Are you interested in leading a FOOT trip?

The 2022 FOOT Leader application is now closed. If you submitted an application, but haven’t received an invite for an interview yet, please email poobahs@gmail.com ASAP!


Thank you so much for stopping by our website! We just wrapped up our first in-person trips in two years in which we had the most participants (FOOTies) in our history. We’re so excited to begin preparing for trips in Fall 2022!  

What is FOOT? First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips!

First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT) is an orientation program of backpacking trips for entering Yale students led by two upper level students. 

We invite you to join us for an experience that many students say is one of the most formative and important of their time at Yale. On FOOT, you will sleep under the stars, share stories and songs around the campfire, create a new tight-knit community of friends, enjoy discovering the Northeastern landscape, and spend time discussing what life at Yale will be like.

FOOT offers a unique wilderness experience to more than 550 incoming Yale first-years and transfer students each year!  In late August, trained juniors and seniors lead pre-orientation backpacking trips to five scenic locations throughout the Northeast. It doesn’t really matter where you go–as long as you do FOOT you will have tons of fun. We will cure all those nervous jitters about going off to college. You will return to Yale with friends that often last a lifetime!

You do NOT need to be an experienced backpacker to participate in FOOT.  FOOT is for everyone and is an appropriate (and exciting!) choice for students from all backgrounds.  The trips are designed to all levels of experience – both novices and skilled mountaineers will find them rewarding.  The primary goal of FOOT is to help ease the transition into life at Yale. You will find the hike both exciting and rewarding!