Welcome to Pre-O Adventure!
Can you believe that in a few short weeks you and 14
other incoming students will have the opportunity to
explore one of America’s great National Parks! Get ready
for an adventure in the Channel Islands, known as the
Galapagos islands of North America. This will be an
amazing way to meet new friends and start your journey
To ensure that you are best prepared for our upcoming
adventure we have included important information in a
short presentation. After reviewing, please don’t hesitate
to contact us with any questions.
What can I look forward to?
What is the schedule?
What will I eat?
Where will I sleep?
What do I need to bring?
What skills and experience do I need?
What are Outdoor Adventures policies?
What will the weather be like?
What are the risks?
We never know what we will
see on our ferry to the island
We hope to see lots
of marine life!
The Island Fox is very
curious and always looking
to steal food left unattended
Sunrise & Sunset over the Pacific
Awesome coastal cliffs; Changing
ocean vistas; With every step, there is
an amazing view!
Day 1: Sunday, August 25th
9:00AM- Check-in at Outdoor Adventures at and move into
your residence hall
12:30PM- Meet up with your guides and group. Learn the
names of your new classmates and prepare to depart for
Malibu where our beach campsites await!
An early morning departure so that we can make our way to
the dock and take the ferry out to Santa Cruz Island
Spend the day getting settled and taking in the views. Make
acquaintances with your Channel Island
Hike the trails to some the most picturesque locations this
island has to offer
Kayak around Santa Cruz and explore the sea caves
Snorkel around kelp forests
Pack up camp in the morning and hop on the ferry back
to the mainland. Return to campus and reunite with
family around 6:00PM
What about food?
Our first dinner will be a
quick stop at a local
restaurant on the beach in
Malibu. This meal is on your
own, so make sure you bring
some money $10-$20.
Meals from Breakfast on day
2 through lunch on day 6 are
included with the trip
If you have any dietary
restrictions, please let us
know so that we can
Where will I sleep?
We will provided two or four person tents
The campsite is about 1 mile from the ferry landing, and we
will have to carry all of our equipment to the campsite.
Santa Cruz Island does have vault toilets.
There is also a water
faucet in the
There are not any
showers on the island.
What do I need to bring?
Please refer to the detailed
packing list that outlines what to
Our equipment will be loaded &
unloaded from a ferry and we
will carry it a mile to camp.
Limit extra items.
Duffel bag works well to carry
clothing. No Suitcases please.
Some backpacks will be
available to carry items to
Some items are available to
rent through Outdoor
Adventures before 8/2/13.
Please go to
What is the weather like?
During August average temperatures range from 60s-
70s during the day.
We will be 18 miles offshore. You should expect:
possible heavy winds, marine layer (fog), cool nights,
high humidity (for the west coast) and long exposure to
the sun. We are hoping for perfect conditions, but
preparing for the worst.
Please be sure to pack for a variety of cold and warm
weather. Layers will allow you to adjust throughout the
day as conditions change.
What skills do I need?
No previous experience is necessary. We will make
the most of our time on the island and some days will
be more challenging than others.
Be prepared to hike between 4 and 10 miles during our
day hikes over a combination of dirt roads, established
trails and off trail.
Our sit-on-top kayaking adventure will be guided by
Channel Islands Outfitters. Conditions permitting,
expect to paddle between 6 and 8 miles. We will
midway for lunch.
Leave No Trace
On every Outdoor Adventure trip, we abide by the principles of
Leave No Trace. They are an integral part of our program and
we ask each participant to do their best to follow the seven
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Risks and Hazards
Santa Cruz Island is 20 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara.
Although the ferry stops by a few times a day, we are in a
remote environment and need to plan accordingly.
There are a variety of risks and hazards associated with
outdoor recreation. The remoteness of Santa Cruz Island is
a factor. Specifically, slips, falls, heat exhaustion, heat
stroke, hypothermia, sun burn, dehydration, animal
encounters and blisters are some of the risks to prepare for.
Weather is something we will be constantly evaluating and
adjusting for. Sun protection is essential, there is not much
shade on the island.
What about drugs and alcohol?
Illegal drugs and alcohol are never allowed on
trips, nor being under the influence.
Prescription medications are required. Please make
sure you bring them in the original bottle with the
physicians name on it.
Craving More Pics?
Follow the links below to see our past adventures at
Channel Islands National Park:
Questions or Concerns?
Please don’t hesitate to call or email us: