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Outdoor Trips

Trip eligibility

UCCS students, faculty/staff and alumni are eligible to register for outdoor trips. In the event that there is space available, students may bring a guest, provided the guest’s attendance does not exclude a UCCS student’s. Priority is given to UCCS students and affiliates. All ability and skill levels welcome, unless otherwise indicated.

Trip registration
 
Registration opens the Friday 2 weeks prior to the trip date and continues until the trip is full. Please visit the S.O.L.E. Center Monday-Friday from 2-6 PM to register. Full trip cost is due at the time of registration. The following forms will need to be completed upon registration:

Waiver

Medical Form

For special accommodations, please contact Daniel Bowan, Manager of Intramurals, Outdoor Recreation and Club Sports at 719-255-3429 or dbowan@uccs.edu

Not all trips and workshops are offered every semester. Please check this semester’s schedule for specific trips and workshops offered.

  • Spring 2014 Trips
  • Avalanche Awareness Clinic
    Sick of groomers and crowds? This clinic will discuss avalanche characteristics, terrain and weather conditions. Whether you are a novice or an expert, this clinic is for you! No a certification clinic.
    Trip length: half day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: none

    Fee: FREE

  • Bike Tuning Clinic
    This hands-on workshop teaches attendees the fundamentals of bike repair. Take advantage of S.O.L.E. 's Fix & Learn Bike Workshop where our mechanics will cover topics such as flat tires, gears and brakes.

    Fee: FREE

  • Cross Country Ski in Frisco
    See a different view of Summit County than the lift provides on this adventure to the Nordic Ski Park in Frisco. We'll be dropping knees old school!
    Trip length: full day
    Skill level required: some ski experience required
    Equipment provided: none

    Fee: $65

  • Earth Day Campus Hike
    Celebrate Earth Day with UCCS and join us for a short hike on campus, concluding the experience with a special guest speaker.
    Trip length: 1-2 hours
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: none

    Fee: FREE

  • Fly fishing - Elevenmile Canyon
    Fly fishing - Elevenmile Canyon. There is a reason why they call South Platte River the "Dream Stream"! With an abundance of trout and salmon, not only is the river beautiful, but it allows the fly fisher to be creative - flyfish in line with the advice of many - "do what works". Trip cost includes transportation and equipment rental.
    Trip length: full day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome
    Equipment provided: fishing rod, wades, boots and ties

    Fee: $30

  • Hike, Fish and Camp - Black Canyon, Gunnison National Park
    Described as "deep, steep and narrow", the Black Canyon is a gem. Two million years of weathering have exposed towering cliffs that seem painted black and white. We’ll hike and fly fish over the weekend in this unique and awe inspiring canyon. Trip cost includes equipment rental, transportation, camp site reservation and food.
    Trip length: 2 full days
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: tent, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp and group gear

    Fee: $65

  • Introduction to Lead Climbing / Anchor Building - Red Rocks
    Tired of top roping lame routes that your friends set up? If you’re ready to take your climbing to the next level, attend this clinic offered at Red Rock Canyon Open Space to learn about and practice lead climbing, including anchor building techniques.
    Trip length: full day
    Skill level required: some climbing experience required
    Equipment provided: draws, ropes and slings

    Fee: $15

  • Map and Compass / Geocaching Field Clinic - Ute Valley Park
    It’s easy to follow your GPS to the trailhead, but what happens when you’re out of the range? Even the latest technology can’t replace strong skills using a map and compass to navigate to the most remote place. Learn the basics and practice by searching for hidden geocaches. Trip cost includes transportation.
    Trip length: half day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome
    Equipment provided: maps and compasses

    Fee: $5

  • Moonlight Hike - Mt. Cutler
    Hike beautiful Mt. Cutler situated in Cheyenne Canyon State Park during this moonlight journey. Upon reaching the summit, you will be greeted with spectacular outlines of the Colorado Springs skyline and the surrounding Front Range mountains. Bring a headlamp if you have one, otherwise we will provide.
    Trip length: 2-3 hours
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: headlamps

    Fee: $10

  • Ouray Ice Climbing Trip
    Join the Student Outdoor Learning Experiences (S.O.L.E.) staff on this trip to internationally known Ouray Ice Park. Spend the extended Martin Luther King day enjoying frozen waterfalls and hot springs.
    Trip length: 4 days
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: none

    Fee: $100

  • Bike Pikes Peak
    Ever dreamed of riding a bike down Pikes Peak, “America’s Mountain?" Your dream is about to come true! We will take a van filled bike and the brave to the Pikes Peak Highway to climb up ride down. Trip cost includes equipment rental, transportation and highway entry.
    Trip length: full day
    Skill level required: some experience with mountain biking required
    Equipment provided: bike and helmet

    Fee: $20

  • Rock Climbing - Garden of the Gods
    Plan on a full day of climbing in Garden of the Gods, the gateway to the rich cultural history of the Colorado Springs area. We’ll set up multiple ropes so you can reach new heights!
    Trip length: full day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: harness, shoes, helmet and group climbing gear

    Fee: $15

  • Ski & Soak - Monarch Mountain and Hot Springs
    Jump on the UCCS Ski Bus and head up to the Monarch ski area for the day. Beginners will receive 60 minutes of education and instruction prior to hitting the slopes. After hitting the slopes at Collegiate Peas we will soak in the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, returning to UCCS thereafter. Trip fee includes transportation, lift ticket and hot springs pass.
    Trip length: full day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: none

    Fee: $85

  • Snowshoeing Trip - Mueller State Park
    Fight cabin fever with a hike in the snow. Tromp around Mueller State Park, weather permitting, for a powdery adventure witnessing views otherwise unseen. Trip cost includes transportation and equipment.
    Trip length: half day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: snowshoes and poles

    Fee: $15

  • S.O.L.E Weeklies
    The Outdoor and Trails programs plan a variety of weekly excursions to local parks, trails and crags to provide students with opportunities to connect with each other outside the classroom. When transportation to a site is needed, a van will be available. The van has limited spots, so register early! By learning and exercising together, we are building a community. We want you to be part of this community. Join us! SOLE weeklies offered include:
    Climbing at Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Canyon
    Mountain biking at Rampart Reservoir
    Mountain biking at Palmer Park (no van)
    Hiking Cheyenne Canyon State Park

    Trip length: All half day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: all necessary provided

    Fee: FREE

  • Spring Break - Utah Backpacking / Climbing trip
    Utah hosts an array of sandstone rock features and slot canyons, and we think all you need is the shirt on your back and a desire for adventure! Trip cost covers gear rental, transportation, campsite reservations and food.
    Mandatory pre-trip meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th
    Trip length: 5 full days
    Skill level required: some experience with backpacking and climbing required
    Equipment provided: tent, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp, climbing gear and group gear

    Fee: $225

  • Valmont Bike Park
    We’re heading to Boulder to check out renowned Valmont Bike Park. Whether you’re into cyclo-cross, pump tracks, jumps or just getting your feet wet at your first bike park, this trip is guaranteed a blast! Trip cost covers transportation.
    Trip length: full day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome
    Equipment provided: bikes and helmets

    Fee: $20

  • Volunteer Trail Day - Earth Day celebration
    Volunteer your time to assist Campus Recreation’s newest program, Trails, build new trail and restore degraded land. Volunteer trail days last all day, and are led by experienced leaders eager to pass along trail work skills. Trail work requires working with hand tools, and getting dirty is guaranteed! Breakfast, lunch and all needed tools provided.
    Trip length: full day
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome
    Equipment provided: gloves and tools

    Fee: FREE

  • Wednesday Night Wax Party
    Utilize the Fix & Learn Ski Workshop located in the S.O.L.E. office for a group wax session. Watch ski and ride documentaries and movies late into the night. Party starts at 7pm, but stay as long as you want!
    Length: 3+ hours
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome.
    Equipment provided: none

    Fee: FREE

  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification course.
    A valuable certification if you plan on spending time in the backcountry this summer – you must be prepared. Instructed by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine Institute staff, the leaders in wilderness education.
    Course length: 2 full days
    Skill level required: all ability and skill levels welcome. Must be at least 16 years old to attend
    Equipment provided: gloves and tools

    Fee: $200


    Contact Daniel Bowan at dbowan@uccs.edu for more information related to this course

Trip fees

Trip fees indicated are for students, faculty/staff and alumni, and cover the cost of transportation and most gear. Trip attendees, however, must provide their own personal gear, e.g. clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, etc. Multi-day trip fees do cover food costs. Single day trip fees do not cover food costs.

Trip payment

Payment for outdoor trips is managed at the front desk of the UCCS Recreation Center. Both the “waiver” and “medical form” are required at the time of payment for the registration process to be considered completed. Campus Recreation accepts cash, checks and credit cards (Mastercard and Visa).

Trip cancellation

The Campus Recreation Outdoor Program reserves the right to cancel a trip in the event of inclement weather, schedule conflicts, or if the minimum number of sign-ups were not met. Registrants will be contacted via e-mail to inform them of the cancellation of a trip. A full refund will be issued to registrants if the Outdoor Program cancels a trip.

Refund policy

Refunds will only be issued in the event that S.O.L.E. cancels a trip.

Pre-trip meetings

Select programs, activities or trips require attendance at a pre-trip meeting. Information discussed and education provided at the pre-trip meetings are related to safety and risk management, elements essential to the enjoyment of the particular activity or trip. Meetings are held in the Outdoor Center at the UCCS Recreation Center, and registrants will be informed of the meeting date and time via e-mail. Failure to attend a pre-trip meeting disqualifies a registrant from participation in the activity or trip.

Trip food

Single day trips
Single day trip attendees are expected to provide their own food, snacks and drinks. The Outdoor Program and its staff do not provide food or snacks on single day trips.

Multi-day trips
The cost of food and snacks are included in the trip fee for multi-day trips. Menu planning and special accommodations and needs are all discussed at the pre-trip meeting.

Trip departure and arrival

Outdoor Program staff and trip attendees all meet at, and depart promptly from the Outdoor Center.