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Cornell University

FULL - 8 Day Backpacking in the Green Mountains of Vermont

Hikers along ridgeline

Trip Dates

August 10, 2024: Arrive in Ithaca between 11am-1pm (Day 0)

August 11, 2024: Trip departs (Day 1)

August 18, 2024: Trip returns to Ithaca for Camp-o-rama (Day 8)

August 19, 2024: Move-in day (Day 9)

Trip Fee$645 (Financial Assistance available)
LocationGreen Mountain National Forest, VT
Activity LevelExpect to backpack about 5-10 miles a day carrying a 40lb pack over difficult terrain. The trails can have some significant uphills and rocky terrain mixed with flatter parts, and fatigue across an 8 day trip can build up over time.
Access to showers or restroomsNo
Day 0Trip participants arrive between 11:00AM and 1:00PM at Cornell, trip participants and their guides meet and begin to get to know each other, prepare their belongings for the trip and have a trip dinner (usually at one of the restaurants in Collegetown). Trip participants and their guides sleep on the Arts Quad.
Day 1The trip wakes up bright and early and heads off to the starting point of their backpacking trip.
A normal day consists of 5-10 miles of hiking with a break for lunch. In the afternoon, you will help set up camp, make dinner, and sleep outside!
Day 8All trips return to Ithaca for Camp-O-Rama, a closing ceremony and celebration of the Outdoor Odyssey trips. Trip participants clean their gear, share a meal with other trips, and get the chance to meet some of the ~200 other participants.
Move-In DayTrip is shuttled back to Bartels Hall on the morning of move-in day, where the participants return their rented gear as a group. Once all gear is returned, trip participants are free to register at Bartels Hall and move into their dorms. Oftentimes, guides will help their trip participants move in.