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Looking to get out of Minneapolis for the day? A long weekend? Or a week? The Center for Outdoor Adventure offers day, weekend, and extended trips to help you venture out in a group setting.

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Description & Trip Info

The Superior Hiking Trail is the premier long distance hiking trail in Minnesota and extends for over 310 miles from Duluth to the Canadian Border along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  The trail goes through diverse landscapes from low river valleys to the high bluffs of the Sawtooth Mountain Range overlooking Lake Superior and features a variety of forest types typical of Northern Minnesota.  This trip spends three days exploring a section of the trail while teaching the foundational principles of backpacking including equipment, camp setup, and Leave No Trace.  Every trip features a unique route curated by experienced trip guides.  No previous experience is required.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Friday

Meet your guides in the Center for Outdoor Adventure Office by 9 am.  After an overview of the itinerary and a thorough gear check to make sure you have everything you need, the group will pile into a University 10 passenger van for the 3.5 hour drive to the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Once at the trailhead, you will strap on your backpack and begin the hike.  The first day is a shorter day of hiking with distances ranging from 2 to 5 miles.  Once you arrive at the remote campsite, you will work with your new friend to set up tents, gather firewood, and prepare a well earned dinner.  

Day 2:  Saturday

Rise and shine after a refreshing night sleeping in the tent.  This will be a bigger day of hiking, but be sure to spend some time relaxing in camp with a cup of coffee or tea.  Even though you just set up tents and sleeping bags the night before, it’s time to break down camp and pack everything back in your backpack.  This day will cover 8 to 12 miles of beautiful terrain - take it at your own pace and be sure to enjoy the views.  Backpacking is not a race so enjoy the experience.  You’ll stop to fill your water bottles from bubbling streams and enjoy a snack while taking in the views from the top of a peak.  Once in camp, you’ll know what to do to get everything set up.  Enjoy the evening sharing a meal, sitting around the campfire, looking at the stars, and reflecting on the day.

Day 3:  Sunday

It will be hard to believe that you’re heading home already.  You may just want to stay on the trail for a few more weeks to hike to its end!  The group will hike out to the van this day covering 4 to 6 miles of trail before beginning the drive home.  If time allows, your Guides will include a stop at one of the North Shore’s prime sites like the view of Lake Superior from the top of Palisade Head, the waterfalls of Gooseberry Falls State Park, or looking for agates at the Beaver River Beach.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund. 

Gear & Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 9/30/22 - 10/2/22, 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • 10/21/22 - 10/23/22, 7:00am - 7:00pm

Price

  • $75 student
  • $100 faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given.  

 

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Description & Trip Info

This trip is a great introduction to backpacking and camping skills and a way to get out of the city and enjoy some time in nature.  The trip explores one of the few remaining stands of the "Big Woods," a maple, oak and basswood forest that once covered part of southern Minnesota.  Participants will learn how to carry all of the equipment needed to survive and thrive in a backpack as you hike two miles to a backcountry campsite in the park.  Time will be spent learning essential camp living skills and exploring the numerous foot trails through a landscape shaped by the terminal moraine of a glacier that receded 10,000 years ago.  All skill levels are welcome.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Saturday

Meet your Guides and new friends for the weekend at the Center for Outdoor Adventure Office.  After introductions, the group will climb into a University 10 passenger van to complete the 1 hour drive to Lake Maria State Park.  Once at the park, your guides will teach you how to most effectively pack a backpack for backpacking, discuss maps and navigation, and highlight blister prevention and hiking safety.  After a short 2 mile hike, you will arrive at the night's backcountry campsite.  Drop your pack, have some water, and get ready for more activities.  The afternoon will be spent setting up tents, tarps, and collecting firewood.  The evening will have time for you to explore more of the hiking trails at Afton State Park, visit with new friends, or just lay in the grass reading a book.  After learning how to use camp stoves, and eating dinner, enjoy some time around the fire and looking at the stars.

Day 2:  Sunday

Take the morning at your own pace.  If you are an early riser, catch the sunrise or take it easy and catch up on some sleep.  After breakfast, you will have more time to hang out, explore more of the trails, and practice the skills you learned the previous day.  Trip Leader staff will have several “mini-lessons” about a wide range of outdoor topics from navigation, to backcountry meal planning, to water treatment for your entertainment if you desire to learn more.  After packing up camp, you will hike back out to the parking lot and start the drive home.  Once back at the Outdoor Program Office, say goodbye to your new friends and head home refreshed and rejuvenated after spending time in nature.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund.

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 9/17/22 - 9/18/22, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Price

  • $55 student
  • $70 faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given. 

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Description & Trip Info

Enjoy high quality climbing at Interstate State Park on the scenic Saint Croix River. This trip provides an invaluable opportunity to learn the fundamentals of outdoor climbing at a highly revered crag. This place allows us to teach you climbing technique by demonstration and getting your very own hands and feet on real rock with a wide variety of routes to incorporate novice and veteran climbers alike. No previous experience necessary.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund.

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 9/24/22, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Price

  • $45 student
  • $60 faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given. 

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Description & Trip Info

Take your rock climbing to the next level with the Sandstone Rock Climbing Trip.  You will experience the climbing at historic Robinson Park in Sandstone, MN which features many high quality routes that are sure to challenge and inspire beginner, intermediate, and advanced climbers alike.  Climbers will have the chance to top rope a variety of climbs and learn some of the fundamentals of outdoor sport climbing.  Your guides will work with you to identify routes that meet your interest and ability level.  Previous outdoor climbing experience is not required, but we encourage participants to have some indoor climbing experience before this trip.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund. 

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 10/2/2022, 10am - 5pm
  • 10/22/2022, 10am - 5pm

Price

  • $45 student
  • $60 faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given. 

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Spend the afternoon paddling through Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes and experience urban outdoor recreation at its finest.  This is an excellent introduction to canoeing and canoe strokes, or just a great opportunity to spend some time outside on the water.  No previous experience is required. 

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund. 

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 9/18/22, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 10/15/22, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Price

  • $25 student
  • $32.50 faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given.

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Description & Trip Info

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) encompasses over 1,000,000 acres of glacially carved Wilderness in Northeastern Minnesota.  Established in 1978, the BWCA provides opportunities to experience the solitude, challenge, and beauty of a unique landscape.  The glaciers that came through the area in the last ice age left a system of lakes, rivers, and streams that are connected by short sections of land.  Wolves, moose, deer, beaver, and a host of other wildlife call the area home.  This trip explores a section of the BWCA while teaching the skills specific to canoe camping including camp set up, paddle strokes, canoe safety, and portaging.  Your Guides will plan a curated route to highlight some of the best the BWCA offers.  No previous camping or canoeing experience is required.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Friday

Meet your Guides in the Center for Outdoor Adventure Office by 9 am.  Get fit for a life jacket, canoe paddle, and go through a gear check to make sure you have everything you need for a weekend in the wilderness.  After loading up in a University Suburban and canoe trailer, you will complete the 4 hour drive to your launching point in the BWCA.  Once at the water, your Guides will teach the fundamentals of canoe safety, paddle strokes, and how to carry a canoe on your shoulders (portaging).  Launch off from shore and navigate through the islands, points, and streams that make the BWCA so unique.  Once you arrive in camp, you will work together with your fellow trip participants to set up tents, gather firewood, and cook a hearty meal.  

Day 2:  Saturday

You can choose to get up early and enjoy some morning solitude or sleep in with the sound of waves and wind in the trees.  After breakfast, you will depart camp to explore more of the BWCA on a long day trip paddling and portaging.  Keep a sharp eye out to catch a glimpse of the wildlife including beavers, loons, bald eagles, moose, and more.  After getting back to camp, spend some time relaxing with your new friends before another beautiful evening.  Spend your time watching the sunset from a rock, listening to the loons, hanging out around the campfire, and, if you’re lucky, enjoying a clear view of the stars and Milky Way in this designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary.  You may even hear the howling of a pack of timberwolves in the distance.

Day 3:  Sunday

Enjoy one more morning in the wilderness before packing up camp, loading the canoes, and paddling back to where you put in.  After the group straps the canoes back onto the trailer, you will complete the drive back to campus.  As you depart the Center for Outdoor Adventure, say goodbye to your new friends.  The trip may be over, but you will have memories of the experience that last forever.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund.  

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 9/23/22 - 9/25/22, 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • 10/7/22 - 10/9/22, 8:00am - 7:00pm

Price

  • $100 student
  • $130 faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given.

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Do you want to experience time in the wilderness without leaving the everyday comforts  behind? This trip will let you relax and restore.  Bear Head Lake State Park is located just outside the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and shares a similar landscape of lakes and forests.  Opportunities abound for hiking, canoeing, and wildlife viewing.  This trip will enjoy the comfort of a fully equipped cabin in the Park.  Days will be spent exploring the park and surrounding area.  Evenings will have time for cooking delicious meals as a group, sitting around a campfire, and hanging out.  It is the perfect opportunity to escape the city and have some peaceful time in nature.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Friday

Meet your Guides and trip companions at the Center for Outdoor Adventure Office by 3 pm.  After introductions and a gear check, the group will start the 4 hour drive to Bear Head Lake State Park in a University 10 passenger van.  After checking in to your cabin for the weekend, you will cook a meal to enjoy with your new friends and spend the rest of the evening chatting, reading, or playing cards..

Day 2:  Saturday

Choose your own adventure today.  After breakfast, your guides can offer a number of options for activities based on the interests of the group.  With miles of scenic hiking trails in the State Park, the group will not have to go far to experience the rugged and scenic beauty of the glacially carved landscape. Or, take a short trip to the town of Ely to visit the International Wolf Center or the North American Bear Center (additional fees) to learn more about the animals and environment of northern Minnesota.  As the day wraps up, enjoy the sunset over Bear Head Lake.  After dinner, enjoy time around the campfire with s’mores or go for a night hike and experience the stars like never before far away from light pollution.

Day 3:  Sunday

Homeward bound!  After breakfast, the group will pack up and head back to campus.  You’ll have the option to take one final hike through the park before departure.  En route, the group will stop at the Leonidas Overlook to see and contemplate the impact of open pit iron ore mining in the region at this 650 foot deep mine site.  

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund. 

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 10/28/22 - 10/30/22, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Price

  • $115, students
  • $150, faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given. 

 

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Description & Trip Info

The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of the most scenic destinations in Minnesota.  From hilltop vistas, to waterfalls, to the ocean-like shore of the largest freshwater lake in the world, this destination has something for everyone.  The group will sleep in tents at a drive-in campsite.  The accommodations are just rustic enough to give a sense of adventure without leaving everyday comforts too far behind.  Days will be spent hiking to explore the best the North Shore has to offer.  Evenings will have time for cooking delicious meals as a group, enjoying a warm campfire, and hanging out.  It is the perfect opportunity to escape the city and have some peaceful time in nature.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Friday

Meet your guides and trip companions at the Center for Outdoor Adventure Office by 3 pm.  After introductions and a gear check, you will load up into a University 10 passenger van for the 3.5 hour drive to Tettegouche State Park.  (Did somebody say, “Roadtrip!”?)  Upon arrival at Tettegouche State Park, you will work with the group to set up tents and get ready for a peaceful night sleep in the fresh air of northern Minnesota.  After camp chores are done, hang out around the campfire, look at the stars, and eat s’mores.

Day 2:  Saturday

The opportunities for activity are endless - yes, we will go chasing waterfalls.  For the early risers, you will have the opportunity to hike to the end of Shovel Point and watch the sunrise over Lake Superior.  Or, if you're more inclined, sleep in and wake up slowly for some morning coffee and tea.  Your guides can outline a few different activities for the day, but you will definitely have the chance to see some of the premier north shore waterfalls and, with a bit of luck, catch a view of prime fall colors from the top of one of the peaks of the Sawtooth mountain range.   Sights include:  Temperance River Gorge, Summit of Carlton Peak, High Falls on the Baptism River, Summit of Section 13, Illgen Falls, and Black Beach.

Day 3:  Sunday

After breakfast, the group will pack up camp and explore a few more trails through Tettegouche State Park.  On the drive back to Campus, the group will have the opportunity to check out a couple of the “must see” destinations on the North Shore including the views over Lake Superior from the top of Palisade Head and Gooseberry Falls.  After getting back to the Outdoor Program Office, say goodbye to your new friends and leave feeling the satisfaction of a weekend spent in nature.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund. 

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 10/14/22 - 10/16/22, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Price

  • $75, students
  • $100, faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

 

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given. 

 

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Description & Trip Info

Experience the thrill of the trail as you flow over any obstacle on a mountain bike. During this trip you will learn the basics of bike handling, shifting, braking, and finding your line.  You will have the option to ride trails of a variety of difficulty from novice to expert to match your skills and confidence. No prior mountain biking experience required, but must be competent in riding a bicycle.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund. 

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 10/8/22, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Price

  • $45, students
  • $60, faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given.  

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Description & Trip Info

Enjoy the solitude and beauty of one of Minnesota’s most scenic landscapes, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in winter.  The group will stay in cabins and enjoy the beautiful lodge of YMCA Camp Menogyn. From this basecamp, participants will venture out on day excursions cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding.  Other activities include spending time by the fireplace in the lodge, reading books, hanging out, playing board games, and taking a sauna with the option to jump into the lake through a hole in the ice for the full experience. To complete the 5 star experience, all meals are included and expertly prepared by the fantastic cooks at Menogyn. With several days to enjoy, this trip allows you to curate your experience to be as relaxing or activity packed as possible. Your guides will work with you and the group to suggest options and make plans for the best experience for everyone.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Meet your Guides and fellow participants at the Center for Outdoor Adventure Office at 9 am.  After completing a gear check, you will hop into a University 10 passenger van and complete the 6 hour drive to YMCA Camp Menogyn on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Pack some snacks for the car and come prepared with your favorite song to add to the road trip playlist!  Once you arrive at Menogyn, you will load your gear onto sleds to embark on the half mile hike across frozen Bearskin Lake.  Arrive at the lodge and get settled into the cabins - your home for the next few days.  Meet up in the lodge to hang out, plan for the next day, read, play games, and enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by Menogyn Staff.

Day 2:

Ski day!  Your guides will teach you the fundamentals of this popular winter sport as you set off gliding across the snow.  You will have the choice between skiing through the wilderness and across frozen lakes breaking your own trail or, just a short drive away, enjoy the world class skiing on groomed trails at Bearskin Lodge (additional fee for a Bearskin Ski Pass).  Skiing not your thing?  That’s fine!  Your guides will help you find options like sledding, hiking, or hanging out by an indoor fireplace. 

Day 3:

It’s time to embark on a snowshoeing adventure through a winter wonderland.  Trails abound around Menogyn and your guides will choose a route to highlight some of the best scenery there is.  After a day in the cold, warm up by a fire and enjoy a hearty dinner.  After dark, be sure to grab a headlamp and hike out onto the lake to enjoy unobstructed views of the stars and Milky Way Galaxy in this designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary.

Day 4:

Let’s meet the pack!  This is sure to be a highlight of the trip as you meet the team of sled dogs and learn how to mush your dog team through wooded trails.  After this experience, you may find yourself wanting to adopt a husky of your own.  Spend the rest of the day exploring as your heart desires.  This is your last chance to ski, snowshoe, or just enjoy the amenities of the lodge.  But the trip isn’t over yet - it’s sauna day.  Menogyn has one of the best wood stove heated saunas around.  Enjoy the heat and health benefits of this Scandinavian tradition.  After you get hot and sweaty in the sauna, cool off by jumping into the lake through a hole in the ice.

Day 5:

As hard as it may be, it’s finally time to head home after an incredible winter experience.  Enjoy the drive back to Campus with your new friends, share the highlights of your trip, and get ready to get back to “normal life” feeling refreshed in a way that only time in the wilderness can provide.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund. 

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 1/4/23 - 1/8/23, 9:00am - 7:00pm

 

 

Price

  • $450, students
  • $575, faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  All meals are included in the cost of the trip.  Participants are responsible for the cost of any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given.

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Description & Trip Info

Spend a weekend braving winter in beautiful Jay Cooke State Park.  With the right equipment,  you will learn how to stay warm outdoors during winter in Minnesota.  We will camp at a drive-in campsite, build a fire, and enjoy the beauty and solitude that make winter camping so unique.  Participants will learn how to dress for the cold, use a variety of winter tents, tarps, and shelters, cook on a campstove, and build a fire.  There will be time during the day to hike and snowshoe to explore the bluffs and valleys of the park.  No previous experience is needed.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Friday

Meet your Guides and fellow travelers at the Center for Outdoor Adventure Office by 3 pm.  Here, your Guides will lead you through introductions and conduct a thorough gear check to ensure everyone is fully outfitted and prepared to brave the cold.  Load up into a University 10 passenger van for the 2.5 hour drive to Jay Cooke State Park.  Once the group arrives, it will be all hands on deck to establish camp for the weekend.  You will learn how to set up a variety of 4 season tents, including the famous “Lair” expedition basecamp tent.  Hang out around the fire or get cozy in your sleeping bags and settle in for the night.

Day 2:  Saturday

Wake up at your leisure and go through the uncomfortable process of getting out of your warm sleeping bag and into the cold air.  Congratulations - you make it through the first night of winter camping!  After breakfast, the group will have time to learn a variety of winter outdoor living skills from firebuilding to tarp setup, to camp stove use.  You will also hike or snowshoe (depending on snow conditions) through the beautiful Saint Louis River Gorge and see wild formations of rock and ice.  If you want a chance to warm up, visit the River Inn Warming House to hang out in a heated indoor environment by a large wood fire.  In the evening, you will prepare a hearty meal as a group and enjoy some more time around a campfire with your new friends.  For those looking for more adventure, take a night hike and see the stars.  Finally, settle into your tent for one more night.

Day 3:  Sunday

Cook and eat one final breakfast in the cold before breaking down camp and loading up in the van.  If the group is feeling motivated, there is the option to hike to the summit of Ely’s Peak for panoramic views of Lake Superior and the Saint Louis River Valley.  On the drive back to campus, treat yourself to some delicious pastries or caramel rolls at the world famous Tobies Bakery in Hinckley, MN.  After returning to the Outdoor Program Office, say goodbye to your new friends and return home to appreciate a warm shower and a warm bed in a way you never have before.

Travel Information

Transportation is provided from the U of M Outdoor Program Office for all participants in a University Vehicle.  Outdoor Program Guides are responsible for all driving in a University Vehicle.  Participants who wish to arrange their own transportation must notify Outdoor Program staff at least three days in advance of the trip.  Trip cost is not discounted for individuals who arrange their own transportation.  Participants who arrange their own transportation must arrive at the correct location, on time.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiting participation in the program with no refund. 

Gear and Equipment

The Outdoor Program provides all activity-specific and group gear needed for the trip.  Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal items.  A detailed packing list can be found here.

Dates

  • 12/9/22 - 12/11/22, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

 

Price

  • $75, students
  • $100, faculty/staff

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trip cost includes transportation, permits and fees, camping, lodging, activity-specific equipment, and outdoor equipment rentals.  Participants are responsible for the cost of food on the trip and any activity fees not included in the itinerary.  On day trips, participants should bring snacks, meals, and beverages with them.  On overnight and extended trips, the group will create a meal plan and stop en route to the destination to purchase food.  Food costs will be shared between participants and average $10-$15/day.

Refund-Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given.  

 

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Lead Belay Refresher

Start the semester off by refreshing and practicing your Lead Belay technique and be prepared to pass your Lead Belay Assessment. Your instructor will review the most important elements of Lead Belay technique, discuss what is involved in the lead test, and provide the opportunity to practice with direct coaching.  Please note that the Lead Belay Refresher is not designed as a substitute for the Lead Belay Clinic.  If you do not already know how to lead belay and lead climb, you should check out that clinic instead.

Dates

  • 9/10/22, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Belay Technique Refresher

Start the semester off by refreshing and practicing your Belay technique and be prepared to pass your Belay Assessment.  Your instructor will review the most important elements of belay technique, discuss what is involved in the belay test, and provide the opportunity to practice belaying with direct coaching.  Please note that the Belay Refresher is not designed as a substitute for the Belay Technique Clinic.  If you do not already know how to belay, you should check out that clinic instead.

Dates

  • 9/10/22, 10:00am - 11:30pm

Price

  • FREE

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Top Rope Belay Clinic

If you like to climb and want to take the next step towards climbing independence, this clinic is for you.  The Top Rope Belay Clinic will cover everything you need to know to climb as safely as possible in a top-rope gym setting including harnesses, equipment, knots, climbing commands, and belay technique.  You will work with a knowledgeable instructor who will explain and demonstrate the key skills you need to know and will provide ample time for hands-on practice and individual coaching.  All climbing equipment is provided.  Please note that in order to obtain a belay qualification at the U of M Climbing Gym, all climbers must pass a practical belay test at a later date.  Attending this clinic does not automatically qualify you to belay, but will prepare you to be successful in the practical test. 

Dates

All Top Rope Clinics run 10am-12:00pm

  • 9/17/22
  • 10/1/22
  • 10/15/22
  • 11/5/22
  • 12/3/22

Price

  • $10, students
  • $20, faculty/staff

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Lead Belay Clinic

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. You will work with a knowledgeable instructor who will explain and demonstrate the key skills you need to know and will provide ample time for hands-on practice and individual coaching.  All climbing equipment is provided.  Please note that in order to obtain a lead belay qualification at the U of M Climbing Gym, all climbers must pass a practical lead belay test at a later date.  Attending this clinic does not automatically qualify you to lead belay, but will prepare you to be successful in the practical test.  Prerequisites:  Competence in top rope belay technique (i.e. Belay certified at a Climbing gym) and the ability to top-rope routes graded 5.8 or higher is required.

Dates

All Lead Belay Clinics run 12:30pm-3:00pm

  • 9/17/22
  • 10/1/22
  • 10/15/22
  • 11/5/22
  • 12/3/22

Price

  • $15, students
  • $25, faculty/staff

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Bouldering Basics Clinic

The sport of bouldering involves climbing shorter walls while using a padded floor or mat to cushion falls.  Bouldering is climbing in its simplest form and allows you to focus on the essence of climbing - the movement and mental challenge.  Bouldering Basics is designed for newer climbers or those who have never climbed before to learn the fundamentals from an experienced instructor and have all of their questions answered.  At the Climbing Gym, we believe that rock climbing is for everyone and this clinic will demystify the sport and help you build comfort and confidence navigating the weird and awesome world of climbing.  We will talk about the basic gear (shoes and chalk), how to interpret climbing grades, falling technique, and introduce the core movement concepts for climbing. 

Dates

  • 10/22/22, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Climbing Movement and Technique Clinic

Climbing is primarily a movement sport--having proper technique is essential to your progress.  This clinic is geared toward beginner and intermediate climbers who want to learn and practice a variety of climbing techniques.  The clinic will build a foundation of footwork technique, discuss the role of the upper body, and teach key skills including flagging, backstepping, cross-overs, drop knees, and lie-backing.  Participants will leave having gained new skills, assessed areas for improvement, and knowing how to continue to improve their climbing skills.

Dates

  • 11/19/22, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Outdoor Sport Climbing

Expand your outdoor adventure horizons and learn what outdoor sport climbing is all about. Learn how to assess pre-placed bolts, clip quickdraws, practice Leave No Trace, what gear to buy and how to clean a sport climb.  Prerequisite: UMN Outdoor Program Lead Certification

Dates

  • 12/10/22, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Essential Knots and Carabiners

Join our knowledgeable instructors for a tailored climbing skill lesson.  Learn which 3 knots are going to serve you best 99% of the time as well as why some carabiners look different then others.

Dates

  • 9/20/22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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How to Clean a Sport Route

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. Come and learn how to retrieve your gear at the end of a day of sport climbing.

Dates

  • 10/4/22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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2 Piece Climbing Anchors

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. Learn the basics of two piece anchors built on pre-placed bolts for top roping, multi-pitch climbing or securing yourself to the cliff edge.

Dates

  • 10/18/22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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3 Piece Climbing Anchors

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. The next step up from 2 piece anchors.  Learn the intricacies of three piece anchors built on pre-placed bolts.

Dates

  • 11/1/22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Rappelling

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. Come and learn how to descend safely and efficiently by rappelling on two strands of rope.

Dates

  • 11/15/22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Top Managed Belay Systems

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. Have you ever wondered what happens when you can't belay from the bottom? Come and learn how to bring your partner up the cliff once you are on top.

Dates

  • 11/29/22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Community Climb Day - LGBTQIA+ (9/24)

Community Climb Days seek to foster inclusivity and diversity in the University of Minnesota Climbing Community. During these events, we strive to create a safe space for students to climb and build relationships with others who identify with their community and share an interest in climbing!  Our goal is to create welcoming and fun environment and to create a strong community at the U of M Climbing Gym! All climbers, new and experienced, are encouraged to register and participate.

Dates

  • 9/24/22, 11:30am - 2:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Community Climb Day - BIPOC (10/8)

Community Climb Days seek to foster inclusivity and diversity in the University of Minnesota Climbing Community. During these events, we strive to create a safe space for students to climb and build relationships with others who identify with their community and share an interest in climbing!  Our goal is to create welcoming and fun environment and to create a strong community at the U of M Climbing Gym! All climbers, new and experienced, and are encouraged to come to try the sport in anyone who identifies with or supports these groups are welcome to register and participate.

Dates

  • 10/8/22, 11:30am - 2:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Community Climb Day - Femmes/Women/Trans (11/12)

Community Climb Days seek to foster inclusivity and diversity in the University of Minnesota Climbing Community. During these events, we strive to create a safe space for students to climb and build relationships with others who identify with their community and share an interest in climbing!  Our goal is to create welcoming and fun environment and to create a strong community at the U of M Climbing Gym! All climbers, new and experienced, and are encouraged to come to try the sport in anyone who identifies with or supports these groups are welcome to register and participate.

Dates

  • 11/12/22, 11:30am - 2:00pm

Price

  • FREE

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Crush-O-Lantern Climbing Competition (10/29)

Join us again this fall for our annual Halloween-themed Bouldering Competition!  Climbers compete not only for the highest overall points by completing freshly set boulder problems, but also for the honor of best individual and best partner costume.  This event is your opportunity to hang out and have fun with our community of climbers on Campus.  There are boulder problems of all difficulties and competitor brackets for beginner, intermediate, and advanced climbers - this event is for everyone.  The event is free, but we ask that you register in advance.

The competition will follow a modified flash format with an onsite finals round.  The highest point value will be awarded for a flash of a boulder (climbing it successfully on the first attempt).  A lower point value will be awarded for a successful send on additional attempts.  A competitor's five highest scores will be added together for the total score. The top 5 men and top 5 women climbers will advance to an onsite finals round where they will have 5 minutes to attempt a boulder that gets progressively harder with each move which they have not seen before.  The climber who makes it furthest on the boulder will be the overall winner.  All competitors are encouraged to stick around as spectators for the finals.

Categories

  • Beginner (VB to V3)
  • Intermediate (V3 - V5)
  • Advanced Women (V4 and up)
  • Advanced Men (V4 and up)

Schedule

  • 9:00 am:  Check In,Registration, and Route Previews
  • 9:30 am:  Welcome, Introduction, and Rules
  • 9:45 am:  Climbing Time Begins
  • 12:45 pm:  Climbing Time Ends
  • 1:00 pm:  Costume Contest
  • 1:30 pm:  Finals Round begins
  • 3:00 pm:  Final Results and Awards

Date

  • 10/29/22, 9:00am-4:30pm

Price

  • FREE

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Policies - Trips & Clinics

Trips and Clinics

A full refund will be given if the Outdoor Program 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 they cancel seven days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if they cancel seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than seven days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.

*If a participant is feeling unwell, have known exposure in the last 14 days to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell or other less common symptoms including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they are asked to stay home and a full refund will be given.  

International Trips

Trip deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled due to lack of registration or other extenuating circumstances.  Full payment is required 65 days prior to departure.  

  • Cancellation 60 days or greater from departure:  Loss of deposit
  • Cancellation 30-59 days from departure:  50% refund of total trip price
  • Cancellation 30 days from departure date:  No refund is available - 100% loss

Climbing Passes

Climbing Semester Passes may be refunded within two days from the date of purchase.  After this time, Climbing Semester Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Climbing Day Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

 

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