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.
Classes are open to the public, while trips are open to the UM community only. All pretrip meetings are held in the Outdoor Program.
Big Creek Backpacking Trip (Sept. 1-4)
Pre-trip meeting at 5-6 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 30, at the ODP
Register by: Aug. 30
Enjoy this beautiful hike in the Bitterroot National Forest. It's a fabulous way to see Montana backcountry, stunning scenery and more. The group will leave in the afternoon on Friday and then return around 3 p.m. on Monday.
Glacier National Park Backpacking Trip (Sept. 8-10)
Pre-trip meeting at 5-6 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 6, at the ODP
Register by: Sept. 6
Cost: $185, includes park fees, permits, campsites, transportation, group gear and trip guides
The group will leave as early as everyone can on Friday and will return on the Sunday around 7 p.m.
Bike Maintenance Class (Sept. 12, 14, 19 & 21)
6-8 p.m. at the ODP
Register by: Sept. 11
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, bearings, and learn the art of wheel truing. Also, each student will obtain the knowledge needed to take their own bikes apart in order to clean, lube and grease all the moving parts.
Sheafman Creek Backpacking Trip (Sept. 16-17)
Pre-trip meeting 5-6 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 13, at the ODP
Register by: Sept. 12
Cost: $100, includes permit, group gear, trip guides and transportation
This trail traverses the upper “hanging valley” portion of the Sheafman Creek drainage—a physiographic distinction that is unique among the major Bitterroot canyons—and offers access to its headwater lakes 10 miles northwest of Hamilton. Due to the elevated starting point and despite the multiple stream crossings, the hiking here is easier than you might expect; Garrard and Knaack Lakes are especially well suited for either a full day hike or an easy overnight trip. The group will leave at 8 a.m. on Saturday and return by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Camping equipment can be arranged if needed.
Leave No Trace Trainers Course Backpacking Overnight in the Rattlesnake Wilderness (Oct. 21-22)
Pre-trip meeting 5-6 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 18, at the ODP
Register by: Oct. 17
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 at 8 a.m. on Saturday and return at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Ch-paa-qn (Sleeping Woman) Day Hikes (Sept. 4 or Oct. 1)
Register by: Aug. 30 for the hike on Sept. 4; Sept. 27 for the hike on Oct. 1
Cost: $40, includes trip guides and transportation
This 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.
Grave Peak/Wind Lakes Backpacking Trip (Oct. 6-8)
Pre-trip meetingt 5-6 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 4, at the ODP
Register by: Oct. 2
Cost: $100, includes group gear, trip guides and transportation
Come experience this opportunity to backpack on the Powell Ranger District in Idaho, near Kookooskia. This is a stunning area of wilderness, and you are guaranteed not to see many people, if any. We will be hiking into the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness area and hiking up Friday Pass up to Grave Peak and camping at Wind Lakes. Grave Peak is an imposing, highly sculpted, three-sided pyramid in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness south of Powell, Idaho. Powell is about an hour southwest of Missoula, Montana. At 8,282 feet it is not high on most elevation lists; however, it is a very significant mountain for a number of reasons. As a part of the overall Bitterroot Mountains, it is separated from the backbone of the main Bitterroots on the Idaho/Montana border by a broad expanse of lower mountains and large drainages that form the headwaters of the Lochsa River on the north and Moose Creek, the principle tributary of the Selway River to the south. Being entirely in the Clearwater Basin, it can be considered part of the expansive Clearwater Mountains, where it is the highest in that countless sea of summits excluding a handful of mountains on or directly connected to the Salmon/Clearwater Divide at the sub-ranges south border. It also has an impressive 2,502 feet of prominence.
Sheafman Creek Day Hike (Oct. 15)
Register by: Oct. 11
This trail traverses the upper “hanging valley” portion of the Sheafman Creek drainage—a physiographic distinction that is unique among the major Bitterroot canyons—and offers access to its headwater lakes 10 miles northwest of Hamilton. Due to the elevated starting point and despite the multiple stream crossings, the hiking here is easier than you might expect; Garrard and Knaack Lakes are especially well suited for either a full-day hike or an easy overnight trip. Plan for a strenuous, all-day trip.
Little Saint Joe Day Hike (Oct. 28)
Register by: Oct. 25
Cost: $40, includes transportation and trip guides
This is a moderate day hike to Little St. Joe Peak in the Bitterroots. Little St. Joe’s sits at an elevation of 9,033 feet and requires a 2.8-mile hike/scramble, with an elevation gain of 3,062 feet, to reach the summit. This hike is steep, but your hard work will be rewarded with a beautiful view at the top. The group will leave at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.
AERIE Backcountry Wilderness Classes
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.
Fundamentals of Rock Climbing (Oct. 8)
Register by: Oct. 4
Cost: $42, 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.
Leading and Beyond (October 20-21)
Register by: Oct. 18
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. 20 and 21 from 1-3 p.m.
Vantage Climbing Trip (November 10-12)
Pre-trip meeting 5 p.m. on Tue., Nov. 7, at the ODP
Register by: Nov. 6
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. We will spend three days climbing at Vantage, Washington, over the three-day weekend.
Women's Climbing Night at the Wall (Every Wed. through October)
9-11 p.m. 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.
Belay Clinic (Every Tue. through October)
5-7 p.m. 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.
Private Lessons (by appointment only)
$25/hour includes personalized instruction and gear
Ski and Snowboard Maintenance Class (Nov. 1 or 15)
Register by: Oct. 30
Cost: $15 includes instruction, workshop use and tools
Gear up for the winter ski and snowboard season! During the one-hour class (6-7 p.m.) learn how to do base repair, wax boards and sharpen edges through hands-on instruction.
Avalanche Awareness Lecture (Nov. 29 or Dec. 6)
Register by: No registration necessary
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 starts at 6 p.m. in the North Underground Lecture Hall.
Beginner Cross-Country Ski Class (Dec. 3)
Pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 29, at the ODP
Register by: Nov. 28
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.
Avalanche Transceiver Clinic (Dec. 3 or Dec. 10)
Register by: Dec. 1 for class on Dec. 3; Dec. 8 for the class on Dec. 10
Cost: $15 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.
Alberton Gorge Whitewater Raft Trips (Aug. 27 or Aug. 30)
Register by: Aug. 23
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.
Fundamentals of Whitewater Kayaking Session 1 (Sept. 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 & 24)
Register by: Sept. 6
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 basics strokes, how to read whitewater, the roll and an introduction to moving water and boat safety. Sept. 7, 12 and 14 (8:30-10:30 p.m. pool days), Sept. 19 and 21 (Clark Fork river days, 5-8 p.m. eddy and town), Sept. 24 (all day river day on the Blackfoot River).
Fly Fishing Class (Sept. 14, 21, 28, 30 and Oct. 5 and 7)
Register by: Sept. 6
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. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5) are in ED 312from 6-8 p.m. Field day (Sept. 30 and Oct. 7) locations will be announced in the classroom sessions.
Swiftwater Rescue Training Course (Sept 15-17)
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. It will take place on Blackfoot River & Alberton Gorge.
Fundamentals of Whitewater Kayaking Session 2 (Sept. 26, 28 & Oct. 3, 5, 10, 15)
Register by: Sept. 25
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 basics strokes, how to read whitewater, the roll and an introduction to moving water and boat safety. Sept. 26, 28 and Oct. 3 (8:30-10:30 p.m. pool days), Oct. 5 and 10(Clark Fork river days, 5-8 p.m. eddy and town), Oct. 15 (all day river day on the Blackfoot River).