OP Trips

Tripping Program

Outdoor Pursuits trips are available to all students, faculty/staff and vary in length from a day to overnight and even longer during breaks. Trips also vary in activity and are geared for participation at any level, so no previous experience is necessary.    

Registration and payment are required prior to the day of the trip. All trips are subject to change due to factors beyond the control of the SUNY Cortland Recreational Sports Department. View the trip calendar below and also check us out on the campus communicator to see what adventures we have heading out next.

Annual Spring Break Trip - March 2018 

OP is leading its third annual spring break trip in March, 2018 to Hawaii.  The tradition started in 2016 to lead a trip to a National Park each year to provide the opportunity for students to explore our country's national treasures and to connect with our National Park System. Past trips include Zion National Park in Utah and Joshua Tree National Park in California.  This coming year, participants will have the opportunity to explore Maui, Waianapanapa State Park and Haleakala National Park.

haleakala sunrise 

2017-2018 Trip Calendar 

June - August
  • What: Waterfall Hike and Swim
  • Where: Robert Treman State Park, Ithica
  • When: Sunday, July 9
  • Cost: $10
  • Description: Join us as we head to Robert Treman State Park in Ithaca for the day.  There, we will plan to hike to a waterfall and then spend some time swimming and enjoying ourselves outside in this beautiful central New York summer weather.  For more information, please contact Mary McNally at mary.mcnally@cortland.edu and register online at the link below.   
  • WhatAdirondack Trail Blazers (Note: This is for incoming first-year and transfer students only - Registration closes August 4, 2017)
  • Where: Raquette Lake, NY
  • WhenSaturday, August 19 - 25, 2017
  • Cost$385 - includes food, room, equipment and transportation
  • Description:  As a first-year student or incoming transfer student, you have a special opportunity to join a group of your peers on a fun and exciting adventure in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.  Your journey begins just prior to the start of classes when you will travel to Raquette Lake to experience the unique and historical beauty of Huntington Memorial Camp at William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education.  The following day you will continue your trek by foot and canoe into the heart of the Adirondack backcountry.  Instructors will guide your group as you hike, paddle, climb and camp in the wild surrounded by spectacular views.  Shared stories around the evening campfire will round out your day as you spend time discussing college life and preparing yourself for an even bigger adventure.  In a few days time, you'll return to the SUNY Cortland campus with a deeper sense of self-confidence and readiness to start your college adventure.
  • What: Outdoor Pursuits TL Meet and Greet
  • When: Friday, September 1, 2017 at 3p.m. 
  • Where: Outdoor Pursuits Center
  • Who: Trip Leaders
  • Cost: Free
  • Description:  Interested in our Outdoor Pursuits Program or becoming a trip leader? Join us on Friday, September 1st for a meet and greet with our current trip leaders. We will be sharing information about our program including workshops and trips as well as our trip leader process. We also plan on playing an outdoor movie on our outdoor movie screen and making popcorn and s'mores. So come on by and hang out with us.     
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  • What: Trip Leader Training
  • When: Sept 2 - Sept 4
  • Where: Wellsely Island Sate Park, NY
  • Who: Outdoor Pursuits Trip Leaders
  • Cost: N/A
  • Description:  Outdoor Pursuits Trip Leaders will be heading up to Wellsely Island Sate Park on the St. Lawrence River on Labor Day weekend for a two night long camping experience.  OP has 32 student leaders who help plan and facilitate numerous trips throughout the semester.  This training will consist of plenty of fun and outdoor skills on the water in preparation for an amazing lineup of trips available to all students, faculty and staff this semester.   
  • For Current Trip Leaders  
  • What: Lighthouse Landing Camping and Canoe Trip
  • When: Sept 9-10
  • Where: Lighthouse Landing, NY
  • Who: Abby Merz & Marisa Vanasco
  • Cost: $25
  • Description:  Join us for a night away from campus for some camping and canoeing fun! We will have a campfire and sleep under the stars. And also be out on the water all day Saturday! Come take this opportunity to appreciate the outdoors to your fullest extent!
  • What: Fillmore Glen State Park Day Hike
  • When: Saturday, Sept 16 
  • Where: Fillmore Glen State Park, NY
  • Who: Taya Yelton, Lindsay Riggs & Elisa Knapp
  • Cost: $7
  • Description:  Join us for a nice day hike to Fillmore Glen State Park to enjoy the sight of 5 waterfalls!  For just $7 you receive: transportation and a nice day among amazing people! Come to Outdoor Pursuits in the SLC today to take advantage of this fun opportunity! 
  • What: Paddleboarding Day Trip
  • When: Saturday, Sept 16
  • Where: Little York Lake, NY
  • Who: Kaycie Haller & Tom Epp
  • Cost: $20 (includes all equipment and transportation)
  • Description:  Come hangout with some new people and relax on the water before the rush of the new semester gets going!
  • What: Watkins Glen State Park Day Hike
  • Where: Watkins Glen State Park, NY
  • When: Sunday, Sept 17
  • Who: Shannon Cunningham & Brianna Cardina
  • Cost: $15
  • Description: Rated the 3rd Best State Park in the US, Watkins Glen consists of 19 waterfalls, 20ft cliffs, and with the fall foliage this trip is going to be one you don’t want to miss!  
  • What: Time to get Clarky! Clark Reservation State Park Day Hike
  • When: Friday, Sept 22
  • Where: Clark Reservation State Park, NY
  • Who: Jack Simmons & Tom Epp
  • Cost: $10
  • Description:  Hiking and sunset watch at the beautiful Clark Reservation State Park in Syracuse.
  • What: Pharaoh Lake Backpacking Trip
  • When: Sept 23-24
  • Where: Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, Adirondacks, NY
  • Who: Jeff Sladewski & Kado Marino
  • Cost: $45 (includes all gear, transportation and food minus warm meal in town)
  • Description:   There is no better way to usher in the fall season than to get outside! Join Outdoor Pursuits on a mid-September trip to the serene and striking wilderness of Pharaoh Lake in the Adirondacks! Trip leaders Jeff Sladewski and Kado Marino will be your trip leaders on this endeavor and assure that this trip will be well worth the weekend. The group will depart on Saturday from Outdoor Pursuits early in the morning and travel approximately 4 hours to the Pharaoh Lake Trail Head. Once we arrive, our objective is to hike in and establish our camp at a backcountry lean-to for the night. We will also attempt to ascend Pharaoh Mountain depending on time and weather and be rewarded with majestic views of the High Peaks region in the distance.  On Sunday, we will hike out which could range from 4 miles to 7 miles based on where we decide to camp on Saturday night. We will finalize our adventurous weekend by stopping at a local eatery of our group’s choice for a well-earned, hot meal. We will arrive back at Cortland early evening.
  • What: Green Lakes State Park Camping Trip
  • When: Friday, Sept 22 - Sunday, Sept 24 
  • Where: Green Lakes State Park, NY
  • Who: Lindsay Riggs & Taya Yelton
  • Cost: $38 (includes all gear, food, camping reservations and transportation)
  • Description:  Join us in swimming the crystal clear blue lakes, hiking gorgeous trails, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. We will be teaching a few tasty yet easy recipes to use when car camping and useful outdoor skills
  • What: Weekend Camping at Letchworth State Park
  • When: Sept 29 - Oct 1
  • Where: Letchworth State Park, NY
  • Who: Brittany Parody & Jack Simmons
  • Cost: $55 (includes all gear, camping, food and transportation)
  • Description:  Join Outdoor Pursuits on a weekend excursion to the Grand Canyon of the East where we will be camping, hiking and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.  Letchworth State Park was recently named the #1 state park in the country.  It offers plenty of hiking trails, waterfalls and open green spaces.  
  • What: Old Forge Camping Trip
  • When: Sept 29 - Oct 1
  • Where: Old Forge Camping Resort, Old Forge, NY
  • Who: Allison Chandler & Georgia Shaw
  • Cost: $55 (includes all gear, camping, food and transportation)
  • Description:  Join us for a camping trip to Old Forge. This trip is great for beginners and will be lots of fun. It includes two easy hikes, campfire stories, s’mores, and stargazing.  
  • What: Backpacking Overnight to Fire Tower
  • Where: Catskills, NY
  • When: Oct 6-7
  • Who: Kelly Gomez & Tom Epp
  • Cost: $45
  • Description: Join us for a one-night backpacking trip to the Catskill mountains. No matter what level of
    experience you have this trip is for you! Enjoy your Friday night sleeping under the stars,
    playing games and making new friends. We will hike up to the fire tower as well as visit an
    abandoned hotel and a Buddhist temple! 

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  • What: Rocky Ridge Camping and Hiking Trip
  • Where: Adirondacks, NY
  • When: Oct 6-7
  • Who: Abby Merz & Casey Robibero
  • Cost: $50
  • Description: Join us for a hike up the 20th Adirondack High Peak, Rocky Peak Ridge! We will camp Friday night and then get an early start for the 8-mile round trip hike. There are amazing views at the top, a perfect place to sunbathe with snacks. Beginners and pros are all welcome! Bring your friends! 

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  • What: Niagara Falls Camping Experience
  • Where: Niagara Falls, NY & Canada
  • When: Oct 6-8
  • Who: Shannon Cunningham & Georgia Shaw
  • Cost: $80
  • Description: Come along as we travel to Canada to explore Niagara Falls! We will stop to view the Falls from the US side then continue on to Canada to camp, hike, and see all the beautiful sights. All transportation, food, and excursions are included. Must sign up in outdoor pursuits by Wednesday October 4th.  Must have a current passport that does not expire within six months to enter Canada.  

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  • What: Skydiving Trip with OP
  • Where: Skydive Central New York, Weedsport, NY
  • When: Oct 8
  • Who: Brittany Parody & Charlie Kollmer
  • Cost: $254 total ($75 deposit to be paid in OP at registration - goes toward total)
  • Description:Thrill seekers come join Outdoor Pursuits in Skydiving over Central New York! This trip is a great opportunity for you get out of your comfort zone, while possibly checking something off your bucket list. The perfect start to a new semester in Cortland! A deposit of $75 will be required at registration and the remainder of the price will be due the day of trip and paid directly to Skydive Central New York.  (Estimated $179).  ***Must be 18 years of age or older***

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  • What: Acadia National Park Fall Break Trip
  • Where: Acadia National Park, ME
  • When: Saturday, Oct 14 - Tuesday, Oct 17
  • Who: Elisa Knapp & Kaycie Haller
  • Cost: $175
  • Description: Spend your fall break in the first National Park in the Eastern United States, Acadia National Park! Home to the tallest peak on the Atlantic coast, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia is one of the most visited National parks but the crowds will be gone this time of year! Leaving its natural beauty to be discovered through hikes and scenic drives up mountains and along the rugged coast lines of Maine.

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  • What: Adirondacks Great Range Fall Break Backpacking Trip
  • Where: Adirondacks Great Range, NY
  • When: Saturday, Oct 14 - Tuesday, Oct 17
  • Who: Jeff Sladewski & Kado Marino
  • Cost: $85
  • Description: Join us for a backpacking adventure in the Adirondacks over fall break.  Experience the unique beauty of the mountains during autumn as Jeff Sladewski and Kado Marino lead a backpacking trip through the Great Range.  Our trip will include hiking, camping and hopefully some peak ascents depending on weather.  The journey will take place over the majority of our fall break, leaving campus on Saturday, October 14, and returning Tuesday, October 17. The trip will cover approximately 25 miles of trails in the distinctive Adirondack backcountry and incorporate the skills necessary such as backpacking significant terrain, tent camping, backcountry cooking, mapping and orienteering, and more. So, spend your fall break a little differently this year and get a taste of one of the nation’s most astonishing landscapes, the Adirondacks!  Trip costs $85 and includes transportation, meals, entrance fees and group gear.  

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  • What: Adirondack Railway Bike Trip
  • Where: North Creek, NY
  • When: Friday, Oct 20 (This trip will be departing campus by 9a.m.)
  • Who: Reanna Zappavigna & Heather D'Angelo
  • Cost: $55
  • Description: Looking for a new adventure this fall?  Want to check out the Adirondack's falls colors?  If so join us for our trip to the North Creek/Saratoga Railway for rail biking.  Rail biking allows riders to ride the railroad tracks using their own power and pedaling to explore a section of the Adirondacks that has never seen passenger traffic!!  You will enjoy a 2 hour trip through the majestic Adirondacks on a four-person quad car and we are sure it will be a trip you will never forget!!

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  • What: Ziplinning in the Catskills Mountains
  • Where: Hunter Mountain, NY
  • When: Saturday, October 21
  • Who: Brittany Parody & Heather D'Angelo
  • Cost: $150
  • Description: Join Outdoor Pursuits in a day trip to the longest and highest zipline tour in North America! We will spend a day adventuring and thrill-seeking through the Catskill Mountains.   

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  • What: Halloween in Getttysburg Camping Trip
  • Where: Gettysburg, PA
  • When: Oct 27-29
  • Who: Katy Dimock & Bri Cardina
  • Cost: Cancelled
  • Description: Spend a weekend in Gettysburg National Military Park! We will be camping in the park itself and having an interpretive tour provided by a Recreation Student here at Cortland! Come with us on a night ghost tour and spend the night before Halloween on a battlefield! Expect some spookiness and fun!   

  • What: Rohe Farm Corn Maze!
  • Where: Syracuse, NY
  • When: Oct 28
  • Who: Abby Merz and Lei Chen
  • Cost: $15
  • Description: Come join us for some fall fun! We will travel to Rohe Farm for the opportunity to participate in a corn maze or get pumpkins or go on wagon rides! There is also a hay jump, an animal train ride, and animals to pet! Bring your friends and let’s have some fun!   

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  • What: Howe Caverns Day Trip
  • Where: Howes Cave, NY
  • When: Saturday, Nov 4 7a.m.
  • Who: Andrew Siciliano & Abby Merz
  • Cost: $35 (includes entrance, transportation and a light snack)
  • Description: Explore caves 156 feet below the Earth’s surface which are six-million-year-old. This 90 minute journey begins in Lester Howe's above ground study where Howe himself will regale you with the story on how he discovered this great cave. Your experienced tour guide will then lead you down in an elevator to The Vestibule where your journey through the enormous main cavern, immense galleries and under huge boulders which hang precariously overhead, will begin. You will experience the mystique of the River Styx, Titan’s Temple and The Giant Formation. No experience necessary, all are welcome.
  • What: Night Hike
  • Where: Hoxie Gorge (7 miles from campus)
  • When: Friday, Nov 10 at 5p.m. (This trip has been cancelled)
  • Who: Elisa Knapp
  • Cost: $5 (This trip has been cancelled)
  • Description: Everyone hikes during the day but there is a whole other world out there at night! Join us for a night hike at Hoxie Gorge, we will be leaving campus at 5pm and arriving back around 7pm.
  • What: Skyzone Day Trip
  • Where: Syracuse, NY
  • When: Friday, Nov 17
  • Who: Katy Dimock & Abby Merz
  • Cost: $30
  • Description: Jump around on Skyzone’s many trampolines in Syracuse! Play dodgeball and do flips into foam pits all while leaping into the air!  

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  • Wakely Mountain
  • What: Wakely Mountain Fire Tower Day Hike
  • Where: Adirondacks, NY
  • When: Sat, Nov 18
  • Who: Abby Merz & Jules Robinson
  • Cost: $30
  • Description: Join OP as we venture out to the Adirondacks for the day to hike up Wakely Mountain Fire Tower.  There are 29 fire towers situated on top of mountains in both the Adirondacks and Catskills and Wakely is one of the better ones.  The hike is a 6.4 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 1,644 feet.  This could be your very beginning to completing the ADK Mountain Clubs Fire Tower Challenge where hikers must document their trips to at least 23 of the fire towers.  So come join us as we get out for the day and return back to campus in time for dinner.   

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  • Bouldering Comp Fall 2017
  • What: Cortland Crux Bouldering Competition
  • Where: Climbing Wall
  • When:  Fri, Dec 1 5pm - 7pm
  • Who  Open to climbers of all abilities
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Red Point: This type of competition provides many different climbing routes. Each route has a different level of difficulty and a unique point value to reflect the level of difficulty. Points are gained only if the route is completed. Points are scored by sending the problem from the start to the top without falling and by only using holds that are on the designated route. Competitors must complete problems without getting verbal or visual help while on the wall. To get the points you need 2 signatures from other competitors who saw you successfully complete the route. Partial points are not awarded in redpoint format. Falls must be recorded but are only taken into account to break a tie.

  • What: Ice Skating Day Trip
  • Where: Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY
  • When:  Dec 2
  • Who: Brittany Parody & Olivia Terry
  • Cost: $15 
  • Description: Take a break from studying to go ice skating outside in Clinton Square, Syracuse!  

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  • XC Skiing Lime Hollow
  • What: Cross Country Skiing Through Lime Hollow (will be a hike if we have no snow)
  • Where: Lime Hollow, NY
  • When:  Dec 3
  • Who: Olivia Terry and Kado Marino
  • Cost: $15 
  • Description: Get outside this winter with Outdoor Pursuits! Learn how to Cross Country ski through the trails of Lime Hollow, located right in Cortland. All equipment and transportation is provided. Beginners are welcome.  Trip will still go as a hike if there is no snow.  

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  • What: Spring Break Trip to Hawaii 
  • Where: Maui, Hawaii - Haleakala National Park & Waianapanapa State Park
  • When: March, 10 - 16, 2018 
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Policies & Procedures
  • Registration and payment are required prior to the day of the trip.
  • All trips are subject to change due to factors beyond the control of the SUNY Cortland Recreational Sports Department.Students,
  • Students and Faculty/Staff can sign up and pay for a trip using a credit card on the recreational sports purchase portal by clicking on the word 'register' below the trip description or in person at the Outdoor Pursuits Center with cash or check..
  • A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be set-up with you the week of your trip via your SUNY Cortland email, so please be on the lookout for this email from one of your trip leaders.  This meeting is very important to attend and is to help you better prepare yourself for your upcoming trip as well as share more details and logistics.
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What do I need to bring on my trip?
  • All specialized camping gear and group gear will be provided for your trip.  Examples of group gear include canoes, tents, stoves, cookware, etc. (anything that the entire group will need).  You do not need to check these items out.   
  • You will be responsible however, for your own personal items such as a decent pair of hiking boots, a sleeping bag and rain gear, etc. If you need suggestions on finding these, we'll be glad to help.  Our Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center does have a limited supply available of some personal equipment that you can rent for free for your trip.

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