Friday, December 17, 2010

Hillcrest High School 4-H

The UA Outdoor Recreation program had the honor of teaching some Hillcrest High School students how to properly set up a tent as well as other skills needed for recreating outdoors. The special needs students had a blast with the Program Coordinator - Lance Haynie

Monday, December 13, 2010

NEW class comes to an end

We have just concluded our first semester of NEW 490-007: Outdoor Leadership, and let me say how pleased I am with the outcomes. The semester was filled with new learning experiences, refinement of skills and building of relationships.

Group initiative and team building

A common myth with outdoor classes is that they are easy A's. Our class requires just as much work and effort as any other academic offering - it is actually given a 4 hour writing credit value. We require 2 presentations, 2 case studies, 1 mid-semester test, a trip plan, and a final exam from each student.

Learning about participant evacuation

Our students take an active role in the class by teaching about different kinds of shelters

The final exam for our class is a 3-day field-based experience where instructor led scenarios allow each students the opportunity to put their class-room learning "to the test". This past semester's class went to the Cheaha Wilderness area in eastern Alabama. We traveled along the Pinhoti Trail for approximately 12 miles from Adam's Gap to the Cheaha Trailhead. Along the way, we simulated participant care issues, lost participant cases, first-aid related emergencies, lightning protocols, participant conflict situations, and off-trail land navigation.

The Pinhoti Trail: an official extension of the Appalachian Trail

Group cooking at CAMP 1

Taking a break at the top of Stairway to Heaven: elev. 2,135'

First-aid related emergency scenario

Leaving CAMP 2

This class specializes in an experiential education approach to teaching leadership in an outdoor setting. One does not need to be well-versed in outdoor skills to participate. I hope that this continues to be of value to the University of Alabama as students pursue careers in the outdoors. If you would like to learn more about this class, please contact Lance Haynie (, Program Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation at the University of Alabama

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Regions Bike Donation

On October 20, 2010, Regions Bank donated 25 of their signature green bicycles to the BamaBikes program. This donation represents an increased ability to serve the unique user group that depends upon this program for cost-effective, sustainable transportation in and around the University of Alabama campus.

 The BamaBikes program was started in 2006 by a partnership between University Recreation, the Ferguson Center, and the Office of Housing and Residential Communities. The current fleet of bikes (36 total) is divided among 3 stations around campus: the Student Recreation Center, the Ferguson Center and Rose Towers resident hall. If you are interested in learning more about BamaBikes, visit

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Poetry Day Hikes

On Saturday, September 18, the Outdoor Leadership class participated in a series of poetry day hikes at Sokol Park. The hikes featured various authors' writings being read to the hiking group as they strolled along the trails. This event was coordinated by Joseph Wood, an instructor in the UA English Department.  The title of the project is called 6, 5, 4, 3, Referring to the number of authors featured on four different hikes.

The Outdoor Leadership class provided readers, participant monitoring, and basic first-aid support. It was a great collaboration that will contionue to grow.

Friday, September 3, 2010

New College 490-007: Outdoor Leadership

The UA Outdoor Recreation office has begun regular class meetings for the NEW 490-007: Outdoor Leadership class. This class meets a need for formal course work at the University of Alabama for Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Leadership, Camp Administration, and other outdoor recreation related fields of study. We cover theoretical concepts of leadership, self-assessment, group dynamics, wilderness medicine, as well as a balance of in-the-field hard skill lessons. Here are a few pictures from a canoeing day in which we covered basic paddling maneuvers as well as canoe rescue techniques.

Fall 2010 Trip Schedule

Canoeing and Caving: Anvil Cave, AL – SRC Member: $50; Non-Member: $60
Sept. 19 (Sunday)
This trip features a new destination that is only accessible by canoeing on Flint Creek. 

Kayak Roll Clinics – SRC Member: $35; Non-Member: $45 for 5-week session
Series 1: Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, & 20 – Wednesdays 7 – 9:30pm
Series 2: Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, &16 – Tuesdays 7 – 9:30pm

Mountain Biking: Lake Lurleen SP – SRC Member: $15; Non-Member: $25
Oct. 10 (Sunday)
This trip is classic mountain biking at Lake Lurleen State Park. All gear provided.

Backpacking clinics - $10 for each clinic; attendance gets you a discount on the Fall Break trip!
October 13: Backcountry cooking and Leave No Trace
October 20: Packing your gear for the backcountry

Fall Break backpacking: Sipsey Wilderness – SRC Member: $75; Non-Member: $100
Oct. 29 – 31
This is a backpacking trip that everyone should do while they are at UA. Beautiful Wilderness area in the heart of the Bankhead National Forest.

Fall Break Lead Climbing Day Trip/Clinic – SRC Member: $50; Non-Member: $60
Oct. 30, 2011
Join us at Sand Rock, Alabama and learn the art of lead climbing.  We will cover the essential skills to safely lead climb and belay both sport and traditional climbs.  Topics include proper belay technique, bolt clipping, traditional gear placement, and basic anchor building.

Christmas Break Ski Trip: Durango, Colorado – SRC Member: $850; Non-Member: $950
Dec. 12 – 19
Beautiful Colorado skiing at Durango Mountain Resort (aka Purgatory). 5 nights lodging in slopeside condos, 4 days of skiing opportunity.  

*Register by visiting the UA Outdoor Recreation office during regular business hours. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Round 2: Whitewater Rafting Trip

We have just scheduled another whitewater rafting trip for Saturday, July 31. Come by the UA Outdoor Recreation office to register. Cost is $125/person. This will be a FULL RIVER trip - meaning twice the amount of rafting with a catered lunch included. Contact the UA Outdoor Recreation office for more details. 348-7045

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Whitewater Rafting Trip

Join us for a day of whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River (site of the 1996 canoe/kayak Olympic Games!)

When: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Cost: $75

Register at the UA Outdoor Recreation office.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wilderness First Responder course

Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) provides definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, and Search and Rescue teams. Includes all of the essential skills required to assess and manage medical problems in the backcountry.

The WFR is 72-80 hours long, and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.

Must be 16 years of age or older. For individuals 18 or younger, official written consent must be provided – contact Lance Haynie for more information (205) 348-4701.

Please visit our website for information and to download a registration form

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

T-Town Pull Down 2010

This year's comp a was a great success. We had new holds, new problems, new sponsors, and new style. Add it all together and you get one great boulder comp. The addition of the men's and women's flash finals was well received. It gave the crowd a good show as our top 3 men and women threw down flash attempts on 3 difficult problems. Go here for more photos.  


Recreational:   1. Melissa LoBue
                        2. Lil Gregory
                        3. Rachel Smith

Intermediate:   1. Katie Whitcomb
                        2. Susan DeBruin
                        3. Alli Anderson

Advanced:       1. Laurel Mailman 
                        2. Natalie Hawley
                        3. Emily Korth

MEN'S RESULTS                                       

Recreational:   1. Todd Clark                        
                        2. Stephen Washington                                 
                        3. Robin Oldham                                        

Intermediate:  1. Bradley Killough               
                       2. Ryan Copeland                                         
                       3. Jonathan Hauck                                     

Advanced:      1. Brooks Walker                  
                       2. Tyler Wilcut                                            
                       3. Casey Culp                                               

Friday, January 15, 2010

Trip Leader Training Trip

On Friday, Jan 8, we departed into the Sipsey Wilderness for our Trip Leader training trip. Little did we know when we planned the outing that there would be single digit temperatures and iced over rivers.

 We covered all necessary information as well as a simulated evacuation for an injury scenario. We almost had a group of hikers give us aid until we told them it was just training. Never-the-less, the trip was good and prepared us all for what can and may happen when enjoying our great outdoors.