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Spring 2019 Trips, Classes, and Clinics

Registration

Registration for all outings begins the first day of classes, Monday, January 28th. To register for an activity please visit our Registration page. If you are not able to log on to our Registration but are eligible for our activities (listed below), please give us a call at (307) 766-2402. 

Eligibility

Outings are only available to UW students, faculty, staff, board retired employees, and dependents/spouses. Dependents must be 16 years of age or older to participate and be accompanied by their parent/guardian on the activity. Lectures, film showings, slide shows, wilderness medicine offerings, 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

Payment for activities is completed online through our Registration portal.

Refunds

Make sure you can go before you sign-up! Registrants may cancel their registration 10 days prior to an activity and receive a full refund. Refunds of ½ of the trip payment are available if 7 days notice is given, and as long as the refund amount exceeds $20. With less than 7 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. *There are no refunds for wilderness medicine course offerings. 

SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

Date(s)

Description

Price ($)

Student

Faculty/Staff

January

30

Avalanche Beacon Clinic

5 7

30

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

February

2

Intro to Backcountry Touring

49

59

2

Snowies Snowshoe Hike

11

16

3

Happy Jack Classic Nordic Ski

19

24

5, 7, 9, 14, 16

Avalanche Level I Course*

41

51

5

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

6

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

5

7

8

Friday Night Bouldering Series*

Free

7

9

Intro to Skate Ski Technique Clinic I

23

28

9

Indoor Lead Climbing Clinic

5

7

10

Intro to Skate Ski Technique Clinic II

23

28

10

Intro to Climbing Movement Clinic

5

7

10

Whitewater Pool Clinic

10

12

11

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

14

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

15-17

PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver Course

275

295

15-17

Bighorns Ice is Nice Trip

105

115

16

Vedauwoo Snowshoe Hike

11

16

18

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

5

7

19

Full Moon Snowshoe at Happy Jack

18

23

19

Avalanche Beacon Clinic

5

7

19

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

20 & 21

Banff World Tour Film Showing*

Free

20

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance I

5

7

23

Intermediate Skate Ski Clinic I

23

28

23

Intro to Backcountry Touring

49

59

Feb. 24; Mar. 3, 10, 31; Apr. 7, 14

Horsemanship

120

144

24

Intermediate Backcountry Touring

53

63

24

Chimney Park Classic Nordic Ski

19

24

26-28 & Mar. 2

Rope and Rescue Techniques

53

63

26

Backcountry Cooking Clinic

5

7

27

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance II

5

7

March

1

Friday Night Bouldering Series*

Free

7

3

Intermediate Skate Ski Clinic II

23

28

3

Intro to Backcountry Touring

49

59

3

Snowies Snowshoe Hike

11

16

3

Indoor Lead Climbing Clinic

5

7

5

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

6

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance III

5

7

7

Avalanche Beacon Clinic

5

7

8

No Man's Land Film Showing*

Free

9-10

DLP Wilderness First Aid Course

125

200

9

Intermediate Backcountry Touring

53

63

9

Happy Jack Classic Nordic Ski

19

24

10

Intro to Backcountry Touring

49

59

10

Whitewater Kayak Pool Clinic

10

12

12

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

5

7

13

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance IV

5

7

14

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

16-22

Moab Multi-Sport Spring Break Trip

325

400

16-22

SW Backpacking Spring Break Trip

325

400

27

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

29-31

Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar (ISOLS) 

-

30

Intermediate Climbing Movement Clinic

5

7

31

Whitewater Pool Clinic

10

12

April

1

Schoolyard Mountain Bike Ride

5

7

4

Fly Fishing Casting Clinic

Free

5-7

Student Outdoor Leadership and Education Conference (SOLE) at Western Colorado University

-

6-7

Fundamentals of Mountaineering

97

107

7

Indoor Lead Climbing Clinic

5

7

8

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance I

5

7

10

Backcountry Cooking Clinic

5

7

11

Women's Schoolyard Mountain Bike Ride

5

7

12

Friday Night Bouldering Series*

Free

7

13-14

Sinks Canyon Climbing Trip

95

105

13

Crevasse Rescue Clinic

21

26

14

Advanced Climbing Movement Clinic

5

7

14

Women's Whitewater Kayak Pool Clinic

10

12

16

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance II

5

7

16

Women's Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

19

Turtle Rock Full Moon Hike

18

23

19-21

Green River Canoe Trip

97

107

20

Crack Craft Clinic

5

7

21

Plains Lake Fly Fishing Day Trip

32

37

21

Outdoor Climbing Foundations

29

34

23

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance III

5

7

24

Schoolyard Mountain Bike Ride

5

7

24

Women's Fly Fishing Casting Clinic

Free

25

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

27-28

Trad is Rad

51

61

27

Women's Indoor Lead Climbing Clinic

5

7

28

Reynolds Hill Day Hike

11

17

28

Whitewater Kayak Pool Clinic

10

12

30

Schoolyard Mountain Bike Ride

5

7

30

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance IV

5

7

May

1

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Free

3-4

Quick Start Kayak

63

73

4

Outdoor Climbing Foundations

29

34

5

Mountain Bike Basics

32

37

5

Outdoor Sport Climbing Clinic

29

34

 *Available to non-UW affiliated individuals

NEW TRIPS, CLASSES, AND CLINICS

Course Descriptions by Type

Snow Sports/Avalanche Awareness

Level I Avalanche Course

If you are interested in recreating in the backcountry in the winter, you won't want to miss out on the learning and experience provided by this National Ski Patrol Avalanche level I course. Taught by experienced instructors, this course provides three classroom sessions and two field days for practicing skills. The curriculum covers snow science, beacon usage, rescue techniques, human factors, route selection, and stability tests. An avalanche book is included in the price of the course, but transportation to both field days is not provided. The field days require excellent physical condition and experience in backcountry travel on skis or snowshoes. You must attend all three (3) classroom sessions and both (2) field sessions to receive certificate. Limit: 20 participants

Classroom Dates: Tuesday and Thursdays, Feb. 5, 7, and 14, 6-10 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 (classroom)

Field Session Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 9 & 16

Price: $41 students, $51 faculty/staff

Register here

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. Equipment provided; participants are encouraged to bring their own beacon if they have one. Limit: 12 participants.

Dates: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 5-8p; Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5-8p; Thursday, Mar. 7, 5-8p

Location: Half Acre rm. 117

Price: $5 students; $7 faculty/staff

Register here

Intro to Backcountry Touring

It is strongly recommended that you complete an Avalanche Beacon Clinic or Level I Avalanche course prior to this trip. Learn the basics of snow travel as you skin-up, practice digging a snow pit, practice your beacon use, and ski or board in the backcountry.  Transportation provided; most equipment can be provided as well. Limit: 8 participants. We have four offerings available this Spring Semester.

Prerequisite: The ability to ski/board down a blue/black diamond run.

Pre-trip meetings: Thursday, Jan. 31, Wednesday, Feb. 20, Thursday, Feb. 28, or Thursday, Mar. 7; 5-6p; Outdoor Program office

Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 2, 23; Sundays, Mar. 3, 10

Price: $49 students, $59 faculty/staff

Register here

Intermediate Backcountry Touring

It is strongly preferred that you complete a Level I Avalanche class prior to this trip. We are surrounded by amazing access to great backcountry terrain, use this course to build on your skills. A very strong level of physical fitness is important. This course heads down to Cameron Pass in Northern Colorado. Backcountry skiing/snowboarding is wholly dependent upon conditions, and we may not be able to ski/board depending on the safety of the snowpack. Transportation provided; most equipment can be provided as well. Limit: 8 participants.

Prerequisite: The ability to ski/board down a black diamond run. 

Pre-trip meetings: Thursday, Feb. 21, Wednesday, Mar. 6; 5-6p; Outdoor Program office

Dates: Sunday, Feb. 24 or Saturday, Mar. 9

Price: $53 students, $63 faculty/staff

Register here

Snowies Snowshoe Hike

We will head up to the beautiful Snowies for some fun in the snow. We have a few different options that provide wonderful scenery regardless of conditions. We will hike a loop that is between 3-5 miles with some moderate elevation gain. No prior snowshoeing experience is necessary. Transportation and equipment are provided. We will meet at the Outdoor Program office at 9a. Limit: 10 participants.

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Mar. 3

Price: $11 student, $16 faculty/staff

Register here

Vedauwoo Snowshoe Hike

Explore Vedauwoo in the winter to see it take on a whole new look! We will snowshoe the Turtle Rock loop that is 3 miles with some moderate elevation gain. No prior snowshoeing experience is necessary. Transportation and equipment are provided. We will meet at the Outdoor Program office at 9a. Limit: 10 participants.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 16

Price: $11 student, $16 faculty/staff

Register here

Full-moon Snowshoe Trip, Happy Jack

Join us for a spectacular opportunity to snowshoe under moonlit skies. We will head out in the evening to be in good position for the moonrise over the Laramie Range Mountains. Snowshoes, headlamps and transportation provided. No prior snowshoeing experience necessary, although you will need plenty of warm clothes! We will meet at the Outdoor Program office at 5:30p. Limit: 16 participants.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19

Price: $18 students, $23 faculty/staff

Register here

Happy Jack Classic Nordic Ski

Classic cross country skiing is a great way to get out in the winter. Learn the basics of classic cross-country skiing. This clinic is for people with little to no background in classic cross country skiing. Happy Jack Recreation Area is only 15 minutes from town and has trails that are groomed and maintained by the Medicine Bow Nordic Association (MBNA) specifically for cross-country skiing. Transportation and equipment are provided. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meetings: Thursdays; Jan. 31 and Mar. 7; 6-7p; Outdoor Program office

Dates: Sunday, Feb. 3; Saturday, Mar. 9

Price: $19 students, $24 faculty/staff

Register here

Chimney Park Classic Nordic Ski

Learn the basics of classic-cross country skiing on the beautiful Chimney Park trail system in the Southern Snowies. Chimney Park provides a bit of a more backcountry experience with fewer visitors than our other nordic areas. This clinic is for people with little to no background in classic cross-country skiing. Transportation and ski equipment provided. Limit: 10 participants

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 20; 5-6p; Outdoor Program office

Date: Sunday, Feb. 24

Price: $19 students, $24 faculty/staff

Register here

Intro to Skate Ski Technique Clinics

Skate skiing is a form of cross country skiing utilizing a "skate" technique that requires a higher level of cardiovascular fitness. Learn the technique from our knowledgeable instructors. This clinic is designed for individuals who have little or no background in skiing, but are fit and ready to take on the challenge of learning skate technique. Transportation and ski equipment are provided. Limit: 10 participants.

Clinic I: Focuses on the legs and body position. Push-off, weight transfer, and gliding. Stopping, falling and getting back up.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 7, 5-6p (shared meeting with Clinic II); Outdoor Program office

Date: Saturday, Feb. 9

Clinic II: Starts off with no-pole skating, turning, and stopping. Introduction to poling techniques.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 7, 5-6p (shared meeting with Clinic I); Outdoor Program office

Date: Sunday, Feb. 10

Price per clinic: $23 students, $28 faculty/staff

Register here

Intermediate Skate Ski Technique Clinics

This clinic is for those who have already taken our Intro to Skate Ski clinics or have previous experience and are looking to improve on their skate technique. Learn new techniques, skills, and drills from our experienced and knowledgeable instructors. Transportation and ski equipment provided. Limit: 10 participants.

Clinic I: Get an overview and practice of poling techniques (V1, V2, V2 Alternate, & double poling).

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-6p; Outdoor Program office

Date: Saturday, Feb. 23

Clinic II: Movement assessment, continued practice, and additional drills to take your skiing to the next level.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5-6 pm; Outdoor Program office

Date: Sunday, Mar. 3

Price per clinic: $23 students; $28 faculty/staff

Register here

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

Learn the fundamentals of maintaining skis or snowboards from our ski technician. This clinic introduces 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. *The last offering of the semester will focus on preparing your gear for storage until next winter. 

Dates: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-8p; Monday, Feb. 18, 6-8p; and Tuesday, Mar. 12, 6-8p*

Location: Outdoor Program office

Price $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Register here

Mountaineering

Bighorns Ice is Nice Trip

This brand new ice climbing trip will visit the stunning Shell Canyon on the western side of the Bighorn Mountains. Instructors will setup top ropes on beautiful waterfall ice and provide ice climbing instruction over the course of two days. After swinging ice tools and crampons all day long, we will retire to the quaint mountain town of Shell to our cabin accommodations. This trip will leave on Friday late afternoon and return on Sunday evening. It is preferred if participants have passed the Top Rope Belay skills check at the Half Acre climbing wall. Equipment, accommodations, and transportation provided. Limit: 6 participants. 

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5-6p; Outdoor Program office

Departure Date: Friday, Feb. 15

Return Date: Sunday, Feb. 17

Price: $105 students, $115 faculty/staff

Register here.

Fundamentals of Mountaineering

This introductory course will cover the basics of self-belay, self-arrest, snow travel, snow protection/anchors, and crampon technique over a two-day period while camping overnight in the Snowy Range. The pre-trip meeting will be used to introduce theory and discuss basic knots/hitches, etc. Equipment, instruction, food, and transportation provided. Limit: 9 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 5-8p, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, rm. 115

Departure date: Saturday, Apr. 6

Return date: Sunday, Apr. 7

Price: $97 student, $107 faculty/staff

Register here

Crevasse Rescue Clinic

This clinic will cover the basics of self-rescue out of a crevasse. We will discuss and practice several techniques including a single team 3:1 haul and a two team haul all in the stunning and safe setting of the Snowy Mountain Range. The pre-trip meeting will cover some hitches, knots, and theory. Most equipment and transportation are provided. Limit: 9 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Apr. 11, 4-7p, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, rm. 115

Date: Saturday, Apr. 13

Price: $21 student, $26 faculty/staff

Register here

Rock Climbing

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

These clinics are for those who have little or no climbing experience and would like to learn the basics of top rope climbing. We cover how to put on and wear a harness, how to tie in with the climbing rope, and how to top rope belay. Clinic participants must complete the top rope skills test at a later date to be checked off to top rope climb at the wall. Students who successfully pass the skills test will be allowed to top rope at the wall for one year. Limit: 6 participants.

Dates: Jan. 30; Feb. 5, 11, 14, 19; Mar. 5, 14, 27; Apr. 8, 25; May 1

Location: Half Acre Climbing Wall

Time: 7-9p

Price: FREE

Register here

Indoor Lead Climbing Clinic

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 must complete the lead climbing skills test at a later date to be checked off to lead climb at the wall. Students who successfully pass the skills test will be allowed to lead climb at the wall for one year. Limit: 6 participants.

Prerequisite: Clinic participants must first be checked off to top-rope climb at the wall and have the ability to climb a grade of 5.9 on top rope prior to being allowed to participate.

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 9, 1-5p; Sunday, Mar. 3, 1-5p; and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2-6p

Location: Half Acre Climbing Wall

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Register here

Climbing Movement Clinic 

This series of clinics will progress from covering basic techniques such as footwork and efficient griping to more advanced topics such as body tension and core control on the wall. Other topics will include endurance, momentum, and more. Students who go through this series will come out with a better sense of how to control their body efficiently on the wall. Limit: 8 participants.

Intro Clinic: Sunday, Feb. 10, 3-5p

Intermediate Clinic: Saturday, Mar. 30, 1-3p

Advanced Clinic: Sunday, Apr. 14, 3-5p

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

Register here

Crack Craft Clinic

This clinic will ease into this whole other world of climbing, going over jams, locks, and so much more. We will utilize the cracks and features of the Half Acre climbing wall to focus on this unique technique. Tape included! 

Date: Saturday, Apr. 20, 10a-1p; Half Acre climbing wall

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Register here

Outdoor Climbing Foundations

This is a great way to learn how to climb at our premiere climbing spot of Vedauwoo 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. No prior experience necessary; however, those who have passed the top rope skills check may top belay and those who have passed the lead climbing skills check may lead sport climb under staff supervision. Climbing equipment, instruction, and transportation provided. Please come to the pre-trip meeting ready to climb at the wall. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meetings: Thursdays; Apr. 18 or May 2; 5-7p; Half Acre climbing wall

Dates: Sunday, Apr. 21 or Saturday, May 4

Price: $29 students, $34 faculty/staff

Register here

Outdoor Sport Climbing Clinic

This outdoor clinic is for the aspiring sport climber. We will cover a variety of skills and techniques that pertain to climbing outdoor bolted routes, including but not limited to: building bolted anchors, cleaning anchors, rappelling and lowering off, and clipping considerations. Ropes, specialized climbing gear, and transportation is provided. Limit: 6 participants.

Prerequisite: Participants must first be checked off to lead climb at the wall prior to activity dates

Pre-trip session: Wednesday, May 1, 5-7p, Half Acre climbing wall

Date: Sunday, May 5

Price: $29 students, $34 faculty/staff

Register here

Trad is Rad

This is a must-do clinic for climbers! Learn how to place a plethora of gear for both lead climbing and anchors. Prior anchor-building skills are not necessary, although a solid foundation in climbing is. The clinic has two components: one pre-trip 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 pre-trip session is mandatory for the day trips to Vedauwoo, please come ready to climb. Ropes, specialized climbing gear, and transportation is provided. We will leave and return to Laramie each day. Limit: 6 participants.

Prerequisite: Participants must first be checked off to lead climb at the wall prior to activity dates

Pre-trip session: Thursday, Apr. 25, 5-7p, Half Acre climbing wall

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 27-28

Price: $51 students, $61 faculty/staff

Register here.

Rope and Rescue Techniques

Learn the skills necessary to free yourself and your partner from difficult and unexpected situations. Topics include: escaping the belay, ascending rope, hauling, tandem rappels, and passing knots. There is a final scenario day where participants will bring all of their learned skills together to succeed. 

Prerequisite: Previous multi-pitch experience AND having passed the Lead Climbing skills check at the Half Acre Climbing Wall. 

Dates: Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 26-28, 5-8p; and Saturday, Mar. 2, 1-5p; Half Acre Climbing Wall

Price: $53 students, $63 faculty/staff

Register here

Friday Night Bouldering Series

The Friday-Night Bouldering Series (FNBS) is our fun, low-key competition series, meant to bring climbers of all levels together to create community and a fun Friday night alternative. New routes will be 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 (recreational, advanced, open, and marathon), and a raffle will be held for all climbers with a variety of prizes from our sponsors. These comps are a great way to get introduced to the competition arena, meet other climbers and climb some fresh routes! No pre-registration. Limited to the first 75 registered climbers. Spectators may be limited or prohibited depending upon the number of registered climbers.

Registration: 4-5p prior to the start of each comp, Half Acre Climbing Wall

Dates: Fridays; Feb. 8, Mar. 1, and Apr. 12; 5-8p; Half Acre Climbing Wall

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

Sinks Canyon Climbing Trip

Sinks Canyon, located outside of Lander, Wyoming, is home to the International Climbers Festival and has some of the best sport climbing in all of Wyoming. We will spend two days climbing and camping just outside of Lander. No prior experience necessary; however, those who have passed the top rope skills check may top belay and those who have passed the lead climbing skills check may lead sport climb under staff supervision. Climbing gear, most meals, and transportation included. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 5-6p, Half Acre Climbing Wall

Departure date: Saturday, Apr. 13

Return date: Sunday, Apr. 14

Price: $95 students, $105 faculty/staff

Register here

Backpacking/Camping

Spring Break Backpacking Trip to Southern Utah

Join us for a backpacking trip to the canyons of southern Utah! We will explore Coyote Gulch; a sandstone canyon that contains a small stream, natural bridge and arches. We will backpack for four days in this beautiful canyon. No prior backpacking experience necessary, but a good level of physical fitness is important. Most meals, transportation and equipment provided. Limit: 10 participants

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, March 12, 5-7 p.; Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Saturday, March 16

Return date: Friday, March 22

Price: $325 students, $400 faculty/staff

Register here

Hiking

Full-moon hike, Vedauwoo

Hike around Vedauwoo by moonlight during the full moon! 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: 16 participants

Date: Friday, April 19, 7:30p; Outdoor Program office

Returning to campus by 10:30 pm

Price: $18 students, $23 faculty/staff

Reynolds Hill Day Hike

Hike around a less visited part of Vedauwoo on a beautiful spring afternoon. Beavers, elk, moose, and deer are just a few of the things we may see. This hike is approximately five miles long. Transportation provided. Limit: 16 participants

Date: Sunday, Apr. 28, 1p; Outdoor Program office

Price: $11 students, $17 faculty/staff

Mountain Biking/Bike Maintenance

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance

Learn how to take care of your bike and get a tune-up in the process. Taught by the Outdoor Program’s own bike technicians, these series of clinics will cover a variety of bike maintenance topics. It is recommended that you attend all of the clinics in a sequential order, but you can also sign up for individual clinics if you have a specific need.

Clinic I: Wednesday, Feb. 20 or Tuesday, Apr. 9; 6-8p

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, Feb. 27 or Tuesday, Apr. 16; 6-8p

This second clinic will cover adjusting a 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.

Clinic III: Wednesday, Mar. 6 or Tuesday, Apr. 23; 6-8p

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

Clinic IV: Wednesday, Mar. 13 or Tuesday, Apr. 30; 6-8p

In this clinic you will delve deeper in the anatomy of your bike, learning  the difference between a cassette and freewheel (both terms you will learn, if you are not already aware); and how to overhaul and adjust hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets.

Location: Outdoor Program office

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

Register here

Schoolyard Mountain Bike Ride

Join us on an evening ride of our exceptional trail system on the edge of Laramie. These trails have amazing riding for all levels. Basic instruction will be provided. No previous mountain bike experience necessary. Bikes, helmets, and gloves, provided. Meet at the Outdoor Program office. 

Dates: Monday, Apr. 1, 4:30-6:30p; Wednesday, Apr. 24, 5-7p; Tuesday, Apr. 30, 5-7p

Price:  $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Register here

Mountain Bike Basics

Join us for a low-intensity mountain biking skills clinic. This 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 is necessary. Transportation, 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! Limit: 6 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, May 2, 5-6p, Outdoor Program office

Date: Sunday, May 5

Price: $32 students, $37 faculty/staff

Register here

Water Activities

Whitewater Kayak Pool Clinic

This clinic is meant to introduce basic strokes and concepts that are fundamental, when trying to get into the sport of white water kayaking. We will cover a variety of skills leading up to a successful roll. These clinics will take place in the Half Acre pool, located on campus to ensure the safety and success of the participants. Feel free to sign up for multiple classes as the instructors can build on the skills learned in previous sessions.

Dates: Sundays; Feb. 10, Mar. 10, Mar. 31, Apr. 28

Time: 6:30-8:30p

Location: Half Acre Pool, meet at the Outdoor Program office

Price: $10 students, $12 faculty/staff

Register here

Quick Start Kayak

This brand new whitewater kayak program is a unique opportunity to receive extensive paddling instruction in multiple settings. We will start out in the Half Acre pool on Friday evening practicing our rolls and stroke technique. Then on Saturday we will head up to the Platte River Whitewater Park in Casper. Here we will be able to practice and play on the four human created rock structures that provide a realistic whitewater experience. Transportation and equipment provided. Limit 8 participants. 

Pool Session: Friday, May 3, 6-8p, Half Acre pool

Trip Date: Saturday, May 4

Price: $63 students, $73 faculty/staff

Register here

Green River Canoe Trip

Join us on the new, exciting trip down the scenic Green River through the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge in Northern Utah and Colorado. We will camp out on Friday evening, before hitting the water on Saturday and staying out one night on this beautiful stretch of river! We might see moose, elk, deer, and more. No prior canoeing experience required. Transportation, equipment, and meals provided. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Apr. 17, 5-6p, Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Friday, Apr. 19

Return date: Sunday, Apr. 21

Price: $97 students, $107 faculty/staff

Register here

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Casting Clinic

Fly fishing is all about technique! Learn the basics of fly casting. This on-campus clinic will teach you some basic fly fishing terminology, basic casting techniques such as backhand, reach, and roll casting. Limit: 10 participants

Date: Thursday, Apr. 4, 4-6p

Location: Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, rm. 115

Price: FREE

Plains Lakes Fly Fishing Day Trip

Join us for an introduction to fly-fishing trip! The pre-trip session will introduce topics such as cold water fish species, basic river entomology, flies, rod and reel orientation, and various types of lines and knots. We will also cover casting basics. The one-day trip will be used to get a feeling for shore and river casting techniques at the nearby Plains Lakes, and hopefully catch some fish! Transportation, rod, reel and line is included. You must purchase your own flies and fishing license (however, we will stop in West Laramie on our way out of town to purchase these items if you do not have them). Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Apr. 18, 5-6p, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, rm. 115

Date: Sunday, Apr. 21

Price: $32 students, $37 faculty/staff

Register here

Special Programs

PADI Open Water Diver SCUBA Course

Start your SCUBA adventures here! This course is taught by Lee Burgess from Western Divers Ltd. (a five star PADI Dive Center). Lee has decades of SCUBA teaching experience and has taught thousands of students.

***It is very important to review the medical form for eligibility prior to enrollment. If you answer "yes" to any medical questions on page 2, a physician's approval is required prior to taking the class.***

A week prior to the course, you will receive materials for "home study.” Read the manual, complete workbook pages, dive table study sheet, and watch the DVD prior to start of class. On campus, you will participate in a classroom review, quizzes, a final exam, and pool dives. The course teaches equipment use and safe diving procedures.

Upon successful completion of the course, you have up to a year to complete four open water dives at any PADI dive center world-wide for your lifetime certification! Course fee includes: Crew Pack (course materials), instruction, and gear use in the pool. Additional fee for certification dives. Please bring a swimsuit and towel for both Saturday and Sunday pool sessions. Limit: 16 participants

Registration Deadline: Monday, Feb. 4

Classroom times: Friday, Feb. 15, 7-9:30p; Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 16 & 17, 1-4p; Corbett, Rm. 137

Pool sessions: Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 - 11 a.m. & Sunday, Feb. 17, 8-11 a.m.; Corbett Pool (please enter through the southeast doors of Corbett)

Price: $275 students, $295 faculty/staff

Register here

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will arrive at the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. 7220 Entertainment, UW Outdoor Program, and the Haub School co-sponsor this event. Each night features approximately 2 hours worth of unique mountain films with an intermission. The first half of each night features family friendly films, while the second half films may contain coarse language. 

In 1986, The Banff Mountain Film Festival began an outreach program to bring the festival to other communities. Banff’s Festival organizers wanted to share the efforts and talents of the world’s finest mountain filmmakers with a larger audience. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings mountain films to thousands of people who cannot make the annual trek to the Canadian Rockies. For more information on the Banff Mountain Film Festival, visit https://www.banffcentre.ca. 

For more information about the Campus Activities Center, please visit www.uwyo.edu/cac, like the Wyoming Union on Facebook or follow the CAC on Twitter and Instagram @UWYOCAC.

Individuals needing assistance to attend this event should contact the Campus Activities Center at (307) 766-6340.

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 (approximately. 38 min. drive) is not provided; students are encouraged to arrange carpooling at the pre-trip meeting. Limit: 20 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-6p; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, rm. 115

Dates: Sundays; Feb. 24; Mar. 3, 10, 31; Apr. 7, and 14

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

Price: $125 students, $144 faculty/staff

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Backcountry Cooking Clinic

Join the Outdoor Program staff as we prepare some of our favorite backcountry foods. We will share some of our tricks, tips, and recipes for cooking in the backcountry. We will do some front-country (a.k.a. car-camping) cooking, as well as backpacking options as well. No prior backcountry cooking experience is necessary. Come hungry! Limit: 10 participants

Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 26 or Wednesday, Apr. 10; 6-8p; Outdoor Program office

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

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No Man's Land Film Festival Tour

No Man's Land Film Festival is an all-woman adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect individuals who identify as women in pursuit of the radical. No Man's Land strives to create a history of motivating audiences to implement and inspire change. While the films in this showing exclusively feature women, this event is open to all genders. Our showing will also feature a panel of women leading the way in our local outdoor community. To learn more about the No Man's Land Film Festival visit their website

Date: Friday, Mar. 8; Education Building Auditorium; 6p (doors open at 5p)

FREE

Moab Multi-Sport Spring Break Trip

Escape the Wyoming winter with this adventurous trip to a desert paradise. We will have the opportunity to recreate in some absolutely iconic landscapes. There will be options to go rock climbing on sandstone splitters, mountain bike classic trails, canyoneer through stunning slots, and hike to breath-taking viewpoints. Equipment, necessary instruction, food, and transportation provided. Limit 9 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Mar. 11, 5-7p, Outdoor Program office

Departure date: Saturday, March 16

Return date: Friday, March 22

Price: $325 students, $400 faculty/staff

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Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar (ISOLS)

The Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar (ISOLS) is a conference created and run by students, for students. The mission is to bring together future outdoor leaders and provide them with an environment that promotes networking and an exchange of knowledge between peers from outside their own universities. Those attending ISOLS should expect to hear multiple student-led presentations, engage in workshop presentations, and participate in full and half day field labs. This year's conference will be at the Southern Utah University. For more information and to register, please visit the ISOLS website.

Dates: March 29-31

Student Outdoor Leadership and Education Conference (SOLE)

The Student Outdoor Leadership and Education Conference (SOLE) will be held at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado in April 2019. This is a student-organized event that is specifically tailored to students that are involved in the outdoor industry. Between April 5th and 7th, attendants will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers that have proven success in our industry, attend student presentations, participate in skills workshops, develop professional experience, build their networks and more. For more information and to register, please visit the SOLE website

Dates: April 5-7

Women's Programming

This spring semester the Outdoor Program will be offering a smattering of programs for women, instructed by women. These activities are a great introduction to a sport through a fun, inclusive environment. 

Women's Schoolyard Mountain Bike Ride

Join us on an evening ride of our exceptional trail system on the edge of Laramie. These trails have amazing riding for all levels. Basic instruction will be provided. No previous mountain bike experience necessary. Bikes, helmets, and gloves, provided. Meet at the Outdoor Program office. 

Date: Thursday, Apr. 11, 4:30-6:30p; meet at the Outdoor Program office

Price:  $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Register here

Women's Whitewater Kayak Pool Clinic

This clinic is meant to introduce basic strokes and concepts that are fundamental, when trying to get into the sport of white water kayaking. We will cover a variety of skills leading up to a successful roll. These clinics will take place in the Hal Acre pool, located on campus to ensure the safety and success of the participants. Feel free to sign up for multiple classes as the instructors can build on the skills learned in previous sessions.

Date: Sunday, Apr. 14

Location: Half Acre Pool, meet at the Outdoor Program office

Price: $10 students, $12 faculty/staff

Register here

Women's Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

This clinic is for those who have little or no climbing experience and would like to learn the basics of top rope climbing. We cover how to put on and wear a harness, how to tie in with the climbing rope, and how to top rope belay. Clinic participants must complete the top rope skills test at a later date to be checked off to top rope climb at the wall. Students who successfully pass the skills test will be allowed to top rope at the wall for one year. Limit: 6 participants.

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7-9p

Location: Half Acre Climbing Wall

Time: 7-9p

Price: FREE

Register here

Women's Fly Fishing Casting Clinic

Fly fishing is all about technique! Learn the basics of fly casting. This on-campus clinic will teach you some basic fly fishing terminology, basic casting techniques such as backhand, reach, and roll casting. Limit: 10 participants

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 5-7p

Location: Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, rm. 115

Price: FREE

Register here

Women's Indoor Lead Climbing Clinic

This clinic is 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 must complete the lead climbing skills test at a later date to be checked off to lead climb at the wall. Students who successfully pass the skills test will be allowed to lead climb at the wall for one year. Limit: 6 participants.

Prerequisite: Clinic participants must first be checked off to top-rope climb at the wall and have the ability to climb a grade of 5.9 on top rope prior to being allowed to participate.

Date: Saturday, Apr. 27, 2-6p 

Location: Half Acre Climbing Wall

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Register here

Wilderness Medicine

DLP Wilderness First Aid Course

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, hazards and protocol. With a hands-on approach, this course will complement any experience you may already have in the outdoors. Our DLP Hybrid Wilderness First Aid Course is only 2 days long but requires pre-course study and successful completion of an online exam in order to attend. This course may be used to recertify current WFR & WEMT certifications. If this course interests you, please visit the article Is a hybrid course in wilderness medicine right for you? prior to registering. This certification lasts for 3 years and includes CPR/AED and epinephrine certifications. Limit: 18 participants. Course fee includes a handbook. Please come prepared to go outside multiple times each day. 

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Location: Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 & 117 (classroom)

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 9-10

Price: $125 students, $200 faculty/staff/public

Registration details will be posted shortly. 

 

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Outdoor Program

Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 141

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3604

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2402

Email: op@uwyo.edu

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