The FOOT (First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips) are an opportunity to encounter a journey that in many ways mirrors your transition to college. You’ll encounter beautiful and unknown places, share with your group in accomplishment, inspiration and success, overcome challenges together, and have a lot of fun! FOOT is an opportunity to make unforgettable memories and friendships as you enjoy spectacular views, thrilling adventures and evenings connecting around the campfire with delicious food and great conversation. Beginners don’t be shy! You need no prior experience with any of the activities to participate in FOOT, and we strongly encourage you to join! Return to campus before classes begin with a head full of fresh air, a handful of new friends, and a mountain of memories!

Expedition Trips

Students on an expedition trip will experience a 2 and a half day, 2 night contiguous trip in the field where they will be traveling by foot or boat and engaging a primary activity throughout the trip. These activities are described in each trip description. Note, Rock-climbing will have times when the group is transported by a vehicle.

 Make sure to read the packing gear lists as well here.

  1. Backpacking
  2. Advanced Backpacking
  3. Canoeing
  4. Eco-Service Project
  5. Primitive Living Skills
  6. Rock Climbing

Adventure Medley Trips

These trips will offer students the opportunity to sample a couple of different activities and visit locations close to campus that you’ll be able to return to throughout your years at Amherst. Students on a medley trip will spend the evenings on campus with their group and stay overnight in the dormitories. Each morning you will be met by your leadership team on campus to kick off the day’s activity. 

Make sure to read the packing lists for these trips as well here.

  1. Hiking
  2. Kayaking and Hiking
  3. Primitive Living and Animal Tracking

If you are interested in going on one of the FOOTrips, then choose the FOOT program as your first choice! Based on your LEAP program preferences and other factors (for example, the number of students each program can accommodate), you may be placed in the FOOTrip program. The Office of Student Activities will let you know your LEAP program assignment mid-August.