Trips and Classes
How do I register for a trip or class?
There are three convenient ways to register for an Outdoor Program trip or skill class:
- In person: Visit the Outdoor Program desk, located on the east end of the Fitness & Recreation center behind Washington-Grizzly stadium.
- Online: Visit the online portal, and find the list of outdoor programs under the "Register" tab. University community members should log in with their NetID and password, while general public is invited to create a new account.
- By phone: You can always call us at 406-243-5172 for more information or to register for a program.
Do you have to be part of the University of Montana to participate in Outdoor Programs?
The answer to this question varies:
Skill classes are open to the general public. This includes all fundamentals classes, clinics, and certification courses. Trips are typically only open to UM students, employees and affiliates.
Most other presentations and events are open to the general public. Feel free to stop by or call the Outdoor Program at 406-243-5172 should you have any question about participation in our programs.
What happens if my class or trip is cancelled?
Who leads the trips and teaches the classes?
How do I know what to bring for a trip or class?
Equipment and Services
Do you charge a fee if I just need to pump up my bike tires?
What is the difference between "Do-it-Yourself" and "Assisted" services at the Workbench?
Our workbench is designed for you to learn how to maintain your gear. For this reason, we offer "Assisted" maintenance for bikes and skis/boards. We will help you find and fix a problem on your bike, change out a flat tire, wax/tune your winter gear, etc., so you can learn how to do it on your own one day. If you have no interest in learning, that is fine, we will happily do the work and charge the Assisted fee.
If you know what you need to do and just need a space to work on your gear, that is considered "Do-it-Yourself" time at the workbench. We do not provide any assistance in this case, but do provide you the tools needed for repair and maintenance.
Can I reserve rental equipment in advance?
Yes, reservations are especially popular in the busy summer season when rafts, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes are in demand. Winter can also be busy when cross-country skis and snowshoes are flying out the door.
Reservations can be made for any piece of equipment by calling 406-243-5172 or visiting the Outdoor Program.
When can I climb on the Wall?
Do you rent climbing gear?
What if I've never climbed before?
The Outdoor program offers beginning climbing classes, a women's climbing night, and belay clinics. Please check out our Climbing Wall page for dates and times.
During roped climbing hours, we have wall monitors on duty to help as well. You may ask them for assistance and more information about getting started at the Wall.