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Outdoor Program|Campus Recreation

Fall 2015

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

Registration

Registration for all outings begins the first day of classes, Monday, Aug. 31. 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 Half Acre. Dependents and spouses pay the same price as their sponsor.

Eligibility

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.

Payment

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

Refunds

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 2015 schedule

Date(s)

Description

Price

 

Student

Faculty

/staff

September

5–7

Yellowstone National Park & Thermopolis Hot Springs

$150

$180

9

Fundamentals of bike maintenance I

$5

$7

11

Intramural bouldering comp.

Free

12

Rock-Climbing fundamentals, Vedauwoo

$30

$36

12

Vedauwoo hike

$18

$22

13

Climbing wall lead climbing clinic

$5

$7

15

Outdoor Program open house

Free

16

Fundamentals of bike maintenance II

$5

$7

18

Reel Rock Film Tour

Free*

19-20

North Platte River canoe trip & Saratoga Hot Springs

$65

$78

19-20

Two-day rock-climbing workshop, Vedauwoo

$51 $66
20, 27, 10/4, 11, 18, 25

Horsemanship

$120 $144
21

Mountain biking skills clinic

$12 $14
23

Fundamentals of bike maintenance III

$5 $7

26-27

Backpacking fundamentals trip to the Snowies

$59 $70
28

Full-moon and lunar eclipse hike, Vedauwoo

$18

$22

30

Fundamentals of bike maintenance IV

$5

$7

October

3–4

Rock-climbing anchors clinic

$51

$66

7

Fundamentals of bike maintenance I

$5 $7
9

Friday Night Bouldering Series

Free $7
10–11

All-women's rock climbing trip to Lander, WY

$92 $110
14

Fundamentals of bike maintenance II

$5

$7

17

Climbing wall lead climbing clinic

$5

$7

21

Fundamentals of bike maintenance III

$5

$7

28

Fundamentals of bike maintenance IV

$5

$7

30–11/1

Mountaineering fundamentals, Two-day course

$106

$137

November

6–8

Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR

$91

$119

11

Ski/snowboard tuning clinic

$7

$9

13

Friday Night Bouldering Series

Free

$7

14

Climbing wall lead climbing clinic

$5

$7

18

Ski/snowboard tuning clinic

$7

$9

25-29

Rock climbing trip to Moab, UT

$192

$230

December

2

Ski/snowboard tuning clinic

$7

$9

5

Outdoor Gear Swap

Na.*

6

Classic or skate cross-country ski technique clinic

$29

$39

8

Avalanche rescue beacon clinic

$5

$7

12

Snowshoe trip to the Snowies

$23

$30

January 

16–25

Wilderness First Responder (WMI of NOLS)

$595

$699*

23–25

Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WMI of NOLS)

$235

$290*

*available to non-UW affiliated individuals

Course Descriptions by Type

Backpacking

Backpacking fundamentals trip to the Snowies

Come with us on a weekend backpacking trip! 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.), and transportation are all provided. Limit: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 24; 5–7 p.m., Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 26

Return Date: Sunday, Sept. 27

Price: $59 students, $70 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! Though it is not required to attend all four clinics, some of the skills are sequential. Limit: 8 participants per clinic.

Clinic I: Wednesday, Sept. 9 or Oct. 7; 6–8 p.m.

This first clinic will teach you the anatomy and terminology of your bicycle, how to perform a complete inspection, clean your bike, change a flat tire, and chain inspection and maintenance.

Clinic II: Wednesday, Sept. 16 or Oct. 14; 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. 23, or Oct. 21; 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, including inspection of braking surfaces and installing and adjusting brake pads and brake housing and cables.

Clinic IV: Wednesday, Sept. 30 or Oct. 28; 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 adjust limit screws.

Location: Outdoor Program, Half Acre

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!

Clinic date/time: Monday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Outdoor Program office

Price: $12 students, $14 faculty/staff

Canoeing

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. 17; 5–6 p.m., Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Return Date: Sunday, Sept. 20

Price: $65 students, $78 faculty/staff

Camping/hiking

Yellowstone National Park & Thermopolis Hot Springs

Join us for a trip to the first National Park in the United States; Yellowstone! We’ll tent-camp in the park for two nights at Grant Village, visiting the historic and most significant parts of the park; Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. We’ll day-hike to all sites, so participants need to be prepared to be out all day. Transportation, camping equipment, park entry fees and most meals provided. Hot springs admission is not included. Limit: 25 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 3, 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union Senate Chambers

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 5

Return Date: Monday, Sept. 7

Price: $150 students, $180 faculty/staff

Vedauwoo hike

Come with us for a short, fun hike up at Vedauwoo (pronounced vee-da-voo). We will hike the classic Turtle Rock Trail and check out the rock features. Transportation provided. Limit: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 10; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 12

Price: $18 students, $22 faculty/staff

Full-moon and lunar eclipse hike, Vedauwoo

Hike around Turtle Rock trail by moonlight during the lunar eclipse! 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 and headlamps provided. Limit: 24 participants.

Departure date: Monday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. meeting time, Outdoor Program office

Price: $21 students, $22 faculty/staff

Climbing

Intramural bouldering competition

This event is cosponsored by Intramural Sports and the Outdoor Program. Come try out your climbing skills; you do not need prior experience to participate! We have four categories for beginners and intermediate climbers both male and female. New climbing routes will be set specifically for this competition. You MUST be a UW student, faculty, staff, spouse, or dependent to participate. Register onsite at the start of the comp or at www.imleagues.com/uwyo

Competition: Friday, Sept. 11; 6–9 p.m.; Half Acre climbing wall

Price: Free!

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. Please come to the pre-trip meeting ready to climb at the wall. Limit: 24 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 9; 5–7 p.m.; Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Saturday, Sept. 12

Price: $30 students, $36 faculty/staff

Climbing wall lead climbing clinic

This fall the Outdoor Program will be offering three climbing wall introductory lead climbing clinics. These clinics are designed to teach aspiring lead climbers the basics of sport lead climbing indoors. Participants will learn the following skills: clipping technique, lead climbing belaying, falling, lowering, and commands. Clinic participants will complete the lead climbing skills test at the end of the clinic. Students who successfully pass will be allowed to lead climb at the wall for one year. Prerequisite: Clinic participants must first be checked off to top-rope climb at the wall prior to being allowed to participate. Limit: 8 participants.

Dates: Sun., Sept. 13, 5–9 p.m.; Saturdays: Oct. 17, and Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Price: $5 students, $7 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 trip 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: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 16; 5–6 p.m., Outdoor Program office

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 19 & 20

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: 12 participants.

Classroom session: Thursday, Oct. 1; 5–7 p.m., Outdoor Program office

Departure dates: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 3 & 4

Price: $51 students, $66 others

Friday Night Bouldering Series

The Friday Night Bouldering Series (FNBS) is our fun, low-key competition series. New routes are set for every competition for all abilities from beginner to advanced. T-shirts are awarded for top female and male finishers in four different categories (beginner, intermediate, advanced, and marathon). These comps will be a great way to get introduced to the competition arena. Limited to the first 75 registered climbers. Spectators may be limited or prohibited depending upon the number of registered climbers.

Registration: 5–6 p.m. prior to the start of each comp. at the wall.

Dates: Fridays, Oct. 9, Nov. 13; 6–8:30 p.m.; Half Acre climbing wall

Price: Free for Half Acre members, $7 for UW affiliated non-members (non-UW affiliated individuals must be sponsored into the facility by a UW affiliated individual. See our membership information for details)

All-women's rock climbing trip to Lander, WY

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: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Oct. 8; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Saturday, Oct. 10

Return date: Sunday, Oct. 11

Price: $92 students, $110 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. 19, 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Wednesday, Nov. 25

Return date: Sunday, Nov. 29 (possible return date of Saturday, Nov. 28 dependent upon weather)

Price: $192 student, $230 faculty/staff

Mountaineering

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: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Friday, Oct. 30 (evening)

Return date: Sunday, Nov. 1

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, Dec. 8; 5–8 p.m.; location TBA

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Classic or skate cross-country ski technique clinic

Focus on your technique and learn helpful tips to improve your skills. This clinic 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. 3; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Sunday, Dec. 6

Price: $29 students, $39 faculty/staff

Snowshoe trip to the Snowies

We’ll head up to the Snowies for a 4-6 mi. hike on Libby Creek Trail (snow conditions depending, we may choose to explore Happy Jack instead). No experience necessary; snowshoes and transportation included. Limit: 12 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Dec. 10; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Saturday, Dec. 12

Price: $23 student, $30 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 just come to learn. This clinic does not cover major base or edge repair. Wax and tools provided. Limit: 8 participants.

Clinic dates: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 18, or Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m., Outdoor Program office

Price $7 students, $9 faculty/staff

Special Programs

2015 REEL ROCK Film Tour

The tenth 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 10th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour. Find out more about the films here. Co-sponsored by Cross Country Connection.

Date: Friday, Sept. 18; Business Building Auditorium; 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Price: Free

Horsemanship

Learn how to ride, take care of, and communicate with horses! This unique 18 hour course provides ample opportunity to learn the pleasure of riding and working with horses from instructors with decades of equine experience. No prior equine experience necessary. Horses, tack (i.e. saddle, bridle), riding facilities, and instruction provided. Transportation to Sodergreen Ranch and Horsemanship School (approx. 38 min. drive) is not provided; students are encouraged to arrange carpooling at the pre-trip meeting. Limit: 26 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-6 p.m.; Wyoming Union Senate Chambers

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 20-October 25, 1-4 p.m.

Location: Sodergreen Ranch and Horsemanship School, 468 Road 102, Granite, WY 82059

Price: $120 students, $144 faculty/staff

Outdoor Program open house

Swing by the Outdoor Program as we open our doors for tours, free bike safety checks, and free food! Come check out our new location, tour behind the scenes and see what we have to offer, meet our trip leaders and office staff, and try out any of our equipment! Drop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Outdoor Program office

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. 5; 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Gear drop off: Friday, Dec. 4; 6–8 p.m. (Wyoming Union Senate Chambers) & Saturday, Dec. 5; 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 certification course will teach you everything from patient assessment and trauma care to wilderness-specific injuries to hazards and protocol. With a hands-on approach, this course 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, Nov. 6; 6–10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 7–8, 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 10-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 12–21

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. 202

Dates: Jan. 8-10 (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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