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.