave No Trace” excursions, meaning that we try to make our travel have little or no impact on the environments we visit. Furthermore, each and every OA trip has some type of service project designed to help give back. This includes environmental service projects, community engagement projects, and educational sessions about our impact on the natural world - and ultimately how that impact is connected to our local and global communities.

The brief trip descriptions below provide an overview of OA's offerings. The links immediately following this paragraph will take you to a more detailed description of each trip. Use these descriptions as guidelines to help you decide; they are not comprehensive itineraries of each adventure. Itineraries may change as this year's trip planning progresses. After you've found a few trips that interest you, our trip guide can help you decide which adventures best fit your needs and abilities. Keep in mind that you need to rank at least your three top choices since we cannot guarantee you placement on any particular trip.

Trip Selection for International Students and Fall Athletes

International students may participate in International Place's orientation program before Pomona's on-campus Orientation program and Orientation Adventure. Athletes whose practice schedules conflict with OA days will join OA trips for the first two days (Aug 27/28) in order to accommodate their preseason schedule; all other fall athletes will be able to participate in the full OA experience. Athletes may choose from the Camp OA, Lake, Surfing, Community Engagement, Bike/Climb and Beach Adventures. Check with your coach to confirm your trip. If the Orientation Adventure office does not receive a confirmation from your coach by Aug 1, you will be attending the full four-day OA trip.

Trips at a Glance

Yosemite Adventure:  Visit a fairytale valley of granite and waterfalls. Just step out the door of your Curry Village tent-cabin for scenic day-hiking opportunities. [more]

Moderate and Strenuous Backpacking Adventure:  The quintessential OA experience. Set out for some of the continent’s most beautiful and rugged wilderness, where you’ll find majestic mountains, and lasting bonds with your new classmates. [more]

Camp OA:  Enjoy wilderness in comfort at Camp OA! Highlights include day hiking, a ropes challenge course and more... [more]

Community Engagement:  Want to give back? This trip is dedicated to giving back to the world you live in... [more]

Bike/Climb:  Rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking. Not much more to say - you'll love it... [more]

River Adventure:  Have fun on the famous Kern River! Kayaking, rafting and stand-up-paddle boarding are options. Day hikes, a climbing wall, and camp fun... [more]

Sequoia:  Visit the world's largest tree, explore deep caves, and hike around prestine alpine meadows and more... [more]

Sea Kayaking Adventure:  Ferry out to the pristine Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll hike, relax on the beach and explore sea caves by kayak with a professional guide. [more]

Surfing Adventure: Catch a wave on the Pacific coast. You’ll have a chance to explore a nearby city and relax on the beach. No experience necessary, lessons and gear provided. [more]

Beach Adventure: Camp on along the ocean while playing in the ocean, playing beach volleyball, making sand castles, visit a Native American village and more. [more]

Lake Adventure: Have fun at one of two lake locations with canoeing, kayaking, sailing and more. [more]