August 23rd - 27th, 2015
Montana GOOB is a fun and exciting pre-orientation trip for 75 lucky incoming Gonzaga freshmen. GOOB is a fantastic opportunity to bond with other incoming Freshmen who love the outdoors and to meet our fun-loving student Adventure Leaders who run GOOB. The Sunday before freshmen orientation, we meet at Gonzaga and load a bus to spend 4 nights camping near a river in a beautiful, secluded part of western Montana. Each day the freshmen break into three groups to embark on a full day excursion with upperclassmen student guides. One day is spent rafting down class II and III rapids in the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River (Montana). Another day is spent mountain biking on the beautiful and historic Trail of the Hiawatha at Lookout Pass. This trail is not technical; however it incorporates some challenge with a long (although not steep) climb at the end. The trail is well worth the challenge though as it offers beautiful views of the Bitterroot Mountains, scenic waterfalls and several old railroad tunnels to bike through. The third day is a scenic hike to gorgeous Heart Lake located on the Montana/Idaho border. Although there are 3 different groups for the day trips, each afternoon we will re-group at base-camp to enjoy a dinner prepared by students and leaders. After dinner we will wrap up the night with fun, relaxing evening activities. We will return to campus just in time for the regular Gonzaga freshmen orientation. This is a great bonding experience for the incoming freshman and an opportunity for them to meet some upperclassman.