Overview

Incoming first years in the class of 2018 have the opportunity to start their Trinity  College journey with a wilderness adventure on Quest, Trinity’s extended pre-orientation on the Appalachian Trail (the “AT”).

For the past nine summers, Trinity College has been proud to offer the Quest Pre-Orientation Program. Few colleges or universities offer an extended wilderness adventure comparable to Quest. The program’s philosophy encourages participants to take on new challenges and responsibilities, meet other Trinity students, and transition into college.

Students will be transported from Trinity College to the Appalachian Trail in Western New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts and divided into groups of six to ten participants.

Previous outdoor experience is not required: two-three student instructors will teach all the basic wilderness skills necessary on the trip.

Trinity College faculty, staff, and students will serve as program staff, responsible for facilitating climbs and rappels, transportation, and overall program logistics.  

The different trip options allow students to participate  in fall athletic practices, the P.R.I.D.E program, Venture, and other pre-orientation programs.


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“Quest was an incredibly rewarding experience during which I established a group of friends that are now some of my closest here at Trinity.”
– Nate Nurmi '14

 

Nicole Sagullo“Without Quest I would never have had such a smooth transition into college. The people I met had different backgrounds and pre-college lives, but Quest brought us together, working towards one goal.”
– Nicole Sagullo '14


“Although many of us on Quest came from diverse backgrounds, the innate drive for teamwork and unity persevered. In the spirit of comradery, we overcame mountains, steep cliffs, and personal challenges.”
– Arthur Chou '14



Jeff Pruyne"With the support of the students I met on Quest I went into college better equipped and more confident, which made the transition to Trinity easier. My first year would not have been as meaningful without the connections I made on the Appalachian Trail."
– Jeff Pruyne '15

For the past nine summers, Trinity College has been proud to offer the Quest Pre-Orientation Program. Few colleges or universities offer an extended wilderness adventure comparable to Quest. The program’s philosophy encourages participants to take on new challenges and responsibilities, meet other Trinity students, and transition into college.

You can learn more about Quest by downloading our Quest Brochure 2013. We also have a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, more information about Quest on the Appalachian Trail. Ready to join us? Download our application.

 

 

3 Trips to Choose From:
 

10 DAY
Backpacking & Climbing
August 17 - 27
Cost: $550

4 DAY A
Backpacking & Rappelling
August 17 - 21
Cost: $375

4 DAY B
Backpacking & Rappelling
August 23 - 27
Cost: $375


 
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