We are 'first-year only' expeditions coordinated by ORGT Campus Recreation Center's Outdoor Program. Tech Treks can be a powerful kick-off to a great experience at Georgia Tech.

Since 2008, Tech Trek experiences have launched many successful Tech journeys. Whether climbing glaciers in Alaska, whitewater rafting in Montana, or caving in Tennessee, such adventures sometimes reveal hidden strengths. ORGT has led 120 expeditions, visited 23 countries, and trekked on all seven continents.

Our History

In 2007 the CRC piloted the first 'Freshman Only" expedition. The group spent twelve days immersed in the Alaskan wilderness whitewater rafting, backpacking, and ice climbing. We intended this to be a once-in-a-lifetime jumpstart to a great first year at Tech. To our surprise, though, participants got far more than they imagined! Not only did trekkers come home with incredible memories of traveling through some of the most beautiful places on earth, but they start their first semester at Tech with great and trusted friends on campus with whom they'd hiked, climbed, and rafted. That wasn't even the best part, though. That first year, they discovered that rising to challenges in Alaska put them in touch with skills and confidence that applied directly to successfully meeting the rigors of Georgia Tech. They told us that after their Alaska trek, they were more resilient and better prepared to face challenges. When they encountered tough things like exams and projects, they reflected on their Alaska experiences and were reminded that they had strength to push through just about anything.

What Makes Tech Treks Powerful?

Student Leaders share ideas about how to succeed at Georgia Tech: 

  • Best way to interact with professors
  • Using academic support services
  • Making friends and getting connected
  • Incentives for campus-wide interactions
  • Involvement in clubs and organizations
  • Making the most of your time at Tech 

Mountaintop and Campfire discussions explore:

  • Self-confidence 
  • Motivation
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making 
  • Relationships
  • Balance
  • Leadership

Overcoming Challenges at Georgia Tech

The skills required to succeed when travelling through unfamiliar wilderness aren't those required to successfully navigate the academic rigors of Georgia Tech. Adventure experiences challenge students to push themselves and to think what makes them strong in tough situations. We believe that when individuals test their capacities and think about that experience, that their awareness is sharpened and they are better prepared then to harness their unique strengths to better overcome future challenges. 

Many have shared that their experiences better prepared them for success at Tech. They also told us that friendships forged while trekking through the wilds were the kind likely to last for years and years. 

Alaska

*We will resume Tech Treks Alaska in Summer 2023. 

An 11-day Alaskan adventure that includes backpacking, ice climbing, and whitewater rafting in the heart of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  Past year's trekkers attribute skills learned on the trip to starting their year at Tech with greater confidence, more friends, and knowledge of their strengths.

Montana

A 9-day trip exploring the remote wilds of Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park, plus whitewater rafting, visits to the National Buffalo Range, and more.

Southeast (Revamped)

*We will resume offering Tech Treks Southeast in Summer 2023.

Tech Treks Southeast, a staple of summer opportunities for incoming first years since 2008, now features 4 full days of adventure -- whitewater rafting, GT's leadership challenge course, rock climbing, caving and other adventures. It's the stuff of lasting memories and enduring friendships.