Orientation Adventure Trips

Orientation Leaders 2017

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Orientation Adventure (OA) is the off-campus component of Harvey Mudd’s new student orientation program. Student participants spend two days on excursions with 10–15 of their peers in, above, and around the greater Southern California area, all while being mindful of the program’s most fundamental goal– to foster the development of meaningful relationships between new students.

OA trips are led by two student Orientation Leaders as as well as one or two faculty/staff members.

Below are summaries of last year’s trips. Be on the lookout for new trips soon!

Gnar’ Shredding 101

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We will spend most of our time in the water surfing. Whether beginner or pro, everyone can take this time before school to live the Cali dream. With professional surf instructors and lifeguards on hand, anyone can learn to surf even if they have no experience. To take a break from surfing we will hike through dunes and tide pools, or toss discs and play soccer. At night we will camp out on the campsites near San Onofre, making s’mores and memories.

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Big Bear and L.A.

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Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you like food? Then lam-me take chu on an orienta-sean adven-chu-re! On the first day we will hike and kayak at Big Bear Lake, and at night we will play board games and make s’mores at a cabin. The next day we will travel to LA, where we will visit The Broad museum, and have Japanese ramen for lunch and Korean BBQ for dinner.

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Bridge to Nowhere

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Do you want to go nowhere? We will go on a 15 mile hike to the bridge to nowhere and the surrounding area. We will go side adventures, including a swim in the river below the bridge. Be prepared to enjoy nature with new friends.

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L.A. Style

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Come learn about LA styles with us! We will be walking around some iconic LA neighborhoods including hiking at Griffith Park to see the Hollywood sign, walking around Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We will also go to the Museum of Fashion and enjoy Southern California food including a picnic/BBQ! Finally, expect time on the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice to have fun in the sun and see all the great locations LA has to offer.

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Gorgonio Ascension

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Our trip explores the San Gorgonio Mountain, the highest peak in Southern California!  We will be on a very difficult hike, up switchbacks and steep slopes to reach the summit.  The group will cover about 20 miles of trails in 2 days; this is one of the more challenging adventures.  The work pays off though; you’ll find amazing views and get to know fantastic people.  We can’t wait to see you on the trail!

Note: No experience is required, but this is a very intense overnight backpacking trip, totaling about 20 miles and 5500 feet elevation gain. Please be cognizant of your fitness level in going on such a trip.

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Snorkeling and Hiking in the Channel Islands

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This trip begins with a ferry ride to the Santa Cruz Island where we may spot dolphins, whales, or other marine wildlife. Then, spend the first day exploring marine reserves with snorkels. Day 2 begins with an amazing pancake feast which continues with a gorgeous and fairly strenuous hike (~8-10 miles) around the island with views of the ocean and local wildlife or a relaxing beach day!

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Wandering Little Tokyo

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Secretly (or not so secretly) an anime fan? Infatuated with Japanese crafts, origami, or want to learn? We welcome everyone who enjoys some aspect of Japanese culture (or just really, really likes green tea kitkats). We will spend our first day in Claremont, exploring the Village, playing games and making crafts in air-conditioned rooms, and marathoning Japanese movies. Our second day has us venturing into Little Tokyo and immersing ourselves fully in Japanese culture, whether it be exploring the Japanese American National Museum, diving into Kinokuniya’s large stash of books, or wandering through the Japanese Village Plaza.

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Beaches, Beaches

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We will be going to Huntington beach the first day to go in the water and play beach games. On the second day, we will go to Santa Monica to hang out at the pier and go to the carnival. Both days we will be enjoying local food shops and snacks.

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L.A. From Crest to Coast

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We want to show the frosh two different sides of LA county, its wilderness and, of course, its beaches. Our trip will consist of hiking the Sturtevant falls Angeles Crest trail on the first day of the trip. The next day we will head to Venice beach to explore the shore and the famous boardwalk. If we have time we can also take a detour into Santa Monica. The night in between will be spent on campus.

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Snorkels, Hikers, Stars, Oh My!!

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After riding the waves out to the Channel Islands, we will make camp and prepare for adventure. Even if we don’t see marine life on the way to the island, we will certainly see lots of fish as we swim and snorkel through Scorpion Cove. In the evening, we hope to peer upwards and enjoy the bright stars. On Saturday, we will explore the island further whether that be over the land or under the sea before we float on back to shore and then to Mudd.

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Physics in the Real World

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Our trip is essentially an extended physics pun; the first day, we plan on going to Knott’s Berry Farms to see mechanics in action as we ride the roller coasters! Later that night, we’ll hang out and stargaze on the roof of the Shanahan building. The next day, we turn towards E&M with the thrilling game of Laser Tag!

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Rock Climbing and Beach

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We’re going rock climbing at a local gym (Sender One) and hanging out at Crystal Cove state park! It’s totally okay if you’ve never been rock climbing before–everyone will learn how. There is a large variety of routes available for climbers of all abilities. After climbing, we will spend the next day relaxing at Crystal Cove state park. The park has something for everyone: sandy beaches for bodysurfing, tide pools to explore, exciting trails to hike, and even a super cute historic district!

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Malibu Outdoor Adventure

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We will be driving to Malibu Creek State Park where we will do a 7.5 mile hike called Castro Crest that will take us on a journey through the park. After staying overnight in tents at the park, we will drive to Malibu beach. Lunch will be eaten at a restaurant in Malibu upon arrival. After eating, we will enjoy a few hours of kayaking/paddleboarding on the beach. Finally, we will return to Mudd after stopping for dinner at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles.

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Stone Creek Camping Extravaganza

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We will drive to Idyllwild between 8 and 9 in the morning to go camping and hiking at Stone Creek Campground at San Jacinto State Park. Upon arrival, we will set up camp and have a picnic lunch at the campground. Once everyone’s settled in, we’ll depart on a day hike loop from the campground (1.5-3 miles). After returning we’ll have a cookout under the stars and go on another, more strenuous hike in the morning to take in the sweeping mountain views before packing up and heading home.

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