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Fitness Center

Outdoor Education: FaceTime Pre-orientation Program

Put down your cell phone.
Turn off your computer.
Make some real connections.

FACEtime is an Outdoor Education program that is designed specifically for incoming RIT freshmen. Trips take place just before the start of New Student Orientation and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Tom Connelly.

Trip Descriptions

Backpacking & Trail Maintenance
This is an exciting and engaging opportunity involving both backpacking and volunteer trail maintenance. Enjoy the satisfaction of undertaking a service project in the wilderness while bonding with your fellow trip-mates. Learn how to choose proper gear, work together as a team and care for the trail you are hiking on. Gain a basic knowledge of backpacking skills and equipment selection, learn how to work with trail organizations and trail maintenance projects, learn to demonstrate basic backpacking skills and gear terminology, participate in trail clean-up and preservation, practice "leave no trace" camping/hiking ethics and begin to develop the friendships of your college career. The trip fee covers most backpacking/camping gear (including tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks), all group gear, transportation, and meals are provided. Students must have proper backpacking footwear and clothing for the outdoors.

Beginner Backpacking
Learn the ins and outs of backpacking and bond with a small group of fellow RIT students. This trip requires little or no backpacking experience and will involve hikes on easy to moderate terrain. Learn backcountry skills, enjoy the wilderness, and make the friends that you will be spending your college years with, while living for three days with only what you carry on your back. The trip fee covers most backpacking/camping gear (including tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks), all group gear, transportation, and meals are provided. Students must have proper backpacking footwear and clothing for the outdoors.

Intermediate Backpacking
Explore the spectacular wilderness of the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack State Park for three days living off of only what you can carry on your back. This program is an ideal way to meet and bond with a small group of your fellow RIT students. This trip is appropriate for those with some backpacking/hiking experience, or for those ready to handle greater physical challenges. The terrain covered will be moderate to strenuous. The trip fee covers most backpacking/camping gear (including tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks), all group gear, transportation, and meals are provided. Students must have proper backpacking footwear and clothing for the outdoors.

Mountain Biking & Hiking
Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most incredible areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs – as high as 600 feet in some places – surrounded by lush forests. With 66 miles of hiking trails in the park and another 25+ miles of single track near the park, you'll discover one of the best kept secrets of the Rochester Area. On this trip we will explore the Genesee River Gorge (from the Mt. Morris side of the gorge) by mountain bike as we ride the Finger Lakes Trail – one of the most scenic single track rides in Western, NY. In between our bike rides we will explore the waterfalls in the park by foot. If you love riding amazing single track with breath-taking views you won't want to miss this trip! Participants must have a name brand mountain bike and helmet, be able to ride single track, 5-10 miles at a time, and have previous mountain biking experience.

Outdoor Rock Climbing
This program is an excellent and exciting way to meet and bond with a small group of your fellow RIT freshmen while spending three days climbing and bouldering at Cooper's Rock, West Virginia. The group will stay in a rustic lodge just minutes from some of the best climbing in the northeast. This trip is appropriate for all ability levels and no previous climbing experience is needed. The trip fee covers most necessary camping gear, all group gear, transportation, and meals are provided. Students must have proper clothing for the outdoors. *NOTE* If the program is sold out, please register for the waiting list; space may become available, which would allow us to accommodate you. However, you may still register for another program that has open seats.