The UR FOOT Rock Climbing trip provides incoming freshmen the unique experience of climbing in the Adirondacks. A professional guide will lead six freshmen and two leaders at a cliff in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks known as “The Courthouse”. Participants will be camping at the Bear Brook Shelter, which is along the approach trail to the cliff. Some prior camping experience is preferred, but no prior climbing experience or gear is needed.

Gear List


Miriam Grigsby

Ted Hancock

This Year’s Itinerary 

August 20th

8 am – 4 pm: Trekees Move In

5 pm: Meeting for all trip participants outside Wilson Commons, near clock tower

5:30 pm: BBQ for all Trekees and Leaders (sorry parents, students only!)

8 pm: Leaders check Trekee packs for appropriate gear, clothing, and equipment

August 21st

9 am:  Breakfast

10 am:  Drive to Adirondacks

3 pm:  Arrive at Adirondack Loj and pick up Bear Canisters

4 pm:  Arrive at Garden Trailhead

4:15 pm:  Begin hiking to Bear Brook

5 pm:  Set up base camp at Bear Brook Shelter

6 pm:  Dinner at Bear Brook

August 22nd

9 am:  Breakfast at Bear Brook

10 am:  Meet climbing guide and hike to The Courthouse

Lunch at The Courthouse

5 pm:  Return to Bear Brook

6 pm:  Dinner at Bear Brook

August 23rd

9 am:  Breakfast at Bear Brook

11 am:  Pack up and hike out to Garden Trailhead

12 pm:  Leave Garden Trailhead

1 pm:  Return Bear Canister to Adirondack Loj

6 pm:  Arrive at UR

7 pm:  Cookout dinner for all Trekees and Leaders

August 24th

Freshmen Orientation Begins!

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