Trips and Skill Classes

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.

Land

Dates: March 6, all day, location TBD

Pre-Trip Meeting on March 2nd from 6-7pm at the ODP

Cost: $50

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

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Dates: April 5, 7, 12, & 14, 6-8pm at the ODP

Cost: $50

A hands on introduction to bicycle maintenance and mechanics.  We start from the basics and move up from there.

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Dates: March 21 - 26

Cost: $375.00

You cannot find a better way to spend your break than in the beautiful dessert of Capitol Reef National Park. You will navigate your way through narrow slot canyons and high desert walls, while backpacking through a remote section of the National Park. Cost includes transportation, camping and park fees, some group gear, and trip leaders.

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Rock

Dates: Every Tuesday from 5-7pm between January 25 and March 15

Cost: $15

This is a great clinic to learn what it takes to rope climb on the wall. Gear, knots, belay techniques and more will be covered.

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Dates: Every Wednesday from 8:30-10:30pm between January 16 and March 16

Cost: $5 (includes shoe, harness, and ATC rental)

This is a perfect time to climb in a comfortable, fun setting. All women and non-binary participants of all skill levels and abilities are encouraged to attend.

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Date: April 29 & 30, 12-4pm

Cost: $40

Learn how to clip correctly, how to clean a sport route, about rope management and more.  The class addresses leading pre-bolted sport routes.

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Snow

Date: January 8th 8am - 5pm; Pre-Trip Meeting January 5th at 5pm at ODP

Cost: $40, includes: transportation, instruction, guides, and equipment rentals

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. This trip is designed for those with no experience or cross-country skiers who desire to improve their skills.

Bring your own lunch, water, and warm clothing. A small pack to carry your things is helpful!

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Date: January 30th 8am - 5pm; Pre-Trip Meeting January 26th at 5pm at ODP

Cost: $40, includes: transportation, instruction, guides, and equipment rentals

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. This trip is designed for those with no experience or cross-country skiers who desire to improve their skills.

Bring your own lunch, water, and warm clothing. A small pack to carry your things is helpful!

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Date:February 2, 6-7pm

Cost: $15

Hands-on instruction tuning your gear up for the winter season. If online registration is closed please call the Outdoor Program at (406) 243-5172 or stop by to register in person.

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Date: February 12th 8am - 5pm; Pre-Trip Meeting February 9th at 5pm at ODP

Cost: $40, includes: transportation, instruction, guides, and equipment rentals

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. This trip is designed for those with no experience or cross-country skiers who desire to improve their skills..

Bring your own lunch, water, and warm clothing. A small pack to carry your things is helpful!

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Dates: February 18 - 20, pre trip meeting February 16th from 5-6pm at the ODP

Cost: $250.00

Spend an active winter weekend in beautiful Glacier National Park! We will spend three nights in a hostel (North Fork Hostel and Inn) near Polebridge, MT, and three days cross country skiing throughout the park. Polebridge is a sleepy little “town” located in the North Fork Valley just west of Glacier National Park. The cabin offers guests simple accommodations in old-fashioned, homey atmosphere. It is a place to get away, relax and enjoy the magical beauty of Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest.

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Date: February 23, 6-7pm

Cost: $15

Hands-on instruction tuning your gear up for the winter season. If online registration is closed please call the Outdoor Program at (406) 243-5172 or stop by to register in person.

Register here!

Date: March 5th 8am - 5pm; Pre-Trip Meeting March 3rd at 5pm at ODP

Cost: $40, includes: transportation, instruction, guides, and equipment rentals

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. This trip is designed for those with no experience or cross-country skiers who desire to improve their skills.

Bring your own lunch, water, and warm clothing. A small pack to carry your things is helpful!

Click here to register!

Format: 2 part classroom component + 2 day field component

Dates/Times & Location

Classroom Component | Tuesday, January 4 & Thursday, January 6 | ZOOM 6pm-10pm | 8 hours Total

Field Component | Saturday, January 8 &  Sunday, January 9| Snowbowl 7am-5pm | 16 Hours Total

Price: $450.00

Avalanche Level 1
The level 1 course is designed for current and aspiring backcountry travelers. This course focuses on developing a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and backcountry travel skills. Following the American Avalanche Association (A3) curriculum instructors cover systematic approaches for sorting and prioritizing information in the complex environment of decision-making in the backcountry.  Forty percent of the course is classroom-based and the other sixty percent is field-based. Participants will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.

This course focuses on the following:

  • Basic avalanche terminology
  • Recognizing avalanche terrain
  • Travel procedures in avalanche terrain
  • Formation of the mountain snowpack
  • How weather changes the snowpack
  • Human factors and how they can influence decision-making
  • Interpreting the avalanche forecast and advisory
  • Tour planning
  • Avalanche transceiver use and rescue skills
  • Field observations of terrain, snowpack, and weather
  • Use and interpretation of stability tests
  • Prioritizing information, working as a team, and minimizing possible human factor traps
  • Next steps

Courses Include:

  • All Workbooks and Instruction
  • Lift Tickets if Accessing the Backcountry from a Ski Area

Participants must Provide:

  • Their own Backcountry Skiing or Splitboarding Equipment
  • Avalanche Beacon, Shovel, Probe
  • Transportation to the course location
  • Their own Food on Field Days

COVID 19 ADAPTATIONS

Classroom: All classroom session presentations will be provided over Zoom or Crowdcast. You will be provided login information after registering.

Field Days: Groups will split in half for each field day and one group will practice avalanche rescue, beacon skills, group dynamics, and snowpits, and the other group will focus on touring decisions, group dynamics, terrain selection, and snowpits and snow stability evaluation. This change will increase our cost to run these courses substantially, but we value your health, safety, and want your experience to lead to the best possible learning outcome.

Cancelation Policy: 

STANDARD POLICY –  If notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of the course we will offer a full refund. If notice is received 14-30 days before the course we will offer a 50% refund of course costs. If notice of cancellation is received within 14 days of the course no refund can be given. 

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Format: 2 part classroom component + 2 day field component

Dates/Times & Location

Classroom Component | Tuesday, January 18 & Thursday, January 20 | ZOOM 6pm-10pm | 8 hours Total

Field Component | Saturday, January 22 &  Sunday, January 23| Lost Trail 7am-5pm | 16 Hours Total

Price: $450.00

Avalanche Level 1
The level 1 course is designed for current and aspiring backcountry travelers. This course focuses on developing a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and backcountry travel skills. Following the American Avalanche Association (A3) curriculum instructors cover systematic approaches for sorting and prioritizing information in the complex environment of decision-making in the backcountry.  Forty percent of the course is classroom-based and the other sixty percent is field-based. Participants will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.

This course focuses on the following:

  • Basic avalanche terminology
  • Recognizing avalanche terrain
  • Travel procedures in avalanche terrain
  • Formation of the mountain snowpack
  • How weather changes the snowpack
  • Human factors and how they can influence decision-making
  • Interpreting the avalanche forecast and advisory
  • Tour planning
  • Avalanche transceiver use and rescue skills
  • Field observations of terrain, snowpack, and weather
  • Use and interpretation of stability tests
  • Prioritizing information, working as a team, and minimizing possible human factor traps
  • Next steps

Courses Include:

  • All Workbooks and Instruction
  • Lift Tickets if Accessing the Backcountry from a Ski Area

Participants must Provide:

  • Their own Backcountry Skiing or Splitboarding Equipment
  • Avalanche Beacon, Shovel, Probe
  • Transportation to the course location
  • Their own Food on Field Days

COVID 19 ADAPTATIONS

Classroom: All classroom session presentations will be provided over Zoom or Crowdcast. You will be provided login information after registering.

Field Days: Groups will split in half for each field day and one group will practice avalanche rescue, beacon skills, group dynamics, and snowpits, and the other group will focus on touring decisions, group dynamics, terrain selection, and snowpits and snow stability evaluation. This change will increase our cost to run these courses substantially, but we value your health, safety, and want your experience to lead to the best possible learning outcome.

Cancelation Policy: 

STANDARD POLICY –  If notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of the course we will offer a full refund. If notice is received 14-30 days before the course we will offer a 50% refund of course costs. If notice of cancellation is received within 14 days of the course no refund can be given. 

Click here to register!

Format: 2 part classroom component + 2 day field component

Dates/Times & Location

Classroom Component | Tuesday, January 25 & Thursday, January 27 | ZOOM 6pm-10pm | 8 hours Total

Field Component | Saturday, January 29 &  Sunday, January 30| Snowbowl 7am-5pm | 16 Hours Total

Price: $450.00

Avalanche Level 1
The level 1 course is designed for current and aspiring backcountry travelers. This course focuses on developing a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and backcountry travel skills. Following the American Avalanche Association (A3) curriculum instructors cover systematic approaches for sorting and prioritizing information in the complex environment of decision-making in the backcountry.  Forty percent of the course is classroom-based and the other sixty percent is field-based. Participants will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.

This course focuses on the following:

  • Basic avalanche terminology
  • Recognizing avalanche terrain
  • Travel procedures in avalanche terrain
  • Formation of the mountain snowpack
  • How weather changes the snowpack
  • Human factors and how they can influence decision-making
  • Interpreting the avalanche forecast and advisory
  • Tour planning
  • Avalanche transceiver use and rescue skills
  • Field observations of terrain, snowpack, and weather
  • Use and interpretation of stability tests
  • Prioritizing information, working as a team, and minimizing possible human factor traps
  • Next steps

Courses Include:

  • All Workbooks and Instruction
  • Lift Tickets if Accessing the Backcountry from a Ski Area

Participants must Provide:

  • Their own Backcountry Skiing or Splitboarding Equipment
  • Avalanche Beacon, Shovel, Probe
  • Transportation to the course location
  • Their own Food on Field Days

COVID 19 ADAPTATIONS

Classroom: All classroom session presentations will be provided over Zoom or Crowdcast. You will be provided login information after registering.

Field Days: Groups will split in half for each field day and one group will practice avalanche rescue, beacon skills, group dynamics, and snowpits, and the other group will focus on touring decisions, group dynamics, terrain selection, and snowpits and snow stability evaluation. This change will increase our cost to run these courses substantially, but we value your health, safety, and want your experience to lead to the best possible learning outcome.

Cancelation Policy: 

STANDARD POLICY –  If notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of the course we will offer a full refund. If notice is received 14-30 days before the course we will offer a 50% refund of course costs. If notice of cancellation is received within 14 days of the course no refund can be given. 

Click here to register!

Water

Dates: March 20-26

Cost: $450.00

Spring Break! Spend a week canoeing the Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River in Utah. What is considered by some to be one of the premier canoeing trips in America. Canoe 45 miles from Ruby Ranch to Mineral Bottom with several side hikes along the way. Cost includes transportation, permits, food, shared gear and trip guides.

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Dates: April 14, 19, 21, 8:30-10:30pm at the Grizzly Pool

April 26 & 28, 5-8pm on the Clark Fork River

May 1, 9am-4pm on the Blackfoot River

Cost: $185

Learn the basic strokes, how to read whitewater, the roll, and an introduction to moving water and boat safety. Cost includes instruction, equipment, transportation and pool entry.

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Study Abroad

Take the trip of a lifetime!

Mountaineering in Peru

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.