Trips

Carlsbad Surf Weekend 7:00 am Apr 11 to 5:00 pm Apr 12

***At this time, this trip is full and you may input your information to be placed on the waitlist. Once placed on the waitlist, you will be notified by email if a space opens up.***

It's that time of year again! Time to hit the waves for a wonderful Surfing Weekend!
We've booked some prime campsites along South Carlsbad State Beach and we'll bring up all of our gear. All levels of surf skill are welcome!

The weekend will be spent enjoying the beach for all it's worth, whether you are an experienced surfer or you would like to learn to surf for your first time, this trip is catered to all levels of experience. Along with surfing we will be hanging out in the sand playing volleyball or frisbee, enjoying fellowship around the campfire, dinning on the delicious burritos from the local taco shop and having a great time sleeping out under the stars listening to the waves crash. We'll leave early Saturday morning and have the whole day to catch waves and laze around before heading back Sunday around noon. We have a few surfboards and a few wet suits to rent if you do not have one . We would love to have you out there for this awesome weekend! See photos from the last surf trip by clicking on the picture below!

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*** Registration ends April 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $0.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

San Diego Bay Night Kayak 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Apr 17

***At this time, this trip is full and you may input your information to be placed on the waitlist. Once placed on the waitlist, you will be notified by email if a space opens up.***

Spend an evening kayaking in San Diego Bay... in the DARK! You'll get to wear glow sticks to see everyone in the group, but enjoy the quiet of San Diego Bay in the evening! The skyline will be bright against the night sky! You'll start from Shelter Island and kayak around towards Harbor Island towards Downtown SD and back. When you return, there will be s'mores and a bonfire on Shelter Island! 

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*** Registration ends April 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $0.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

San Jacinto Peak via Tram 5:00 pm Apr 17 to 12:00 pm Apr 19

San Jacinto Peak stands at 10,834 feet above sea level and towers over the city of Palm Springs. Reaching the summit by backpacking can take up to two days, or an avid hiker can make it to the top beginning before sunrise and ending after sunset. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway operates like a ski lift to take groups of people near the top. The summit offers beautiful views of the Coachella Valley, towards Joshua Tree, and on the other side towards Idyllwild and Lake Perris. Definitely a view you don't want to miss!

Friday night will consist of driving to a campground located near the tramway to get an early start up the tram on Saturday morning. The group will spend the majority of the day hiking to the summit, enjoying the view, and hiking back down to the tram. It is a total of 11 miles from the tram to the peak, but reaching the summit is dependent on snowfall. However, the hiking trails at the top of the tram are phenomenal! Enjoying the desert sunset, you'll have a great camp cookout, enjoy the stars and head back on Sunday morning.

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*** Registration ends April 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 1

Snorkel in La Jolla 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Apr 18

***At this time, this trip is full and you may input your information to be placed on the waitlist. Once placed on the waitlist, you will be notified by email if a space opens up.***

Dive with the seals, sea lions, and schools of fish while you snorkel in one of the best locations in San Diego! La Jolla is home to a variety of wildlife including the Garibaldi fish, which is the California state fish. Swim through the kelp beds and look at the sunlight through the surface of the ocean. If you're lucky, you might even spot a leopard shark (they're bottom feeders, nothing to worry about!). 

You'll spend the morning snorkeling for a while, then swim back in to eat lunch and go out for a second time before coming back to PLNU. Feel free to bring your own snorkel, fins, and wetsuit, but if you don't they will be provided for you!

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*** Registration ends April 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $0.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Ocean Beach Surf Day! 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Apr 18

***At this time, this trip is full and you may input your information to be placed on the waitlist. Once placed on the waitlist, you will be notified by email if a space opens up.***

Come join Great Escapes in a surfing adventure! The water is getting warmer and the sun is getting hotter! Ocean Beach is a small surfer town that serves fantastic burritos and waves for surfers of all levels. Whether this is your first time surfing or you've been going out for years, Ocean Beach has waves for everyone! Great Escapes will provide you with a surfboard and wetsuit if you don't have one, lunch will be at one of the local burrito shops!

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**Registration will close on  April 16 at 11:59pm**

Price: $0.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Way Wilderness Orientation Experience (July 11-18, 2015) 12:00 pm Jul 11 to 5:00 pm Jul 18

This is a trip for incoming students only!
IMG_7396"The Way" is a week-long wilderness backpacking and rock climbing experience (no experience required) for freshmen and transfer students. Consider this the adventure before the adventure.  We will help prepare you for your "The Way" experience in the same way this trip will help you prepare you for your PLNU journey.  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 transfer students. 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 the San Diego sky-line and spend the first day rock climbing in a remote and scenic climbing 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. 

How To Sign Up

***Please read all directions/terms carefully before registration***

  1. Before completing the registration process please read The Way Itinerary. Once you know what to expect (have read and understand The Way Itinerary) you may complete the online payment and registration process below. Please read our cancellation policies before completing your registration.  Your spot on the trip will be reserved for 3 weeks and not finalized until the following three supplemental forms are received.
  2. Print each of the three forms below to finalize your reservation.
    1. The Way Itinerary (the one you already read)
    2. Liability release and Medical Information Form (Parent/Guardian and Student must sign)
  3. Return the three forms to "Outdoor Leadership -The Way"  through the contact information at the bottom of the page.  They can be returned by mail, email, or fax.  If these are not received your spot will be open to someone else after 3 weeks or May 31st, whichever comes first. 

 
**Once ALL materials are received and reviewed by the trip leaders, confirmation of final acceptance to the trip will be sent.  If registration is closed all spots have been filled, please join the waiting list by emailing your name, and phone number to [email protected]  While it is not anticipated that the trip will be canceled, unforseen circumstances always make this possible.  In this unlikely event full trip cost will be refunded, however, we are unable to compensate for any lost fees from airfare.


**Specific dates and times: Please plan to arrive on campus in San Diego before 2:00 p.m. on July 11th.  The Trip will end late in the afternoon of July 18th in San Diego, but do not schedule a flight before 7 p.m. on that day.  Accommodations are provided if flights must be booked for arrival on July 10th or departure on July 19th.  Airport pickups will be available and scheduled closer to the date of the trip.

**Cancellation policy: In the event of cancellation there will be a $100 cancellation fee, within one month of the trip no refunds can be issued. However, if we are able to fill the open spot we will refund fees at any date minus a $30 cancellation fee.

What to Bring

The Way Packing List
Contact us with any questions about the items on this list.

Commonly Asked Questions

The Way FAQ's

We look forward to speaking with you and answering any other questions that you might have!

Jonathan Morell
Director of Outdoor Leadership Programs

Contact Information
3900 Lomaland Dr.San Diego, CA 92106
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 849-2677

 

Price: $299.00

Available Spaces: 12

The Way Wilderness Orientation Experience (July 25-Aug 1, 2015) 12:00 pm Jul 31 to 5:00 pm Aug 1

This is a trip for incoming students only!
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"The Way" is a week-long wilderness backpacking and rock climbing experience (no experience required) for freshmen and transfer students. Consider this the adventure before the adventure.  We will help prepare you for your "The Way" experience in the same way this trip will help you prepare you for your PLNU journey.  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 transfer students. 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 the San Diego sky-line and spend the first day rock climbing in a remote and scenic climbing 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. 

How To Sign Up

***Please read all directions/terms carefully before registration***

  1. Before completing the registration process please read The Way Itinerary. Once you know what to expect (have read and understand The Way Itinerary) you may complete the online payment and registration process below. Please read our cancellation policies before completing your registration.  Your spot on the trip will be reserved for 3 weeks and not finalized until the following three supplemental forms are received.
  2. Print each of the three forms below to finalize your reservation.
    1. The Way Itinerary (the one you already read)
    2. Liability Release and Medical Information Form (Parent/Guardian and Student must sign)
  3. Return the three forms to "Outdoor Leadership -The Way"  through the contact information at the bottom of the page.  They can be returned by mail, email, or fax.  If these are not received your spot will be open to someone else after 3 weeks or May 31st, whichever comes first. 

 
**Once ALL materials are received and reviewed by the trip leaders, confirmation of final acceptance to the trip will be sent.  If registration is closed all spots have been filled, please join the waiting list by emailing your name, and phone number to [email protected]  While it is not anticipated that the trip will be canceled, unforseen circumstances always make this possible.  In this unlikely event full trip cost will be refunded, however, we are unable to compensate for any lost fees from airfare.


**Specific dates and times: Please plan to arrive on campus in San Diego before 2:00 p.m. on July 25th.  The Trip will end late in the afternoon of July 18th in San Diego, but do not schedule a flight before 7 p.m. on that day.  Accommodations are provided if flights must be booked for arrival on July 24th or departure on August 2nd.  Airport pickups will be available and scheduled closer to the date of the trip.

**Cancellation policy: In the event of cancellation there will be a $100 cancellation fee, within one month of the trip no refunds can be issued. However, if we are able to fill the open spot we will refund fees at any date minus a $30 cancellation fee.

What to Bring

The Way Packing List
Contact us with any questions about the items on this list.

Commonly Asked Questions

The Way FAQ's

We look forward to speaking with you and answering any other questions that you might have!

Jonathan Morell
Director of Outdoor Leadership Programs

Contact Information
3900 Lomaland Dr.San Diego, CA 92106
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 849-2677

 

Price: $299.00

Available Spaces: 10