About Trips and Clinics
Price includes all personal gear, such as a backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad and group equipment such as tents, cooking equipment, climbing equipment, canoeing equipment, and kayak equipment. All you need is your own personal items, clothing and food. We will shop for food as a group, so the cost for food on trail is between $5 and $8 a day. Also provided are 2 trained student trip leaders, transportation, and all necessary permits and fees.
A full refund will be given only if the Center for Outdoor Adventure cancels a trip due to lack of registration, weather, or other extenuating circumstances. Day trip and clinic participants will receive a 50% refund only if he/she cancels 7 days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than 7 days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if he/she cancels 7 days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than 7 days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.
Prior to taking part in any Outdoor Adventure Trip or Clinic, please complete:Liability Waiver Health History Form
Fall 2017 Trips & Clinics Schedule
To register for one of our Fall 2017 Trips, please stop by the Center for Outdoor Adventure or call us at (612)-625-8790
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Mountain Bike Day Trip
- Sunday, September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Sunday, October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Minnesota Off Road Cyclists (MORC) maintain some amazing trails in the state. Learn to mountain bike and take advantage of these great resources. Students can learn the basics of bike handling, shifting, and braking while enjoying the single track terrain, banked corners and rock gardens of Lebanon Hills. Price includes mountain bike, helmet, and water-bottle. All skill levels welcome, and no previous experience needed.
Limit 6. Cost $30 students/$40 general
Rock Climbing - Taylor’s Falls
- September 9 (Saturday, 9am-5pm)
- September 16 (Saturday, 9am-5pm)
- October 14 (Saturday, 9am-5pm)
- October 15 ( Sunday, 9am-5pm)
Limit 9. Cost $45 students / $60 general
Outdoor Climbing Anchors
- Session 1: September 13 (Wednesday, 6-9pm)
- Session 2: September 17 (Sunday, 8am-5pm)
Limit 8. Cost $80 students/$120 general
Wednesday Night Bikes
- September 13
- September 27
- (Wednesdays, 5-8pm)
Minneapolis is one of the most bike friendly cities in the country and you will find out why on this evening ride. We will depart from campus and explore and spend the evening exploring the wide variety of bike trails accessible to everyone on this casual ride. There will be opportunities to view a variety of natural and historical landmarks and sample the diverse food options around the area. Every week will feature a different ride, so join us every week! Feel free to bring your own bike or rent one from the Outdoor Center. All rides depart from the Center for Outdoor Adventure Office.
Limit 8. Cost: Free / Single Speed Bike Rental $10
Stand Up Paddleboard Day Trip
Learn the basics of this enjoyable paddle sport. We will spend a few hours learning the balance and strokes needed to enjoy the local lakes in style on an SUP (stand up paddleboard)! Course includes paddleboard, instruction and transportation. Swimming proficiency required. You will get wet, so bring a swimsuit and towel.
Limit 6. Cost $25 students / $30 general
Canoeing Day Trip - Calhoun, Isles, Cedar Lake
- September 24 (Sunday, Noon-5pm)
- October 7 (Saturday, Noon-5pm)
- October 21 (Saturday, Noon-5pm)
Spend the afternoon paddling through Minneapolis’ chain of lakes and seeing the fall colors of the city. This is an excellent introduction to canoeing and canoe strokes, or just a great opportunity to spend some time outside on the water.
Limit 10. Cost $25 students / $30 general
Nordic Ski at Elm Creek
Spend the afternoon learning the basics of classic Nordic skiing on man-made snow and a beautiful groomed trail. It’s a great opportunity to get some fresh air and try this popular Minnesota winter activity before winter officially begins. Price includes X-C ski equipment, day-pass, instruction and transportation included. Limit 7. Cost $25 students / $35 general
Spend the afternoon learning the basics of classic Nordic skiing on man-made snow and a beautiful groomed trail. It’s a great opportunity to get some fresh air and try this popular Minnesota winter activity before winter officially begins. Price includes X-C ski equipment, day-pass, instruction and transportation included.
Limit 7. Cost $25 students / $35 general
Boundary Waters Canoe Trip
September 15-17 (Friday, 9am-Sunday, 6pm)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, September 10 (COA Office, 7pm)
Mandatory Pre-trip meeting Sunday, September 24 (COA Office, 7pm)
October 13-15 (Friday, 9 am-Sunday 6 pm)
Mandatory Pre-trip meeting Sunday, October 8 (COA Office, 7pm)
Spend a weekend exploring Minnesota’s finest outdoor gem. The Boundary Waters is a must see visit for anyone. Enjoy the peace and solitude of a Fall canoe trip. We will spend the weekend exploring, paddling and portaging among the lakes of Northern Minnesota.
Limit 12. Cost $140 students / $180 general
Rock Climbing Weekend-Lake Superior’s North Shore
September 29-October 1 (Friday, 1 pm-Sunday, 8pm)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, September 24 (COA Office, 7pm)
Come experience some of the best climbing in the Midwest! We will climb on 160 ft tall sea cliffs along the North Shore of Lake Superior which offer majestic views of the largest freshwater lake in the world. Climbs are available to accommodate new climbers as well as to challenge veterans. We will spend the evenings tent camping. No experience necessary.
Limit 12. Cost $125 students / $160 general
Backpacking – Superior Hiking Trail
September 22-24 (Friday, 12 pm-Sunday, 8 pm)
**Mandatory Pre-trip meeting Sunday, September 17 (COA Office, 7pm)
October 6-8 (Friday, 12 pm-Sunday, 8 pm)
**Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, October 1 (COA Office, 7pm)
October 20-22 (Friday. 12 pm-Sunday, 8 pm)
**Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting October 15
If you have never been to the North Shore in the fall, there is a reason this is one our most popular trips. There is nothing like the crisp fall weather and the rainbow of colors in the trees. Enjoy the great views along the Superior Hiking Trail during its most spectacular season.
Limit 18. Cost $85 students / $110 general
Winter Camping - Afton State Park
- December 2-3, (Saturday, 10am - Sunday, 4pm)
**Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Sunday, November 26 (COA Office, 7pm)**
Do you have what it takes to endure the cold? Bundle up and learn to enjoy the solitude of winter camping in this early winter outing. Learn the techniques and strategies for being smart in the cold. We will backpack a short distance in and then enjoy the quiet that winter camping brings. Warm up by the fire and enjoy the camaraderie of the giant COA group tent!
Limit 10. Cost $70 students / $95 general
Yoga and Outdoor Weekend Retreat
November 10-12 (Friday, 12 pm to Sunday, 8 pm **Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, November 5 (COA Office, 7pm)
Ozark Backpacking Trip
- November 22-26 (Wednesday, 6am - Sunday, 8pm)
- **Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, November 12 COA office 7pm**
Come explore the beautiful Appalachian Mountains on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina as we backpack the ridges and valleys of GSMNP. From windy summits to river crossings, this trip is sure to be an adventure. Excellent physical fitness is a must. Prior backpacking experience preferred. Trip cost includes transportation, permits, and equipment.
Limit 6. $275 students/$340 general
Boundary Waters Dog Sledding and Winter Sport Experience
January 8-12 (Monday, 7 am to Friday, 8 pm)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, December 10 (COA Office, 7 pm)
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, building a quinzee snow shelter, and spending time in the sauna with the option to jump into the lake through a hole in the ice for the full experience. The trip includes 11 meals prepared by the expert cooks at Camp Menogyn.
Limit 14. Cost $450 students/$525 general
Crush-o-Lantern/Rock-On Climbing Competition
Saturday, October 28
Clinics and Events
Free Climbing Week: September 5 - 8 (Tuesday-Sunday)
The climbing wall is an exciting place in the winter. Come check out the climbing wall free of charge this week! Climbing is a great way to build strength, stay in shape, and meet new people. No previous experience is needed and equipment is provided. See brochure for climbing wall hours.
Free First Time Climbing
If you have never climbed before or just want to check out the climbing wall you have no reason not to! Your first time climbing at the wall is on us. All equipment is provided and our staff will help you with everything you need to know to get the most out of your climbing experience. As one of the top three full body workouts, rock climbing is a great alternative to your current workout routine. Climbing is also a great social activity so bring a friend.
Climbing Basics Series
- Wednesdays: September 20, October 4, October 18, and November 1
- St. Paul Climbing Wall, 7pm-9pm.
Are you new to climbing and want to make the most of your experience at the climbing gym? This series of four clinics will connect you to a group of climbing partners, show you the basic technical systems, improve your movement and technique, and challenge you physically. These clinics are the perfect way to build your climbing knowledge and confidence with a supportive group of climbers.
- Session 1: Climbing Safety and belay technique
- Session 2: Climbing Grades, hold types, and footwork
- Session 3: Climbing movement: body position and balance
- Session 4: More climbing movement and basics of climbing training
Limit 12 participants. Cost $50 (all participants must have a semester climbing membership)
Belay Technique Clinics
Saturdays: 10am to 12pm, URWC Climbing Wall
- September 16
- September 30
- October 14
- November 4
- December 2
If you like to climb and want to take the next step toward climbing independence, this clinic is for you. Belay technique will cover everything you need to know to climb as safely as possible in a top-rope gym setting. After this course, you will have all of the information necessary to pass the belay qualification test at the U of M Climbing Wall. All climbing equipment is provided.
Limit 4-12 participants. Cost $5 students / $15 general
Indoor Sport Climbing
Sundays: 12:30 - 3:00pm, URWC Climbing Wall
- September 24
- October 8
- October 22
- November 12
Are you ready to take on the challenge and responsibility of sport lead climbing? This clinic will introduce you to the technical and mental tools necessary to climb on the sharp end of the rope. After this course, you will have all of the information necessary to pass the lead belay qualification test at the U of M Climbing Wall. All climbing equipment is provided. Previous top rope belay experience mandatory. Ability to top-rope at least 5.9 required. You will be lead climbing and taking lead falls in this clinic.
4 to 10 participants. $15 students / $20 general
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