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The Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program (ORAP) funds and schedules outdoor excursions and activities, including weekend and day trips. In addition, a climbing wall is available to interested members of the HWS community during specified hours. ORAP maintains a rental center that offers a modest inventory of equipment for rent. The rental center is open on a part-time basis during the school year and employs students who are knowledgeable about outdoor equipment and experiences.

ORAP Mission Statement

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program (ORAP) aspires to develop an inclusive and fun culture for students to learn, lead, and participate in outdoor education and recreation activities.

Spring 2018 Semester Events & Trip Calendar

Jan. 27: Winter Festival on the Quad
No Fee
Come play out in the snow with ORAP and learn about what the program has to offer this semester!  Enjoy some cross country skiing and snow shoeing out on the Quad. Free hot chocolate and food will be provided!

Feb. 3: Cross Country Skiing at Big Oak Country Club
Trip Fee: $5
Who said Big Oak is just for golfing!? Join ORAP on the snow covered greens for some Saturday morning Cross Country Skiing!

ORAP Gunks Trip

Feb. 16 - 17: Guided Ice Climbing Trip
Trip Fee: $20
Looking to get vertical this winter in the Adirondacks!!? It's time to take on the adventure of ice climbing! Join ORAP for this guided excursion that’s for any ability level!

March 2: Twilight Pass to Bristol Mountain
Trip Fee: $30 for lift pass & rental
Do you like to downhill ski or snowboard!? ORAP is looking for some friends to join them for an evening of fun at Bristol Mountain!

March 10: Day Hike at Taughannock Falls
No Fee
By now we hope the snow is beginning to melt and spring time adventures are upon us!  To get outside after a long winter season ORAP is planning a day hike to Taughannock falls and we’d love for you to come along!

April 6: REEL ROCK 12
The Smith Opera House, Ticket Prices: $7.00, Children under the age of 13 are free!
"REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world." HWS ORAP is bringing REEL ROCK 12 to the Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY! This event is open to the public! Bring a friend, bring a family member and enjoy the show!

April 20 - 21: Backpacking Trip to the Adirondacks
Trip Fee: $15
This is your last opportunity of the semester to explore the Adirondacks with HWS ORAP. The trip will consist of easy to intermediate hiking and tent camping! We hope you join in on the adventure!

April 28: Kayaking Day Trip
Trip Fee: $5
Spring is here! ORAP will be leading a kayaking day trip this Saturday near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Whether or not you have kayaked much before, this will be a great way to get out on the water and to see some wildlife!

More Info

ORAP Hours of Operation

Monday: 4-10 p.m.
Wednesday: 4-10 p.m.
Friday: 2-6 p.m.

During these times belay clinics & the rental shop are available.

Location: Upper Level of The Barn

Email: ORAP@hws.edu

Program Adviser: Judy Wentzel, Assistant Director of Recreation, Intramurals, & Fitness

Do you have a passion for the outdoors? Fill out the application below and take on more of an active role in our program by becoming a trip leader!

ORAP Guide Application


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