Campus Recreation

Explore Adventure

 Welcome to Explore Adventure!

The Explore Adventure program has been designed to provide incoming Clemson freshmen and transfer students the opportunity to meet other students in a relaxed environment before your college experience begins.  The program is open to a maximum of 40 participants.  The larger group will be split into small groups of 10 participants and 2 trip leaders.  This program is a supplemental experience to Summer Orientation and does not replace attendance at the June or July Orientation sessions.raftphoto

Program Goals:

  • To provide a fun and challenging outdoor activity.
  • To meet and form relationships with other students, faculty and staff.
  • To develop an appreciation for the outdoors.
  • To increase your self esteem and provide you with the confidence you will need to be successful at Clemson University. 

The Explore Adventure program is a supplemental experience for incoming Clemson freshmen. The program is a result of a collaborative effort between the Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education Program and the Office of New Student and Family Programs.  This web site is available to help answer questions you may have about the trip.  If there is something that you cannot find here please do not hesitate to contact us.

Session Dates:

Session 1: June 13–15, 2014

Session 2: July 11–13, 2014

Session 3: August 11–15, 2014

The Adventures:

Session 1 & 2: These sessions run prior to on campus orientation sessions and we highly encourage you to sign up for the orientation session that happens the Monday/Tuesday after this trip.  Both of the mini-sessions will be based out of the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina.  We will be camping at a forest service campground with access to restrooms and showers.  Activities include hiking, canoeing and whitewater rafting. 

Sample Trip Itinerary Session 1&2:

Day 1 (Friday)

1 p.m.. Participant check-in at Campus Beach Area (Clemson)
1–1:30 p.m..        Get To Know Your Small Group
1:30–3 p.m..                Gear Distribution and Packing
3–4  p.m..                 Depart Clemson and Travel to Basecamp

Day 2 (Saturday)

Morning (Group A)        Hike on the Appalachian Trail
Morning (Group B) Canoeing on Nantahala Lake
Afternoon (Group A) Canoeing on Nantahala Lake
Afternoon (Group B)  Hike on the Appalachian Trail                      

Day 3 (Sunday)

Morning (Group A&B)   Whitewater Rafting on the Nantahala
12 p.m.. (Group A&B) Lunch
Afternoon (Group A&B) Return to Campus
4 p.m..                  Check-in to Housing/Hotel for Orientation!

Session 3: This session includes a full week of fun!  You will have the opportunity to choose between two adventures. Option 1 will include a 4 day, 3 night backpacking trip on the Foothills Trail and a day of whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River. Option 2 will be base camp style and will include day hiking, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and whitewater rafting.  Complementary transportation from the Greenville/Spartanburg Airport is available for participants on session 3.  Arrangements should be made with the outdoor program office for the shuttle.

Sample Trip Itinerary Session 3:

Day 1 (Same for All Groups)

11:30 a.m.  

Vans Depart from GSP Airport to Clemson

1 p.m.. Participant check-in at Campus Beach Area (Clemson)
1–1:30 p.m..        Get To Know Your Small Group
1:30–3 p.m..       Gear Distribution and Packing
3–4  p.m..                 Depart Clemson and Travel to Trail Head or Basecamp

Day 2 - Day 4 (Backpacking Group)

Monday    Hike Into First Campsite (Approx. 2 Miles)
Tuesday  On the Trail (Approx. 9 Miles)
Wednesday  On the Trail (Approx 12 Miles)
Thursday                  On the Trail (Approx 5 Miles) *Join Basecampers

Day 2 - Day 4 (Basecamp Group)

Monday         Arrive at Basecamp, Setup, Hike to Waterfall 
Tuesday Day Hike to Table Rock and Local Waterfalls
Wednesday Group A Paddleboarding   Group B Kayaking
Thursday                  Group A Kayaking    Group B Paddleboarding

Day 5 (Same for All Groups)

8 a.m.–5 p.m.         Whitewater Rafting on the Nantahala River
5 p.m..–Saturday    Stay in your Residence Hall 

Saturday August 16

Freshmen Move In!!

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Program Costs:

The program fee for Session 1&2 is $250 which includes transportation, equipment, camping fees and food.  A deposit of $100 will be due when you register for session 1&2.  The remaining balance of $150 will be due no later than 2 weeks prior to the trip.  The program fee for Session 3 is $395 which includes your transportation, all equipment, camping fees and food for the week.  A deposit of $200 will be due when you register for Session 3.  The remaining balance of $195 will be due no later than two weeks prior to your trips departure date Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations received more than 30 days in advance will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.  If you cancel less than 30 days in advance you will not receive a refund.

Pre and Post Trip Lodging Information:

On campus housing is not available for students or parents for the Explore Adventure program.  Housing has allowed our participants on the third session to move in on the Monday morning of our third session.  You will recieve a key for your room at this time and will be able to stay in your residence hall on the Friday night at the end of our trip.  Please see list of available hotels/motels in the Clemson area for any lodging needs prior to or at the conclusion of our first session.

Registration Information:

Registration is limited to a maximum of 40 participants for each session.  Registration is taken on a first come first serve basis and is confirmed only after the registration fee is paid in full.  If the session you choose is full you will have the option to be put on the waiting list for that session.  The deadline for registration is three days prior to the beginning of each session.

Cancellation Policy-Cancellations received more than 30 days in advance will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.  If you cancel less than 30 days in advance you will not receive a refund.  Note: Do not make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from the Outdoor Program.

Registration

1)      Click on the Online Registration Link and pay the deposit.

2)      Once we receive your registration you will be emailed a participant information form to be completed as well as detailed information for your adventure.

3)    Pay the final deposit no later than 2 weeks prior to the departure of your trip.  You may pay by credit card over the phone or by mail in the form of a check made out to Clemson University. 

If you have any questions regarding registration please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Contact Information:

CORE Office
Department of Campus Recreation - Division of Student Affairs
206 Fike Recreation Center, Clemson SC 29634

Phone: 864-656-0892
e-mail: outside@clemson.edu