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Outdoor Program|Campus Recreation

Fall 2014

Things to know before you sign-up, below. Then check out our complete schedule.


Registration for all outings begins the first day of classes, Wednesday, Sept. 3. To register for an outing, a full payment is required for trips less than $100. For trips more than $100, a minimum of half of the trip cost is required to reserve a spot.

There are two ways to register: call us by phone with a credit card, or stop by our office in the construction trailer in the east Union parking lot. Dependents and spouses pay the same price as their sponsor.


Outings are only available to UW students, faculty, staff, board retired employees, and dependents and spouses. Lectures, slideshows, the Wilderness First Responder course, and the gear swap are open to the general public.

Pre-trip meetings

Pre-trip meetings are mandatory. If you cannot attend, you must make prior arrangements with the instructors.


We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and IDR from UW departments.


Make sure you can go before you sign-up! Refunds of ½ of the trip payment are available if five-business-days notice (prior to the pre-trip meeting) is given, and as long as the refund amount exceeds $20. With less than five-business-days notice, there are no refunds available. The only exception to this policy is if our office is presented with an authorized absence from the Dean of Students office or a note from a doctor. If we cancel a trip due to weather or participation, you will be issued a full refund. Refunds may take a few weeks to process.

Fall 2014 schedule










Fundamentals of bike maintenance I




Rock-Climbing fundamentals, Vedauwoo




Medicine Bow Peak hike




Backcountry cooking clinic




Fundamentals of bike maintenance II




Reel Rock Film Tour



North Platte River Canoe trip & Saratoga Hot Springs




Backpacking fundamentals trip to the Snowies

$65 $84

Fundamentals of bike maintenance III

$5 $7


Two-day Rock-Climbing Workshop, Vedauwoo

$51 $66


Mountain biking skills clinic




North Platte River Wilderness hike





Fundamentals of bike maintenance IV




Rock-climbing anchors clinic




Full-moon hike, Vedauwoo

$21 $27

Mountaineering fundamentals, Two-day course




Fundamentals of bike maintenance I



18–19 Rock-Climbing trip to Sinks Canyon $93 $109

Fundamentals of bike maintenance II




Fundamentals of bike maintenance III



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Wilderness First Aid/CPR





Fundamentals of bike maintenance IV




Ski/snowboard tuning clinic




Avalanche rescue beacon clinic




Ski/snowboard tuning clinic




Rock climbing trip to Moab, UT





Outdoor Gear Swap



Full-Moon snowshoe trip to Happy Jack




Ski/snowboard tuning clinic




Classic or skate cross-country ski technique clinic





Wilderness First Responder (WMI of NOLS)




Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WMI of NOLS)



*available to non-UW affiliated individuals

Course Descriptions by Type


Backpacking fundamentals trip to the Snowies

Come with us on a weekend backpacking trip! We will cover the basics and provide you with pro-tips to help you be successful on your own backpacking trips. We will cover a variety of topics such as proper backpack fitting and packing, equipment (such as stoves, fuel, tent selection and pitching, sleeping bags and pads), clothing and layering, cooking and food selection, etc. This trip will also cover the principals of Leave No Trace (LNT) and provide participants with a LNT Awareness Workshop certification. Food, equipment (such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, pads, stoves, etc.), transportation are all provided. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 18; 5–7 p.m., Wyoming Union, Senate Chambers (221)

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 20

Return Date: Sunday, Sept. 21

Price: $65 students, $84 faculty/staff

Biking/bike maintenance

Fundamentals of bike maintenance

Learn the essentials of bicycle repair with our bicycle mechanic. This series of clinics progresses from basic skills, such as flat repair, to more advanced skills. Bring your own bike to work on, or work on one of ours. Though it is not required to attend all four clinics, some of them do overlap. Limit: five participants per clinic.

Clinic I: Wednesday, Sept. 10 or Oct. 15; 6–8 p.m.

This first clinic will teach you the anatomy and terminology of your bicycle, how to tell if a repair is needed, how to clean your bike, change a flat tire, and lube the chain.

Clinic II: Wednesday, Sept. 17 or Oct. 22; 6–8 p.m.

It is highly recommended that you attend the first clinic to attend the second, but it is not required. In this clinic you will learn the difference between a cassette and a freewheel; and how to overhaul and adjust hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets.

Clinic III: Wednesday, Sept. 24, or Oct. 29; 6–8 p.m.

Being able to stop is important. In this clinic you will learn about different types of braking systems and how to adjust them. Includes inspection of braking surfaces and brake pads.

Clinic IV: Wednesday, Oct. 1 or Nov. 5; 6–8 p.m.

This final clinic will cover adjusting derailleur systems, also known as adjusting your gears. You will learn how to inspect your cables and housing, check derailleur alignment, and adjusting limit screws.

Location: Outdoor Program trailer, east Union parking lot

Price per clinic: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Mountain biking skills clinic

Join us for a low-intensity mountain biking skills clinic. This half-day clinic will cover the essential skills you need to take your mountain biking to the next level. Skills such as braking, shifting-on-the-fly, cornering, descending, ascending, and basic technical movement will be covered. No prior mountain biking experience necessary. Limit: 10 participants. Bike and helmet included; riders who have their own bike are strongly encouraged to bring them. Please come to the clinic dressed and ready to ride!

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-6 p.m. Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Clinic date/time: Saturday, Sept. 27, Outdoor Program trailer, east Union parking lot

Price: $15 students, $19 faculty/staff


North Platte River Canoe trip & Saratoga Hot Springs

This fall, join us as we take a casual paddle down the North Platte River near Saratoga. We will camp out for one night on this beautiful stretch of river and hit the Saratoga hot springs! On Saturday, we’ll spend part of the day practicing canoeing skills (paddling strokes, rescue, and boating safety) before we hit the water. No prior canoeing experience required. Transportation, equipment, and meals provided. Limit: 10 participants

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 18; 5–6 p.m., Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 20

Return Date: Sunday, Sept. 21

Price: $79 students, $103 faculty/staff


Medicine Bow Peak Hike

We will depart from the Lewis Lake Trailhead for a three mile round-trip hike to the 12,013' peak (+1,260' of elevation gain). If everyone is up for it, we will stop by the Beartree Restaurant for a pizza dinner (on-your-own) after the hike. Transportation provided. Limit: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 11; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 13

Price: $21 students, $27 faculty/staff

Full-moon hike, Vedauwoo

Hike around Turtle Rock trail by moonlight. If it's a clear night, we should experience fantastic scenery of stunning illuminated rocks and shadows. This hike is approximately three miles long. Transportation provided. Limit: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Oct. 6; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Bighorn Room (203)

Departure date: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.

Price: $21 students, $27 faculty/staff

North Platte River Wilderness Hike

Join us for a fall hike in a true wilderness; the North Platte River Wilderness Area! This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and we are celebrating by hosting a hike to this beautiful area. This hike will be an out-and-back along Douglas Creek from Pelton Creek Campground. Transportation provided. Limit: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 25; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Flaming Gorge (002)

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 27

Price: $21 students, $27 faculty/staff


Rock-Climbing Fundamentals, Vedauwoo

This is a great way to learn how to climb at our premiere climbing spot just east of Laramie. Get a start in climbing or just freshen up your skills. Learn some helpful techniques from knowledgeable and friendly instructors. We'll use the pre-trip meeting to go over the basics of climbing and spend the whole day climbing on Saturday. No prior experience necessary. Climbing equipment, instruction, and transportation provided. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 11; 6–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 13

Price: $26 students, $33 faculty/staff

Two-Day Rock-Climbing Workshop, Vedauwoo

Are you new to the area? Have you been climbing in other places? Do you know how to off-width climb (not that you really would want to)? We specifically designed this program to introduce you to Vedauwoo, to give you a chance to meet other climbers, and to try out some of Vedauwoo’s best climbs. You must have prior climbing experience. OP leaders will set top-ropes; transportation and equipment provided. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 24; 6–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 27 & 28

Price: $51 students, $66 faculty/staff

Rock-Climbing Anchors Clinic

This is a must-do clinic for climbers! Learn how to place a plethora of gear for dissimilar anchors. Prior anchor-building skills are not necessary, although a solid foundation in climbing is. The clinic has two components: one classroom session and two single-day trips to Vedauwoo to practice skills. The second day has an option to place gear while on mock-lead, eventually working toward lead climbing gear placement. Harnesses, belay devices, and helmets are required, but they can be provided. The classroom session is mandatory for the day trips to Vedauwoo, please come ready to climb. Limit: 10 participants.

Classroom session: Thursday, Oct. 2; 5–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Departure dates: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 4 & 5

Price: $51 students, $66 others

Rock-Climbing Trip to Sinks Canyon

Sinks Canyon, located outside of Lander, Wyoming, is home to the International Climbers Festival and some of the best sport climbing in Wyoming. We will spend two days climbing and camp in Lander. Prior climbing experience encouraged. Climbing gear, most meals, and transportation included. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Oct. 16; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Departure date: Saturday, Oct. 18

Return date: Sunday, Oct. 19

Price: $93 students, $109 faculty/staff

Rock climbing trip to Moab, UT

Join us over Thanksgiving break for a rock climbing trip to Moab, Utah! We will hit some of the best climbing in the area; Wall Street, Kane Creek, and also break for a brief trip into Arches National Park. No prior climbing experience necessary. Equipment, instruction, most meals, and transportation provided. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Nov. 20, 5-6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Departure date: Wednesday, Nov. 26

Return date: Sunday, Nov. 30 (possible return date of Saturday, Nov. 29 dependent upon weather)

Price: $192 student, $230 faculty/staff


Fundamentals of Mountaineering Two-day Course

This introductory course will cover the basics of rope-teams, snow anchors, crampon technique, and self-arrest over a two-day period while staying in the Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Station. The pre-trip meeting will be used to introduce theory and discuss basic knots, etc. Equipment, instruction, food, lodging, and transportation provided. Proficiency in basic rock-climbing skills is required. Limit: 8 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 7; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Flaming Gorge (002)

Departure date: Friday, Oct. 10 (evening)

Return date: Sunday, Oct. 12

Price: $106 student, $137 faculty/staff

Snow Sports/avalanche awareness

Avalanche rescue beacon clinic

This clinic is designed for people with no prior experience with avalanche safety training or rescue beacons, or for individuals looking to freshen up their beacon skills. The clinic will review the basic principles of avalanche awareness and beacon/avalanche rescue and give participants an opportunity to use beacons outside. This is NOT a level I avalanche class; a level I class is highly recommended before venturing out into avalanche terrain. Limit: 15 participants. Equipment provided; participants are encourages to bring their own beacon if they have one.

Classroom session: Tuesday, Nov. 18; 5–8 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Flaming Gorge (002)

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Full-moon Snowshoe trip to Happy Jack

Snowshoe in the moonlight at Happy Jack (or the Snowies if there isn't enough snow at Happy Jack)! This fun, low-key trip will travel along established snowshoe trails at Happy Jack with the intention of reaching the scenic overlook for a spectacular view of the moon. No experience necessary; snowshoes headlamps and transportation included. Limit: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Dec. 4; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Warm Valley (202)

Departure date: Saturday, Dec. 6 (evening)

Price: $23 student, $30 faculty/staff

Classic or skate cross-country ski technique clinic

Focus on your technique and learn helpful tips to improve your skills. This clinic is taught by the UW Nordic Ski Team as a fundraiser and provides a great deal of individualized instruction. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. Transportation provided; ski equipment must be rented separately. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Dec. 11; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program

Departure date: Saturday, Dec. 13

Price: $29 students, $39 faculty/staff

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinics

Learn the fundamentals of maintaining skis or snowboards from our ski technician. This clinic will introduce you to proper use of our ski tuning area and tools while covering the basics such as base prep, edging, waxing, and finishing. Bring your own skis/snowboard or work on one of ours. This clinic does not cover major base or edge repair. Wax and tools provided. Limit: five participants.

Clinic dates: Tuesday, Nov. 11, or Thursday, Nov. 20, or Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m., Outdoor Program trailer

Price $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Special Programs

2014 REEL ROCK Film Tour

The ninth annual REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Sender Films and Big UP Productions are at it again, with a mind-blowing, palm-sweating-pump-fest of climbing flicks for the 9th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour. Find out more about the films here. Co-sponsored by Cross Country Connection.

Date: Friday, Sept. 19; Education Building Auditorium; 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Price: Free

Backcountry Cooking Clinic

For individuals who have been on our overnight trips, the Outdoor Program is also known as the "Outdoor Eating Program." Join our instructors as they whip up some yummy camp food and share their favorite camp recipes with you. We’ll focus on easy and fun backpacking food, as well as front-country Dutch oven cooking. Food included, so come hungry! Limit: 10 participants.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6–8 p.m.; Outdoor Program trailer

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Outdoor Gear Swap

Sell your old gear or find some “new-to-you” outdoor gear at this very popular one-day only sale!

Buyers: there is no cost to attend the swap; buyers typically line-up at the door around 10:30 a.m. to gain entry (doors open at 11 a.m.). Local checks (with a valid ID) and cash are the only forms of acceptable payment; each check is made out directly to each seller you purchase from; you may be writing multiple checks depending upon how many items you purchase (therefore we prefer cash).

Sellers: We facilitate all transactions and take a 15% commission on each item that sells to benefit the Outdoor Program. There is a drop off time on Friday evening and Saturday morning. You set prices on your gear (we can help you determine those prices), tag each item (we provide tags) and check in all your equipment with us. Sellers MUST pick up your money and/or gear that did not sell immediately after the swap during the pick-up time. We reserve the right to refuse any equipment that is not outdoor related or too old. Call for more details.

Gear swap: Saturday, Dec. 6; 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Gear drop off: Friday, Dec. 5; 6–8 p.m. (Wyoming Union Senate Chambers) & Saturday, Dec. 6; 8–10 a.m.

Gear pickup: Saturday, Dec. 5; 1-3 p.m.

Location: Yellowstone Ballroom, Wyoming Union

Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR

If you spend time in the backcountry, you need to be prepared for whatever emergency may come your way. This class will teach you everything from patient assessment and trauma care to wilderness-specific injuries to hazards and protocol. With a hands-on approach, this class will complement any experience you may already have in the outdoors. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a two-year certification through the American Red Cross in Wilderness and Remote First Aid, and a two-year certification in CPR/AED. Limit: 20 participants. Price includes textbooks. Please come prepared to go outside multiple times each day.

Classroom sessions: Friday, Oct. 31; 6–10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 1–2, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Corbett Building, Rm. 202. 

Price: $91 students, $119 faculty/staff

Wilderness First Responder (WMI of NOLS)

Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. This course is fast-paced and engaging. You'll spend half your time outside of the classroom doing hands-on skills and scenarios. In addition to scenarios, you'll participate in a full-scale night mock rescue. WMI's curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, straightening angulated fractures, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and administering medications. You'll complete this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. The intensive 80-hour curriculum is nationally recognized and supported by the Wilderness Medicine Institute's Medical Advisory Panel. You'll be taught by dynamic educators who have practiced both wilderness and urban medicine. This 9-day course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. Adult/child CPR certification is included.

Limit: 30 participants. This course is open to the public. Please see the registration letter for more information. Participants must complete the release/waiver prior to the first day of class as well.

Location: Corbett Building, Rm. 202

Dates: January 16–25

Price: $595 UW students, $699 all others

WMI Wilderness First Responder/CPR Recertification

This 3-day scenario-based course is designed as review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides current updates in the wilderness medicine field. There will be a written examination at the beginning of this course. Prepare for your course with these online resources. Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR recertification. Successful course completion earns you a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification and a WMI Wilderness First Responder certification. WEMTs will earn a Wilderness EMT certification. All certifications are current for two years.

Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

Prerequisites: You must possess a current WFR certification of at least 70 hours to recertify through a WFR Recertification course. It is your responsibility to make sure that your certification meets this standard. If you are unsure, please contact WMI before enrolling in a course. WMI certifications will be afforded a one-year grace period within which to recertify. This course will also recertify those who hold a valid WEMT (wilderness portion only) or WAFA certification. We ask WMI certified students to bring their certification card to the course so that the instructor can verify the expiration date. Students certified by any other organization are REQUIRED to submit a photocopy of their certification card on the first day of the course. Please note: We cannot issue you a new card until we have verified your previous training.

Limit: 30 participants. This course is open to the general public.

Registration letter

Location: Corbett Building, Rm. 103

Dates: Jan. 23-25 (check-in at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, 8-5 p.m. all other days)

Price: $235 UW students, $290 all others

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