The following description is meant as a guide to help you decide which trip most suits your desires and abilities. These descriptions are not intended as comprehensive itineraries and are subject to change.
This trip is a work in progress, and will be in either the Sierra Nevada Mountains or the San Bernardino Mountains. Your days will be a mix of recreation and relaxation. Some of the activities might include kayaking, day hikes, swimming in the lake, and much more. With a diverse range of activities and scenery, Lake OA provides a perfect backdrop for you to get to know your fellow classmates. At the end of each day, you’ll return to camp cook dinner and to enjoy good food, conversation and games back at the campground. The memories gained on this trip will truly last a lifetime.
Community Engagement Component
Previous Lake OA trips have worked closely with our partners, Friends of the Inyo. This includes valuable, educational work restoring the natural areas from illegal trails, roads and campfires. In many alpine areas campfires are banned due to a lack of firewood - dead wood provides essential nutrients to the ecosystem; when it is burned the area is deprived of these critical components of the food chain. Removing fire pits where fires are banned is akin to neighborhood policing - remove the undesirable (fire pit) and people are less likely to violate the law and have a campfire. Route restoration is primarily helping restore obsolete routes which were either illegally created or which are now in Wilderness areas. Scientists estimate that in arid regions a road left to a natural restoration process would take 700 or more years to naturalize. Simple restoration techniques can speed the recovery time to a decade or less if the work is left undisturbed. The important work OA has done with Friends of the Inyo ultimately helps the immediate area and the water source which supplies most of the L.A. basin back on campus at Pomona College!