Wilderness Orientation

The perfect way to start UCSD; get off campus, make new friends, learn new skills and have an adventure.

Undergrad Trips

Baja Surf Safari 9 Day

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Push yourself on a surf adventure and bond with other new UCSD students you travel to a little known surf destination in Baja California for multiple days of surf instruction and practice. You’ll spend your days exploring a beach break that consistently produces perfect waves for learning how to surf. Days may include multiple surf sessions, hiking through costal chaparral, exploring tidepools, and learning outdoor living skills. Evenings will be spent getting to know your group members and eating delicious meals around the fire at our oceanfront campsite. And if that weren’t awesome enough, nothing beats waking up to the sound of waves, getting out of your tent and looking out onto the sparkling Pacific Ocean in the morning light.

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Black Canyon Canoe

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Days spent paddling along the Colorado River are calm but challenging. As we move up the river, the valley turns to a canyon with walls towering vertically out of the river. We might see an occasional Bighorn Sheep, and what is left of the silver and gold mines of the area. Camping on the river next to hot springs we will  have the opportunity for a day trip to a sauna cave, and the heated waterfall in Gold-strike Canyon. You will learn valuable paddling skills used to conquer the river’s many currents while travelling upstream toward the Hoover Dam, but will also enjoy being able to float lazily along the waters on your way back down.

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Catalina Island Adventure

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This is a fun way to start UCSD and have a great experience in one of the most beautiful places in Southern California. After taking the ferry over to Two Harbors on Catalina Island we will spend our days kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Nights will find us sitting around camp fires sharing stories, getting to know each other and learning the inside scoop about UCSD. We will be staying in picturesque cabins just steps from Emerald Bay with hot showers, clean bathrooms and healthy, delicious meals.

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Sea Kayak Baja California

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You’ll experience the rich diversity of the sea on this kayak adventure to Bahia de los Angeles, often called the “the poor man’s Galapagos”. Bahia offers an opportunity to get a historic look at Baja California culture, fishermen on their daily route, and marine life including bat rays, dolphins, huge schools of fish, and sometimes even whales.

No experience is necessary, as we will teach you all the skills needed to become a competent sea kayaker. We will kayak during cool parts of the day, snorkel and swim in the calm bay waters and camp on secluded beaches. There will plenty of time to build friendships and learn about the challenges and opportunities of college life.

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Sierra Nevada Backpack

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There’s nothing quite like seeing the spectacular high sierra’s with new friends, powered by your own two feet, carrying all you need in your backpack. WO backpackers will spend seven days exploring Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, an area that John Muir deemed as “glorious”. Your group will feel a sense of shared accomplishment and camaraderie as you hike over mountain passes, past pristine lakes and among craggy peaks. This trip will set you on the path to success at UCSD.

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Transfer Student Backpack

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There’s nothing quite like seeing the spectacular high sierra’s with new friends, powered by your own two feet, carrying all you need in your backpack. WO backpackers will spend seven days exploring Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, an area that John Muir deemed as “glorious”. Your group will feel a sense of shared accomplishment and camaraderie as you hike over mountain passes, past pristine lakes and among craggy peaks. This trip will set you on the path to success at UCSD.

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Triton Edge Catalina Island Adventure

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This is a fun way to start UCSD and have a great experience in one of the most beautiful places in Southern California. After taking the ferry over to Two Harbors on Catalina Island we will spend our days kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Nights will find us sitting around camp fires sharing stories, getting to know each other and learning the inside scoop about UCSD. We will be staying in picturesque cabins just steps from Emerald Bay with hot showers, clean bathrooms and healthy, delicious meals.

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Grad School Trips

Grad School Orientation Black Canyon Canoe

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Days spent paddling along the Colorado River are calm but challenging.As we move up the river, the valley turns to a canyon with walls towering vertically out of the river. We might see an occasional Bighorn Sheep, and what is left of the silver and gold mines of the area. Camping on the river next to hot springs we will  have the opportunity for a day trip to a sauna cave, and the heated waterfall in Gold-strike Canyon. You will learn valuable paddling skills used to conquer the river’s many currents while travelling upstream toward the Hoover Dam, but will also enjoy being able to float lazily along the waters on your way back down.

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School of Medicine

Outdoor Experience MSI Incoming Students

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We are thrilled to offer this program again just for students enrolled in UCSD’s School of Medicine! We have planned the SOM Outdoor Experience to help you get to know each other BEFORE you begin your SOM Orientation.

The SOM Outdoor Experience is an informal orientation to medical school offered in partnership between UC San Diego Outback Adventures and the School of Medicine. In beautiful outdoor settings, students will form new relationships, meet other medical students and prepare for your upcoming years together.  SOM Outdoor Experience course starts right before the formal Medical School Orientation and is a fantastic way to gear up for your experience as a medical student. This will be a great opportunity to meet your classmates and have some fun!

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TRIP POLICIES

Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and firearms are not permitted on any Outback trip. Presence of these items is grounds for immediate removal from the trip at the participant's expense.

Current emergency contact and medical information must be provided.

All participants must complete a Liability-Waiver (PDF) prior to the trip.

Cancellation Policy

Rental gear listed as provided above by Outback Adventures must be reserved and picked up at the Outback Rental Shop prior to the trip, during store hours. There is no extra charge.

WARNING

Adventure travel has inherent risks of injury and/or death. These risks contribute to the "adventure" aspect of our trips. UCSD Outback Adventures and its employees assume no liability for any damages, loss, injury or death as a result of our trips. Some trips have a prerequisite fitness level, for which the participants are responsible. Any person participating in an Outback Adventures trip is personally responsible for his or her own safety.

WO DOES NOT REPLACE FORMAL COLLEGE ORIENTATION and students must schedule WO and college orientation without a time conflict.