Adventure Trips

Adventure Trips

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The Outdoor Pursuit Center Trip Program offers unique opportunities to Miami University students, faculty, staff and surrounding community. Our trips are designed to provide a balance of challenging, educational, and fun activities in a wilderness setting.

Paddle the Rio Grande

Our 6 day float trip through the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River offers a true wilderness experience. We will disappear from the 'real world' to paddle through open desert, rugged hills and deep canyons. Camp under the big Texas sky at night and experience a display of stars that will take your breath away. Feel the heat of the desert sun as it warms your soul. A trip down the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande is as unique as it is rare. Come along and experience a beautiful landscape virtually untouched by man.

Dates and Important Information 

Location: Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande River, Texas/Mexico
Info Session: December 4 & February 3 at 8:15 pm in the Outdoor Pursuit Center
Trip Dates: March 20 - 29
Registration Deadline: February 28
Program Fee: $1050

Essential Eligibility Criteria:
Participants must be able to:
- Breathe independently (i.e. not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
- Independently maintain sealed airway passages while underwater
- Independently hold head upright without neck/head support
- Manage personal care independently
- Manage personal mobility independently
- Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
- Get in/out of a paddle craft independently
- Independently get out and from under a capsized paddle craft
- Understand and immediately respond to verbal instructions given in English

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Gila National Forest

Come join the Outdoor Pursuit Center on a backpacking adventure that will take us to deserts, open range lands, forested hillsides, and majestic mountains. Home to cougars, bears, wolves, pronghorn antelope, white-tailed deer, elk, and bighorn sheep, the Gila is a protected National Forest encompassing 3.3 million acres. Crossed by the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), it contains the Aldo Leopold Wilderness (first designated wilderness area in the United States) as well as the Gila, and the Blue Ridge Wilderness areas. No experience is required, but participants must meet essential eligibility criteria. Food and major non-personal equipment such as backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, and cooking gear is provided.

Dates and Important Information 

Location: Gila National Forest
Info Session: December 4 & February 3 at 7:30 pm in Outdoor Pursuit Center
Trip Dates: March 20 - 29
Registration Deadline: March 4
Program Fee: $725

Eligibility Criteria:
Participants must be able to:
- Independently hold head upright without neck/head support
- Manage personal care independently
- Manage personal mobility independently
- Walk over uneven, sloped terrain that may include extended uphill portions while carrying a backpack weighing 30 or more pounds
- Remain standing for several hours while carrying a backpack weighing 30 or more pounds
- If conditions become adverse, travel without stopping for breaks for one hour
- Carry personal and group gear in a backpack
- Understand and immediately respond to verbal instructions given in English

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Discover New Zealand

On this 3 week journey you will explore New Zealand’s south island. Picture yourself 50-feet high climbing an ice wall of the world famous Fox Glacier, paddling your sea kayak through seal colonies off Abel Tasman, and backpacking through beautiful forests and mountains.

Dates and Important Information

Location: New Zealand

Course Dates: Summer 2020, May 19–June 11

Course Program Fee: $4,405 + Tuition

 

Apply Now


Maui

Explore Costa Rica

Come along and journey with us through the jungles of Costa Rica. This outdoor leadership course begins with a week of class and outdoor skill development in Oxford followed by a 12 day field experience in Costa Rica. Adventures include hiking to Piedras Blancas, overnight camping in Diamante Verde Cave, waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting on the Savegre River and much more.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Costa Rica

Course Dates: January 2–4, 2020

Field Experience: January 7-18, 2020

Program Fee: $2000 + tuition

 

Apply Now

Backpackers

Outdoor Rock Climbing

Try the unique experience of outdoor climbing in either a day trip or overnight with your group. For a day trip, head to John Bryan State Park to try climbing in the outdoors with many beginner friendly and more challenging routes. This trip can accommodate 10-20 participants at only $30 a person. For a more extensive climbing trip, try our overnight trip to Red River Gorge, a world class climbing location with beginner friendly to expert routes. Prices vary depending on the needs of the group.


Mountain Biking

While you never forget how to ride a bike, it’s time to take bike riding to a whole new level. Try our 2 hour introduction to mountain biking for only $15 a person. In this experience we teach the fundamentals of mountain biking, and bike around our local trails at Hueston Woods. This trip is designed for smaller groups of 8 or less.


Backpacking

To experience nature at its finest, join us on a customizable backpacking trip. Backpacking is a great way for any group to disconnect from the stresses of daily life, and truly connect with others and nature while hiking and camping. Typically our backpacking trips go to Red River Gorge or Germantown Metroparks, but other locations are available. This trip can be customized to include rock climbing, team building, leadership development, wilderness survival skills, or any other goals your group may have.


Camping Retreat

Have your group grow and develop in a traditional camping environment. Our staff can work with your group individually to determine the needs and goals for the group, and will facilitate activities for the group based off of the goals for the trip. Potential focuses for the trip include team building, leadership, community building, etc. Depending on location, activities, and add-ons (meals, transportation, etc.), prices will vary for this trip.


Wilderness Rescue Immersion Experience

For a unique team bonding and leadership scenario,take your group on our Wilderness Rescue Immersion Experience. This overnight experience is designed to build camaraderie between participants as they participate in a mock search and rescue scenario in the Red River Gorge. This scenario can be flexible depending on the goals of the group, but the standard experience builds leadership skills amongst all participants and allows the group to connect and problem solve in a remote setting.

Request a Quote

Spring Break Trips

Paddle the Rio Grande

Our 6 day float trip through the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River offers a true wilderness experience. We will disappear from the 'real world' to paddle through open desert, rugged hills and deep canyons. Camp under the big Texas sky at night and experience a display of stars that will take your breath away. Feel the heat of the desert sun as it warms your soul. A trip down the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande is as unique as it is rare. Come along and experience a beautiful landscape virtually untouched by man.

Dates and Important Information 

Location: Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande River, Texas/Mexico
Info Session: December 4 & February 3 at 8:15 pm in the Outdoor Pursuit Center
Trip Dates: March 20 - 29
Registration Deadline: February 28
Program Fee: $1050

Essential Eligibility Criteria:
Participants must be able to:
- Breathe independently (i.e. not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
- Independently maintain sealed airway passages while underwater
- Independently hold head upright without neck/head support
- Manage personal care independently
- Manage personal mobility independently
- Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
- Get in/out of a paddle craft independently
- Independently get out and from under a capsized paddle craft
- Understand and immediately respond to verbal instructions given in English

Register Now


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Gila National Forest

Come join the Outdoor Pursuit Center on a backpacking adventure that will take us to deserts, open range lands, forested hillsides, and majestic mountains. Home to cougars, bears, wolves, pronghorn antelope, white-tailed deer, elk, and bighorn sheep, the Gila is a protected National Forest encompassing 3.3 million acres. Crossed by the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), it contains the Aldo Leopold Wilderness (first designated wilderness area in the United States) as well as the Gila, and the Blue Ridge Wilderness areas. No experience is required, but participants must meet essential eligibility criteria. Food and major non-personal equipment such as backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, and cooking gear is provided.

Dates and Important Information 

Location: Gila National Forest
Info Session: December 4 & February 3 at 7:30 pm in Outdoor Pursuit Center
Trip Dates: March 20 - 29
Registration Deadline: March 4
Program Fee: $725

Eligibility Criteria:
Participants must be able to:
- Independently hold head upright without neck/head support
- Manage personal care independently
- Manage personal mobility independently
- Walk over uneven, sloped terrain that may include extended uphill portions while carrying a backpack weighing 30 or more pounds
- Remain standing for several hours while carrying a backpack weighing 30 or more pounds
- If conditions become adverse, travel without stopping for breaks for one hour
- Carry personal and group gear in a backpack
- Understand and immediately respond to verbal instructions given in English

Register Now

Study Abroad Experiences

Discover New Zealand

On this 3 week journey you will explore New Zealand’s south island. Picture yourself 50-feet high climbing an ice wall of the world famous Fox Glacier, paddling your sea kayak through seal colonies off Abel Tasman, and backpacking through beautiful forests and mountains.

Dates and Important Information

Location: New Zealand

Course Dates: Summer 2020, May 19–June 11

Course Program Fee: $4,405 + Tuition

 

Apply Now


Maui

Explore Costa Rica

Come along and journey with us through the jungles of Costa Rica. This outdoor leadership course begins with a week of class and outdoor skill development in Oxford followed by a 12 day field experience in Costa Rica. Adventures include hiking to Piedras Blancas, overnight camping in Diamante Verde Cave, waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting on the Savegre River and much more.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Costa Rica

Course Dates: January 2–4, 2020

Field Experience: January 7-18, 2020

Program Fee: $2000 + tuition

 

Apply Now

Custom Group Adventures

Backpackers

Outdoor Rock Climbing

Try the unique experience of outdoor climbing in either a day trip or overnight with your group. For a day trip, head to John Bryan State Park to try climbing in the outdoors with many beginner friendly and more challenging routes. This trip can accommodate 10-20 participants at only $30 a person. For a more extensive climbing trip, try our overnight trip to Red River Gorge, a world class climbing location with beginner friendly to expert routes. Prices vary depending on the needs of the group.


Mountain Biking

While you never forget how to ride a bike, it’s time to take bike riding to a whole new level. Try our 2 hour introduction to mountain biking for only $15 a person. In this experience we teach the fundamentals of mountain biking, and bike around our local trails at Hueston Woods. This trip is designed for smaller groups of 8 or less.


Backpacking

To experience nature at its finest, join us on a customizable backpacking trip. Backpacking is a great way for any group to disconnect from the stresses of daily life, and truly connect with others and nature while hiking and camping. Typically our backpacking trips go to Red River Gorge or Germantown Metroparks, but other locations are available. This trip can be customized to include rock climbing, team building, leadership development, wilderness survival skills, or any other goals your group may have.


Camping Retreat

Have your group grow and develop in a traditional camping environment. Our staff can work with your group individually to determine the needs and goals for the group, and will facilitate activities for the group based off of the goals for the trip. Potential focuses for the trip include team building, leadership, community building, etc. Depending on location, activities, and add-ons (meals, transportation, etc.), prices will vary for this trip.


Wilderness Rescue Immersion Experience

For a unique team bonding and leadership scenario,take your group on our Wilderness Rescue Immersion Experience. This overnight experience is designed to build camaraderie between participants as they participate in a mock search and rescue scenario in the Red River Gorge. This scenario can be flexible depending on the goals of the group, but the standard experience builds leadership skills amongst all participants and allows the group to connect and problem solve in a remote setting.

Request a Quote