Spring Break Trips

NEW:  We are excited to announce our 2019 Spring Break trips.   Click each trip header to access a drop-down menu for trip-specific descriptions. 

SPRING BREAK 2019 TRIPS

Ocala Escape - Florida Backpacking, paddling, snorkeling, swimming and more expanding section

Florida Adventure

Description

Experience the adventure of a lifetime in Florida as we explore the trails, springs and rivers of Central Florida! Spend 4 days Backpaking about 27 miles.  Although this is a backpacking trip it's unlike any we have offered before.  A unique feature of this trip is that while backpacking we'll be breaking up the hiking with longer stops that will allow us to relax and swim in natural springs and even do a little river paddling.  After our time on the trail, we will travel south to Devils Den to snorkel in pristine underground spring waters.

Trip Leaders:  Emma Neuberger and Breann Mitchell

Dates Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 24

Location Northern Florida, Suwannee River
Price $550 before March 1, $575 after March1

Price Includes Transportation, meals while camping and all group equipment. 
Registration All trips are based on a first come first served basis.  A non-refundable $150.00 deposit is required to reserve a spot. Register at the Outdoor Connection or at https://recsports.uwlax.edu. 

Payment Cash, checks, Visa, Master Card, Discover Card. 

Refunds 
The Outdoor Connection incurs, in advance, certain expenses related to each trip, such as contracted guides, facility reservations, and specialized equipment purchases or rental.   A full refund will be given if the OC has to cancel the trip for any reason.  Cancellation prior to 15 business days before the trip departures will result in a forfeit of 50% of the registration fee.  Cancellation prior to 10 business days results in forfeit of the full trip registration fee.

Eligibility 
UW-L students always have priority, however, when possible faculty/staff and the general public are eligible. Registration fees are higher for non-students.  

Activity Rating 
This trip is considered moderately strenuous because of the backpacking activit5y.   Please read below for other essential eligibility requirements for this trip.

 

Some Essential Eligibility Requirements

The Outdoor Connection strives to inspire others to enjoy and respect the outdoors through creative recreational programming.  Programs are day-long to multi-day wilderness adventures with the goal of immersing participants in and exposing them to wilderness variables that encourage and necessitate direct interaction with nature.

The health and well-being, of our students and staff and the effective education of our students are top priorities. The wilderness environments Outdoor Connection trips live in and travel through are remote, dynamic, and physically and emotionally challenging. These environments along with the educational activities conducted and the living and traveling conditions encountered require each student/participant to be fully committed to and capable of working hard, taking responsibility for him or her self, and working effectively in the group to achieve the goals of the trip.
 

The Essential Eligibility Criteria are applicable for all trip participants. A qualified person is one who can meet the EEC for participation in the program activity.

Wilderness Backpacking

Each participant must:

  • At minimum, one must be able to travel over and negotiate through varied wilderness terrain with a backpack weighing up to or exceeding 50 pounds or 40%–45% of body weight.
  • Travel conditions may include, but are not limited to: rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain; human-made and animal made trails; rocky terrain that may range from smooth bedrock to extensive areas of large rock boulders (boulder fields); needing to cross rivers and creeks without the aid of bridges up to three feet or more in depth: ascending, descending or traversing slopes covered in snow; rocks or vegetation; bushwhacking off trail through thick standing and/or downed vegetation; and any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.
  • Travel distances can range from less than one mile to more than 6 miles in one day.
  • Travel durations can range from less than one hour to more than 7 hours in one day and occur on successive days.
  • Have average strength and endurance and basic balance and agility to safely travel through such terrain with a backpack.
  • Have the ability to provide a third point of contact for balance purposes, such as with hand(s) or to hold a walking stick, for travel through deep rivers or ascending or descending slopes.
  • Be able to stay alert and maintain focus for several hours at a time while traveling.
  • Although groups will often be able to take hourly breaks or camp early if weather becomes hazardous, occasionally this is not possible.

Wilderness Paddling

  1. Be able to hold breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly personal flotation device, be able to independently turn fface-downe down to a face-up position while keeping head above water
  2. Be able to effectively communicate with the staff and other course participants
  3. Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion
  4. Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion
  5. Control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to steer and propel the boat forward.
  6. Be able to perceive, understand and respond to audible commands given by a boating partner or communicate such commands to boating partners used to maneuver a boat to maintain proper heading or avoid obstacles.
  7. Be able to exit a capsized boat, fend for self while in the water away from the boat, attain and maintain correct body position if out of boat, grab onto another boat or rope for rescue purposes, and/or perform self rescue or cooperate with assisted rescue.

Leadership and Expedition Behavior

  1. Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
  2. Contribute to a safe learning environment—no verbal or physical inappropriate behavior of others is tolerated for any reason.
  3. Be able to willingly and equally share responsibility with tent mates in daily tent group chores.
  4. Effectively communicate ideas and concerns on an individual and group level.

Outdoor Camping Skills

  1. Learn and competently perform some fundamental camping skills.
  2. Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and be able to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat illness, sunburn or frostbite.
  3. Be able to perform, after being instructed, the above activities independently in cooperation with other participants without direct supervision.
  4. Be able to contribute to camping tasks as necessary.
  5. Live in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of the trip’s length, which can range from one to eight days or more. Conditions of this environment may vary from cold (below minus 20º F) to hot (above 90º F) depending on course location and season and may include, but is not limited to rain, snow or hail, uninterrupted sun and/or wind, or the absence thereof. The remoteness is such that it may require at minimum 1-­day’s travel, but perhaps in excess of 1 week’s travel, to reach the nearest road-head and advanced medical care.

 

 

 

Desert & Dunes - Backpacking and Sandboarding expanding section

backpacking and snowboarding

Backpacking and Sandboarding, New Mexico/Arizona

Description

Looking for a challenging and exciting trip? Interested in doing some backpacking? Ever heard of Sandboarding? On this expedition you’ll experience backpacking in the Southwest then we will head to White Sands National Monument, NM where we will camp, explore and sandboard. This is the trip of a lifetime and one that you’ll remember forever!

Trip Leaders Hannah Cowan, Brian Beyer and Laura Berry

Dates Saturday, March 16- Sunday, March 24

Location Utah

Price $525 on or before March 1; $550 After March 1

Price Includes Transportation, meals while camping, professional canyoneering guide fees, and all group equipment. 

Registration All trips and clinics are based on a first come first served basis.  A non-refundable $150.00 deposit is required to reserve a spot.  Register at the Outdoor Connection or at https://recsports.uwlax.edu.


Payment Cash, checks, Visa, Master Card, Discover Card, Apple Pay.

Refunds
The Outdoor Connection incurs, in advance, certain expenses related to each trip, such as contracted guides, facility reservations, and specialized equipment purchases or rental.   A full refund will be given if the OC has to cancel the trip for any reason.  Cancellation prior to 15 business days before the trip departures will result in a forfeit of 50% of the registration fee.  Cancellation prior to 10 business days results in forfeit of the full trip registration fee.

Eligibility 
UWL students always have priority. When possible faculty/staff and the general public are eligible. Registration fees are higher for non-students.  All participants must also meet the essential eligibility requirements listed on the back of this flyer.

Activity Rating This trip is considered to be very strenuous due to the miles backpacked and elevation gained and loss.  No backpacking experience is necessary but one must be very physically fit in order to be successful on this trip. 

 

The Essential Eligibility Criteria are applicable for all trip participants. A qualified person is one who can meet the EEC for participation in the program activity.

 

Wilderness Backpacking

Each participant must:

  • At minimum, one must be able to travel over and negotiate through varied wilderness terrain with a backpack weighing up to or exceeding 50 pounds or 40%–45% of body weight.
  • Travel conditions may include, but are not limited to: rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain; human-made and animal made trails; rocky terrain that may range from smooth bedrock to extensive areas of large rock boulders (boulder fields); needing to cross rivers and creeks without the aid of bridges up to three feet or more in depth: ascending, descending or traversing slopes covered in snow; rocks or vegetation; bushwhacking off trail through thick standing and/or downed vegetation; and any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.
  • Travel distances can range from less than one mile to more than 6 miles in one day.
  • Travel durations can range from less than one hour to more than 7 hours in one day and occur on successive days.
  • Have average strength and endurance and basic balance and agility to safely travel through such terrain with a backpack.
  • Have the ability to provide a third point of contact for balance purposes, such as with hand(s) or to hold a walking stick, for travel through deep rivers or ascending or descending slopes.
  • Be able to stay alert and maintain focus for several hours at a time while traveling.
  • Although groups will often be able to take hourly breaks or camp early if weather becomes hazardous, occasionally this is not possible.

Leadership and Expedition Behavior

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem-solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment—no verbal or physical inappropriate behavior of others is tolerated for any reason.
  • Be able to willingly and equally share responsibility with tent mates in daily tent group chores.
  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns on an individual and group level.

 

Outdoor Skills Camping

  • Learn and competently perform some fundamental camping skills
  • Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and be able to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat illness, sunburn or frostbite.
  • Be able to perform, after being instructed, the above activities independently in cooperation with other participants without direct supervision.
  • Be able to contribute to camping tasks as necessary
  • Live in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of the trips length, which can range from one to eight days or more. Conditions of this environment may vary from cold (below minus 20º F) to hot (above 90º F) depending on course location and season and may include, but is not limited to, rain, snow or hail, uninterrupted sun and/or wind, or the absence thereof. The remoteness is such that it may require at minimum 1-­day’s travel, but perhaps in excess of 1 week’s travel, to reach the nearest road-head and advanced medical care.
Climbing @ Horseshoe Canyon Ranch expanding section

Climbing at horseshoe canyon ranch

Description 

Spend a week climbing with the Outdoor Connection as we head south to sample some of the finest sandstone Arkansas has to offer at the crags of Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. Offering opportunities for multiple styles of climbing, the group will be splitting the days between bouldering and roped climbing. With hundreds of routes to choose from, this unique location is sure to have something for climbers of all abilities.  

 From the Ranche's website...

“Horseshoe Canyon Ranch climbing is known around the world in the climbing community as a great destination for some of the finest sandstone sport climbing anywhere. Featured in multiple outdoor magazines, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch climbing is one of the best climbing areas east of the Rockies. Whether you are an experienced climber or lacing up your shoes for the first time, you will love Horseshoe Canyon Ranch cimbing. 

You don’t have to be a top class climber to enjoy climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. We have many beginner routes available for the person who is just starting out. Our climbing guides will show you the ropes.”


Trip Leaders Joe Rudisill, Steph Zukowski, and Jake Fischer

Dates Saturday, March 16- Saturday, March 23

Location New Mexico, Arizona, Utah

Price $525 on or before March 1, $550 after March 1

Price Includes Transportation, meals while camping, permits, group gear and staffing

Registration  for all trips and clinics are based on a first come first served basis. A non-refundable $150.00 deposit is required to reserve a spot. Register at the Outdoor Connection or at https://recsports.uwlax.edu

Payment 
Cash, checks, Visa, Master Card, Discover Card.

Refunds 
The Outdoor Connection incurs, in advance, certain expenses related to each trip, such as contracted guides, facility reservations, and specialized equipment purchases or rental.   A full refund will be given if the OC has to cancel the trip for any reason.  Cancellation prior to 15 business days before the trip departures will result in a forfeit of 50% of the registration fee.  Cancellation prior to 10 business days results in forfeit of the full trip registration fee.

Eligibility UWL students always have priority. When possible faculty/staff and the general public are eligible. Registration fees are higher for non-students. All participants must also meet the essential eligibility requirements listed on the back of this flyer. 

Activity Rating This trip is considered to strenuous because of the sport of rock climbing and the hiking needed to access the varous climbing routes. 

Essential Eligibility Requirements

The Outdoor Connection strives to inspire others to enjoy and respect the outdoors through creative recreational programming.  Programs are day-long to multi-day wilderness adventures with the goal of immersing participants in and exposing them to wilderness variables that encourage and necessitate direct interaction with nature.

 

The health and well-being, of our students and staff and the effective education of our students are top priorities. The wilderness environments Outdoor Connection trips live in and travel through are remote, dynamic, and physically and emotionally challenging. These environments along with the educational activities conducted and the living and traveling conditions encountered require each student/participant to be fully committed to and capable of working hard, taking responsibility for him or her self, and working effectively in the group to achieve the goals of the trip.