Trips and Skill Classes

Take a look at the skill classes and trips coming up!  Descriptions and more information are below.

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Call (406) 243-5172, email or visit us in person for more information. The Outdoor Program is located on the northeast corner of the Fitness and Recreation Center.

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Classes are open to the public, while trips are open to the UM community only.  All pretrip meetings are held in the Outdoor Program.

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Register by:  Aug. 20

Cost:  $65, includes transportation, trip guides, gear and lunch

Spend a day running great class III+ whitewater on the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork River while enjoying spectacular scenery. Spots are limited, so sign up early!  The group leaves at 8 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.

Register by:  Sept. 9

Cost:  $185, includes gear, instruction, pool rental and transportation

This is an introduction to whitewater kayaking with a nice progression that graduates from the pool to beginning river running with an easy run through town to an all day river trip on the Blackfoot River.  You will learn basic strokes, how to read whitewater, the roll and an introduction to moving water and boat safety. Sept. 12, 17 and 19 (7:30-9:30 p.m. pool days), Sept. 24 and 26 (Clark Fork River days, 1-4 p.m. eddy and town), Sept. 29(all-day river day on the Blackfoot River).

Register by: Sept. 11

Cost: $95                                                   

This is a comprehensive fundamentals class encompassing casting, fly selection, basic knots and stream lore taught by the expert guides at Missoulian Angler.  Classroom days (Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 5) are in the classroom from 6-8 p.m.  Field day (Sept. 29 and Oct. 13) locations will be announced in the classroom sessions.

Register by: Sept. 11

Cost: $295, includes gear, instruction, text and materials

The Swiftwater Rescue Training Class is a certified three-day course designed for raft guides and private boaters. It emphasizes safety & self rescue, reading water, recognizing and avoiding hazards, quick rescue techniques, boat-based rescues, dealing with boat wraps and entrapments, technical rescue systems and a variety of practical scenarios. This class is sponsored by the Whitewater Rescue Institute. We analyze footage of actual river rescues in the classroom and progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills and practice into rescue scenarios on the river. The class is challenging, fun and tailored to the students' needs. A manual, test, patch, I.D. card and certification are included. Classroom time and river TBD.


One of the best parts about living in Montana is the amazing, accessible and diverse wild places to explore. Begin your college experience by embarking on an outdoor adventure through the Freshman Wilderness Experience (FWE) and enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful backcountry.

No matter where you come from or how much or little experience you have, FWE is a fantastic way to kick off college life at the University of Montana.

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Pre-trip meeting at 5-6 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 28 , at the ODP

Register by:  Aug. 28

Cost:  $145, includes permits, campsites, transportation, group gear and trip guides

Enjoy this beautiful hike in the Bitterroot National Forest. This is a fabulous way to see Montana backcountry, mountain lakes, stunning scenery and more. The group will leave in the afternoon on Friday and will return around 3 p.m. on Monday.

Register by:  Aug. 28 for the Sept. 2 hike or Oct. 2 for the Oct. 6 hike

Cost:  $40, includes trip guides and transportation

Ch-paa-qn, or Sleeping Woman, is a moderately easy, round-trip hike to a beautiful alpine summit west of Missoula. It is 7.4 miles long and has 1,800 feet of elevation gain.  The hike occurs in two phases. The first portion is an easy, 3-mile hike through forest on a good trail with 600 feet of gradual elevation gain.  That section is followed by a moderately difficult scramble over rough rocks up an additional 1,200 vertical feet to the summit. This trip is appropriate for anyone in moderately good physical condition who feels comfortable hiking several miles over varied terrain.

Register by:  Sept. 11

Cost:  $55, includes transportation and instruction

Learn the basics of trail running and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to practice the sport independently. Runs will take place around UM and at Lubrecht Forest.

6-8 p.m. at the ODP                               

Register by:  Sept. 13

Cost: $50, includes instruction, bench, and tools

This is a hands-on introduction to bicycle maintenance and mechanics. Participants will be able to fine tune their derailleurs, brakes and bearings and learn the art of wheel truing. Also, each participant will obtain the knowledge needed to take their own bikes apart in order to clean, lube and grease all the moving parts.

Pre-trip meeting at 5-6 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 18 , at the ODP

Register by:  Sept. 18

Cost:  $185, includes park fees, permits, campsites, transportation, group gear and trip guides

This is an intermediate backpacking trip in Glacier National Park. Participants should have prior experience and be comfortable with longer miles of travel with a pack. The group will leave as early as everyone can on Friday and will return on the Sunday around 7 p.m.

Pre-trip meeting 5-6 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 18, at the ODP

Register by:  Sept. 18

Cost:  $50, includes transportation, course leaders, LNT materials and certificate

This course is designed for educators, youth leaders, agency employees and others who value the land and want to teach others how to protect and preserve it. Graduates will receive a Leave No Trace Trainer certificate and will be qualified to teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics to a variety of groups. This is a hands-on, participatory course conducted in the outdoors. Prerequisites include being proficient at outdoor living skills and coming prepared with the proper outdoor living equipment and food.  The group will leave on this overnight backpacking trip into the Rattlesnake Wilderness at 8 a.m. on Saturday and return at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Register by:  Sept. 25

Cost:  $200, includes transportation, instructors and campsites

We will leave Friday after school and head up the to Whitefish Bike Retreat, bike all weekend and come back Sunday. They rent bikes at a discounted rate ($35/day) if you don’t own one, have awesome trails, great camping and bathrooms with showers.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Register by:  Oct. 16

Cost:  $40, includes  transportation and trip guides

This is a 13-mile hike that is just outside of Missoula! It takes hikers to the top of Carlton Ridge, which makes up part of the cirque that contains Carlton Lake. As you hike you will see the North Summit. It is the magnificent mountain towering above the Missoula Valley to the southwest. It is often mistaken for Lolo Peak, which is behind it but not visible from some parts of the valley. Either of these peaks is a good destination if you want to get into the high country around Missoula. Plan for a strenuous, all-day trip.

The WFA 16-hour (with optional 4 hour CPR) course provides a great introduction to wilderness medicine for anyone spending time in the outdoors. The course focuses on injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term injury management, improvised splint and litter construction and environmental emergencies.  Available for one credit as HHP 195 course.

Aerie's 72-hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is designed for outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts, preparing them to care for injuries and illness in remote, challenging environments. The course is fast-paced, challenging, hands-on and fun. Available for two credits as HHP 249.

200+-hour Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician course includes: WEMT – 2 years, National Registry EMT-Basic – 2 years, American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR 2-years, Avalanche Awareness, Swiftwater Rescue First Responder – 3 years.  Available for 3 credits as HHP 331.

See the Aerie Backcountry Medicine website for more information.


Register by:  Oct. 16

Cost: $45, includes transportation, gear and instruction

This rock climbing class is for all levels, from just learning how to belay to lead climbing. Participants, however, need to have taken a belay clinic or know how to belay to attend this class. The group will leave at 9 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. Location TBA.

Register by:  Oct. 16

Cost:  $40, includes gear, instruction and coaching

This is a class that teaches people how to lead climb. It is designed for those who have been climbing for a bit and are ready to take the next step into lead climbing. Partcipants must know how ot belay and have some experience climbing. You will learn how to clip correctly, rope management and how to clean a sport route, plus you will get lots of practice leading with coaching. The class addresses leading pre-bolted sport routes. This class will take place at the climbing wall in the Fitness & Recreation Center on Oct. 18 and 19 from 1-3 p.m.

Pre-trip meeting 5 p.m. on Tue., Nov. 6, at the ODP

Register by:  Nov. 6

Cost:  $240

This is a rock climbing class for al levels. Participants, however, need to know how to belay and must be belay certified before the trip. This can be accomplished at one of the weekly belay clinics offered every Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. from September through October. We will spend three days climbing at Vantage, Washington, over the three-day weekend.

9-10:30 p.m. September through October

Cost: $5, includes personalized instruction           

Women are invited to climb with individualized coaching and instruction from other female climbers. The gym will be available for women only for two hours during this time. All levels welcome to join this group of female climbers. Register the day of at the front desk of the Fitness & Recreation Center.

5-7 p.m.  September through October

Cost: $15, includes rentals and personalized instruction

This is a great clinic to learn what it takes to rope climb on the wall. It covers fundamentals such as climbing gear, knots, and belay techniques and prepares you for the belay certification test. Register the day of at the front desk of the Fitness & Recreation Center.

$25/hour includes personalized instruction and gear
$15/hour per person for small groups includes personalized instruction and gear

Private lessons are one hour of instruction of whatever level you need. Learn to belay, lead climb or perform belay escapes.


Register by: Nov. 4 for the Nov. 6 workshop and Nov. 11 for the Nov. 13 workshop

Cost: $15, includes instruction, workshop use and tools

Gear up for the winter ski and snowboard season! During the two-hour class (6-8 p.m.) learn how to do base repair, wax boards and sharpen edges through hands-on instruction.

Register by:  No registration necessary                 

Cost:  Free

This is a one-hour introduction (or refresher!) to avalanche awareness and the avalanche phenomenon with Avalanche Specialists from the West Central MT Avalanche Center.  It takes place from 6-7 p.m. in the North Underground Lecture Hall.

Pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 4, at the ODP

Register by:  Dec. 4

Cost:  $40 includes transportation, gear and instruction

Join us for an introduction to cross-country skiing at Lolo Pass designed for those with limited or no cross-country ski experience. It's a chance to learn basic techniques and to explore a winter wonderland. The group will leave the ODP at 8 a.m. and return around 4 p.m.

Register by: Dec. 4 for class on Dec. 7; Dec. 5 for the class on Dec. 8

Cost:  $25 includes instruction

This is an introduction to or a refresher course with instruction and hands-on practice on using your avalanche transceiver beacon. This is not an avalanche class. We will be focusing on the transceivers, how they work and practicing searches.  The group meets at 9 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m.

Register by:  TBA

Cost:  $275

This class follows the Level 1 guidelines of the American Avalanche Association. You will learn how to access and understand local avalanche information, steps to prepare for safe travel in avalanche terrain, ways to identify avalanche terrain in the field, procedures for basic companion rescue and more.

There are two evening sessions and two full field days.

Class days: TBA, 5-8 p.m., ED 214

Field days:  TBA, Rattlesnake

Campus Recreation is an equal opportunity service provider that conducts certain activities under special permit with the US Forest Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Bureau of Land Management. The University of Montana's Campus Recreation trips are permitted on the Lolo, Bitterroot, and Clearwater National Forests (Clause VII.B.). The UM Outdoor Program is partners with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and a member of the American Canoe Association, Trout Unlimited, The Access Fund and the Professional Ski Instructors of America.