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Outdoor Program|Campus Recreation

SPRING 2016

Things you should know before you sign up...

Registration

Registration for all outings begins the first day of classes, Monday, January 25. 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 2016 SCHEDULE

Date(s)

Description

Price

February

Student

Faculty/Staff

2, 4, 6, 9, 13 Level I Avalanche Class $41 $50

3

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

$5

$7

6

Snowshoe Trip to the Snowies

$29

$35

6

Ski Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area

$12 $12
7

Lead Climbing Clinic

$5 $5

10

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

$5

$7

13

Wyoming Bouldering Series

$5 $5 & $7*

13

Snowshoe Trip to Lake Agnes, CO

$35

$42

13

Ski Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area

$12

$12

17, 18

Banff Mountain Film Festival, World Tour Free
20

Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

$45

$54

20

Classic Cross Country Ski Technique Clinic

$29

$35

20

Ski Bus to Snowy Range Ski Area

$12

$12

22

Full-Moon Snowshoe Trip to Happy Jack

$28 $34
26

Burma's Resurrection: An Expedition Deep into a Forbidden Land, Presentation and Slideshow by Mark Jenkins

Free

26-28

PADI Open Water Diver SCUBA Course

$275 $295

27

Skate Cross-Country Ski Technique Clinic

$29 $35

27, 3/5, 4/2, 9, 16, 23

Horsemanship, Level II

$120 $144

28, 3/6, 4/3, 10, 17, 24

Horsemanship

$120 $144
March
2

Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic

$5

$7

5

Ice Climbing Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

$45

$54

6

Lead Climbing Clinic

$5

$5

12-18

Spring Break Backpacking and Yoga Trip to Southern Utah

$255

$300

12-20

Spring Break Rock Climbing/Canyoneering Trip, Moab, UT

$360

$430

25

Friday Night Bouldering Series

Free

$7

30

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance I

$5

$7

30, 4/3, 10, 17, 24

White Water Kayak Class

$32

$42

April
1-3

Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR

$91

$119

6

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance II

$5

$7

9-10

Rock Climbing Trip to Sinks Canyon

$92

$110

10

Lead Climbing Clinic

$5 $7

13

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance III

$5

$7

16

Fundamentals of Multi-Pitch Climbing

$5

$7

19

Laramie Range Rock Climbing, by Zach Orenczak

Free

20

Fundamentals of Bike Maintenance IV

$5

$7

22

Friday Night Bouldering Series

Free

$7

22

Full-Moon hike to Vedauwoo

$18

$22

23

Fundamentals of Rock Climbing Trip to Vedauwoo

$29

$35

12

Backcountry Cooking Clinic

$5 $7
24

Spring Outdoor Gear Swap

Free

30

Mindfulness Day Hike, Vedauwoo

$18 $22

30

All Women's rock climbing trip to Vedauwoo

$29 $35

30, 5/7

Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic

$57 $68

* $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, 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: Wednesday, March 9, 5-6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, March 12

Return date: Friday, March 18

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: Friday, April 22, 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 are teaming up to provide a day hike at Vedauwoo with a special focus on mindfulness. Facilitators trained in mindfulness will lead the hike. 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. Transportation and facilitation included. Limit: ten participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, April 27, 5-6 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 (classroom)

Date: Saturday, April 30

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. 7, March 6, April 10, 5–9 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. 18; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 20 (very early departure time)

Trip II
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, March 3; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, March 5 (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 8, 5–7 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, March 12
Return date: Sunday, March 20
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. T-shirts are awarded for top female and male finishers in 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 Friction Labs, Metolius, Adidas Outdoor, Organic Climbing, Mountain Khakis, Cross Country Connection, All Terrain Sports, and Atmosphere Mountainworks.

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

Date: Fridays, March 25 & April 22; 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 20; 5–7 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, April 23
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 7; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141
Departure date: Saturday, April 9 (early morning departure)
Return date: Sunday, April 10
Price: $92 students, $110 faculty/staff

Fundamentals of Multi-Pitch Climbing

Come learn the basics of multi-pitch climbing at the climbing wall! This one-day clinic will focus on the skills necessary to safely climb routes longer than a single pitch. We will cover clipping into anchors, managing top-belays, escaping top-managed belays, and multi-pitch belay station safety practices. Participants must have successfully completed a top-rope skills test at the climbing wall within the last year. Limit: six participants.

Date: Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. - 1 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 28; 6–8 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure dates: Saturdays, April 30 & May 7

Price: $57 students, $68 others

All Women's rock climbing trip to Vedauwoo

Join the Outdoor Program trip leaders on a single day rock trip to Vedauwoo specifically for women. On this trip, we encourage women of all skills and abilities to join; no prior rock climbing experience is necessary. We will set-up a range of climbs from easy to difficult and spend the day outside having fun and working on climbing skills. Transportation and climbing equipment is included (participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have it), participants should bring their own lunch and snacks. Limit: 10 participants.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, April 26, 5-6 p.m., Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Date: Saturday, April 30

Price: Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

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: Tuesdays and Thursday, Feb. 2, 4, and 9, 6-10 p.m.; Business Building, Rm. 209
Field Session Dates: Feb. 6 & 13
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 three times 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. 6, 13, 20

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, Feb. 4; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 6

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. 11; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 13

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 Monday 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: Monday, Feb. 22

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

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 who have never skied before, to individuals looking to further develop their classic technique. Transportation and ski equipment provided. Limit: ten participants.

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

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 20

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: Wednesday, Feb. 24; 5–6 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

Departure date: Saturday, Feb. 27

Price: $29 students, $35 faculty/staff

Special programs

Wyoming Bouldering Series

Come and test your abilities and have fun at the best 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 on Feb. 27 in Casper.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 13

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: Wednesday, Feb. 17

Classroom times: Friday, Feb. 26, 7-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27, 8-11 a.m.; Sunday, Feb. 28, 1-4 p.m.; Corbett, Rm. 202

Pool sessions: Saturday, Feb. 27, 1-4 p.m. & Sunday, Feb. 28, 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 will cover 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: eight participants.

Dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, March 2, 6-8 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office, HA. 141

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 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. 17 & 18, 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. 25, 5-6 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 (classroom)

Dates: Sundays, Feb. 28, March 6, April 3, 10, 17, 24; 1-4 p.m. (Make-up day in case of inclement weather is May 1)

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

Price: $120 students, $144 faculty/staff

Horsemanship II

Advance your knowledge and experience with horses through the level II horsemanship course. This course will focus on more advanced concepts and will assist riders in advancing their equine knowledge and relationship. Previous participation in level I is encouraged but not required. 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. 25, 5-6 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 115 (classroom)

Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 27, March 5, April 2, 9, 16, 23; 1-4 p.m. (Make-up day in case of inclement weather is April 30)

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

Price: $120 students, $144 faculty/staff

"Burma's Resurrection: An Expedition Deep Into a Forbidden Land," Presentation and Slideshow by Mark Jenkins

Last year, National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins, with a team of North Face athletes, attempted to climb the highest peak in Burma, Hkakabo Razi, 19, 300 ft. The peak lies in the far north of the country on the border of Tibet. Taking trains, motorcycles, busses, and a boat up the Irrawaddy River, then hiking for two weeks through almost impenetrable jungle, the team battles leeches, poisonous spiders and venomous snakes. From basecamp they set out to ascend the serrated, heavily glaciated West Ridge of Hkakabo Razi. Featured in the Sept. 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine as the story, "Point of No Return," and in the Renan Ozturk documentary "Down to Nothing," this presentation provides the complete account of this unrivaled expedition to Burmastories of hardship and hilarity, bear hunters and Buddhist monks, fear, failure and freedom. This event continues the World to Wyoming outreach series. Sponsored by Center for Global Studies, Global and Area Studies, the Outreach School, and the Wyoming Humanities Council.

Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 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: eight participants.

Clinic I: Wednesday, March 30; 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: Wednesday, April 6; 6–8 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 freewheel; and how to overhaul and adjust hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets.

Clinic III: Wednesday, April 13; 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: Wednesday, April 20; 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: Tuesday, April 12, 6-8 p.m.; Outdoor Program Office

Price: $5 students, $7 faculty/staff

Climbing in the Laramie Range: Slideshow and Presentation by Zach Orenczak

In the Laramie Range you will find everything from hundreds of overhanging sport routes to traditional granite towers pushing 500 feet—all rivaling the best of what Vedauwoo or Lumpy Ridge has to offer. Bullet-hard granite with no crowds and short hikes is like you stumbled across Joshua Tree, in the 80’s. Come explore this awesome nearby area with Zach Orenczak, Climbing in the Laramie Range guidebook author and climber, at UW as he digs into the history the legendary climbing and comical past of this long standing secret area. Multimedia presentation.

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Location: Business Building Auditorium

Price: Free

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 events. 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 pricing. 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 24; 11 a.m. –1 p.m.

Gear drop-off: Saturday, April 23; 6–8 p.m. & Sunday, April 24; 8–10 a.m.

Gear pick-up: Sunday, April 24; 1-3 p.m.

Location: Yellowstone Ballroom, Wyoming Union

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 30, 6–8 p.m.; Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 119 (Conference Room)

Pool session dates: Sundays, April 3, 10, 17, 24; 7–9 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 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 1, 6-10 p.m. (CPR/AED), Saturday & Sunday, April 2-3, 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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