4 Day Outdoor Service in the Fingerlakes


August 12th - 16th, 2018  |  $100

Location: Finger Lakes Region- including the Finger Lakes Trail and Ithaca and surrounding area

Description: Soak up the great outdoors while getting acquainted with the beautiful Ithaca area. Give back to fellow hikers by working with your fellow trippers on a trail project, and enjoy backpacking on the awesome Finger Lakes Trail while forming lasting friendships! Possible projects include designing and creating a new trail, switchback construction, erosion control, clearing overgrown trails, and building bridges, waterbars and steps Also covers environmental aspects of trails and trail construction. Cornell Tradition members may earn up to 30 hours of service on this trip.  

Activities: 2 days of outdoor service work and 2 days of backpacking


Day 0: Sunday, August 12th: Trip participants arrive between 11:00AM and 1:00PM at Cornell, trip participants and their guides meet and begin to get to know each other, prepare their belongings for the trip and have a trip dinner (usually at one of the restaurants in Collegetown). Trip participants and their guides sleep on the Arts Quad.
Day 1: The trip is awoken bright and early and departs to either their backpacking or Service site.
Day 4: All trips return to Ithaca for Camp-O-Rama, a closing ceremony and celebration of the Outdoor Odyssey trips. Trip participants clean their gear, share a meal with other trips, and get the chance to meet some of the ~200 other participants.
Move in Day: Friday, August 17th: Trip is shuttled back to Bartels Hall, where the participants return their rented gear as a group. Once all gear is returned, trip participants are free to register at Barton Hall and move into their dorms. Often times, guides will help their trip participants move in.
Physical Activity Level: Will be expected to lift and carry up to a 30 pound backpack and various service tools. Hiking ranges from about 2 to 6 miles a day when backpacking over terrain that is sometimes steep and/or uneven.

Basecamping:​ No

Access to showers or restrooms: No