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Choosing a Trip

You will experience many new things in college, and OA is a great place to begin that exploration. Feel free to try out something you have never done before and that could be a challenge. No adventure requires previous experience, but several do require you to be in good cardiovascular condition, and some trips may leave you mildly sore from repetitive motions such as paddling. Your choice should be tempered by a realistic assessment of your fitness level and background. 

Chances are that several OA trips appeal to you. Which ones would you enjoy the most? To help you compare adventures and make a more informed decision, we have provided summary information about different aspects of the trips in charts below. When you sign up, you will have the opportunity to rank each trip in order of your preference. It is important to find at least three trips that you would enjoy rather than setting your heart on a single adventure, as we cannot guarantee placement on your first-choice trip. We do guarantee the placement of students with mobility or other limitations on trips that allow them to participate in OA and are happy to make necessary accommodations wherever possible.


Activities Planned
Notes: Only activities common to several adventures are shown below. Please see trip descriptions for more information about planned activities.
Adventure HikingSwimmingBiking
SnorkelingPaddling
Camp OA Possible** Yes* Possible** No No
Bike/Climb Yes & Climb No Yes No No
Community Engagement Yes Possible** No Possible** Possible**
River Adventure Possible** Yes No No Yes
Lake Adventure Yes Yes Possible** No Yes
Sequoia Yes No No No No
Sea Kayaking Yes Yes No Possible** Yes
Beach Possible** Yes Possible** Possible** Possible**
Surfing Possible** Yes No Possible** Possible**
Yosemite Yes Yes* Possible** No No
Backpacking Yes Possible** No No No
* Swimming is optional on these trips and can be unobtrusively avoided.
** "Possible" indicates that an activity is either at the group's discretion or may be included.


Amenities Available
Notes: For trips utilizing sleeping bags, we recommend bringing along a thin foam or inflatable pad for additional comfort. Sleeping bags and pads are available free of charge to participants in the Backpacking and Camping trips.
Adventure Sleeping
Arrangements
ShowersToilets
Electricity
Store*
Camp OA Bed in Camp Dorm Room Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bike/Climb Sleeping Bag in Tent No Yes No No
Community Engagement Sleeping Bag in Tent Yes Yes No No
Sequoia Sleeping Bag in Tent Yes Yes No No
River Adventure Sleeping Bag in Tent No Yes No Yes
Lake Adventure Sleeping Bag in Tent Yes Yes No Yes
Sea Kayaking Sleeping Bag in Tent No No No No
Beach Sleeping Bag in Tent Yes Yes No Yes
Surfing Sleeping Bag in Tent Yes Yes No Yes
Yosemite Sleeping Bag in Tent Yes Yes Yes Yes
Backpacking Sleeping Bag in Tent No No No No
* "Store" in this context indicates any place where you can buy basic goods that you may have forgotten to bring along, such as chapstick or additional snacks.


Difficulty and Hazards
Notes: For trips utilizing sleeping bags, we recommend bringing along a thin foam or inflatable pad for additional comfort. Sleeping bags and pads are available free of charge to participants in the Backpacking and Camping trips.
Adventure Cardiovascular
exertion (1-5)
Musculoskeletal
exertion (1-5)*
Altitude Sickness**
Sea Sickness
Heat Sickness***
Camp OA 2 2 None None Low
Lake Adventure 4-5 3 Low Low Moderate
Community Engagement 2 2 Low Low Moderate
Sequoia 3 3 Moderate Low Low
Bike/Climb 4-5 3 Low Low Moderate
River Adventure 4-5 3 Low Moderate Moderate
Sea Kayaking 4 4 None Moderate Moderate
Beach 3 2 None Low Moderate
Surfing 3-4 2 None Low Moderate
Yosemite 3-4 3 Moderate None Low
Backpacking 4-5 4-5 Mod-High None Moderate
* Activities requiring significant musculoskeletal exertion include carrying a pack, paddling a kayak, surfing and negotiating a challenge/ropes course.
** Symptoms of altitude sickness can include light-headedness, headache, nausea and/or vomiting. Hydration and good cardiovascular conditioning reduce the risk of sickness. In the past, roughly one in ten students on high altitude trips experienced mild to moderate altitude sickness, with symptoms subsiding after traveling to lower elevation.
*** Symptoms of head sickness can include fatigue and cramps. Hydration, good cardiovascular conditioning and proper attire can help reduce the risk of heat related symptoms.


Miscellaneous
Notes: The ratings below are necessarily subjective and may vary from your own preferences. Driving times are subject to traffic conditions - welcome to Southern California!
Adventure Wild and Scenic
Views (1-5)
Rustic
Experience (1-5)
City/Town
Experience (1-5)
TransportationApproximate
Hours on the Road
Camp OA  2 1 2 Charter Bus 5
Lake Adventure 4 4 2 Charter Bus 8-10
Community Engagement 2 3 5 Charter Bus 4
Bike/Climb 5 5 1 Charter Bus 3-4
River Adventure 4 4 3 Charter Bus 5-6
Sea Kayaking 5 5 1 Charter Bus 6
Beach 3 3 2 Charter Bus 6
Surfing 3 3 2 Charter Bus 6
Yosemite 5 4 1 Charter Bus 12
Sequoia 5 4 1 Charter Bus 10
Backpacking 5 5 1 Charter Bus 10