TWO Tufts Wilderness Orientation

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Tufts Wilderness Orientation (TWO) is a five-day, student-led experience for incoming Jumbos. The program includes backpacking, canoeing, hybrid, and trail crew trips through which incoming students can experience the great outdoors while creating lasting bonds with upperclassmen leaders and each other.

All trips are designed for beginners. No matter what outdoor background you have, we encourage you to register. All you need is a healthy level of fitness for the full days of physical activity.

TWO groups are made up of eight incoming students and two student leaders, all of whom have been trained in backpacking skills and wilderness first aid. Groups are completely self-sufficient for the duration of the five-day trip in remote locations in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. This means everyone helps carry food and equipment, cooking, and has minimal front-country contact.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience the view from a rocky mountaintop, paddle through a pristine lake, and gaze at the stars in a clear night sky. There is no better way to start off your college career!

Program Dates

August 23- August 28, 2018

Types of Trips

We run four types of trips for you to choose from:

While TWO works hard to create trips that are accessible for beginners, some trips are more challenging than others.  Once you have a spot in TWO you’ll have the chance to rate your preference for trip type and level of difficulty.

Please note that we have a limited number of each type of trip and cannot guarantee you your first choice. Students who do not complete their acceptance packet (sent to you by email after pre-orientation decisions come out on June 15, 2018) will be placed at random.

Students on backpacking trip



Backpacking trips consist of five days of hiking throughout the New England wilderness. Each trip will reach tops of mountains and take in the many beautiful views! This is our most common type of trip, with the widest variety of difficulty.

Students on trail crew trip

Trail Crew

Trail crew trips are our community service trips designed for those who have a real love for keeping our outdoor playgrounds healthy and accessible. Every year, our trail-maintenance group works with the Appalachian Mountain Club and Green Mountain Club to improve trails by clearing trails, replacing rock markers (cairns), and creating easier log and rock stairs. This is a great way to give back to the outdoors community

Students on canoeing trip


Canoeing trips spend five days paddling on the beautiful lakes of Maine. Each trip will get the chance to camp on the beaches, getting an extra-good view of the night’s stars!



Canoes near water


These trips combine canoeing and backpacking. Participants will have the opportunity to spend 2 ½ days paddling on the lakes of Maine, and the other 2 ½ days hiking high in the mountain tops.