February 17, 2012
Adirondack Adventure (abbreviated as AA) is a pre-orientation program at Hamilton in which incoming students go on an eight-day expedition to the Adirondacks. It’s voluntary and about half of the freshman class participates each year. I would highly recommend the program. Even after three and a half semesters, a good portion of my closest friends are people I met on AA.
There are tons of trips to choose from: you can go hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, or a combination of these. The trips have different difficulties so if you’re new to the outdoors you can go on a beginner trip, or if you’re a seasoned Adirondacker you can try your hand at some intense hiking or rock climbing trips.
The trip I went on is called Cranberry Lake Backpack. It was a combination trip in which we hiked in to Cranberry Lake then canoed and camped on the lake. I had a blast and met some wonderful people, most of whom are still my good friends. It’s a great opportunity to get to meet a solid group of other incoming students before regular orientation even begins. If I had one recommendation for incoming students it would be to do AA. It’s the kind of experience you will never forget and it is a painless, exciting transition into college.
I would definitely check out Adirondack Adventure’s website if you have time. It provides a lot of good information, some cool pictures, and a good sense of what the program is all about.
Activities: 2014 Class Treasurer, Funding, Cultural Affairs, and Philanthropy Committees, Ultimate Frisbee Team, Solo Performance Cello, Music Department Student Assistant, sustainability coordinator, IM soccer and volleyball.
Favorite Pastimes: Ultimate frisbee tournaments, playing music, going to the gym, "studying" with friends, exploring the Glen, watching Entourage.
Hometown: Middle Grove, N.Y.
High School: Saratoga Springs High School