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Spring 2018 Adventure Trips & Clinics

Jan. 27th – Cross Country Skiing

Get the most out of winter at some of New England's finest cross-country skiing destinations. We will travel to the closest and best snow conditions in New England. You will have the ability to practice the skills you learn throughout the day while having fun and getting some great exercise! Our typical trail locations all have something different to offer, for all skill levels.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Jan. 27th – Snowshoe

Experience the beautiful and scenic winter views while snowshoeing with your fellow Huskies! Activity locations will vary based on current snow conditions. If snow levels are not conducive to snowshoeing, UConn Outdoors trip leaders will plan for a dayhike instead.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including waterproof boots, snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Jan. 28th – Cross Country Skiing

Get the most out of winter at some of New England's finest cross-country skiing destinations. We will travel to the closest and best snow conditions in New England. You will have the ability to practice the skills you learn throughout the day while having fun and getting some great exercise! Our typical trail locations all have something different to offer, for all skill levels.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Jan. 28th – Snowshoe

Experience the beautiful and scenic winter views while snowshoeing with your fellow Huskies! Activity locations will vary based on current snow conditions. If snow levels are not conducive to snowshoeing, UConn Outdoors trip leaders will plan for a dayhike instead.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including waterproof boots, snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 3rd – Mountaineering Mt. Monadnock, NH

It's time to break out the crampons, micro spikes, ice axes, and boots as we attempt to summit one of the worlds most hiked mountains. Our staff will provide instruction on how to use mountaineering equipment and alpine climbing technique as we attempt to summit the 3,165 foot mountain! Don't miss out on the chance to see this natural landmark and view all six New England states on this great, entry-level mountaineering experience!

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including waterproof boots, snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Must be able to attend mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:   

  • Monday, 1/30/18 at 6:00pm in UAC

Activity Level: High

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided.

Feb. 4th – Cross Country Skiing

Get the most out of winter at some of New England's finest cross-country skiing destinations. We will travel to the closest and best snow conditions in New England. You will have the ability to practice the skills you learn throughout the day while having fun and getting some great exercise! Our typical trail locations all have something different to offer, for all skill levels.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 4th – Snowshoe

Experience the beautiful and scenic winter views while snowshoeing with your fellow Huskies! Activity locations will vary based on current snow conditions. If snow levels are not conducive to snowshoeing, UConn Outdoors trip leaders will plan for a dayhike instead.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including waterproof boots, snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 6th – Movement Clinic

Just started climbing? This clinic is just for you! Movement skills will be the primary component to achieving fluidity, efficiency, and grace in climbing. This clinic is for new climbers or climbers who want to put intention to physical movement.  Climbers will learn footwork, balance and body positioning. Students will also learn commonly used terms associated with climbing holds.

 

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

 

Call Austin Darley for more information (860) 486-5280

Feb. 6th – 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)

Feb. 10th-11th – 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

2 day On-Campus Course; meets Saturday 2/10 & Sunday 2/11 (9am-5pm)

E-mail Leah Rossettie for more information

Feb. 10th – Cross Country Skiing

Get the most out of winter at some of New England's finest cross-country skiing destinations. We will travel to the closest and best snow conditions in New England. You will have the ability to practice the skills you learn throughout the day while having fun and getting some great exercise! Our typical trail locations all have something different to offer, for all skill levels.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 11th – Cross Country Skiing

Get the most out of winter at some of New England's finest cross-country skiing destinations. We will travel to the closest and best snow conditions in New England. You will have the ability to practice the skills you learn throughout the day while having fun and getting some great exercise! Our typical trail locations all have something different to offer, for all skill levels.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 13th – Kayak Roll Clinic

Build on your basic paddling with some next level skills!  This clinic will focus on the art of self-rescue by teaching the steps and helping you practice the eskimo roll in one of our whitewater kayaks! Brundage pool offers a convenient learning environment to continue gaining confidence and independence in your paddling skills plenty of guidance from our staff. 

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

Feb. 17th-18th – Ice Climbing

Join us on a weekend (2 days, 1 night) trip to the frozen North!  UConn Outdoors and the guides from the International Mountain Climbing School (IMCS) will take you out for a full day of ice climbing in the Presidential Mountain Range of New Hampshire. Strap on your crampons, ice tools and climb some of the world-class ice climbing sites like Cathedral Ledge, Whitehorse Ledge, Cannon Cliff, or Frankenstein Cliffs!

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Must be able to attend mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:

  • Mon, 2/12/17 at 6:00pm in UAC

 

Activity Level: High

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 24th – Snowshoe

Experience the beautiful and scenic winter views while snowshoeing with your fellow Huskies! Activity locations will vary based on current snow conditions. If snow levels are not conducive to snowshoeing, UConn Outdoors trip leaders will plan for a dayhike instead.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including waterproof boots, snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 24th-25th – Winter Backpacking, VT

Come away for a winter weekend of challenge, carrying everything you will need for 2 days and a night in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Our group will follow the historic Appalachian Trail in whatever weather Vermont throws at us. Our staff will teach you the basics of backcountry camping and principles of "Leave No Trace" as well as some of the tips and tricks for staying warm while getting up close and personal with a northeast winter!

Details will be covered at our mandatory pre-trip information meeting.

Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to carry 40lbs over 8 miles of rugged terrain
  • Must be able to attend mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:
    • Mon, 2/19/17 at 6pm in UAC

* Participants responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including waterproof boots, snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: High

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 25th – Snowshoe

Experience the beautiful and scenic winter views while snowshoeing with your fellow Huskies! Activity locations will vary based on current snow conditions. If snow levels are not conducive to snowshoeing, UConn Outdoors trip leaders will plan for a dayhike instead.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including waterproof boots, snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Feb. 27th – 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)

Mar. 1st – Full Moon Snowshoe

A twist on the traditional snowshoe!

We will head out from campus for short evening hike at one of our local hiking destinations on the night of the full moon, to see the trails in a new light!  If the skies are clear we will spend some time enjoying the view under a full moon and turn off our headlamps for some star-gazing!

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including waterproof boots, snow-pants, winter jacket, gloves, mittens, etc…

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Mar. 3rd-4th – Mountaineering Mt. Washington, NH

If you want a true physical challenge in the outdoors, look no further than this winter weekend (2days, 1night) to the top of New England!  Challenge your limits as we attempt to summit New England's most famous peak and the "home of the world's worst weather".  The International Mountain Climbing School will serve as our guides as you experience first-hand the challenges and thrills of mountaineering.  This is a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone wanting to push their limits mentally and physically.  Trip details will be covered at mandatory pre-trip meeting.

* Participants are responsible for clothing appropriate for winter activity, including snow-pants, winter jacket, insulated jacket/layers,  gloves, mittens, etc…

Must be able to attend mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:   

  • Monday, 2/20/18 at 6:00pm in UAC

Activity Level: EXTREME

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided.

Call the UAC for more info 860-486-8004

Mar. 6th – Movement Clinic

Just started climbing? This clinic is just for you! Movement skills will be the primary component to achieving fluidity, efficiency, and grace in climbing. This clinic is for new climbers or climbers who want to put intention to physical movement.  Climbers will learn footwork, balance and body positioning. Students will also learn commonly used terms associated with climbing holds.

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

Call Austin Darley for more information (860) 486-5280

Mar. 6th – 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)

Mar. 7th – 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)

Mar. 10th – 16th – Red River Gorge Spring Break Adventure

Come camp, climb, and cave with us for a 5-day excursion to the Red River Gorge of east-central Kentucky!  This motherlode of climbing has over 100 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Natural Bridge.  Travel deeper into the backcountry with us on a 2-day backpacking trip into Daniel Boone National Forest.  Two full days of climbing will help you get up close and personal with some of the most renowned rocks in the world in Red River Gorge Geological Area!  Our Kentucky tour would not be complete without Mammoth Cave National Park and a 6-hour Grand Avenue Tour through gypsum lined passages, narrow canyons, steep underground hills, large rooms and dripstone formations!

Must be able to attend mandatory pre-trip meetings:

  • Tuesday, February 13th @6pm in UAC
  • Monday, February 26th  @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

Mar. 20th thru Apr. 22nd – SSI SCUBA Certification Course

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

FINAL DIVES: April 21 & 22

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.

Mar. 19th – Cycle-Share Pick Up Begins!

Mar. 21st – 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)

Mar. 24th – Rock Wars: Bouldering Competition

A long time ago, in a Climbing Center far, far away...  Rock Wars offered participants the opportunity to challenge themselves on the toughest bouldering problems our route setters could devise...Climbers of all skill levels will find an event designed for maximum fun and camaraderie, in which winning takes a back-seat 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 10:30AM.
  • Competition begins at 11:00AM.                         

 - ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE CURRENTLY APPROVED CLIMBING CENTER USERS!

Mar. 25th – Kayak Water Polo Tournament

Dare to try something new and exciting! Gather at least three of your friends (must have at least one male and female) and compete in this fast paced sport that has been an underground campus favorite for years. Teams consist of at least 4 people.  Bring a bathing suit, a towel, a change of clothes, and your best game face. No experience is needed.

Free Event - Current SRF Members only

Beginner-friendly!

Get a jump on the competition by learning and improving your kayak skills during our clinics in the Student Recreation Facility Brundage pool!

Mar. 28th – 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)

Mar. 31st – 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

Mar. 31st – 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

Mar. 31st – 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

Apr. 3rd – Movement Clinic

Just started climbing? This clinic is just for you! Movement skills will be the primary component to achieving fluidity, efficiency, and grace in climbing. This clinic is for new climbers or climbers who want to put intention to physical movement.  Climbers will learn footwork, balance and body positioning. Students will also learn commonly used terms associated with climbing holds.

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

Call Austin Darley for more information (860) 486-5280

Apr. 7th – 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.

Apr. 7th – 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

Apr. 8th – 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.

Apr. 14th – 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

Apr. 14th – 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

Apr. 15th – 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

Apr. 15th – 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

Apr. 25th – Cycle-Share Bike Returns!

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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!