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Summer Outdoor Experience

Outdoor Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How much experience do I need?

You don’t need any outdoor experience at all. Many of the participants have never been camping, rock climbing or rafting before.

How physically fit do I need to be?

A good level of physical fitness is important. We will climb relatively easy climbs, and some challenging ones as well. What's important to us is that everyone is having a good time, so we will make sure that we have something for everyone.

When do we get back and where will we be dropped off?

We usually return by 5 p.m., but it largely depends on the river level. The latest we have returned is 6 p.m. and the earliest was 4 p.m. We’ll return to the Outdoor Program on the northeast corner of Half Acre Gym; the facility will otherwise be closed on Sunday. Check out this map to find the parking lot.

Where can I park?

If you drove, the closest you can park for free for the duration of the trip is the long-term lot on 30th St., just off of East Willett Drive. Take the shuttle bus back to the Union stop. See this parking map for more details. Alternatively, you can pay to park in the hourly pay lot, just to the east of the Outdoor Program. You should only need to pay to park until 5 p.m. on Friday, after that time it is free for the weekend.

Where do we meet to depart?

We will meet in the Outdoor Program office. Use our entrance to enter Half Acre on the northeast corner of the building (big garage door).

Where will we leave my extra stuff?

You can leave anything you don’t want to bring here in the OP office. We’ll keep it as safe as possible (the office is locked at night), though we can’t guarantee against theft. If you are concerned about bringing certain items, please leave them at home.

What equipment should I bring?

Please check out the equipment list. Any equipment that you don't have, we can provide and it is included in the cost of the trip. If you have specific questions, please call us!


Can I stay in the residence halls on return?

Yes! You can stay in the residence halls on Sunday evening upon return from your trip. The cost is $25 and will be paid directly to UW Admissions during orientation. Please be sure to check the times that Washakie Dining is open, as they have limited hours in the summer.

Contact Us

Summer Outdoor Experience c/o Outdoor Program

Dept. 3604

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6488

Fax: (307) 766-6720


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