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6 Day Multi-Element - Finger Lakes (Cabin Basecamping)

7 students in canoes

Explore the Ithaca area through a variety of fun activities! Hike through the Finger Lakes, canoe on Beebe Lake, rock climb on the largest rock wall east of the Mississippi and enjoy the high-flying activities of the Hoffman Challenge Course (just to name a few). You'll start your Cornell career with more unique experiences than many students have by graduation. Possible activities include canoeing, low and high elements at the Hoffman Challenge Course, tree climbing, rock climbing, and day hiking. Most nights of the trip* will be spent in a cabin with access to flush toilets and showers. 

Please be aware that multi-element trips tend to have a high demand, and spots are extremely limited. Participants are strongly encouraged to consider listing other trip options when registering, and keep an open mind!

*During the trip, 3 nights are spent in the cabin, and 2 nights are spent in a yurt. Additionally, there are two traditional outdoor sleeping experiences on the night before trips depart and the night before move-in. The night before trips depart, participants sleep on the Arts Quad with access to flush toilets and sinks. The final night of Outdoor Odyssey, all participants sleep at a recreation park with access to portable toilets. If these experiences are a barrier to your participation, please contact, as we may be able to make accommodations. 

Trip Dates

August 12, 2024: Arrive in Ithaca between 11am-1pm (Day 0)

August 13, 2024: Trip departs (Day 1)

August 18, 2024: Trip returns to Ithaca for Camp-o-rama (Day 6)

August 19, 2024: Move-in day (Day 7)

Trip Fee$445 Financial Assistance available
LocationFinger Lakes Region, NY
Activity Level

This trip involves some hikes around the Finger Lakes region, averaging about 3-5 miles per day on rolling terrain. The other activities aren't particularly demanding, but all require energy and involve active participation (but no prior experience!)

This trip can be adjusted to accommodate various physical abilities. Please inform us of your needs, so we can make the trip as accessible as possible.

Access to showers or restroomsYes, except no showers on the evening before trips depart and the evening of camp-o-rama.


"Thanks for such a tremendous experience. My son started Cornell with a fantastic bonding experience. This gave him immediate good friends and helped to calm those Freshman nerves. Thanks!!"