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UConn Outdoors

Spring Semester

  • Adventure Trips
  • Certification Class Offerings
  • Skills Clinics
  • Special Events
  • Cycle Share Information
  • Climbing Center Programs

Schedules are coming soon.  Happy Holidays from your UConn Outdoors Team!

 

 

Fall 2019 - Adventure Trips

Day Hikes

Program Offerings:

  • September 14th
  • October 13th
  • October 26th
  • November 10th
  • November 16th

Take a break from the campus grind and come spend a day visiting one of CT’s scenic parks and forests with your fellow huskies!  Register with a friend, or come meet someone new as we hike and explore some CT trails, enjoy some fresh air, and maybe even see some local wildlife!

Trip leaders will communicate final hike location the week before, but all of our hikes are beginner-friendly and only require moderate level of physical activity.

Total trip duration is typically 5-8 hrs long.

Rock Climbing

Program Offerings:

  • September 7th (9:00AM or 12:00PM)
  • October 5th (9:00AM or 12:00PM)
  • October 12th (9:00AM or 12:00PM)
  • November 2nd (9:00AM or 12:00PM)
  • November 17th (9:00AM or 12:00PM)

Whether you’re ready to take your climbing center skills to the next level, looking for a new view on the great outdoors, or just want to hang out with some friends, Wolf Rock is a great local spot to get into outdoor top-rope rock climbing!  After a quick hike out to our site, we will set our ropes on beginner-friendly climbs ranging from 5.5. – 5.9, provide belay assistance, and of course some beta on different way to get to the top!

Safety, belay, and climbing techniques will be taught during each session, so no previous climbing experience is required and each of our climbs is challenge-by-choice, so only a moderate level of physical activity is needed.

Total trip duration is typically ~3 hrs long.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Program Offerings:

  • September 7th (9:00AM or 12:00PM)
  • September 8th (9:00AM or 12:00PM)
  • September 14th (9:00AM or 12:00PM)
  • September 15th (9:00AM or 12:00PM)

Come chill out at one of the local lakes and dip your toe in the water of a new paddle-sport!  Soak up some sun and get a great core workout as we practice some basic paddle strokes and explore some of CT’s local aquatic ecosystems.

Safety and paddle instruction will be given during each session, so no previous experience is necessary and only a moderate level of physical activity is needed for a SUP adventure.

Total trip duration is typically ~3 hrs long.

Mountain Biking

Program Offerings:

  • September 21st
  • September 22nd
  • October 19th
  • October 20th

Take a spin outside with your fellow huskies and get in a workout while cruising down a trail!  Even if you’ve never taken your cycling skills off-road before, our staff are there to teach you the fundamentals of Mountain Biking through a skills workshop and to guide you along some of our local CT trail systems.

Safety and basic mountain bike skill instruction will be given during each session, so no previous experience is necessary, but a moderate level of physical activity is involved for a Mountain Bike adventure.

Total trip duration is typically ~5-8 hrs long.

Backpacking Weekend: Bear Mountain, CT – $30.00

Program Offering:

  • November 2nd-3rd
    • Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting 10/23

Escape the complexity of campus life for an immersive full weekend of backpacking on the CT section of the historic Appalachian Trail.  We will set out with everything we need for this 2-day, 1-night Backcountry Adventure on our backs.  Our trail will take us over the peak of Bear Mountain (the highest summit in CT) to catch views of the changing fall landscape.  Our staff are there to help guide our group along the trail and to teach “Leave No Trace” principles and responsible practices for traveling, camping, cooking, and enjoying backcountry wilderness environments.  No prior experience with backcountry travel or camping is needed, but our Pre-Trip meeting is essential to ensure all participants are prepared to have an awesome experience with us!   Staff will continue to provide support during the trip.

Safety, camp set-up, water treatment, cooking, and backcountry principle instruction will be given on each day of the trip, so no previous experience is necessary.  While our staff is there to help, 2 days of backpacking involves a High level of physical activity.

Mountain Bike Weekend: Kingdom Trails, VT – $50.00

Program Offering:

  • October 5th-6th
    • Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting 9/25

Join us for a full weekend getaway to northern Vermont and some world-class mountain biking at Kingdom Trails!  Explore an extensive network of trails designed & maintained specifically by and for Mountain Biking enthusiasts.  Whether you are new to mountain biking or been riding for years, Kingdom Trails has trails for all levels and fantastic fall views for everyone!  Some prior experience riding on trails is recommended to ensure you get the most out of this experience, but our staff are there to support you and teach the fundamentals of Mountain Biking through a skills workshop.

Safety and basic mountain bike skill instruction will be given on the first day of the trip, so no previous experience is necessary but it is recommended for this 2-day trip.  While our staff is there to help choose trails most suited to our group, a full weekend of riding often results in a High level of physical activity.

Rock Climbing Weekend: Pawtuckaway, NH – $50.00

Program Offering:

  • October 19th-20th
    • Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting 10/9

Come spend a weekend with us (2 days, 1 night) rock climbing in New Hampshire top rope and bouldering some of Pawtuckaway State Park's best beginner areas throughout the weekend. Safety, belay, spotting and climbing techniques will be part of our instruction, so no previous experiences is required.

Details and introduction to safety techniques will be covered at our Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting Meeting, Wednesday, October 9th, 6PM, at the UConn Adventure Center..  Participants must be able to attend this meeting.

For more information email Austin.Darley@uconn.edu

 

Fall Break Trip: Grand Canyon, AZ – $450.00

Program Offering:

  • November 23rd-29th
    • Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings 9/16 & 10/30

Make the most of your Thanksgiving Break with an unforgettable trip to the Grand Canyon, and view it from a perspective that fewer than 1% of visitors to the park will ever see!  We will spend 4 days of this week-long trip travelling down to the bottom of the canyon, and back up to the top, packing everything we need to support ourselves below the rim!  This is a deeply immersive Backcountry Adventure, with some serious physical and mental demands, but also an amazingly rewarding experience.   Our staff are there to help our group navigate and manage our camps responsibly, as well as teaching “Leave No Trace” practices for traveling, camping, cooking, and enjoying backcountry desert canyon environment.  No prior experience with backcountry travel or camping is required, but attendance at both of our Pre-Trip meetings is essential to ensure all participants are prepared to have an awesome experience with us!

Safety, camp set-up, water treatment, cooking, and backcountry principle instruction will be given on each day of the trip, so no previous experience is necessary.  While our staff is there to help, 4 days of backpacking in an extreme environment with dramatic elevation changes involves an EXTREME level of physical activity.  Please contact us for more information before registering, if you are unsure about your level of physical fitness and/or the demands of this trip.

*Airfare is not included*

Certification Classes

Wilderness First Aid Certification Class (SOLO) – $75.00

Program Offering:

  • October 12th-13th

“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.”

This full weekend course meets 8am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday to complete our 16hr class with some time for a lunch break each day.  The class focuses on the basics of:  Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.  Learning incorporates classroom time, hands-on practice with skills, outside scenarios for you to work through, and brief test on each topic.

Successful completion of all components of the course will earn you a SOLO Wilderness First Aid certification

This experience is considered a Front-country activity, although many of our simulations will involve imagined backcountry settings.  No prior experience with wilderness or front-country medicine is needed.  While our instructors are there to help, this class does involve a moderate level of physical activity.  Participation and attendance at all class sessions is essential for successful certification.

SCUBA Certification Class (SSI) – $250.00

Program Offering:

  • 6 Weeks from September 17th - October 27th
    • Classroom/Pool Sessions Every Tuesday
    • Open Water Dives on October 26th & 27th

This 6-week course meets Tuesday evenings with certified SSI SCUBA Instructors from New England Ski & SCUBA.  Each class is split into 2 halves: the classroom session which goes over the necessary skills to pass your certification; and the pool session where you get to practice those skills in an underwater environment.

2 days of Open Water Dives in your final weekend of the course will bring it all together, bringing your skills to the open water in either an ocean or lake setting.  Successful completion of all components of the course will earn you a SSI Open Water Diver certification https://youtu.be/-paDQXtRQzk

This experience is considered a Front-country activity.  No prior experience with SCUBA diving needed, but comfort in water and the ability to swim is required.  While our instructors and staff are there to help, this class does involve a moderate level of physical activity.  The first evening of class will involve a swim test (200 yards continuous swimming & 10 minutes treading water) so be sure to come prepared with your swimwear!  Participation and attendance at all class sessions is essential for successful certification. 

Skills Clinics

Kayaking Clinic

Program Offerings:

  • September 11th
  • November 20th

Cool off for an evening in the pool with our whitewater kayaks. For this evening program you will get in one of our whitewater boats and learn some of the fundamental skills of kayaking. Learn how to get fitted in whitewater boats, practice your paddle strokes, and learn boat-to-boat rescues. This 90 min pool session is open to all skill levels. Participants will meet at _:45 pm at the Rec Center pool to get fitted with paddling gear and a boat. This clinic involves Moderate activity including swimming and being submerged in water.

Kayak Roll Clinic

Program Offering:

  • October 2nd

Take your kayaking skills to the next level!  The recreation pool offers a convenient learning environment to continue gaining confidence and independence in your paddling skills with some guidance from our staff. In this 90 min workshop we will focus on the art of self-rescue by teaching the steps and helping you practice a roll in one of our whitewater kayaks! This clinic is open to paddlers of all skill levels. Although not required, or introductory paddle clinic is recommended. This clinic involves Moderate activity including swimming and being submerged in water.

Backpacking 101 Clinic

Program Offering:

  • October 14th

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 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!

Backcountry Cooking 101 Clinic

Program Offering:

  • November 5th

Take a deeper dive into the many ways to manage a back-country kitchen.  Whether you’re someone who camps to hike, or hike to camp, we will talk about various strategies to keep yourself well-fed, well-hydrated, and happy with your meals on your backcountry adventure!

We will discuss important “Leave-No-Trace” considerations that you will encounter while cooking in the backcountry, as well as important safety concerns about food storage and water treatment in different environments.  

The class is also open to any individual questions you may have. We hope to encourage you to pursue your own back-country expeditions in the future!

Map & Compass Skills Clinic

Program Offering:

  • November 19th

Learn the basics of using a Map and Compass for orienteering. Classroom topics include: parts of a compass, reading a map, shooting a bearing, and triangulation! The class is also open to any individual questions you may have. This workshop will involve walking around campus so bring appropriate footwear.

Special Events

Sunset Yoga

Program Offering:

  • September 30th

Visit the Sunset Yoga webpage for full details!

C2 Retreat

Program Offering:

  • November 19th

Learn the basics of using a Map and Compass for orienteering. Classroom topics include: parts of a compass, reading a map, shooting a bearing, and triangulation! The class is also open to any individual questions you may have. This workshop will involve walking around campus so bring appropriate footwear.

Cycle Share Reservations

Program Offering:

    • Rental Pickups Begin September 3rd!

“Get around campus faster with by renting a Cycle Share bike. Bike rentals are available for Fall Semester rentals! Bike, Lock, and Helmet and routine maintenance are all included to ensure that you have a reliable mode of transportation across campus.”

Semester rentals will be available after Labor Day, register for the Pick-Up day that is right for you!  All Fall 2019 Semester rentals are due back to the UAC by Wed, Dec 4th 5:00pm

Included:

  • Cruiser Bike
  • Bike Helmet
  • Bike Lock
  • Routine Maintenance (flat tire, tune-up, etc...) just bring it back to our shop!

Into Bike Maintenance Clinic

Program Offerings:

  • September 3rd
  • October 1st
  • October 29th

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. All repair materials provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own bike.

This 90-min workshop will meet at 5:00 in the Adventure Center’s bike shop. We will spend the first part of the workshop focusing on education of specific skills including: proper sizing, cleaning, chain maintenance, and changing a flat. During the second portion of the workshop we will have time to get more hands on with individual questions. Participants will have the opportunity to get guidance from our experienced bike mechanics to assist with tuning up their bike.

Advanced Bike Maintenance Clinic

Program Offerings:

  • September 17th
  • October 15th
  • November 12th

Join us in this hands-on maintenance workshop. The workshop will cover more advanced topics including brake and derailleur adjustment. All repair materials provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own bike. No prior knowledge mechanic is required.

This 90-min workshop will meet at 5:00 in the Adventure Center’s bike shop. We will spend the first part of the workshop focusing on education of specific skills including: brake and derailleur adjustment. During the second portion of the workshop we will have time to get more hands on with individual questions. Participants will have the opportunity to get guidance from our experienced bike mechanics to assist with tuning up their bike.

Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Program Offerings:

  • September 10th
  • October 8th

Join us for some on-campus mountain biking. Participants will develop fundamental mountain biking skills in a comfortable environment. This workshop is great for beginners to get comfortable on a bike before hitting the trails and for experienced riders who want some time on a bike. This 90 min workshop will have some time devoted to working on skills and involve moderate activity.

 

Campus Bike Riding Skills Clinic

Program Offerings:

  • September 24th
  • October 22nd

Join us a casual weekday evening bike ride around the Storrs campus. Borrow one of our shop’s bike and helmet or bring your own. In the Adventure Center our knowledgeable staff will cover topics regarding safe travel and tips for getting around campus for the recreational rider and the bike commuter. This beginner friendly ride will involve moderate activity for about an hour as we enjoy the sights and sounds of the campus on two wheels.

 

Climbing Movement & Skills Clinics

Program Offerings:

  • September 24th
  • October 8th
  • October 22nd
  • November 5th
  • November 19th

Are you new to the world of climbing, or a climber who wants to put more intention into your physical movement?  If so, our movement clinic is just for you! Improving your movement skills can help you achieve more fluidity, efficiency, and grace in climbing. Climbers will learn footwork, balance and body positioning. Students will also learn commonly used terms associated with climbing holds.

This 2-hour movement clinic is entirely beginner-friendly and will get you started from the basics of how to warm-up, to handholds and footwork, and what the difference is between static and dynamic balance.  If you’ve ever wondered what some of the strange words like “crimp” “arête” “dyno” or “gaston” have meant, our staff is there to help break down some of the climber jargon for you, as well as to give you some pro-tips on route-reading to help you visualize success in your climbs!

Costume Climb

Program Offering:

  • October 31st

Dress up in your best costume this Halloween and come join us for a climb at the Climbing Center!  Where the better the costume the better the climb!

Our Climbing Center will be looking spook-tacular all day, but we will be accepting nominations for best costume from 6:00-7:45pm and announcing our “Best Costume” winners at 8:00pm!

Don’t miss out on an awesome evening of climbing spirit!

Fall 2019 Bouldering Competition – $20.00

Program Offering:

  • November 9th
    • Morning Heat: 10:00am - 12:00pm
    • Afternoon Heat: 12:30 - 2:30pm
      • 35 Climbers per heat

The UConn Bouldering Competition offers participants the opportunity to challenge each other, and to climb some of our CC Route Setters’ most creative bouldering problems.

Climbers of all skills levels are welcome, this event is designed for maximum fun and camaraderie, in which winning takes a backseat to the love of the climb!

All competitors will receive an event t-shirt and the top 3 male and female climbers will receive a prize!

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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 in the Student Recreation Center. We are in the Northeast Corner of the building. Our Rec Center entrance is across from the Graduate Center. 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

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.

Adventure Trip Policies

  • Please arrive at the Adventure Center at the designated arrival time. You must bring your UConn ID or SRC Membership card to check in.
  • Your UConn ID or SRC Membership card must also be presented to check out any equipment rentals associated with your activity.
  • Attendance to pre-trip informational meetings is mandatory as required for some designated adventure trips.
  • Late arrival/attendance is recorded, and UConn Recreation reserves the right to suspend participants in violation of policies.

Program Registration

  • Program registration may be done via the uconn rec app or the online registration portal of recreation.uconn.edu. To do so requires a valid UConn Net ID and password.
  • Program registration may also be done in person at our UAC front desk during our open hours, Monday-Friday, 11AM-6PM where our UAC staff are available to answer any questions you may have.

Payment

Payment can be made in the form of cash, credit card, 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. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

To CANCEL your registration, email outdoors@uconn.edu with the name and date of the event you wish to be removed from no later than 1 week before the start of the event.

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 & 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!