Price includes all personal gear, such as a backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad and group equipment such as tents, cooking equipment, climbing equipment, canoeing equipment, and kayak equipment. All you need is your own personal items, clothing and food. We will shop for food as a group, so the cost for food on trail is between $5 and $8 a day. Also provided are 2 trained student trip leaders, 15 passenger van transportation, and all necessary permits and fees.
call COA at 612-625-8790 or visit us in the Minneapolis - University
1906 University Ave SE, Room 19
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Cash, or Check are accepted payments.
Office is open Monday – Friday, 12-6pm.
A full refund will be given only if the Center for Outdoor Adventure cancels a trip due to lack of registration, weather, or other extenuating circumstances. Day trip and clinic participants will receive a 50% refund only if he/she cancels 7 days prior to the event date. Day trip and clinic registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than 7 days prior to the event date. Multi-day trip participants will receive a 50% refund if he/she cancels 7 days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date. Multi-day trip registrations are non-refundable if a participant cancels fewer than 7 days prior to the scheduled pre-trip meeting date.
Prior to taking part in any Center for Outdoor Adventure Trip or Clinic, patrons are required to complete a Liability Waiver and Health History Form. Feel free to print and complete these documents prior to your pre-trip/clinic meetings.
The climbing wall is an exciting place in the winter. Come over to St. Paul and check out the climbing wall free of charge this week! Climbing is a great way to build strength, stay in shape, and meet new people. No previous experience is needed and equipment is provided.
Bouldering is challenging, fun, and a great opportunity for socializing! This clinic will teach participants basic bouldering techniques and get everyone prepared for the great climbing that Minnesota has to offer.
Limit 6. Cost $5 students/$10 general public.
Get prepared for a great spring and summer of climbing by learning some basic climbing tips and techniques! This clinic teaches tying in, belaying, safety checks and basic climbing skills. The goal is to prepare each participant to become belay certified at the wall.
Limit 12. Cost $10 students/$15 general public.
Often imitated, never replicated! The 14th Annual Rock On climbing competition will be the last one held at the St. Paul Gym before the new URWC Expansion opens! It is always a fun and social atmosphere. Competitors receive scores based on their bouldering and top-rope climbing abilities. All entrants will receive a t-shirt, hospitality throughout the day, and will be entered into drawings for many door prizes. Entrants must be U of MN Students and must register prior to the day of the event.
Limit 35. Cost $25 (U of MN Students Only).
Come learn or refine your kayak rescue skills in a comfortable and warm environment during this 2-hour pool session in the U of MN Aquatic Center / Cooke Hall pools. In this class, students will learn rescue techniques for both self and assisted rescues that will get you and your paddling partners back into the kayak in case of an unexpected capsize. By the end of the class, our instructors will also help you gain an awareness of how to become a safe, responsible kayaker. NOTE: This is not a kayak roll class.
This class will be facilitated in conjunction with REI Outdoor School’s instructors and participants. Swimming proficiency required. You will get wet, so please bring a swimsuit and towel. Shower facilities are available.
Limit 5. Cost $18 (U of MN Students Only)
Knots hold it all together while climbing. This clinic will introduce over a dozen knots that every climber should know and how to effectively apply them on the rock. Each participant will receive a piece of rope to take with them and practice.
Limit 8. Cost $8 students / $12 general public.
Looking to sell equipment? Need some outdoor equipment? COA will be selling its rental equipment as well as hosting this fun event for others to sell and purchase equipment. Stop by and check out the great deals to be had. Come early to get the first chance at COA's great selection of gear.
If selling equipment, there is a $1.00 per item fee, and a 10% commission for each item sold. Items are limited to tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, portage packs, paddles, portable floatation devices, stoves, water filters, headlamps/flashlights, and climbing shoes.
Learn the basics of building top-rope climbing anchors. This clinic will cover all facets of building a safe and efficient anchor to maximize climbing time.
Limit 8. Cost $10 students/$15 general public.
Spend the day learning the basics of classic Nordic skiing at the University of Minnesota Nordic Ski Center. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air and take advantage of this popular Minnesota winter activity.
Limit 10. Cost $18 students/$25 general public.
Learn the basics of the hottest new paddle sport. We will spend 2-hours in the University Aquatic Center Natatorium, learning to balance and the strokes needed to enjoy paddling the lakes in style on a SUP (stand up paddleboard)! Swimming proficiency required. You will get wet, so bring a swimsuit and towel.
Limit 5. Cost $15 students / $30 general public.
Spend the afternoon learning the basics of skate skiing at the University of Minnesota, Les Bolstad Golf Course. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air and try this popular Minnesota winter activity.
Limit 8. Cost $18 students/$25 general public.
Spend the day snowshoeing in the winter wonderland that is Afton State Park. Learn the basics of this fun winter activity in the solitude of a State Park setting.
Limit 10. Cost $18 students/$25 general public.
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting (Sunday, February 11, 7pm)
Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. The group will walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Participants will spend the weekend in a heated cabin and snowshoe/cross-country ski around the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
Limit 9. Cost $95 students/$115 general public.
If you have ever wanted to try out the sport of ice climbing, here is your chance. We will spend a day climbing and learning basic ice techniques at Robinson Quarry, in Sandstone, MN. No experience necessary. Price includes all equipment and instruction. Dress warm, because it will be cold!
Limit 10. Cost $45 students / $60 general public.
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting (Sunday, January 27, 7pm)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting (Sunday, February 17, 7pm)
We will spend a night braving winter. We have plenty of warm equipment and experienced leaders to instruct you how to stay warm in the outdoors during a great Minnesota winter. We will backpack into a campsite, build a fire, and enjoy the beauty and solitude that make winter camping so unique. 0 degree sleeping bags, pads, group equipment, transportation and instruction provided. No previous experience is needed.
Limit 10. Cost $45 students/$60 general public.
Spend an early April afternoon paddling among the chain of lakes and seeing the beautiful colors of the city. This is an excellent introduction to canoeing and a great opportunity to learn various canoeing techniques and strokes.
Limit 10. Cost $15 students/$20 general public.
Go climbing on the cliffs above the scenic St. Croix River. This trip is a great opportunity to learn the basics of climbing and get outdoors onto real rock before the busy summer season begins. The group will spend the day learning basic climbing techniques, safety and belay skills. No previous experience is necessary.
Limit 10. Cost $40 students/$50 general public.
Minnesota Off Road Cyclists (MORC) maintain some amazing trails in the state. Learn to mountain bike and take advantage of these great resources. Students will learn the basics of bike handling, shifting and braking while enjoying the single track terrain, banked corners and rock gardens of Lebanon Hills. Price includes mountain bike, helmet, and water-bottle.
Limit 5. Cost $30 students/$40 general public.
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting (Sunday, April 28, 7pm)
Here is a great chance to experience the spring weather of the North Shore of Lake Superior. Enjoy the scenic views along the Superior Hiking Trail.
Limit 12. Cost $95 students/$115 general public.
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting (Sunday, May 12, 7pm)
Minnesota's Boundary Waters is a unique and peaceful place that everyone should enjoy at least once, and there is no better time than May. This trip will allow participants to experience the portages, lakes and camping of the Boundary Waters in a perfect climate.
Limit 6. Cost $250 students /$315 general /$100 deposit w/ remainder due by May 12.
May 17-28, 2013
April 15, 2013
Students/Rec Sports Members - $1,100 + airfare
Non-Rec Sports Members - $1,300 + airfare
*A minimum $500 deposit is required to reserve a spot. Price includes lodging accommodations, pack carrying services, and required permits. Airfare, meals, luggage fees, and local transfers are not included in price.
Experience the spectacular landscape of Scotland via the West Highland Way, a 95 mile footpath opened in 1980 as the first official long-distance footpath in the British country of Scotland. Towering mountains, tranquil lochs, and rushing rivers combine to reward you with a unique and ever changing landscape. We will enjoy the Way's middle and Northern sections, culminating in the quaint town of Fort William, nestled under Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis.
During our journey, we will be hiking "Scottish style" but utilizing a pack service which allows you to enjoy the majestic countryside with only a day pack. In Fort William, you can enjoy the local shops, let your feet heal, or take a day bus ride to explore a historic castle. We will finish the trip exploring the city of Edinborough.
For more information about this incredible opportunity, either attend an informational meeting (date and time TBA) or contact Mitch Hoffman with the Center for Outdoor Adventure at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.624.9779.
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