Trips Highlight Trinity’s Outdoor Experiential Education Opportunities

Climbing, Rescue, Backpacking, and Canoeing Opportunities Available to Trinity Students

Students backpacking on the
South Taconic Trail with the Trinity
Outdoor Experiential Education Program.
Hartford, CT, November 14, 2014 – The urban setting of Connecticut’s capital city is a centerpiece of the Trinity College experience, but the opportunities for growth and education don’t end at the city limits. In fact, Hartford is surrounded by an environment that allows students to explore the outdoors through trips in Connecticut, New England, and around the country. What began with the Quest wilderness pre-orientation program now allows students to explore the outdoors throughout their years at Trinity.

 Just this past weekend, a group of Trinity students participated in the Outdoor Experiential Education Program with an overnight lightweight backpacking trip on the South Taconic Trail along the New York border in northwest Connecticut. There are several more opportunities approaching; interested students should contact Kevin Johnson, director of Quest and assistant director of recreation.

  • November 22, 2014
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    High Angle Rescue Workshop
    Interested students should attend a Rock Climbing Club trip to Central Rock Gym and gather the appropriate knowledge base before signing up for this workshop. Building off of the basic climbing skills, we will teach simple haul systems, self-rescue techniques, and set up a Tyrolean traverse.
    Cost: Free
  • November 22, 2014
    7:30 p.m., McCook Auditorium
    REEL Rock 9 “Valley Uprising”
    A film about Yosemite National Park’s rich climbing history
    Cost: $5 for students with ID, $10 General Public
  • December 6, 2014
    8:30 a.m. -  3:00 p .m.
    Trails Day; Ragged Mountain Foundation, Pinnacle Cliff clean-up
    Give back to the local climbing community by joining the RMF in cleaning up Pinnacle Cliff. Pinnacle has a high concentration of classic Connecticut routes, but it also has a high concentration of trash and litter from other users. Come lend a hand, remove trash, and rebuild heavily used trails.
    Cost: Free
  • January 3 – January 10, 2015
    Everglades Canoe Expedition
    Pre-trip meeting December 9, 2014
    Over winter break, the Outdoor Experiential Education Program will be traveling to Florida for a canoeing expedition in Everglades National Park. Interested students must submit a deposit to the Quest office by Friday, November 21 to enroll.

In addition to the outdoor experiential education opportunities, the Outdoors and Climbing clubs have regular trips throughout the year. Students interested in those opportunities should contact Evan Turiano and Jami Cogswell for more information.