Trips and Skill Classes

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

Check out the slideshow of 4 items below:

  • Slide Title: Land
  • Slide Title: Rock
  • Slide Title: Water
  • Slide Title: Snow

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.

Study Abroad

Take the trip of a lifetime!

Mountaineering in Peru

Land

Pre-trip meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the ODP

Register by:  Feb. 21

Cost:  $50, includes instruction, gear and transportation

An introduction to mountaineering. We will be teaching trip planning, self arrests, rope travel and how to build basic snow anchors.

Pre-trip meeting at 6 p.m. on March 4 and 11 at the ODP

Register by: March 4

Cost:  $375, includes transportation, park fees and trip leaders

Spring Break! You cannot find a better way to spend your vacation than in the beautiful desert of Capitol Reef National Park. Spend a week backpacking through a remote area in the Utah desert, one of the least utilized national parks. You will navigate your way through narrow slot canyons and high desert walls. It is a trip you will never forget.

6-8 p.m. at the ODP

Register by: April 6

Cost:  $50

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 bike apart in order to clean, lube and grease all the moving parts.

This trip will be in August 2020. Free promotional slideshow Q&A session at 5 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the ODP

Register by:  May 1 ($200 deposit by April 2)

Cost:  $2,500 (potential to be lowered depending on enrollment); $200 deposit due May 6 and total payment due May 1; includes food, gear, park fees (does not include plane ticket)

The trip has changed people's lives! Ask anyone who has attended. The trip starts out with some acclimatization hikes in the areas around Huaraz, then continues as a four-day trek (one of the most popular) in the Cordillera Blanca, the Santa Cruz Trek. It is approximately 30 miles of trail, and the trek includes views of spectacular glaciated peaks, alpine valleys, scattered quenual forests and crosses a pass of 14,700 feet. With donkeys helping carry the load, the trek is made even more enjoyable and allows you to focus your attention on acclimatization instead of how heavy your pack feels at altitude.  Navigationally speaking, the route is easy to follow and if there are questions the donkey driver knows the way. In regards to the mountaineering course, this course will prepare participants with little to no mountaineering experience to be contributing members of a climbing team by first taking a careful look at the many hazards that snow-covered mountains offer, then systematically learning the skills and techniques to combat these dangers. A peak climb objective is included to provide participants with a supervised climbing experience in which they can take the lead (as appropriate) of the climb with an instructor supporting and advising as necessary. 

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.

Rock

12-4 p.m. on March 6 and 7 at the rock climbing wall in the Fitness & Recreation Center

Register by:  March 4

Cost:  $40, includes instruction, gear and coaching

This class focuses on learning to lead. Skills covered include working on rope management, clipping, ratings and guide books, falling, cleaning a route and more! Instruction will take place at the rock climbing wall in the Fitness & Recreation Center.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the rock climbing wall in the Fitness & Recreation Center

Cost:  $25 for Campus Recreation members, $33 for non-members

Come climb fresh new routes and get prepped for climbing outside soon! All climbers will receive a competition tee!

Register by:  April 18

Cost:  $42, includes transportation, instruction and gear

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.

9-10:30 p.m. through March

Cost: $5, includes personalized instruction           

Every Wednesday, 9-10:30 p.m., from the beginning of fall semester through October and from the beginning of spring semester through March. It's a perfect time to climb in a comfortable, fun setting. Women instructors are on hand, if needed. All women and non-binary participants of all skills levels and abilities are encouraged to attend. Register the day of at the front desk of the Fitness & Recreation Center.

5-7 p.m. through March

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.

Individualized lessons at the wall for any experience level. Please call Elizabeth at (406) 243-5176 to schedule.

Lessons are $25/hour includes personalized instruction and gear. There are also options for small groups at a rate of $15 per hour per person.
TBA

Snow

Pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the ODP

Register by:  Dec. 31

Cost:  $40, includes instruction, gear and transportation

This trip is an easy way to get out, shape up and brighten up winter. The day begins with a review of basic cross-country ski techniques and some practice exercises that can improve your technique. We will then tour the cross-country ski trail and check out animal tracks and winter ecology along the way. This trip is designed for those with no experience or cross-country skiers who desire to improve their skills.

Cost:  $275

This class follows the Level 1 guidelines of the American Avalanche Association. There are two evening sessions and two full field days. The evening classes are from 5-8 p.m. on Jan. 9 and 10 in ED 214 on the UM campus. Jan. 11 and 12 are in the field.

Cost:  $275

This class follows the Level 1 guidelines of the American Avalanche Association. There are two evening sessions and two full field days. The evening classes are from 5-8 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 17 in ED 214 on the UM campus. Jan. 18 and 19 are in the field.

6-7 p.m. at the ODP

Register by:  Jan. 29

Cost:  $15, includes instruction, workshop use, tool and supplies

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.

Cost:  $315

This class follows the Level 1 guidelines of the American Avalanche Association. There are two evening sessions and two full field days. The evening classes are from 5-8 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 31 in ED 214 on the UM campus. Feb. 1 and 2 are in the field.

Pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the ODP

Register by:  Jan. 29

Cost:  $40, includes instruction, gear and transportation

This trip is an easy way to get out, shape up and brighten up winter. The day begins with a review of basic cross-country ski techniques and some practice exercises that can improve your technique. We will then tour the cross-country ski trail and check out animal tracks and winter ecology along the way. This trip is designed for those with no experience or cross-country skiers who desire to improve their skills.

Pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the ODP

Register by:  Feb. 12

Cost:  $250, includes instruction, transportation, lodging, park entry fee, permits and gear

Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful places on earth, especially in winter.  You will cross-country ski the trail system along the North Fork of the Flathead River and lodging at the charming North Fork Hostel along the river.

6-7 p.m. at the ODP

Register by:  Feb. 19

Cost:  $15, includes instruction, workshop use, tool and supplies

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.

Cost:  $275

This class follows the Level 1 guidelines of the American Avalanche Association. There are two evening sessions and two full field days. The evening classes are from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 21 in ED 214 on the UM campus. Feb. 22 and 23 are in the field.

6-8 p.m. in NULH, with optional field day on TBA

Cost:  Free

This workshop consists of two evening lectures and a field trip. The field trip will be conducted for skiers and snowboarders. The workshop free, but the optional ski/snowboard field day fee is $30. There is no registration for the evening lectures, and field trips will be organized at the end of the second lecture. Skiers or snowboarders attending the field session must be able to easily negotiate intermediate slopes. For more information contact info@missoulaavalanche.org. Lectures - TBA from 6-8 p.m. North Underground Lecture Hall on the University of Montana campus. There is an optional field trip on TBA for skiers and snowboarders. Must attend both lecture days to be eligible to participate in field day.

Pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the ODP

Register by:  Feb. 19

Cost:  $40, includes instruction, gear and transportation

This trip is an easy way to get out, shape up and brighten up winter. The day begins with a review of basic cross-country ski techniques and some practice exercises that can improve your technique. We will then tour the cross-country ski trail and check out animal tracks and winter ecology along the way. This trip is designed for those with no experience or cross-country skiers who desire to improve their skills.

Pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the ODP

Register by:  Feb. 26

Cost:  $40, includes instruction, gear and transportation

This trip is an easy way to get out, shape up and brighten up winter. The day begins with a review of basic cross-country ski techniques and some practice exercises that can improve your technique. We will then tour the cross-country ski trail and check out animal tracks and winter ecology along the way. This trip is designed for those with no experience or cross-country skiers who desire to improve their skills.

Water

Pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on March 4 and 11 at the ODP

Register by: March 4

Cost:  $450, includes transportation, permits, food, shared gear and trip leaders

Spring break! Spend a week canoeing the Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River in Utah. It is considered by some to be one of the premier canoeing trips in America. Canoe 45 miles from Ruby Ranch to Mineral Button with several side hikes along the way.

 

Classroom days (TBA) are in ED 312 from 6-8 p.m., and the location of the field days (TBA) will be announced in the classroom sessions.

Register by:  TBA

Cost:  $95

Instruction provided by expert guide George Kesel.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3-5

Register by:  April 2

Cost:  $295

This Whitewater Rescue Course is designed for professional rescuers, raft guides and whitewater paddlers. Day one covers rescue fundamentals, including equipment, organization, basic rules reading water and a raft trip through the Alberton Gorge focusing on inflow risk management and rescue situations. On days two and three we'll develop and practice skills on the river. We always modify the class based on the students rescue or paddling experience and background. While the initial emphasis is safety and self rescue, the class offers an in-depth look at 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. We progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills and practice into rescue scenarios on the river. No experience is necessary. The class is challenging, fun and tailored to the students' needs. It is certified through the Whitewater Rescue Institute.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13-17, 2020

Register by:  May 6th

Cost:  $600 for the full course and $300 for the recertification

Description: This 40-hour course is focused on the latest technical knowledge, terminology, teaching skills, personal paddling skills, and safety awareness in a swift water environment. This course helps you work on personal and interpersonal development and pushes you to build skills and knowledge through peer feedback, video analysis, and lectures. We combine practical on water demonstrations and presentations with real world scenarios that will equip you to deal with teaching this multifaceted sport as a professional. This course sets the industry standard for instruction in paddle sports.

The ACA instructor certification process is broken up into two core components: The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor. The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, knowledge necessary for certification.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13-17, 2020

Register by:  May 6th

Cost:  $600 for the full course and $300 for the recertification

Description: This 40-hour course is focused on the latest technical knowledge, terminology, teaching skills, personal paddling skills, and safety awareness in a swift water environment. This course helps you work on personal and interpersonal development and pushes you to build skills and knowledge through peer feedback, video analysis, and lectures. We combine practical on water demonstrations and presentations with real world scenarios that will equip you to deal with teaching this multifaceted sport as a professional. This course sets the industry standard for instruction in paddle sports.

The ACA instructor certification process is broken up into two core components: The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor. The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, knowledge necessary for certification.

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.