If you’re attending a backcountry hiking trip then be sure to wear your boots in beforehand. Don’t show up with boots you’ve never worn before — that’s a recipe for blisters. If you’re attending a kayaking trip then do some push ups and sit ups to build your arms and core. Improving your upper body strength will make a day of paddling more comfortable and help you in getting back into a kayak when practicing capsize recovery.
On A Trail Somewhere – which is where you’ll be during this program. We don’t like to give away all the trip details or it takes away from the adventure.
No, this does NOT take the place of CalSo orientation program. This is an opportunity to meet some other incoming students with similar interests before the semester begins.
These trips are organized and managed by Cal Adventures. We are a part of the university’s Department of Recreational Sports and offer outdoor recreation opportunities for students and community members at the Berkeley Marina, on our ropes course and on remote trips like this one.
That’s just fine. Our trips are open to any first year and transfer students. Just be sure to have a parent or guardian sign your waiver.
Please check the trip summary for your specific trip to know aproximate arrival and departure times. Upon registering, you will receive more details in your confirmation packet via email.
The backpacking O.A.T.S. trips meet at the Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area on the south side of campus. It’s a bit of an uphill walk from main campus, but hey, consider it part of your training. The kayaking O.A.T.S. trips meet at the UC Aquatic Center, located at the Berkeley Marina and on the AC Bus Transit line. There will be more details in your confirmation packet after registering for a trip. The UC Parking and Transportation Office website below provides campus maps and links to local transit options.
All students are expected to be at the meeting spot on time. This allows us ample time to do a gear check and store personal items before getting on the road. Our vans do have a set pull-out time and those showing up afterwards have forfeited their chance to join the trip. The cancellation policy will apply. Please plan ahead to give yourself flex time before you need to meet up with the group. If you are travelling and realize that you are running behind then please contact us immediately to let us know.
Cal Adventures employs UCB students and community members. Your O.A.T.S. leaders are a diverse mix of trained outdoor professionals. We also ensure each trip includes at least one instructor with wilderness medical training.
Check out the Packing List page on this website for information on what you will need for your specific trip.
There is no alcohol, tobacco or non-prescription drugs allowed on our trips. This policy will be strictly enforced and any students found in violation will be asked to leave immediately and responsible for all evacuation costs. We also strongly discourage the bringing of i-pods, walkmans, or other portable entertainment devices: after all, we’re headed to the wilderness to appreciate what nature has to offer.
Yes. Please bring all items on your packing list as we can never predict the weather. There are some items marked as optional that you can choose to bring or not. Please try your hardest not to bring much more than what is listed –you are going to be responsible for carrying your own gear while out on the trip and bringing extra will only slow you and the entire group down. The morning of the trip we will do a pack check with participants and leave any unncessary items behind.
Most of the items on the list can come from your daily closet. If you’re in need of certain camping items, we suggest you ask around to friends and family. You can also contact the Berkeley REI store to inquire about equipment rental.
First and foremost — get outside! Go for walks with a backpack or do some jogging, swimming or biking to get used to cardiovascular workouts. Though you don’t have to be a superhero to complete an O.A.T.S. program, they will be physically challenging and some preparation will allow you to enjoy the trip much more while it’s going on.
Each participant will be allowed to store one personal bag while out on the trip. This should contain a fresh change of clothes, a towel, toiletries/medicines you might need when we return and any paperwork you might need for your move in. Please be sure to clearly mark this bag with your name and to keep it to just one bag.
According to Residence Hall policy this is not allowed. For more information on UCB housing or move in you can visit: http://www.housing.berkeley.edu/livingatcal//
For those looking for cheaper housing options for one night we suggest Cal Summer Visitor Housing, Berkeley Hostel, and the Berkeley YMCA Hotel. Otherwise feel free to investigate other area hotels.
We are able to accommodate almost all diets on our trip. Please be sure to designate your food restrictions and allergies on your health history form so our instructors can plan ahead.
You will need money for the meal on the road trip back to campus, it’s the one meal not provided. You’ll also want whatever you might need for after the trip during move in.