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Outdoor Program|Campus Recreation

SPRING 2015

Things you should know before you sign up...

Registration

Registration for all outings begins the first day of classes, Monday, January 26. To register for an outing, a full payment is required for trips less than $100. For trips more than $100, a minimum of half of the trip cost is required to reserve a spot.

There are two ways to register: call us by phone with a credit card, or stop by our office in the east Union parking lot trailer. 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, climbing wall competitions, 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 2015 SCHEDULE

Date(s)

Description

Price

February

Student

Faculty/Staff

3, 5, 7, 10, 14 Level I Avalanche Class $41 $50

4

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

$5

$7

7

Snowshoe Trip to the Snowies

$29

$35

10, 15, 17, 22, 3/1, 8

White Water Kayak Class

$32 $42

11

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

$5

$7

12

Avalanche Rescue Beacon Clinic

$5 $7

14

Snowshoe Trip to Lake Agnes, CO

$35

$42

14

Ski Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area

$18

$18

18, 19

Banff Mountain Film Festival, World Tour Free with ticket
21

Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

$45

$54

21

Classic Cross Country Ski Technique Clinic

$29

$35

25

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

$5

$7

28

Skate Cross Country Ski Technique Clinic

$29

$35

28

Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

$45

$54

March
3 Vietnam Underground: Exploring the Biggest Cave on Earth, lecture and Slideshow by Mark Jenkins Free
5

Full-Moon Snowshoe Trip to Happy Jack

$28

$34

7

Ski Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area

$18

$18

14-20

Spring Break Backpacking and Yoga trip to southern Utah

$255 $300

14-22

Spring Break Rock Climbing/Canyoneering Trip, Moab, UT

$360

$430

25

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance I

$5

$7

27

Friday Night Bouldering Series (Canceled)

Free

$6.50*

April

1

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance II

$5

$7

4

Full-Moon Snowshoe Trip to the Snowies

$29 $35

8

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance III

$5

$7

12

Spring Outdoor Gear Swap

Free
15

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance IV

$5

$7
17-19

Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR

$91

$119

18-19

Rock Climbing Trip to Sinks Canyon

$116

$139

24

Friday Night Bouldering Series

Free

$6.50*

25

Fundamentals of Rock Climbing Trip to Vedauwoo

$29

$35

25, 5/2

Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic

$57 $68

28

Backcountry Cooking Clinic

$5 $7

* $6.50 for non-members

Course Descriptions by Type

Backpacking

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, led by Camille. 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. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, March 10, 5-6:30 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 203

Departure date: Saturday, March 14

Return date: Friday, March 20

Price: $255 students, $300 faculty/staff

Rock and ice climbing

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 can 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. 19 Wednesday, Feb. 18; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 203 002
Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 21 (very early departure time)

Trip II
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 26 Wednesday, Feb. 25; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 202 206
Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 28 (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: Wednesday, March 11, 5–6:30 p.m. 6-7 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 202
Departure date: Saturday, March 14
Return date: Sunday, March 22
Price: $360 students, $430 faculty/staff

Friday Night Bouldering Series

Join us as we restart the Friday Night Bouldering Series this spring on our new wall! The Friday-Night Bouldering Series (FNBS) is our fun, low-key competition series open to the community. New routes will be set for every competition for all abilities from beginner to advanced. These comps are a great way to get introduced to the competition arena, meet other climbers and climb some fresh routes! No pre-registration.

Date: Fridays, March 27 (canceled) & April 24; 6–9 p.m.; climbing wall, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center

Price: Free for members of Campus Recreation, $6.50 for nonmembers

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 23; 5–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 202
Departure date: Saturday, April 25
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 some spectacular rock. Some prior climbing experience is necessary. Climbing gear, some meals (except one road meal), and transportation included. Limit: ten participants. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, April 16; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 203
Departure date: Saturday, April 18 (early morning departure)
Return date: Sunday, April 19
Price: $116 students, $139 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: Tuesday, April 21; 6–8 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 002

Departure dates: Saturdays, April 25 & May 2

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, route selection, and stability tests. An avalanche book is included in the price of the course, but transportation to both field days is the responsibility of the students. The field days require excellent physical condition and experience in backcountry travel on skis or snowshoes. Limit: twenty participants.

Classroom Dates: Feb. 3, 5, and 10, 6-10 p.m.; Business Building, Rm. 10
Field Session Dates: Feb. 7 & 14
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 twice 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.

Dates: Feb. 14 & March 7.

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: OP trailer, east Union Parking Lot

Price: $18/rider

Avalanche Rescue Beacon Clinic

This clinic is designed to introduce people to the use of avalanche rescue beacons. This classroom-only session provides instruction and practice with the use of a beacon. No prior field experience is required; it is recommended that participants receive additional training before using beacons in avalanche terrain; this clinic is only designed as an introduction to their use. Limit: ten participants.

Classroom session: Thursday, Feb. 12; 5–8 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 202

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

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, Feb. 5; 6–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 202

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 7

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: Thursday, Feb. 12; 6–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 206

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 14

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 Thursday 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: ten participants.

Departure date: Thursday, March 5, (Meeting time: 5 p.m., we will depart closer to 6 p.m. please come prepared to snowshoe)

Price: $28 students, $34 faculty/staff

Classic cross-country ski technique clinic

Focus on your technique and learn helpful tips to improve your skills. This clinic is geared towards introducing individuals to Nordic skiing and skill development. Transportation and ski equipment provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 17; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program trailer

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 21

Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Skate cross-country ski technique clinic

Focus on your technique and learn helpful tips to improve your skills. This clinic is geared towards introducing individuals to Nordic skiing and skill development. Transportation and ski equipment provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 24; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program trailer

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 28

Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Full-Moon Snowshoe Trip to the Snowies

Join us for a full-moon hike in the Snowy Range Mountains under moon-lit skies. We will head out in the evening on Saturday and hopefully be in good position for the moonrise. Optional dinner at the Beartree afterwards if the group is interested. Snowshoes, headlamps and transportation provided. No prior snowshoeing experience necessary, although you will need plenty of warm clothes! Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, April 2, 5-6 p.m.; Wyoming Union, Rm. 002

Departure date: Saturday, April 4

Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Special programs

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinics

Learn the fundamentals of waxing skis or snowboards from our ski technician. This clinic will cover some basic base evaluation before spending a majority of the time on base prep, wax selection, application, scraping and brushing. This clinic will also cover edge tuning and basic base repair. Limit: five participants.

Dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 25, 6-8 p.m.; OP trailer

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

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 the Student Activities Council and Cross Country Connection. Movies are not rated by the MPAA. The selected films for the show are available here. Please call for more information. Click here for the trailer.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 18 & 19, 7 p.m.

Location: (New location!) Gryphon Theatre, 710 E. Garfield St. (in the Laramie Plains Civic Center)

Tickets: (new) Tickets are free and available at the Union Information Desk for students, faculty and staff (limit: 2 per ID, per night) beginning the first day of UW classes. Tickets for non-UW affiliated individuals are available through Gryphon Theatre directly. there are a limited number of tickets each evening.

"Vietnam Underground: Exploring the Biggest Cave on Earth," Presentation and Slideshow by Mark Jenkins

Hidden deep in the jungles of central Vietnam, on the edge of the Truong Son Mountains, is a network of massive caves. Created by underground rivers cutting their way through limestone, most of these caves remain unexplored. In the past two decades, a highly accomplished team of British spelunkers  cavers  have been penetrating ever deeper into these gigantic caverns. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins was invited on an expedition to descend into what would turn out to be the largest vace ever discovered, Hang Son Doong. Exploring this cave was so treacherous and difficult the team actually lived underground for days to complete the first descent. the acknowledged Mt. Everest of caves, Hang Son Doong is so vast that a skyscraper can fit inside. In this presentation, Jenkins will take the audience across Vietnam a vibrant country finally thriving after decades of war and into the dark belly of the earth. This event is part of the Global Studies Excellence Initiative and continues the World to Wyoming outreach series. Sponsored by Center for Global Studies, Global and Area Studies, the Outreach School, Wyoming Humanities Council, and the Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.

Location: Education Building Auditorium

Price: free

Fundamentals of bike maintenance

Learn the essentials of repairing your bike, and get a free tune-up. Taught by our bike mechanic, this series of clinics will cover basics and offer you a chance to tune your own bike (limit: one/person) with the help of our tools. Perfect for getting your bike ready for the spring; this clinic will cover fixing a flat to gear adjustments and many other things in between. Limit: five participants.

Clinic I: Wednesday, March 25; 6–8:30 p.m.

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

Clinic II: Wednesday, April 1; 6–8:30 p.m.

It is 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, April 8; 6–8:30 p.m.

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

Clinic IV: Wednesday, April 15; 6–8:30 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, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center

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

Spring outdoor gear swap

Sell your old gear or find some "new to you" gear! This bi-annual outdoor gear swap is one of our most popular programs. Below is more information depending upon if you are interested in buying or selling.

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 will sell your gear for you (and take 15 percent of each sale). Set your own prices and mark your own equipment during gear drop-off times ONLY; we can help with some pricing ideas. Sellers must pick-up money or gear that did not sell immediately after the swap during the gear pick-up time. We reserve the right to refuse equipment (examples include items that are too old, or not related to outdoor equipment).

Gear swap: Sunday, April 12; 11 a.m. –1 p.m.

Gear drop-off: Saturday, April 11; 6–8 p.m. & Sunday, April 12; 8–10 a.m.

Gear pick-up: Sunday, April 12; 1-3 p.m.

Location: Yellowstone Ballroom, Wyoming Union

Backcountry Cooking Clinic

Join our instructors as they whip up some yummy camp food and share their favorite camp recipes with you. We'll focus on easy and fun backpacking food, as well as front-country Dutch oven cooking. Food included, so come hungry! Limit: fifteen participants.

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 6-8 p.m.; Outdoor Program, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

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 four 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: Tuesdays, Feb. 10 & 17; 6–8 p.m.; Wyoming Union Rm. 002 (2/10) and Rm. 206 (2/17)

Pool session dates: Sundays, Feb. 15, 22, March 1 & 8; 6–8 p.m.; Corbett pool (southeast entrance only)

Price: $32 students, $42 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 will teach you everything from patient assessment and trauma care to wilderness-specific injuries to hazards and protocol. With a hands-on approach, this class will complement any experience you may already have in the outdoors. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a two-year certification through the American Red Cross in Wilderness and Remote First Aid, and a two-year certification in Adult CPR with AED. Limit: 20 participants. Price includes textbooks. Please come prepared to go outside multiple times each day.

Classroom sessions: Friday, April 17, 6-10 p.m. (CPR/AED), Saturday & Sunday, April 18-19, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Corbett Building, Rm. 103

Price: $91 students, $119 faculty/staff

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