Tufts Wilderness Orientation (T.W.O.) is a five-day, student-led experience for incoming Jumbos- both freshmen and transfer students- the week before Matriculation. Each year, over 260 students arrive at Tufts in late August to embark on backpacking, canoeing, hybrid, and trail crew trips. T.W.O. provides incoming students with a unique opportunity to experience the great outdoors while creating lasting bonds with upperclassmen leaders and with each other.
All trips are designed for beginners, so men and women with ranging outdoor backgrounds are encouraged to register. Since trips require full days of physical activity, a healthy level of fitness is expected.
Groups are made up of eight incoming students and two student leaders, who have been trained in both backpacking skills and Wilderness First Aid. Trips are completely self-sufficient for the duration of the trip. Groups carry all of their own food and equipment, do all their own cooking, and have minimal frontcountry contact. Trips explore the wilderness of New Hampshire, Maine, or Vermont.
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