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Descriptions of 2022 Trip Types

Registration forms and more information about First-Year Trips 2022 has been sent directly to incoming students through their Dartmouth emails.

Or, click here to access the registration form. Note that you will need to log into your Dartmouth email to access the form.

Check the New Student Orientation Website for a copy of emails sent to incoming students and for more information about Trips, the entire Orientation program, and your arrival to Dartmouth.

WELCOME TO FIRST-YEAR TRIPS 2022!

This is a listing and description of every type of First-Year Trip offered in 2022, with information about activities, theme, physical intensity, and facilities. Most trip types are offered multiple times in different locations, so there is some variation within each type of physical intensity and facility.

No experience in any sort of activity or with the outdoors is required to go on First-Year Trips. In fact, most trips don’t require any past outdoors experience. 

Trips will offer accommodations for participants with concerns about accessibility and sleeping in shared spaces. More information can be found on the Registration Form which you received via email on June 20, 2022. If you would like to talk about more specific information, please reach out to us either by email (First-Year.Trips@dartmouth.edu) or phone (603-646-3996) and we'd be happy to chat!


Cabin Camping (and Variations)

Camping and Jamming 

Canoeing

Climb and Hike 

Explore the Upper Valley

Fly Fishing

Frisbee and Field-Day 

Hike and Yoga 

Hiking (and Variations)

Kayaking – Flatwater

Kayaking – Whitewater

Mountain Biking

Museum Exploration

Nature Exploration and Ecology 

Nature Exploration and Foraging 

Organic Farming

Outdoor Stewardship and Trailwork

Paddleboarding

Rod and Reel Fishing 

Sailing

Social Impact 

Timbersports

Cabin Camping

Cabin Camping trips offer the opportunity to experience beautiful New Hampshire nature in a relaxed, comfortable setting. You will carry a pack or duffel bag while hiking a relatively short distance (about 30 to 45 minutes or less) to your cabin. Cabin Camping is a great introduction to the outdoors surrounding Dartmouth, and these trips are enjoyable regardless of your past outdoor experience. Any day hikes are optional, and these trips can be as relaxing or physically active as you like. On all cabin camping trips, you will be staying in cabins with bunks and outhouse toilets or in bunkhouses with indoor toilets.


Please note, this description of physical activities and facilities for Cabin Camping apply to all variations of Cabin Camping. Depending on the location of each particular trip, the distance to the cabin and the specific facilities may vary. If you have concerns, please contact us directly or note this on your registration form, and we’ll work with you to ensure your needs are met!


Cabin Camping and Cooking

In addition to the relaxed setting of a general Cabin Camping trip, this trip involves access to a kitchen and the ability to work together with others on your trip to plan and cook meals. This is a great opportunity to relax and learn or practice skills in the kitchen.


Cabin Camping and Lake

In addition to the relaxed setting of a general Cabin Camping trip, you have access to a lake! You may have access to canoes, paddleboards, a swim dock, and/or a beach area. Participants on this trip should feel comfortable swimming and being in or around water.


Cabin Camping and Meditation

In addition to the relaxed setting of a general Cabin Camping trip, a portion of your programming will include guided meditation. If you're not super into meditation or have never tried it, don't worry; the instruction will be beginner-friendly and the remainder of the trip will be spent doing whatever you and the rest of your trip choose..


Cabin Camping and Nature Literature

In addition to the relaxed setting of a general Cabin Camping trip, you will spend part of your trip reading short passages of literature related to nature and its impact on humans and the world, then discussing them. The readings and discussions will be accessible to all and the remainder of the Cabin Camping trip will be spent doing whatever you and the rest of your trip choose.


Cabin Camping and Nature Photography

In addition to the relaxed setting of a general Cabin Camping trip, you will explore and photograph the area around the cabin at which you will be staying. Cameras will be provided, or you can bring your own if you would like.


Cabin Camping with Nature Writing and Art

In addition to the relaxed setting of a general Cabin Camping trip, this trip will enjoy the beauty of the outdoors through art and writing. Using nature as inspiration for expression and creation, you will take time to write, paint, discuss, and share. The remainder of your trip will be spent doing whatever you and the rest of your trip choose.


Cabin Camping and Yoga

In addition to the relaxed setting of a general Cabin Camping trip, a portion of your programming on this trip will include guided yoga. If you're not super into yoga or have never tried it, don't worry - the instruction will be beginner-friendly and the remainder of the trip will be spent doing whatever you and the rest of your trip choose.


Cabin Camping and Performing Arts

In addition to the relaxed setting of a general Cabin Camping trip, this trip will involve Dartmouth student groups leading your trip through performing arts activities such as music, dance, or improv. Absolutely no experience in these areas are necessary to participate in this trip; the instruction will be beginner-friendly and the remainder of the trip will be spent doing whatever you and the rest of your trip choose.


Camping and Jamming

Camping and Jamming is a great opportunity to spend time relaxing in the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors and make some music with your fellow participants. There's no formal musical programming associated with this trip. Expect a short hike to your campsite, and any other day hikes will be optional. This trip can be as physically active as you would like it to be. If you want to play an instrument, please bring your own. You will be staying either under tarps or in cabins with outhouse bathrooms.


Canoeing

Canoeing trips take place on gorgeous, flatwater rivers. Canoes, life jackets/personal flotation devices (PFDs), and paddles will be provided. Expect one short day of 3-5 hours and one longer day of 5-7 hours of upper-body exertion as you paddle down the rivers. You will bring your packs/duffel bags on the canoe with you. Absolutely no canoeing experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable in and around water and will complete a water comfort assessment in Hanover before your trip. You will be staying under tarps or in tents in campsites without formal toilet facilities.


Climb and Hike 

Climb and Hike trips offer the opportunity to try out two different outdoor activities: hiking and introductory climbing (no prior climbing experience needed). The first part of this trip involves a moderately strenuous 7 mile hike up to a campsite where you sleep outdoors. This day of hiking will consist of 4-5 hours of walking up and down somewhat steep slopes while carrying a hiking backpack. You will spend the second part of your trip learning to rock climb at a local beginner area. This trip is ideal for experienced hikers who wish to be introduced to the world of rock climbing. You'll be staying under tarps without formal bathroom facilities.


Explore the Upper Valley

The Explore the Upper Valley trip provides an opportunity to explore the Upper Valley communities that surround Dartmouth by traveling to iconic places in the area. Trips will spend time checking out diners, local museums, farms, and more. This trip is a great introduction to the Upper Valley, and does not require any previous outdoors experience! This trip stays in road-accessible cabins with bunks and outhouse bathrooms, or bunkhouses with indoor bathrooms. This is an accessible trip with accommodations available for students with concerns about accessibility and sleeping in shared spaces. 


Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing trips take place in the Dartmouth Second College Grant, a protected natural area in northern New Hampshire. The Grant provides ample opportunity for hiking and nature exploration in addition to fishing. This means that there is plenty of time for you to enjoy a variety of outdoors activities, regardless of your past outdoor experience. You should be comfortable in and around water and will take a water comfort assessment when in Hanover. Fishing gear will be provided, or you can bring your own if you would like. You will be staying in cabins with bunks and outhouse bathroom facilities.


Frisbee and Field-Day

The Frisbee and Field-Day trip will spend time outside hanging out and playing games and ultimate frisbee. This trip is go-at-your-own-pace, whether it’s lying in a hammock or playing a pickup game of ultimate frisbee. You will have access to a field, frisbees, and other games such as corn hole, can jam, and spikeball. This trip can involve as much physical activity as you choose, or can be as relaxed as you’d like. You will be sleeping in bunkhouses with access to indoor toilets and electricity.


Hike and Yoga

Hike and Yoga trips will offer the opportunity to experience the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors with a focus on yoga and reflection. You should expect to hike around 2-6 miles per day with moderate elevation gain. You will also spend part of your trip participating in guided beginner-friendly yoga and mindfulness activities. Both seasoned yoga experts and those who are simply interested are welcome. This trip sleeps under tarps or in tents without formal bathroom facilities.


Hiking (Less Strenuous)

These trips involve hiking small stretches of trail in less rugged, less mountainous regions of New Hampshire with beautiful views and scenery. You can expect to hike 2-5 miles (around 3-5 hours) each day with little elevation gain and added weight from a hiking backpack. You will be staying under tarps or in tents with no formal toilet facilities or in trail lean-to style shelters with outhouse toilets. 


This trip is a great introduction to hiking and backpacking! You do not need previous experience to excel on this trip, but you do need a willingness to carry a hiking backpack and sleep outside!


Hiking (Moderately Strenuous)

These trips involve hiking stretches of trail in moderately mountainous regions of New Hampshire with beautiful views and scenery. You can expect to hike 5-10 miles (around 6 hours) each day on moderately challenging terrain (elevation gains between 500-2000 ft) with added weight from a hiking backpack. Absolutely no prior hiking experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable with moderate to strenuous physical activity as the terrain is somewhat rugged and you will be carrying a backpack. You will be spending the nights in campsites under tarps without formal bathroom facilities or in lean-to style trail shelters with outhouse bathroom facilities.


Hiking (More Strenuous)

These trips involve hiking stretches of trail in rugged, mountainous regions of New Hampshire with beautiful views and scenery. These trips are a great opportunity for folks with hiking experience who are excited for a physical challenge. You can expect to hike up to 10 miles (around 6-9 hours) each day on strenuous terrain (elevation gains between 2000-5000 ft) with added weight from a hiking backpack. This is a trip for people with previous hiking experience or people who are in good physical shape and comfortable with extended periods of exertion. You will be staying under tarps with no formal bathroom facilities or in lean-to style shelters with outhouse bathrooms.


Kayaking – Flatwater

Flatwater Kayaking trips provide a time to enjoy paddling kayaks along the Connecticut River. These trips will be moderately strenuous, involving up to 6 hours of sustained upper body exertion per day as you paddle along the Connecticut River. No prior kayaking or paddling experience is necessary to enjoy this trip! You will get to see the outdoors while learning basic kayaking skills and we provide all kayaking equipment. You should feel comfortable on and in water, and will be required to complete a water comfort assessment when you arrive on campus. You will be staying under tarps without formal bathroom facilities.


Kayaking – Whitewater

Whitewater Kayaking trips begin with basic instruction on kayaking, including strokes, rolling, and basic boat movement. Afterwards, participants will practice on small rapids. Each day involves around 4-5 hours of activity on the water and more unstructured time in the evening. No kayaking experience is necessary or expected, but you must be a strong swimmer. This trip involves short bursts of upper-body exertion and the strong possibility of getting wet. We provide all kayaking equipment. You should feel comfortable on and in water, and will be required to complete a water comfort assessment when you arrive on campus. You will be staying under tarps without formal bathroom facilities.


Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking trips will explore mountain biking trails near Hanover. This trip has opportunities for lots of beginner-level mountain biking. This trip is intended for those comfortable on a bike, but new to mountain biking. You should feel comfortable walking at least 2.5 miles per day and engaging in a few hours of moderate to strenuous physical activity per day. You must know how to ride a bike to go on this trip. You will be staying under tarps with access to outhouse bathroom facilities.


Museum Exploration

The Museum Exploration trip is a fantastic opportunity to explore some of the cultural resources near Dartmouth. Students on these trips will spend part of their day exploring and collaborating with local museums. Much of the rest of your time will be unprogrammed and offer ample opportunities to hang out and do activities at your leisure. You will do a small amount of walking to access the different museums (up to 1.5 miles). This is a laid-back and interesting way to get to know the spaces around Hanover and each other! You will be staying in cabins with access to indoor bathrooms. This is an accessible trip with accommodations available for students with concerns about accessibility and sleeping in shared spaces. 


Nature Exploration and Ecology

The Nature Exploration and Ecology trip is an opportunity to observe and familiarize yourself with the natural spaces of New Hampshire. The first part of this trip is largely unstructured, with space and time for relaxing in the outdoors or in your cabin, or going on an optional day hike. The second part of this trip is partially led by a Dartmouth professor and/or graduate student – you will observe and participate in ecological field research projects at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. No experience with ecology is required, but expect to spend time outside walking on gravel paths for up to 2.5 miles a day and engaging with the outdoors. You will sleep in a furnished cabin with access to bathrooms and electricity.


Nature Exploration and Foraging

The Nature Exploration and Foraging trip is a great way to experience the natural spaces and life around Dartmouth from a new or expanded perspective.You will spend time with an instructor who will lead you through a foraging walk near where you are staying. No outdoor experience is required, and instruction will be provided! You will also have plenty of unstructured time for optional day hikes and activities. Expect to walk over mixed terrain for up to 2.5 miles a day and spend time working with your hands. You will be staying under tarps without formal bathroom facilities.


Organic Farming

Organic Farming trips take place on local organic farms near Dartmouth. You will learn the basics of organic farming while helping out with chores and various projects. You may also get to make food using the farm produce. This trip is go-at-your-own-pace, but can involve strenuous activity if desired. You will be staying in barns or under tarps on the farm, with access to bathroom facilities.


Outdoor Stewardship and Trailwork 

Outdoor Stewardship and Trailwork trips provide a wonderful way to engage with the outdoors by learning principles and skills related to outdoor stewardship and trail maintenance in pursuit of preserving the beauty of natural areas. This trip will take place on the trail systems that Dartmouth maintains. While no experience in these activities is necessary, we recommend that you are comfortable with hiking and working with your hands. This trip will involve strenuous physical activity and up to 5 miles of hiking per day. You will be staying under tarps without access to formal bathroom facilities.


Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding trips will spend a few days on and around the Connecticut River paddling and camping. These trips allow for unstructured time to relax and explore the natural areas around Dartmouth. You will transport yourself via paddleboard which involves balancing on a board and light upper-body exertion. Experience paddleboarding is not required, but you should feel comfortable around and in water and will complete a water comfort assessment when you arrive on campus. You will be staying under tarps without bathroom facilities.


Rod and Reel Fishing 

Rod and Reel Fishing trips take place in natural areas in New Hampshire. In addition to fishing, you will have ample opportunities for hiking and nature exploration. This means that there is plenty of time for you to enjoy a variety of outdoors activities, regardless of your past level of outdoor experience. You should be comfortable in and around water and will take a water comfort assessment when in Hanover. Fishing gear will be provided, or you can bring your own if you would like. You will be staying under tarps without bathroom facilities. 


Sailing

Sailing trips will spend their time at the Dartmouth Yacht Club on beautiful Mascoma Lake in Enfield, NH. There, they will be instructed on basic sailing skills and get to spend time both on the water and on the beach. No sailing experience is required to go on this trip, and it is intended for beginner or novice sailors. You should feel comfortable in and around water and will complete a water comfort assessment when you arrive on campus. You will be staying in a boathouse with electricity and access to an indoor bathroom.


Social Impact

Social Impact trips are an opportunity to explore and learn more about Dartmouth and the Upper Valley by engaging with the local community. Part of this trip will involve exploring a local recreation area with easy and optional hiking or game activities. The second part of this trip will involve participation in a local service project guided by the Dartmouth Center For Social Impact. This trip offers lots of opportunities to bond with other incoming students on your trip and engage with people and places around Dartmouth's campus. You will be spending the nights under tarps or in cabins with outhouse bathroom facilities.


Timbersports

The Timbersports trip will be led by members of the Dartmouth Timber Team and allows you to try out the basics of the sport: ax-throwing, wood-chopping, tree climbing, and everything in-between! No prior experience is required. This trip can be as physically intensive (or not!) as you would like and involves a variety of activities. Activities on this trip are entirely at your own pace, but you should feel comfortable on mixed terrain and working with your hands. You will walk about 3 miles to your campsite and will stay under tarps with access to outhouse toilets.

 

Last Updated: 6/20/22