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Outdoor Program|Campus Recreation


A complete 2015 spring schedule will be available here by January 16.

Things you should know before you sign up...


Registration for all outings begins the first day of classes, Monday, January 13. 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.


Outings are only available to UW students, faculty, staff, board retired employees, and dependents and spouses. Lectures, slideshows, climbing wall competitions, drop-in kayak pool sessions, 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.


We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and IDR for on-campus departments.


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









Wilderness First Responder Recertification



21, 23, 25, 28, 2/1

Level I Avalanche Class




Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic




Snowshoe Trip to the Snowy Range




Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic





Snowshoe Trip to Lake Agnes, CO




Avalanche Rescue Beacon Clinic




Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park




Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic




Full-Moon Snowshoe Trip to Happy Jack




Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park



19 & 20

Banff Mountain Film Festival, World Tour



PADI Open Water SCUBA Course




Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park



23 Classic or Skate Cross Country Ski Technique Clinic $29 $35

28, 3/1, 3/2

Winter Camping Trip to the Snowy Range





Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Skills Clinic




“The Last of the First Skiers,” presentation and slideshow by Mark Jenkins



Spring Break Utah Canyons Backpacking Trip




Spring Break Rock Climbing/Canyoneering Trip, Moab, UT




Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance I



26, 30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27

White Water Kayak Class




Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR




Drop-in Kayak Pool Sessions




Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance II




Rock Climbing Trip to Sinks Canyon (or Shelf Road)




Drop-in Kayak Pool Sessions



Fundamentals of Rock Climbing Trip to Vedauwoo




Drop-in Kayak Pool Sessions



Spring Outdoor Gear Swap



Backcountry cooking clinic




Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance III




Caving Trip to Cody and Thermopolis Hot Springs




Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance IV



24, 26, 5/3

Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic




All Women's Rock Climbing Trip to Shelf Road




Drop-in Kayak Pool Sessions


* $6 for non-members

Course Descriptions by Type


Caving trip to Cody & Thermopolis Hot Springs

Join us over the Easter break as we take the time to explore Spirit Mountain Cave located outside of Cody, WY. This natural (non-commercial) cave contains rooms as big as auditoriums and small constrictions where you go through on your belly. Come explore the depths of this special place with our experienced instructors. On our return, we'll swing by Thermopolis for a dip in the hot springs (participants have the option of the free pool or Star Plunge; admission to Star Plunge is not included). No prior caving experience necessary. Transportation, equipment, and most meals provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, April 15; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)

Departure date: Friday, April 18

Return date: Sunday, April 20

Price: $185 students, $220 faculty/staff


PADI open water SCUBA course

The earth is composed of more than 70 percent water. Why not explore more of it? This comprehensive course is the first part to receive your lifetime open water diving certification from Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Upon completion of the course, students have twelve months to take the open water dive component (additional fees for open water certification dives). Course fees include instruction, Crew-Pack with manual, dive table, log book, DVD, and complimentary use of all gear for pool dives. Certain medical conditions may require a physician's approval (participants must complete the following health form prior to participating); participants must pass a swim test and practical skills test before moving on. Advanced homework must be completed before class, call or stop by for more information. Please bring a swimsuit and a towel. Limit: ten participants.

Registration deadline: Monday, Feb. 10

Course dates: Friday, Feb. 21, 7–9 p.m.; Saturday Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; 202 Corbett (enter through the south east doors of Corbett on Sat. and Sun.).

Price: $265 students, $285 all 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. 6; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union Senate Chambers (221)
Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 8 (very early departure time)

Trip II
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 13; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)
Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 15 (very early departure time)

Trip III
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Feb. 20; 6–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union Thunder Basin (010)
Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 22 (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 12, 5–6:30 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)
Departure date: Saturday, March 15
Return date: Sunday, March 23
Price: $360 students, $430 faculty/staff

Spring break Utah Canyons backpacking trip

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 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: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, March 11, 5-6:30 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)

Departure date: Saturday, March 15

Return date: Thursday, March 20

Price: $255 students, $300 faculty/staff

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 10; 5–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)
Departure date: Saturday, April 12
Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Rock-climbing trip to Sinks Canyon, WY (or Shelf Road, CO)

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. Depending on weather there is a possibility that this trip with go to Shelf Road, located outside of Cañon City, Colorado. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, April 3; 5–6 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)
Departure date: Saturday, April 5 (early morning departure)
Return date: Sunday, April 6
Price: $116 students, $139 faculty/staff

Women's Rock Climbing Trip to Shelf Road

Women unite, and climb! This two-day rock climbing trip is exclusively for women; we'll head down to Shelf Road, CO for some awesome sport climbing, camping and all-women comradery. No prior camping or climbing experience necessary; transportation, instruction, most meals and equipment provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, April 24, 5-6 p.m.; Wyoming Union Big Horn Room (203)
Departure date: Saturday, April 26 (early departure time)
Return date: Sunday, April 27
Price: $118 students, $142 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 22; 6–8 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)

Departure dates: Saturdays, April 26 & May 3

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: Jan. 21, 23, and 28, 6-10 p.m., Classroom Building, Rm. 141
Field Session Dates: Jan. 25 & Feb. 1
Price: $41 students, $50 faculty/staff

Avalanche Rescue Beacon Awareness 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: Wednesday, Feb. 5; 5–8 p.m.; TBD

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Snowshoe Trip to the Snowy Range Mountains

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. 23; 6–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)

Departure date: Saturday, Jan. 25

Price: $26 student, $33 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, Jan. 30; 6–7 p.m.; Wyoming Union Senate Chamber (221)

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 1

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: ten participants.

Departure date: Friday, Feb. 14, (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 or skate cross-country ski technique clinic

Focus on your technique and learn helpful tips to improve your skills. This clinic is taught by the UW Nordic Ski Team and is used as a fundraiser for the team. Typically there is a very low student to instructor ratio; there should be a lot of individualized instruction. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. Transportation and ski equipment provided. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 18; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program trailer

Departure date: Sunday, Feb. 23

Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Winter camping trip to the Snowies

This introductory course will cover the basics of winter camping over a two-day period while staying in and near the Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Station. The pre-trip meeting will be used to introduce some basic concepts and make sure that participants have all the necessary clothing. Equipment, instruction, meals, and transportation provided. Limit: eight participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 26; 5-6 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)

Departure date: Friday, Feb. 28

Return date: Sunday, March 2

Price: $106 student, $137 faculty/staff

Backcountry ski/snowboard skills clinic

It is strongly recommended that you participate in the Avalanche Rescue Beacon clinic or the Level I Avalanche class prior to this trip. There is a lot to know to have a successful winter backcountry skiing experience; how to use skins, how to ascend, what layering system works best, and a variety of other skills that help make your experience enjoyable. An advanced level of skiing/snowboarding experience is required, and a very strong level of physical fitness is important. 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 and some equipment can be provided. Limit: eight participants.

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

Departure date: Saturday, March 8

Price: $32 students, $38 all faculty/staff

Special programs

Ski/Snowboard Waxing Clinics

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

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 22, 29 & Feb. 12, 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 introductory video.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 & 20, 7 p.m.

Location: Arts & Sciences Auditorium

Price: Free

"The Last of the First Skiers," presentation and slideshow by Mark Jenkins

Deep in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia there is a ski culture that has survived unchanged for at least five thousand years. Wide, long, curve-tipped skis are hewn by axe from red spruce and the bases nailed with silky horsehair. These ancient skis glide smoothly over power and yet can climb practically straight up. The Kazakh and Tuvan tribesman of the region use the skis to hunt elk. Guns are illegal, so they lasso the beasts from their skis - a primordial tableau that is depicted in local petroglyphs dating from 5000 BC. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins lived and hunted with these extraordinary skiers last winter. Jenkins will present a program exploring the last enclave of prehistoric skiing, its links to the modern global ski culture, and the profound adaptability of humankind in an increasingly globalized world.

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 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 26; 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 2; 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 16; 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 23; 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: OP trailer

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 13; 11 a.m. –1 p.m.

Gear drop-off: Saturday, April 12; 6–8 p.m. & Sunday, April 13; 8–10 a.m.

Gear pick-up: Sunday, April 13; 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 15, 6-8 p.m.; OP trailer

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Water sports

Drop-in kayak pool sessions

(Please bring your Campus Express ID to Corbett)
These sessions are for individuals who have prior kayaking experience. There is no instruction available in the pool; you must know how to safely exit from a kayak before using the pool. Practice your kayaking technique or roll in Corbett pool. These popular sessions are a fun way to meet other boaters and just play around. Open to the community. Bring your own kayak. No advance registration required, just show up. The sessions are held at Corbett pool (enter thru the southeast doors only).

Dates: Sundays, March 30, April 6, 13, 27; 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Price: Free for full-time students and active members of Half Acre, $6/person for nonmembers (cash and checks only).

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 26; 6–8 p.m.; Wyoming Union Flaming Gorge (002)

Pool session dates: Sundays, March 30, April 6, 13, 27; 7–9 p.m.; Corbett pool (southeast entrance only)

Price: $32 students, $42 faculty/staff

Wilderness Medicine

WMI Wilderness First Responder/CPR Recertification

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

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

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

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

Registration letter

Location: Corbett Building, Rm. 202

Dates: Jan. 18-20 (check-in at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, 8-5 p.m. all other days)

Price: $235 UW students, $290 all others

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, March 28, 6-10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, March 29-30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Corbett Building, Rm. 202

Price: $91 students, $119 faculty/staff

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