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 upperclass leaders and each other.

In addition to the five mentioned trip types, this year, TWO will send out the first affinity trips, which include a POC trip, a women’s+ trip (female-identifying, gender non-conforming), and an LGBTQ trip!

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 tripBackpacking

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

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

Hybrid

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.

 

TWO Camping

Camping

Get comfy at one base camp where participants will stay for the duration of their trip. On a camping trip each day is a new adventure! Go on a day hike, take a paddle on a lake, and much more!

 

 


Affinity Trips

This year TWO is offering three trips for first years with specific identities: POC, Women+, and LGBTQIA+. These trips are specifically designed to foster a space that emphasizes shared identities. The team is super excited to send these three trips, and hope to see more affinity trips in future years of TWO!

Affinity trips are medium difficulty backpacking trips and are the same as any other trip. The only difference is the composition of first-years’ and leaders’ identities in each trip

POC

The backcountry experience can be unfamiliar for many people of color (POC) as outdoor recreation is, historically in the US, a predominantly white activity. The purpose of this trip is simply to create an open space for anyone hoping to meet people with similar experiences or lack thereof. Our goal is to help Jumbos to create relationships with other POC and welcome them to the Tufts community.

Women's+

The Women’s+ trip is meant to foster a space for female identifying and bodied individuals. This is an inclusive trip for people of female sex and gender identities, including trans and non-binary Jumbos. We hope to make space for bonding, while recognizing and respecting the uniqueness of the cis, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming experience of womanhood.

LGBTQIA+

This trip is designed for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+), or any other gender identity or sexual orientation under the queer umbrella. Whether you have just recently come out, are questioning your gender/sexuality, or have publicly shared your identities for a while, this trip is for you! We hope to help incoming first years develop relationships with other LGBTQIA+ first years to ease the transition into the Tufts environment.