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Outdoor Program

SPRING 2017

Registration

Registration for all outings begins the first day of classes, Monday, January 23. 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 Recreation and Wellness Center. 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 Wyoming Bouldering Series, the WMI WFR-R, 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 for on-campus 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.


SPRING 2017 SCHEDULE

Date(s)

Description

Price

Student

Faculty/Staff

January
28 Snowshoe trip to the Snowies 29 35
28 Cross country ski clinic, classic technique 29 35
31, 2/2, 4, 9, 11 Level I Avalanche Class 41 50
31 Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic 5 7
February
4 Ski Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area 12 12
4

Wyoming Bouldering Series

5

5 & 7*

7

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

5

7

10

Full-Moon Snowshoe Trip to Happy Jack

19

23

11

Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

45

54

11

Snowshoe Trip to Lake Agnes, CO

35

42

12

Lead Climbing Clinic

5

7

15

Tea, Trade, & Tyranny: Tibet and China Over Time – Lecture and Slideshow by Mark Jenkins

Free

18

Cross Country Ski Technique Clinic, skate

29

35

18 Backcountry ski/snowboard clinic 49 59
19, 26, 3/5, 26, 4/2, 9

Horsemanship

120

144

21

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

5

7

22 & 23 Banff Mountain Film Festival, World Tour Free
24–26

PADI Open Water Diver SCUBA Course

275

295

25

Ski Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area

12

12

25

Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

45 54
March
3

Friday Night Bouldering Series

Free 7
5

Lead Climbing Clinic

5

7

7

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance I

5

7

11–17

Spring Break Backpacking and Yoga Trip to Southern Utah

255

300

11–19

Spring Break Rock Climbing/Canyoneering Trip, Moab, UT

360

430

21

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance II

5 7

28

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance III

5

7

29, 4/2, 9, 23, 30

White Water Kayak Class

32

42

30–4/2

Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar (ISOLS)

TBD TBD

31

Friday Night Bouldering Series

Free

7
April
4

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance IV

5

7

7–9

Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR

91

119

8

Multi-Pitch Sport Climbing Clinic

5

7

9

Lead Climbing Clinic

5

7

11

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance I

5 7
11

Full-Moon hike to Vedauwoo

18 22
15–16

Rock Climbing Trip to Sinks Canyon

92

110

18

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance II

5

7

22–23

Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic

57

68

25

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance III

5

7

26

Backcountry Cooking Clinic

5

7

29

Fundamentals of Rock Climbing Trip to Vedauwoo

29

35

29–30

Swift Water Rescue course (American Canoe Association)

95 125

May

2

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance IV

5

7
6

Mindfulness Day Hike, Vedauwoo

18 22
20-21

Trail Building School

$50

* $7 for non-members

Course Descriptions by Type

Backpacking/Hiking

Spring Break Backpacking and Yoga 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 while taking the time to do some morning and evening Yoga (optional). We will also stop in Moab, UT on our return for one day. No prior backpacking or Yoga experience necessary, but a good level of physical fitness is important. Most meals, transportation and equipment provided. See the gear list. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, March 8, 5-6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, March 11

Return date: Friday, March 17

Price: $255 students, $300 faculty/staff

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: 24 participants.

Departure date: Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m. meeting time, Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Price: $18 students, $22 faculty/staff

Mindfulness Day Hike, Vedauwoo

The Outdoor Program and the Wellness Center have teamed up to provide a day hike at Vedauwoo with a special focus on mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of focusing on the present without judgement, noticing and discovering new things, and being aware of your thoughts and surroundings from a place of curiosity. Multiple studies have shown that a focus on mindfulness can lead to a variety of benefits for individuals who practice it in their daily lives. Facilitators trained in mindfulness will lead the hike. Transportation and facilitation included. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, May 3, 5-6 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 (classroom)

Date: Saturday, May 6

Price: $18 students, $22 faculty/staff

Rock and ice climbing

Climbing wall lead climbing clinic

This spring, we 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 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. Prerequisite: Clinic participants must first be checked off to top-rope climb at the wall prior to being allowed to participate. Limit: 6 participants.

Dates: Sundays, Feb. 12, March 5, April 9, 4–8 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Climbing Wall

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Ice-climbing trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

Have you ever wanted to learn how to ice climb? This introductory trip will allow participants to experience waterfall ice and learn the special technique required to climb this medium. We provide most participants with crampon-compatible boots, crampons and other ice-climbing equipment. Transportation and most other equipment will be provided. Prior rock-climbing experience and a very good level of physical fitness are necessary to participate. Limit: eight participants.

Trip I
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 9; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 11 (very early departure time)

Trip II
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, February 23; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 25 (very early departure time)

Price: $45 students, $54 faculty/staff

Spring Break Rock Climbing/Canyoneering Trip, Moab, UT

This two-part trip will head to the inspiring sandstone canyon country of southern Utah. The first half of the week we will be canyoneering (rappelling into and exploring two narrow slot canyons) in the Robber's Roost area. The second half of the trip will be dedicated to rock climbing on Potash Road, just outside of Moab, UT. This trip will also have the opportunity to visit Arches National Park. This is a must-do incredible spring break trip; no prior canyoneering or rock climbing experience necessary, although a good level of physical fitness is important. Most meals and equipment provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, March 7, 5–7 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, March 11
Return date: Sunday, March 19
Price: $360 students, $430 faculty/staff

Friday Night Bouldering Series

The Friday-Night Bouldering Series (FNBS) is our fun, low-key competition series. New routes will be set for every competition for all abilities from beginner to advanced. There are four different categories (beginner, intermediate, advanced, and marathon), and a raffle 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. Sponsored by All Terrain SportsAtmosphere MountainworksCross Country Connection, Cruxx ClimbingMetoliusMountain Khakis, and Organic Climbing.

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

Date: Fridays, March 3 & March 31; 6–9 p.m.; climbing wall, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center

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)

Fundamentals of rock climbing, 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 will use the pre-trip meeting to go over the basics of climbing and spend the day climbing on Saturday. No prior experience necessary. Climbing equipment, instruction, and transportation provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, April 27; 5–7 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, April 29
Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Rock-climbing trip to Sinks Canyon, WY

Sinks Canyon, located outside of Lander, WY is home to classic sport climbing. Join us for a fun-filled weekend of sport routes on spectacular rock. Some prior climbing experience is necessary (e.g. completing a top-rope climbing skills test at the climbing wall). Climbing gear, some meals (except one road meal), and transportation included. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, April 13; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, April 15 (early morning departure)
Return date: Sunday, April 16
Price: $92 students, $110 faculty/staff

Multi-Pitch Sport Climbing Clinic

Come learn the basics of multi-pitch sport climbing at the climbing wall! This one-day clinic will focus on the skills necessary to safely climb bolted routes longer than a single pitch. We will cover best practices for bolted anchors, managing top-belays, escaping top-managed belays, multi-pitch belay station management, best practices for rappelling, and multi-pitch climbing ethics. Participants must have successfully completed a lead climbing skills test at the climbing wall within the last year. Limit: eight participants.

Date: Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: climbing wall, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center

Price: $5 students, $7 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 of 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. Rock climbing equipment, transportation and instruction provided; please bring your own rock gear if you have it. The classroom session is mandatory for the day trips to Vedauwoo, please come ready to climb. Limit: 10 participants.

Classroom session: Thursday, April 20; 6–8 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Clinic dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23 (returning to Laramie each day)

Price: $57 students, $68 others

Snow Sports

Level I Avalanche Class

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. Limit: twenty participants.

Classroom Dates: Tuesdays and Thursday, Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 9, 6-10 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 (classroom)
Field Session Dates: Feb. 4 & 11
Price: $41 students, $50 faculty/staff

Ski Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area

Ride the Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area! Take the UW ski bus to Snowy Range Ski Area with us this winter. Riders get a $10 voucher to use towards lift tickets or rentals. The bus is open to UW students, faculty and staff, and their dependents and spouses as well. Purchase a seat on the bus through the Outdoor Program! Limit: 54 riders/bus.

Dates: Feb. 4, 25

Departure/return time: 8 a.m. meeting-time (bus departs lot at 8:20 a.m.); bus will depart Snowy Range at 4:20 p.m. and return to Laramie around 5 p.m.

Location: Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Price: $12/rider

Snowshoe Trip to the Snowies

We will hike up along the ridgeline of Libby Creek and break for lunch, overseeing a spectacular view of the Laramie Valley. The trail descends into Libby Creek and ties into Barber Lake Trail. The whole loop is roughly 5 miles with some moderate elevation gain. No prior snowshoeing experience is necessary. Transportation and equipment is provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Jan. 26; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, Jan. 28

Price: $29 student, $35 faculty/staff

Snowshoe trip to Lake Agnes, CO

Come with us to Lake Agnes, a beautiful high-mountain cirque north of Rocky Mountain National Park. We will spend part of the day out on a hike. The hiking will be on a 2.5-mile out-and-back trail gaining more than 1,000' in elevation. A good level of physical fitness is important. Limit: ten participants. Snowshoes and transportation provided.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 8; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 11

Price: $35 student, $42 faculty/staff

Full-moon Snowshoe Trip, Happy Jack

Join us for a spectacular opportunity to snowshoe under moonlit skies. We will head out in the evening on Friday and hopefully 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! Limit: 20 participants.

Departure date: Friday, Feb. 10

Meeting time: 4:30 p.m. (we will depart closer to 5 p.m. please come prepared to snowshoe)

Price: $28 students, $34 faculty/staff

Classic cross-country ski technique clinic

Classic cross country skiing is a great way to get out in the winter. Learn tips and techniques to develop your skills. This clinic is for people with little to no background in classic cross country skiing. Transportation and ski equipment provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Jan. 26; 6–7 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, Jan. 28

Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Skate cross-country ski technique clinic

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 skate technique, but may have some experience skiing. Transportation and ski equipment provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 16; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 18

Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Backcountry ski/snowboard trip

It is strongly recommended that you complete a Level I Avalanche class prior to this trip. The Snowies are home to awesome backcountry skiing! Come and explore some of it with us. An advanced level of skiing/snowboarding experience is required, and a very strong level of physical fitness is important. Participants will learn some great tips/pointers in being successful backcountry skiers/snowboarders. Backcountry skiing/snowboarding is dependent upon conditions, no guarantees will be made as to the safety of the snowpack; we may not be able to ski. Transportation provided; most equipment can be provided as well. Limit: eight participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 14; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 18

Price: $49 students, $59 all faculty/staff

Special programs

Wyoming Bouldering Series

Come and test your abilities and have fun at the best (and only) state-wide competition series! Weʼll have plenty of prizes and raffle items for competitors. There will be individual winners for each comp, and an overall series winner for the male and female categories. Categories include recreational, intermediate, advanced, and open. Series winners will be determined by their top four out of five comp scores. The series final is worth double the points and will be held in Casper.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 4

Times: women, noon-2 p.m. & men, 1-3 p.m.

Price: $5 for UW students, $5 for non-members (in addition, non-members will be sponsored in by the Outdoor Program and need to pay $7 at the front desk for entry to Half Acre)

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. 13

Classroom times: Friday, Feb. 24, 7-9:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 25 & 26, 1-4 p.m.: Corbett, Rm. 202

Pool sessions: Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. & Sunday, Feb. 26, 8-11 a.m.; Corbett Pool (please enter through the southeast doors of Corbett)

Price: $275 students, $295 faculty/staff

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinics

Learn the fundamentals of waxing skis or snowboards from our ski technician. This clinic covers basic base evaluation, prep, wax selection, application, scraping and brushing. This clinic will also cover edge tuning and basic base repair. The clinic includes wax and p-tex. Please bring your skis or snowboard. Limit: eight participants.

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 21, 6-8 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Tea, Trade, & Tyranny: Tibet and China Over Time –Lecture and Slideshow by Mark Jenkins

Tibet and China have had a complex relationship for 1500 years. Wars have been fought, treaties signed, then ignored in the next conquest. But there was always trade. In this presentation, National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins takes us on a journey down the forgotten Tea Horse Road. For almost 1000 years there was a stone-paved road that connected Ya’an, the tea-growing capital of Sichuan province, with Lhasa, the 12,000-foot high capital of Tibet. Tea was essential to daily life in Tibet, and China’s feudal kingdoms needed war horses. For centuries China and Tibet were on equal footing, but the ascendancy of China in the second half of the 20th century has devastated Tibet and Tibetan culture. With National Geographic images, Jenkins reveals the modern lives of the Tibetans, and the Chinese, and the geopolitics that have always connected them.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

Location: Arts & Sciences Auditorium

Price: Free

Banff Mountain Film Festival "World Tour"

Two days of FREE, exciting mountain adventure and culture films! The Banff Film Festival, held annually in Banff, Alberta, draws films from all over the world. Shortly after the winners are announced, you see only the "Best of the Fest" as they tour the country and the world with the show. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity that usually costs $20 or more a ticket. This event is made possible by the generous support of 7220 Entertainment, Cross Country Connection, and NU2U Sports. Movies are not rated by the MPAA and may contain explicative's, brief nudity, and graphic injuries. The selected films for the show will be available here one week prior to the show. Please call for more information. Click here for the trailer.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 22 & 23, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Location: Arts and Sciences Auditorium

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, Feb. 16, 5-6 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 (classroom)

Dates: Sundays, Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 26, April 2, 9; 1-4 p.m. (Make-up day in case of inclement weather is April 23)

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

Price: $120 students, $144 faculty/staff

Fundamentals of bike maintenance

Learn the essentials of repairing your bike, and get a tune-up! Taught by our bike mechanic, this series of clinics covers a variety of bike maintenance topics and offers you a chance to tune your own bike (limit: one/person). These clinics are perfect for getting your bike ready for the spring. It is recommended that you attend the clinics in a sequential order, but you can also sign up for individual clinics as well. Limit: eight participants.

Clinic I: Tuesday, March 7 or April 11; 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: Tuesday, March 21 or April 18; 6–8 p.m.

In this clinic you will learn the difference between a cassette and freewheel; and how to overhaul and adjust hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets.

Clinic III: Tuesday, March 28 or April 25; 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: Tuesday, April 4 or May 2; 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 Office, Rm. 141, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center

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

Backcountry Cooking Clinic

Join the Outdoor Program leaders 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.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff



Trail Building School

Join the UW Outdoor Program, the Wyoming Conservation Corps, and Scott Linnenburger (Board member of American Trails, and member of the Professional Trailbuilders Association) for an intensive 2-day trail building school (TBS). Scott has extensive experience in teaching sustainable trail design and maintenance, and runs a private trail building consulting and professional services firm based out of Boulder, CO. The focus of the TBS will be on teaching participants how to develop and maintain sustainable trails. Both classroom and field-based experiences will be utilized. The use of a variety of trail tools will be highlighted, in addition to tool and trail-work safety. By the end of the program, participants should feel comfortable maintaining sustainable local trails and leading others in performing trail work. Participants must have closed-toed shoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, work gloves and eye protection. Participants should bring two-liters of water and a lunch each day. Trail tools and eye protection will be provided. Participants are encouraged to carpool; however, there will be a few spots in a UW vehicle for those without transportation. Limit: 20 participants. The TBS is open to the public.

Dates/Times: Saturday & Sunday, May 20-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Location: Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center classroom, Rm. 115 (enter through the west doors of Half Acre only)

Price: $50

Water sports

White Water Kayaking Class

Taught by seasoned kayakers, this comprehensive class is a great way to get started in this fun and challenging sport. Learn the roll, paddling and bracing techniques, river dynamics and terminology, swimming techniques, and river safety. The pool sessions will be used for practicing techniques, while the classroom sessions will be used to learn river dynamics and safety techniques. This class is a great value with eight hours of scheduled pool time, and two hours of classroom time. Upon successful completion of the class, participants should be comfortable kayaking on class II water. Limit: eight participants. Participants must attend all sessions.

Class dates: Wednesday, March 29, 6–8 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 119 (Conference Room)

Pool session dates: Sundays, April 2, 9, 23, 30; 7–9 p.m.; Corbett pool (southeast entrance only)

Price: $32 students, $42 faculty/staff

Swift Water Rescue course

Rescue skills are essential for moving water! Take this American Canoe Association (ACA) Swiftwater Rescue Course to build your rescue skills in the event that someone in your party gets into a bad situation. You will learn to read rivers to identify hazards, develop rescue and prevention strategies and build a tool kit of skills to aid you and your paddle partners manage risky situations. While using ropes, rescue vests and other tools of the trade, students and instructors will take turns swimming through rough rapids practicing techniques in a controlled environment which will help develop a rescue mindset and the hard skills needed for rescue. This may be the most valuable paddling class you’ll ever take!
Completion of the 2-day course entitles students to an ACA participation certificate, accepted by most river outfitters, kayak schools and outdoor programs. Prerequisites: Class II boating skills, some type of boat, and your own cold water paddling gear (wet suit or dry suit). We will be practicing skills on the Poudre River in Fort Collins, CO each day. Transportation not included. Limit: 8 students.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, April 25, 6–8 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Date: April 29 & 30, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. each day

Cost: $95 students, $125 faculty/staff

Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR with AED

If you spend time in the backcountry, you need to be prepared for whatever emergency may come your way. This class focuses on patient assessment, trauma care, medical issues, all within the context of wilderness-specific treatment. With a hands-on approach, this class will complement any experience you may 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 Adult CPR with AED. Limit: 20 participants. Price includes textbooks. Please come prepared to go outside multiple times each day.

Classroom sessions: Friday, April 7, 6-10 p.m. (CPR/AED), Saturday & Sunday, April 8-9, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 (Classroom)

Price: $91 students, $119 faculty/staff


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