WOA! 2011

Hey WOAmies!

I still fondly remember arriving at CMC for my WOA! Trip.  It was a beautiful and sunny California day and I was ready to begin my journey as a college student. The day started with a few awkward “hellos!” but the foundations for lasting friendships were laid.  I was admittedly nervous and timid, but by the end of that first day, I was sure that CMC was the place for me.  After the upperclassmen got us up to speed by answering our questions about college life and classes, we spent vital time getting to know one another and bonding as a group.

When I returned to campus after my WOA! trip, I hit the ground running with a solid group of friends, as well as a few upperclassmen mentors to turn to for advice, guidance and the inside scoop.  I began to feel at home in a brand new environment.

In case you don’t believe my gushing words of praise for the WOA! experience, the great Kevin Macpherson (KMac ’12) can vouch: “Everyone should go on a WOA trip because it's the perfect way to have 20 immediate close friends when you step onto campus... before orientation begins. Not only 20 or so friends from your grade, but three upperclassmen mentors that look out for you for the rest of the year. Friendships bond instantly when you are going through adversity out in the wild. I think the greatest shock of WOA was how much I had in common with everyone on my trip. I realized early on that CMC was the place for me, and that I was going to have an amazing four years here.”

I'm betting we have finally convinced you to go on a WOA! trip.  Now comes the hard part: choosing which one to go on.  With the broad range of options available, we have a WOA! trip that will suit almost everyone's interests and preferences.

Santa Barbara Surfing

Leaders: Leah Bross, Will Brown, Andrew Fevery

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Every year we offer at least one surfing trip to keep in line with the laid-back California lifestyle.  This trip includes surfing lessons, so you can learn to be a pro (or at least not a newb) in no time.  Each day a van will pick you up from the campsite and bring you to the beach to catch some waves.  Even if surfing isn’t your cup of tea, you can still sign up for this trip and spend your days lounging on the beach and getting a tan.  Surfing every single day of the trip is not a requirement.  No surfing experience required.

San Onofre Surfing

Leaders: Katie Bilotti, Austin Hallett, Niki Lotte

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Since the surfing trips have always been popular in the past, we decided to offer two surfing trips this year to accommodate.  On this trip, you will be sleeping on bluffs overlooking the gorgeous coast.  Each morning you will walk over to pick up your surfboard and wetsuit and walk the short hike down to the beach where you will be met by instructors who will tell you everything you need to know about surfing. No surfing experience required.

Colorado River Canoeing I

Leaders: Viken Douzdjian, Davi Dubinski, Maren Hotvedt

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This trip is one we've been doing for years and years and it always proves to be a fantastic time.  Before you choose this trip, you should be prepared for some exercise: you will be canoeing 10-15 miles each day.  However, your hard work will earn you the chance to cliff jump off cliffs you see along the way and explore the caves that line the banks of the river.  Although it does tend to get a little hot on the Colorado River, you always have the water right underneath your canoe to jump into when the heat gets too hot to bear.  Be sure to bring lots of sun screen and a sense of adventure.

 

 

Colorado River Canoeing II

Leaders: Hannah Goldberg-Morse, Paul Jeffrey, Christina Khavarian

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This canoeing trip is the same one described above except with different leaders, all of whom are equally awesome.  The two canoeing trips are paddling down the same river, but will most likely not run into each other so each group can have a unique bonding experience.

Channel Islands Kayaking

Leaders: Alexandra Cooke, Edward La Cava, Kristina Norrgard

Level of Difficulty: Challenging

This trip is not for the faint of heart and definitely proves to be a physically strenuous...but incredibly fun.  You'll paddle 3-4 hours each day, but the sights are definitely worth the effort.  Every day you will paddle alongside cliffs and kelp forests and with favorable conditions, you'll venture into sea caves!

 

Big Sur Backpacking

Leaders: Kelsey Gross, Karun Kiani, Jack Oliphant

Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Big Sur has some of the best backpacking in California and it located along the coast.  During your trip you will see breathtaking views of the coastline that you may never experience again.  The great thing about this trip is that your group can choose how hard they want to push themselves; if your group is super ambitious and feels ready to backpack a couple more miles, there are some hot springs at the very end of the trail that provide a nice, relaxing finish to your trip.

Yosemite Backpacking

Leaders: Ethan Landau, Claire Peterson, Andrew Yandell

Level of Difficulty: Challenging

This trip is another program classic.  On the trip you will be hiking on the Cathedral Lakes-Glacier Point trail in the gorgeous Yosemite National Parks.  You will be hiking around the famous Yosemite Falls-- this is an adventure you won't want to miss out on!  You might see a bear, you'll swim in a lake sustained from melting glaciers, and you'll certainly experience amazing, breathtaking views.  You have to be prepared to hike a bit -- there will be a 5-8 mile journey each day.  Students who have gone on this trip in years past always come back commenting on the fantastic views and amazing time they had.  Beginning backpackers are welcome; no experience necessary.

Sequoia Backpacking

Leaders: Melissa Becker, Ellie Pickrell, Will Yandell

Level of Difficulty: Challenging

On this trip, you will be hiking the Twin Lakes trail where you will have the opportunity to walk on logs, rock-hop across a river and see bears.  During the entire trip you will be hiking beneath majestic sequoias, which provide a fantastic backdrop to a sometimes grueling hike.  On the last day of your trip, you will have the opportunity to do a day hike to the lakes and swim in the beautiful water before you return to campus.

Grand Canyon Camping

Leaders: Bojana Bozic, Emma Jones, Will Kahn

Level of Difficulty: Easy

This trip is one of our newer camping trips, but allows you to spend some up close and personal time with the Grand Canyon.  You will be sleeping under the stars at the North Rim Campground and will take numerous day hikes around the Grand Canyon to experience more of its beauty.  However, your group also has the option to sit around the campsite, play games and get to know each other.

Mammoth Lakes Camping

Leaders: Max Mullen, Emily Nordhoff, Clare Riva

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Like the other camping trips, this trip also offers a lot of flexibility in how you spend your days.  The location is beautiful as located on a lake that is surrounded by picturesque mountains.  You can spend your days playing around in the lake, taking day hikes or just sitting at your campsite chilling with Mother Nature.  No matter how you choose to spend your days, you are bound to create lasting friendships in the beautiful wilderness of California.

 

 

Sequoia Camping

Leaders: Chloe Cotton, Chloe Hauenstein, Jake Roth

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Like on the Sequoia Backpacking trip, you will be sleeping under the beautiful sequoia trees every night.  However, this trip is much less grueling than the backpacking trip and you will get to choose how you spend your days.  If you choose to do so, your group can stay at the campsite and play games all day.  However, if you are feeling a little restless, you always have the option of going on day hikes and experiencing a little bit more of your beautiful surroundings.

Every single trip offers a unique experience, but one that will be adventurous, exciting and an all-around good time.  You really can’t go wrong.  So choose a trip, fill out the WOA! forms that we sent out June 1st and send them back to us as soon as possible so you can land a spoy on the trip of your dreams.

We hope you'll join us, and can't wait to get to know each and every one of you in August!

WOA! Quick Facts

Participant Information

- 3 leaders per trip (at least 1 male and 1 female)

- 15-20 students per trip (camping trips tend to be the largest)

 

Schedule and Important Dates

- Trips are 4 days long

- Arrive Saturday, August 20th between 12pm and 5pm

- Students flying into the Ontario airport will be picked up by W.O.A.! leaders

- Students flying into LAX can call for assistance in getting a shuttle, but W.O.A.! will not be available to meet students at the airport

- Upon arrival on Saturday, students can drop their belongings off in their dorm rooms, but students will not be given a key to their rooms until they return on Wednesday

- W.O.A.! activities begin with a group meeting and dinner Saturday night

- Saturday night is spent in trip groups in dorm lounges

- All groups depart early Sunday morning, August 21st

- All groups return to CMC Wednesday, August 24th between 12pm and 4pm

- Students receive room keys and can spend the night in their dorm rooms Wednesday night

- On-campus orientation begins Thursday, August 25th

- Parents and family are welcome to join students on Thursday for orientation

 

Trip Offerings

- Channel Islands Kayaking

- Colorado River Canoeing (2 trips)

- Sequoia/King’s Canyon Backpacking

- Sequoia/King’s Canyon Camping

- Yosemite Backpacking

- Mammoth Lakes Camping

- Santa Barbara Surfing

- Grand Canyon Camping

- San Onofre Surfing (?)

- Big Sur Backpacking

 

Cost

- $350 for all trips

- Checks should be made payable to Claremont McKenna College/W.O.A.!

- Rental equipment can be paid for on the same check or separately

 

 

 

 

Participant Information

3 leaders per trip (at least 1 male and 1 female)

15-20 students per trip (camping trips tend to be the largest)

Schedule and Important Dates

Trips are 4 days long

Arrive Saturday, August 20th between 12pm and 5pm

Students flying into the Ontario airport will be picked up by W.O.A.! leaders

Students flying into LAX can call for assistance in getting a shuttle, but W.O.A.! will not be available to meet students at the airport

Upon arrival on Saturday, students can drop their belongings off in their dorm rooms, but students will not be given a key to their rooms until they return on Wednesday

W.O.A.! activities begin with a group meeting and dinner Saturday night

Saturday night is spent in trip groups in dorm lounges

All groups depart early Sunday morning, August 21st

All groups return to CMC Wednesday, August 24th between 12pm and 4pm

Students receive room keys and can spend the night in their dorm rooms Wednesday night

On-campus orientation begins Thursday, August 25th

Parents and family are welcome to join students on Thursday for orientation

Trip Offerings

Channel Islands Kayaking

Colorado River Canoeing (2 trips)

Sequoia/King’s Canyon Backpacking

Sequoia/King’s Canyon Camping

Yosemite Backpacking

Mammoth Lakes Camping

Santa Barbara Surfing

Grand Canyon Camping

San Onofre Surfing (?)

Big Sur Backpacking

Cost

$350 for all trips

Checks should be made payable to Claremont McKenna College/W.O.A.!

Rental equipment can be paid for on the same check or separately