About Trips and Clinics
Price includes all personal gear, such as a backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad and group equipment such as tents, cooking equipment, climbing equipment, canoeing equipment, and kayak equipment. All you need is your own personal items, clothing and food. We will shop for food as a group, so the cost for food on trail is between $5 and $8 a day. Also provided are 2 trained student trip leaders, transportation, and all necessary permits and fees.
A full refund will be given only if the Center for Outdoor Adventure cancels a trip due to lack of registration, weather, or other extenuating circumstances. Day trip and clinic participants will receive a 50% refund only if he/she cancels 7 days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than 7 days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if he/she cancels 7 days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than 7 days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.
Prior to taking part in any Outdoor Adventure Trip or Clinic, please complete:Liability Waiver Health History Form
Spring 2017 Trips & Clinics Schedule
Registration Begins: Friday, January 13 at 8:00 am.
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Cross Country Skiing Day Trips
- January 28 (Saturday, Noon-3pm)
- February 18 (Saturday, Noon -3pm)
- March 4 (Saturday, Noon -3pm)
Spend a few hours learning the basics of classic Nordic skiing at the University of Minnesota Nordic Center, located on Les Bolstad Golf Course. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air and take advantage of this popular Minnesota winter activity.
Limit 6. Cost $20 students/$30 generalREGISTER HERE
Sandstone, MN Ice Climbing Day Trips
- January 22 (Sunday, 8am-5pm)
- February 19 (Sunday, 8am-5pm)
- March 5 (Sunday, 8am-5pm)
If you have ever wanted to try out the sport of ice climbing, here is your chance. We will spend a day climbing and learning basic ice techniques at Robinson Quarry, in Sandstone, MN. No experience needed. Price includes all equipment and instruction. Dress warm, because it will be cold!
Limit 10. Cost $50 students / $70 general
Afton State Park Snowshoeing
- January 21 (Saturday, Noon-5pm)
- February 4 (Saturday, Noon-5pm)
- February 11 5(Saturday, Noon-5pm)
Spend the day snowshoeing in the winter wonderland that is Afton State Park. Learn the basics of this fun winter activity in the solitude of a State Park setting.
Limit 12. Cost $18 students/$25 generalREGISTER HERE
Indoor Stand Up Paddleboarding
- January 29 (Sunday, 7-8pm)
- January 29 (Sunday, 8:30-9:30pm)
- February 5 (Sunday, 7-8pm)
- February 5 (Sunday, 8:30-9:30pm)
- April 9 (Sunday, 7-8pm)
- April 9 (Sunday, 8:30 - 9:30pm)
Location: Meet in the COA Office
Learn the basics of the hottest new paddle sport. We will spend 1-hour in the University Aquatic Center Diving Well, learning the balance and strokes needed to enjoy paddling the lakes in style on a SUP (stand up paddleboard)! Swimming proficiency required. You will get wet, so bring a swimsuit and towel. Course includes paddleboard, instruction and pool-time. Limit 6. Cost $5 students / $10 general. Swimming proficiency required. You will get wet, so bring a swimsuit and towel.
Limit 6. Cost $5 students / $10 general
Rock Climbing - Taylors Falls
- April 23 (Sunday, 9am-4pm)
- April 30 (Sunday, 9am-4pm)
Go climbing on the cliffs above the scenic St. Croix River. This trip is a great opportunity to learn the basics of climbing and get outdoors onto real rock before the cold weather sets in. We will spend the day learning basic climbing techniques, safety and belay skills. No previous experience is needed.
Limit 10. Cost $45 students/$60 generalREGISTER HERE
Canoeing Day Trip - Calhoun, Isles, Cedar Lake
- April 22 (Satrurday, noon -5 pm)
- May 7 (Sunday, noon -5pm)
Spend a September afternoon paddling among the chain of lakes and seeing the fall colors of the city. This is an excellent introduction to canoeing and canoe strokes, or an excuse to get out on the water one more time this fall.
Limit 10. Cost $25 students / $30 general
Outdoor Climbing Anchors
- Session 1: April 26 (Wednesday 6-9 pm)
- Session 2: April 29 (Saturday, 9am-6pm)
Center for Outdoor Adventure Office
Take the first step towards climbing outside on your own by learning to build climbing anchors. We will spend one evening learning essential knots, anchor theory, and basic anchor systems. After familiarizing ourselves with the basics, we will apply this knowledge in the real-world setting of Taylor's Falls, one of the most popular climbing areas in the state. We will learn the fundamentals of placing artificial protection and spend the day building climbing anchors. There will be ample time for practice and feedback.
Limit 10. Cost $80 students / $120 generalREGISTER HERE
Mountain Biking - Lebanon Hills
- May 6 (Saturday, 9am-2pm)
Minnesota Off Road Cyclists (MORC) maintain some amazing trails in the state. Learn to mountain bike and take advantage of these great resources. Students will learn the basics of bike handling, shifting and braking while enjoying the single track terrain, banked corners and rock gardens of Lebanon Hills. Price includes mountain bike, helmet, and water-bottle.
Cost $30 students/$40 generalREGISTER HERE
Itasca State Park - Cabin Trip
- February 17-19 (Friday 1pm - Sunday, 5pm)
**Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, February 12, (COA Office, 7pm**
Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. The group will walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Participants will spend the weekend in a heated cabin and snowshoe/cross-country ski around the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
Limit 10. Cost $95 students / $115 generalREGISTER HERE
Winter Camping - Afton State Park
- February 25-26, (Saturday, 10am - Sunday, 12pm)
**Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Sunday, February 19 (COA Office, 7pm)**
Do you have what it takes to endure the cold? Bundle up and learn to enjoy the solitude of winter camping in this early winter outing. Learn the techniques and strategies for being smart in the cold. We will backpack a short distance in and then enjoy the quiet that winter camping brings. Warm up by the fire and enjoy the camaraderie of the giant COA group tent!
Limit 8. Cost $60 students / $80 generalREGISTER HERE
Backpacking - Superior Hiking Trail
- April 28-30 (Friday, 1pm - Sunday, 5pm)*
Here is a great chance to experience the spring weather of the North Shore of Lake Superior. Enjoy the scenic views along the Superior Hiking Trail.
Limit 20. Cost $85 students / $110 general
*Mandatory Pre-trip meeting Sunday, April 23, (COA Office, 7pm).
Check back for Spring 2017 extended trips!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backpacking Tour
- March 11-18(Saturday, 6am - Saturday, 8pm)
- **Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, February 26, 7pm**
Come explore the beautiful Appalachian Mountains on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina as we backpack the ridges and valleys of GSMNP. From windy summits to river crossings, this trip is sure to be an adventure. Excellent physical fitness is a must. Prior backpacking experience preferred. Trip cost includes transportation, permits, and equipment.
Limit 6. $525 students/$600 general /$200 deposit.REGISTER HERE
Utah National Parks Tour
- March 11-18 (Saturday, 6am - Saturday 8pm)
- **Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, February 26, 7pm**
This trip will visit Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks. From thousands of natural arches, to brilliant red sandstone hoodoos, and breathtaking vistas and canyons, this trip will see it all. We will camp, backpack, and day hike on this road trip in warm and sunny Utah! This is one not to be missed.
Limit 10. Cost $625 students/$700 general /$200 depositREGISTER HERE
Paria Canyon Backpacking
- March 10-19 (Friday, 6am - Sunday 8pm)
- **Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, February 26, 7pm**
Backpack the narrow canyons of this hidden gem in Northern Arizona. Experience 500 foot canyon walls, pictographs, and Wrather arch all in a remote backcountry setting. Most of the journey is hiking in the ankle to knee deep waters of the Paria River. The group will spend five nights in the backcountry, backpacking 38 miles through the canyon and finishing at the confluence of the Colorado River. This road-trip is one not to be missed. Trip includes all equipment, van transportation, lodging during drive, and permits.
Limit 7. Cost $675 students/$750 general /$200 depositREGISTER HERE
Boundary Waters Canoe Expedition
- May 19-23 (Friday, 8am - Tuesday, 6pm) **Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting May 7, COA Office 7pm**
Minnesota's Boundary Waters is unique and peaceful place that everyone should enjoy at least once, and there is no better time than May. This trip will allow participants to experience the portages, lakes and camping of the Boundary Waters in a perfect climate.
Limit 6. Cost $250 students / $315 general / $100 depositREGISTER HERE
Clinics and Events
Free Climbing Week: January 17-22 (Tuesday-Sunday)
The climbing wall is an exciting place in the winter. Come check out the climbing wall free of charge this week! Climbing is a great way to build strength, stay in shape, and meet new people. No previous experience is needed and equipment is provided. See brochure for climbing wall hours.
Free First Time Climbing
If you have never climbed before or just want to check out the climbing wall you have no reason not to! Your first time climbing at the wall is on us. All equipment is provided and our staff will help you with everything you need to know to get the most out of your climbing experience. As one of the top three full body workouts, rock climbing is a great alternative to your current workout routine. Climbing is also a great social activity so bring a friend.
Climbing Basics Series
- February 8
- February 22
- March 8
- March 29
Wednesdays: St. Paul Climbing Wall, 7pm-9pm.
Are you new to climbing and want to make the most of your experience at the climbing gym? This series of four clinics will connect you to a group of climbing partners, show you the basic technical systems, improve your movement and technique, and challenge you physically. These clinics are the perfect way to build your climbing knowledge and confidence with a supportive group of climbers.
- Session 1: Climbing Safety and belay technique
- Session 2: Climbing Grades, hold types, and footwork
- Session 3: Climbing movement: body position and balance
- Session 4: More climbing movement and basics of climbing training
Limit 12 participants. Cost $50 (all participants must have a semester climbing membership)REGISTER HERE
Belay Technique Clinics
Saturdays: 10am to 12pm, URWC Climbing Wall
- January 28
- February 11
- February 25
- March 25
- April 22
If you like to climb and want to take the next step toward climbing independence, this clinic is for you. Belay technique will cover everything you need to know to climb as safely as possible in a top-rope gym setting. After this course, you will have all of the information necessary to pass the belay qualification test at the U of M Climbing Wall. All climbing equipment is provided.
Limit 4-12 participants. Cost $5 students / $15 generalREGISTER HERE
Frozen Gopher Fat Bike Race
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. See you next year!
Saturday, February 11 - 10:30am start time
Your once a year chance to ride the groomed ski trails at the U of MN Nordic Center on your fat bike! Enjoy a fun day of racing on the 3 mile groomed loop on the rolling terrain of the Nordic Center. A free t-shirt for all who register before 2/8/16! There will be a heated chalet for racers and spectators as well as refreshments after the race. Helmet required and all bikes must have 3.8" or wider tires. Cost: Register by Noon on February 10 - $25.00, Day of Event Registration - $35.00.
Outdoor Gear Sale
Saturday, April 8, URWC Outdoor Center - 10am - 2pm
COA will be selling its rental equipment from the previous season. Stop by and check out the great deals to be had. Come early to get the first chance at COA's great selection of gear. Rental and trip gear only. No outside customer sales. Equipment includes: Nordic skis, snowshoes, ice climbing equipment, tents, sleeping bags, pads, backpacks, stoves, cook-sets, etc.
Indoor Sport Climbing
Sundays: 12:30 - 3:00pm, URWC Climbing Wall
- February 19
- March 5
- April 9
- April 30
Are you ready to take on the challenge and responsibility of sport lead climbing? This clinic will introduce you to the technical and mental tools necessary to climb on the sharp end of the rope. After this course, you will have all of the information necessary to pass the lead belay qualification test at the U of M Climbing Wall. All climbing equipment is provided. Previous top rope belay experience mandatory. Ability to top-rope at least 5.9 required. You will be lead climbing and taking lead falls in this clinic.
4 to 10 participants. $15 students / $20 general
Comp de Bloc
Saturday, April 1 - URWC. 8:00 am to 1:30 pm.
Comp de Bloc is a fun, community focused climbing competition at the University of Minnesota Climbing Gym. Comp de Bloc is open to the public as well as students at the University of Minnesota. Join us for great routes, great people, and great prizes. The Comp will cater to climbers of all ability levels. Spectators are welcome. Comp de Bloc is a redpoint format competition featuring bouldering, sport, top rope, and speed climbing. Scores will be an accumulation of the top four scores for bouldering, the top two scores for roped climbing, and an optional score for the best of two speed climbs. Cost: Register by March 31 - $35.00. Day of Event Registration - $45.
- Beginner: Up to 5.9/v1
- Intermediate: 5.9+ to 5.11/V2-V3
- Advanced: 5.11+/V4 and up
Note: USA Climbing Collegiate members registering for the Midwest Regional Championship must register at usaclimbing.org. The Midwest Regional Championship will follow the public competition. Only competitors who register through USA Climbing will be able to compete in this sanctioned event.REGISTER HERE
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