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Fall 2017 Adventure Trips & Clinics

Sept. 2nd – Rock Climbing (AM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 2nd – Rock Climbing (PM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 3rd – Mountain Biking

UConn Outdoors takes you to some of the best trails in Connecticut for a great day of mountain biking. Riders of all skill levels will enjoy visiting one of our local destinations.  Our staff are there to teach basic biking skills and coach you through rugged terrain.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided.

Sept. 5th – Cycle-Share Pick Up Begins!

Sept. 5th – Kayak Paddle Clinic

Jump in for some hands-on learning about our Whitewater Kayaks!  This is the perfect place to practice your paddling skills with guidance from our staff.  Learn how to get fitted in whitewater boats, practice your paddle strokes, and learn boat-to-boat rescues.  Brundage pool offers the perfect setting to get your feet wet in the world of whitewater kayaking!

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

Sept. 9th – Stand-Up Paddleboard (AM)

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding (S.U.P.) is one of the fastest growing water sports and is a fun, easy way to play on the water.  Paddle-boarding offers an amazing full body workout while enjoying beautiful lake views. Expand your knowledge of outdoor water sports and have a blast!

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 9th – Stand-Up Paddleboard (PM)

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding (S.U.P.) is one of the fastest growing water sports and is a fun, easy way to play on the water.  Paddle-boarding offers an amazing full body workout while enjoying beautiful lake views. Expand your knowledge of outdoor water sports and have a blast!

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 9th – Mountain Biking

UConn Outdoors takes you to some of the best trails in Connecticut for a great day of mountain biking. Riders of all skill levels will enjoy visiting one of our local destinations.  Our staff are there to teach basic biking skills and coach you through rugged terrain.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided.

Sept. 10th – Stand-Up Paddleboard (AM)

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding (S.U.P.) is one of the fastest growing water sports and is a fun, easy way to play on the water.  Paddle-boarding offers an amazing full body workout while enjoying beautiful lake views. Expand your knowledge of outdoor water sports and have a blast!

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 10th – Stand-Up Paddleboard (PM)

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding (S.U.P.) is one of the fastest growing water sports and is a fun, easy way to play on the water.  Paddle-boarding offers an amazing full body workout while enjoying beautiful lake views. Expand your knowledge of outdoor water sports and have a blast!

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 16th – Whitewater Kayaking

Looking for an extreme, water-based challenge?  Come, learn essential whitewater kayak skills in a supportive and fun environment, during two pool sessions with our  knowledgeable staff. Take your skills to the river with us on a trip on the Class I - II Fife Brook section of Deerfield River, Mass. Enjoy the beautiful Berkshires while taking on the waves in whitewater kayaking!

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim

2 Mandatory Pre-Trip Pool Sessions (9/12 & 9/13)

Activity Level: High

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 17th – Whitewater Kayaking

Looking for an extreme, water-based challenge?  Come, learn essential whitewater kayak skills in a supportive and fun environment, during two pool sessions with our  knowledgeable staff. Take your skills to the river with us on a trip on the Class I - II Fife Brook section of Deerfield River, Mass. Enjoy the beautiful Berkshires while taking on the waves in whitewater kayaking!

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim

2 Mandatory Pre-Trip Pool Sessions (9/12 & 9/13)

Activity Level: High

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 26th thru Oct. 29th – SSI SCUBA Certification Course

This 5 week course meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm with Instructors from New England Ski & SCUBA.

FINAL DIVES: OCT 28 & 29

Each class is split into two halves: the classroom session, which goes over the necessary skills needed to pass your certification and the pool session where you practice those skills in the underwater environment.

Open water dives in lake or ocean settings finish the class and earn you a SSI Open Water Diving Certification. 

*Personal gear (mask, fins, snorkel, gloves & hood) must be provided by participant or can be purchased from N.E.S.S. at additional cost (approx.$200-$300)

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim

Activity Level: Moderate

*Equipment (wetsuit, tank, BCD, regulator,) instruction & transportation included.

Sept. 27th – Introductory Bike Maintenance Clinic

Bring your own bike and leave with a clean machine after you learn the basics of bike maintenance in this hands on workshop. Our skilled bike mechanic will show you how to repair a flat, and properly clean and maintain your bike’s moving parts. Your hands will get dirty but your bike will love you for it! Tools and maintenance materials provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own bike.

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

Sept. 30th-Oct. 1st – Mountain Biking Weekend: Kingdom Trails, VT

Join UConn Outdoors on a weekend escape to East Burke VT, home of Kingdom Trails, listed as one of the top outdoor recreation destinations in the Northeast. There among the beautiful Green Mountains, you will have to the opportunity to experience some of New England's best mountain biking trails!

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: Mon, September 25th @6pm in UAC

 

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 30th – Rock Climbing (AM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Sept. 30th – Rock Climbing (PM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Oct. 1st – Banff Film Festival: Radical Reels Tour

Come see the best short films from Banff's Film Festival as they come through CT on the Radical Reels Tour!  These high-adrenaline films will amaze you!  Run rapids in the fiercest rivers, climb the highest peaks, all without leaving your seat!  An awesome night of films awaits with free door prize drawings!

  • Student Union Theater Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Film begins at 7:00pm
  • Free to UConn Students and Community Members!

Visit our Radical Reels Website for More Information

Oct. 6th-8th – Connect & Challenge Wellness Retreat

- - Undergraduates only - -

The C2 retreat is a 3-day, 2-night experience, designed to connect participants to nature, to others, and to themselves through play, outdoor adventure challenges, and a variety of reflective activities.  Trip includes hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, digital detox, yoga & more!

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: Sept 26, 6:30pm and  Post-Trip Meeting: Oct 24, 6:30pm

Visit our C2 Website for More Information

Oct. 9th – Advanced Bike Maintenance Clinic

Take a more focused look at the basics of bike maintenance in this hands on workshop.  Going beyond cleaning and flat tires, we will explore how to fix a chain, adjust your derailleurs and brakes, and trouble-shoot other issues. Your hands will get dirty but your bike will love you for it! Tools and maintenance materials provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own bike!

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

Oct. 14th-15th – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

“Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.”

Activity Level: Moderate

On-Campus Course

E-mail Leah Rossettie for more information

Oct. 14th – Mountain Biking

UConn Outdoors takes you to some of the best trails in Connecticut for a great day of mountain biking. Riders of all skill levels will enjoy visiting one of our local destinations.  Our staff are there to teach basic biking skills and coach you through rugged terrain.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided.

Oct. 15th – Mountain Biking

UConn Outdoors takes you to some of the best trails in Connecticut for a great day of mountain biking. Riders of all skill levels will enjoy visiting one of our local destinations.  Our staff are there to teach basic biking skills and coach you through rugged terrain.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided.

Oct. 16th – Backpacking 101 Clinic

For those looking to either get started with, or improve their backpacking experience, this is the place to be!  Classroom topics include: how to fit your pack, how to pack it efficiently, how to use a backpacking stove, picking a location & more! The class is also open to any individual questions you may have.  We hope to encourage you to pursue your own backpacking expeditions in the future!  Learn about the backpacking trips that we offer, and put your new-found skills to the test!

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

Oct. 21st – Rock Climbing (AM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Oct. 21st – Rock Climbing (PM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Oct. 28th – Rock Climbing (AM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Oct. 28th – Rock Climbing (PM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Nov. 4th – Day Hike

Get off campus for a day of scenic exercise in the outdoors and some relaxed sight-seeing.  Our staff is there to guide you along the trails as you enjoy the fresh air and check out the local wildlife.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Nov. 5th – Day Hike

Get off campus for a day of scenic exercise in the outdoors and some relaxed sight-seeing.  Our staff is there to guide you along the trails as you enjoy the fresh air and check out the local wildlife.

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Nov. 11th-12th – Backpacking Bear Mountain, CT

Come away for a weekend of simplicity, carrying everything you will need for 2 days and a night in the woods, as we follow the historic Appalachian Trail across Bear Mt (the highest peak in CT) outside of Salisbury, CT.  Our staff will teach you the basics of backcountry camping and principles of "Leave No Trace" while catching the end of "leaf-season" in New England's forests!

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: Mon, October 30th @6pm in UAC

Prerequisites: Must be able to carry 40lbs over 8 miles of rugged terrain

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Nov. 11th – Climbing Center Bouldering Competition

The UConn Bouldering Competition offers participants the opportunity to challenge each other as well as the toughest bouldering problems our route setters can devise. Climbers of all skills levels will find an event designed for maximum fun and camaraderie, in which winning takes a backseat to the love of the climb!  All Climbers will receive event t-shirt and the top 3 male and female climbers will receive a prize!

  • Event check-in begins at 9:30AM.
  • Competition begins at 10:00AM.                         

 - ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE CURRENTLY APPROVED CLIMBING CENTER USERS!

Nov. 14th – Kayak Paddle Clinic

Jump in for some hands-on learning about our Whitewater Kayaks!  This is the perfect place to practice your paddling skills with guidance from our staff.  Learn how to get fitted in whitewater boats, practice your paddle strokes, and learn boat-to-boat rescues.  Brundage pool offers the perfect setting to get your feet wet in the world of whitewater kayaking!

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

Nov. 18th-24th – Grand Canyon Backpacking

Join us for a 4-day, 3-night backpacking trip that will take us from the rim of the Grand Canyon, all the way to the Colorado River and back again.  This trip offers a unique opportunity to experience the depths of the Grand Canyon in a way that few visitors to the park ever will, and make memories in a truly backcountry camping experience in one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World"!

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: Mon, October 30th @6pm in UAC

Prerequisites: Must be able to carry 40lbs over 10 miles of rugged terrain

Activity Level: Extreme

Equipment, instruction and *ground transportation provided

*Airfare is not included in trip price. Group Flight options will be discussed with registered participants once registration closes

Jan. 3rd-9th – Yellowstone Winter Adventure

Join us for 5 days exploring the winter wonderland of Yellowstone National Park! We will stay at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge and spend our days enjoying the snow, xc skiing and snowshoeing!  This trip offers a unique opportunity to experience the winter season in one of our nation's most visited National Parks. We will have opportunities to see iconic wildlife as well as the geysers that make Yellowstone famous!

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: November 7th @6pm in UAC

Activity Level: High

Equipment, instruction and *ground transportation provided

*Airfare is not included in trip price. Group Flight options will be discussed with registered participants once registration closes

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General Information

UConn Outdoors is one of the diverse programs and services brought to you by UConn Recreation. Our base of operations is the UConn Adventure Center (UAC) located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Our goal is to offer diverse and enjoyable instructional adventure experiences. We want you to challenge yourself, take a break from the campus grind and meet some great new people!

UConn Outdoors is proud to provide:

  • Knowledgeable instruction
  • Friendly & attentive service
  • Exciting programming
  • Quality outdoor equipment & facilities
  • Leadership development

Our staff includes outdoor professionals, qualified volunteers and fellow UConn students who have prepared through our training system to offer you a fantastic adventure experience . We have led successful programs for the past 15 years throughout New England, the continental United States and beyond. We look forward to offering you the adventure of your choice.

Program Registration with recregistration.uconn.edu

  • All program registration is done via the online registration portal recregistration.uconn.edu
  • To use recregistration.uconn.edu you must possess a valid UConn NetID and know your password
  • During your initial visit to the system you will be required to set up a complete user profile. Once your profile is created you can simply enter the system and manage your recreation program requests
  • Guests (limit 1) are welcome to participate on any UConn Outdoors program where guest fees are listed and if sponsored by a participant registered for the same UConn Outdoors program.
  • Guest registration is only done in person at the UAC
  • Participants must provide valid UConn ID (Legal ID if guest) at the the beginning of all programs
  • Non-students are required to show proof of insurance
  • All participants will be asked to read, complete and sign the UConn Outdoors assumption of risk form prior to participation.

Payment

For programs requiring payment your online registration will be considered “pending” until you make the required payment in person at the UAC. Payment can be made in the form of Husky Bucks, cash or check payable to “UConn Recreation.” All payments must be made in full. There are no refunds for cancellations of programs in which payment is required. You can find further information at recregistration.uconn.edu.

Group Outings

Looking for a unique and exciting program for your organization? We create all types, from day-long bike outings, climbing center rentals, geocaching scavenger hunts or even complete retreat experiences. Contact the UConn Adventure Center to discuss activities, locations and pricing.

Equipment Rental

The UConn Adventure Center rents high quality outdoor equipment at affordable prices for a wide variety of adventure sports including: cross country skis, snowshoes, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents (both backpacking and camp sizes) & mountain bikes. Please see our website for a list of available equipment with pricing. Group rates available. “Like” us on Facebook for the latest rental specials!