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    Fall Colors Paddle Trip (Overnight) 
    October 11-12th  ($45 for students) 
    Kickapoo River Run

    Caving Adventure
    November 8th (tentative date here)  ($35 for students) 
    Spring Valley Caverns

     

    Our BIG trips (WINTER BREAK)

    Rio Grande Paddle Trip  (Rachael & Bill)

    January 15-24 th   (10-Day)

    $645 Before November 25 th           $675 After November 25 th

    Physical Fitness Rating: B
    Some strenuous activity, should be in good physical condition

    Experience Level Needed: None

    Price Includes: Transportation, equipment, food while in the field & lodging

    Paddling the Rio Grande  
    (Big Bend, Texas)  January 15-24 th 2015
    The Rio Grande is a wild and scenic river that runs through the canyons of Big Bend National Park, Texas. This paddle trip will lead us through the incredible scenery around the Rio Grande, providing an exhilarating paddling experience on a rustic river that borders Mexico and Texas. With five days of paddling, participants will be able to thoroughly enjoy the desert south for its incredible night skies, tall canyons, and warm spring-like weather - All during the middle of winter!  This trip contains mostly backcountry paddling, but will also feature awesome activities like swimming in hot springs, hiking, and sight-seeing!

     

    Florida Adventure (Grant & Sam)

    January 14-25 th   (12-Day)

    $545 Before November 25 th           $575 After November 25 th

    Physical Fitness Rating: A/B
    Strenuous activity throughout trip, participants should be physically capable.

    Experience Level Needed: Some experience is helpful (physical fitness is priority)

    Price Includes: Transportation, equipment, permits, food, lodging, gear

     

    Canoeing & Backpacking Florida

    (Central Florida) January 14-25th, 2015

    Want to experience Florida in a unique way?

    This trip will provide a combination of activities and adventures that is bound to be well worth your time! The Ocklawaha River is said by some to be "the most rustic river" in Florida. We will spend three days canoeing and river-camping on the Ocklawaha in a pristine natural setting. Following our time on the river, we will continue our adventure by backpacking the National Florida Scenic Trail through the center of nearby Ocala National Forest. Our days spent traveling to-and-from Florida will include spending time relaxing and enjoying other activities.

     

    Dogsledding in the Boundary Waters (Emily & Alex)

    January 21-25 th   (5-Day)

    $465 Before November 25 th     $495 After November 25 th

    Physical Fitness Rating: B/C
    Some strenuous activity, should be in good physical condition

    Experience Level Needed: None

    Price Includes: Transportation, equipment, food while in the field & lodging

     

    Dogsledding (two days), Snowshoeing, and Cross Country Skiing

    (Boundary Waters, Northern Minnesota) January 21th-25th, 2015

    This trip is a true once in a lifetime experience! You won't want to miss it.

    The warm and inviting Camp Menogyn Lodge will serve as our basecamp as we take morning and afternoon excursions such as dog sledding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. During "dog time" you'll get to lead your own dog sled team along snow covered and tree lined trails. Your evenings will be filled with cups of hot cocoa, good conversation, and fun games next to the glow of a wood burning fire. This is a deluxe trip with warm accommodations, adventurous excursions, and great food.

     

    Adventure Road Trip & Backpacking  (AJ & Phoenix)

    January 11-25 th   (15-Day)

    $695 Before November 25 th    $725  After November 25 th

    Physical Fitness Rating: A
    Strenuous activity throughout trip, participants should be physically capable.

    Experience Level Needed: Some experience is helpful (physical fitness is priority)

    Price Includes: Transportation, equipment, permits, food, lodging, gear

    Adventure Road Trip & Backpacking Expedition  
    (Arizona, Southern California, Utah, Colorado)  January 11-25th
    Looking for the adventure of a lifetime? How about a combo trip that involves road-tripping, camping, kayaking, hiking, caving, exploring, backpacking, and sight-seeing!  This is the ultimate way to see the Southwestern United States during a time of year that only offers cold and snow otherwise.  We plan on taking one week to travel to, hike, paddle, camp, and explore caves in Arizona before heading to Southern California to spend four days backcountry backpacking on the infamous Pacific Crest Trail, and then finishing by swinging up through the Grand Canyon of Arizona, and back through the snow-capped mountains of Utah and Colorado.  This trip promises to offer an array of adventures and memories that will last!

     

     

    Wilderness First Responder Course & Open Recert Course

    WFR - Jan 3 -9

    Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. This course is fast-paced and engaging. You'll spend half your time outside of the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios. WMA's curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound and risk management, splinting, bandaging, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and administering medications. You'll complete this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. The intensive 70-hour curriculum is nationally recognized and supported by such organizations as Outward Bound, The National Park Service, and the FBI. You'll be taught by dynamic educators who have practiced both wilderness and urban medicine. This 7-day course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. Adult CPR certification is included.

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