LandSea Overview

LandSea is Kalamazoo College’s pre-orientation program


Check-In Day – August 22, 2019

  • Participants arrive at Kalamazoo College
  • Check-In for participants runs from 11 am – 12:30 pm

LandSea – August 22, 2019 – September 9, 2019

  • Students will board the bus and leave around 6:30/7:00 pm on August 22nd
  • Photo identification is required to board the bus. Visit our Check-In Day page to review acceptable forms of ID.

Return to campus – September 9, 2019

  • Return drive to Kalamazoo College. Buses usually arrive around mid-day

Religious Observance and LandSea

We recognize there are times when the dates of LandSea may occur during major religious, spiritual, or cultural holidays and events. If you have questions about how your religious or spiritual practice might be accommodated within the confines of the trip, please contact the Outdoor Programs office.

Choosing a Trip Difficulty

No prior experience is necessary in order to participate on LandSea. We strive to offer a variety of itineraries with varying degrees of difficulty. This guide can be used in order to find the difficulty rating that best fits the experience individual participants are looking for.

Moderate: Basecamp trips

Sleeping: Most nights are spent in the same location

Hiking: Lighter packs, opportunity for day hikes and summits with day packs. Mixed elevation and mileages.

Canoeing: Lower mileage, no portaging (canoe carrying).

Difficult: Expedition trips

Sleeping: Camping location will change day to day as participants hike/canoe to a new campsite.

Hiking: Carrying packs day to day with low elevation change and greater mileage. Opportunities for summiting mountains without full packs.

Canoeing: Average mileage with canoeing along ponds and rivers in the Adirondacks. Some short portaging (canoe carrying).

Strenuous: Expedition trips

Sleeping: Camping location will change day-to-day as participants hike/canoe to a new campsite.

Hiking: Carrying full packs, including over mountain summits. Elevation changes of 2,000-3,000 feet possible.

Canoeing: Higher mileage with some (2-3) portages (Canoe carries).

LandSea Preparation

A key to adjusting to life on trail is to exercise regularly prior to the start of the program. Students who prepare by running 3-4 times a week at increasing distances and strengthen their upper body by weight training during the summer prior to LandSea are in the best shape to enjoy all aspects of the trip. It is also essential that you break in your boots to avoid problems during the trip. For more information on how to break in your boots, visit our footwear page.