The Way Wilderness Orientation

The Way is a week-long, formative wilderness excursion (complete with backpacking and rock climbing) for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Organized by PLNU's Outdoor Leadership program, The Way is a great opportunity for incoming students to form community and help them transfer into university life. No experience required.

Come develop close relationships, explore towering mountains, serene lakes, creeks, meadows, and glaciers. Challenge yourself at new heights rock climbing; and prepare yourself for the start of your big PLNU journey in a big way in California's best wilderness areas. This one-week spectacular wilderness orientation is for freshmen and transfers. No experience necessary. Food, outdoor gear, instruction, and transportation to and from PLNU is included. Our itinerary starts on campus where we will begin the group experience and prepare our personal equipment, we then will leave civilization and spend the first day rock climbing in a remote and scenic climbing course area. Backpacking is next where we will travel through a serene wilderness setting for five days. There is truly no better way to start college than a journey through the wilderness with a group of fellow travelers.


The Way

Team 1: July 12-19, 2014

Team 2: July 26-August 2, 2014

           $285 - Received on or before May 1, 2014
           $300 - Received after May 1, 2014 

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"The Way was, by far, one of the most influential experiences I have ever been a part of. Going into it, I wasn't sure what to expect. But the relationships you develop, the conversations you have, and the outlook on life this trip gives you are absolutely irreplaceable. I have been reminded, over and over throughout the year, how beneficial the trip was to me, and how thankful I was to have been a part of it. I would recommend The Way to anyone in a heartbeat. Thanks again for an unforgettable trip!” - McKenna Farver, 2010 PLNU freshman

“The Way not only provided me with a life changing experience and a new outlook on life, but also with close friends who helped me successfully transition into college life.” -Ian Dawson, 2010 PLNU freshman

“The Way experience impacted me so much more than I ever thought it would. It was an amazing time to challenge myself and build incredible relationships that continue to be an important part of my life.” - Anna Edwards, 2010 PLNU freshman


Jeff Allen
Outdoor Leadership and Recreation
Phone (619) 849-2677
Fax (619) 849-7025