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Trips & Clinics

Registration opens Sunday, September 1, for all trips!

NOTE: For off campus activities, transportation is provided. Participants will be picked up at the Flynn Recreation Complex at the start time listed for the program. A second pickup will be made at the Cushing-Hardy Loop on Newton Campus 20 minutes later.

For example, if a trip is listed as starting at 7:30 am, that is the time participants will be picked up at the Plex. A second stop will be made at the Cushing-Hardy Loop at 7:50 am.

Stand Up Paddleboard: September 7 (9am-4pm)

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world. It combines the thrill of exploring with a great total body workout. With our new SUP boards, OA offers a variety of classes, trips, lessons, and tours. No experience is needed and everyone is welcome to this exciting new sport!

 

Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding: September 9 (4pm-6pm)

Come learn the basics from of Stand Up Paddleboarding from OA. In this class, we will spend an hour covering what you need to know to get started in this fun and exciting sport. No experience is needed.

 

Anchor Building 101: September 10 (4pm-6pm)

Looking to climb outside but don’t know how to set up your own anchors for top roping? Already know how to build anchors but need to refine your skills and add onto them? Come to the first half of this two part anchor building clinic. We will teach you basics of the knots, rope skills, and logistics you need to know to start building your own anchors.

 

Belay Class: September 11 (4pm-6pm)

When looking to rock climb on rope, whether inside or outside, if your partner wants to climb, you need to know how to belay! Come to OA’s clinic and we can teach you this simple but imperative skill so that you can keep your partner safe.

 

Sea Kayaking: September 14 (8am-5pm)

Skimming over the surface of the water, experiencing the aquatic environment in a way that remained largely unchanged for the last 8,000 years, all while getting an incredible workout. Whether you’ve never been in a boat before or you’ve grown up with a paddle in your hand, get out of the library and join us for a day of fun kayaking.

 

Belay Class: September 16 (4pm-6pm)

When looking to rock climb on rope, whether inside or outside, if your partner wants to climb, you need to know how to belay! Come to OA’s clinic and we can teach you this simple but imperative skill so that you can keep your partner safe.

 

Anchor Building 201: September 17 (4pm-6pm)

The second half of our anchor building clinics!  Build on what we learned in the first clinic and perfect your skills.

 

Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding: September 18 (4pm-6pm)

Come learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding from OA. In this class, we will spend an hour covering what you need to know to get started in this fun and exciting sport. No experience is needed. 

 

Mt. Greylock Hike: September 20 (7am-5pm)

Take a day to get away from the city and into the fresh air only found in the mountains. Hiking is a great way to learn new things about the wilderness, experience beautiful views, and feel a strong sense of accomplishment when you look back at what you did. Get on those hiking boots and come stretch your legs for a day.  Mt Greylock is the tallest peak in Mass.  On a clear day you can see 5 states from the summit!

 

Rock Climbing: September 21 (9am-3pm)

Rock climbing is a fun way to build confidence, leadership, and become part of a team. It is also one of the most exciting and best full body exercises you can do. Get your feet off the ground and get into the vertical world! No experience needed.

 

Belay Class: September 23 (4pm-6pm)

When looking to rock climb on rope, whether inside or outside, if your partner wants to climb, you need to know how to belay! Come to OA’s clinic and we can teach you this simple but imperative skill so that you can keep your partner safe.

 

Wilderness Photography Class and Contest: September 24 (6pm-7pm)

Interested in photography and interested in the outdoors? Come combine these two and gain the skills to take even better pictures in the places you love. Be able to do justice to the beautiful places you explore in our Wilderness Photography Class.  Afterwards, enter your pictures into our Wilderness Photography contest to see who has the best photo!

 

Kayak Rescue and Roll Class: September 25 (4pm-7pm)

One of the most important but often overlooked skills on casual kayaking trips: rescuing and rolling. Come get hands on experience with these vital safety skills to be more prepared next time you go kayaking.

 

Adirondacks Overnight: September 26-28 (1pm departure)

Dust off your sleeping bag and get away for the weekend!  Whether this is your first or one hundredth overnight camping trip, all are encouraged to come. Get refreshed with some mountain air and relax under the stars for a bit. You may never want to come back! All gear is provided if needed.

 

Parent and Student Stand Up Paddleboarding: September 28 (10am-1pm)

Parents Weekend! Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world. It combines the thrill of exploring with a great total body workout. Bring your parents and see the rest of Boston in a new way. No experience is needed and everyone is welcome to this exciting new sport.

 

Rappelling Clinic: October 1 (3pm-5pm)

Seen people zipping down ropes before like it was no big deal? Come face the thrill of rappelling through this hands-on clinic where you will get to rappel as you go. Learn the do and do-nots as well as actual knots that are all needed to safely rappel.

 

Hypothermia Class: October 7 (8pm-9pm)

One of the biggest dangers in winter sports, and in all outdoor sports in general, is getting hypothermia. When it happens to you or someone else in your group, don’t depend on folklore of how to handle it. Come to this clinic and learn how to correctly handle, and prevent, hypothermia.

 

Backpacking Class: October 9 (8pm-9pm)

“Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take.” Come learn this art of how to pack only the essentials and how to properly pack them in different sized packs so you can make your next backpacking trip light and properly prepared.

 

Wilderness Cooking 101: October 14 (8pm-9pm)

A day can be made or broken with what you eat. This is especially true in the wilderness, where you have to start your day off right with a good meal and end long days well with a delicious dinner. Come to the first of our two Wilderness Cooking classes to learn the basics of cooking exciting meals in the backcountry.

 

Sea Kayaking: October 19 (8am-5pm)

Skimming over the surface of the water, experiencing the aquatic environment that remained largely unchanged for the last 8,000 years, all while getting an incredible workout. Whether you’ve never been in a boat before or you’ve grown up with a paddle in your hand, get out of the library and join us for a day of fun kayaking.

 

Wilderness Cooking 201: October 21(8pm-9pm)

The second half of our wilderness cooking courses will teach you even better and more advance recipes for your days in the field. Impress friends in your group when it’s your turn to cook, with even the simplest of ingredients. After this class you’ll be the finest chef in all of the woods.

 

Rumney Rock Climbing: October 25 (6am-5pm)

Rumney NH is one of the premier New England climbing destinations.  With hundreds of routes there is enough variety to challenge the experienced climber and the novice.  Rock climbing is a fun way to build confidence, leadership, and become part of a team. It is also one of the most exciting and best full body exercises you can do. Get your feet off the ground and get into the vertical world! No experience needed.

 

Navigation Clinic: October 28 (8pm-9pm)

Google maps aren’t likely to work in the backcountry, so you have to resort to a map and compass. OA will guide you through the steps you need to master to successfully navigate in the backcountry the way it was done before smartphones were in everyone’s pockets.

 

Judging of Wilderness Photography Contest: October 30

If you haven’t entered in your best pictures of the outdoors yet, do it today! OA will be judging all of the entries today to pick our winners.

 

Rumney Rock Climbing: November 2 (6am-5pm)

Rumney NH is one of the premier New England climbing destinations.  With hundreds of routes there is enough variety to challenge the experienced climber and the novice.  Rock climbing is a fun way to build confidence, leadership, and become part of a team. It is also one of the most exciting and best full body exercises you can do. Get your feet off the ground and get into the vertical world! No experience needed.

 

Rock Climbing: November 9 (9pm-3pm)

Rock climbing is a fun way to build confidence, leadership, and become part of a team. It is also one of the most exciting and best full body exercises you can do. Get your feet off the ground and get into the vertical world! No experience needed.

 

Mt. Moosilauke Hike: November 15 (7am-6pm)

Take a day to get away from the city air and into the fresh air only found in the mountains. Hiking is a great way to learn new things about the wilderness, experience beautiful views, and feel a strong sense of accomplishment when you look back at what you did. Get on those hiking boots and come stretch your legs for a day.

 

Blue Hills Hike: November 16 (10am-3pm)

Take a day to get away from the city air and into the fresh air only found in the mountains.  Come discover the adventure that is waiting right in your own back yard. Hiking is a great way to learn new things about the wilderness, experience beautiful views, and feel a strong sense of accomplishment when you look back at what you did. Get on those hiking boots and come stretch your legs for a day.

 

Wilderness Cooking Cook-Off Competition: November 19 (5pm-6pm)

Think you’ve got what it takes to make the best meal when you’re in the wild? Come prove it and compete against your friends to make the best backcountry meals, with prizes for the winners and fun for all.

 

Wilderness First Aid Class: November 22-30 (9am-5pm)

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one--and maybe even save a life.

 

Water Treatment Class: December 3 (8pm-9pm)

Having clean water to drink can make or break a trip, and without it everyone’s safety is at risk. OA will teach you how to treat your water so that you can remain healthy and hydrated on your adventures.

 

Stratton Mountain Snowshoeing: December 6 (6am-6pm)

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside! Put on a pair of OA’s modern snowshoes and get out of your dorm and into the mountains. Our snowshoes are lightweight, have great traction, and are provided free on every snowshoe trip.

 

Winter Break Sea Kayaking: January 2-10

SOUTHEAST US, TBD

 

Ice Climbing Overnight: January 17-18 (2pm Departure)

Like a sport you’ve never tried before?  We will climb with ice axes and crampons up walls of ice. Get this full body workout on breathtaking terrain and see winter wonderlands from a whole new height.  The first day we will drive to VT, and get an indoor introduction to climbing at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, where we will also stay that night. The next morning we will get up early to spend the day ice climbing in the wilderness of Vermont!

 

Knot Clinic: January 20 (8pm-9pm)

Going sailing, rock climbing, kayaking, camping, or even just tying things to your car? Stop by our clinic to learn basic and more advance knots, and new ways to use these handy tools!

 

Winter Camping Clinic: January 21 (8pm-9pm)

Winter is one of the hardest but most beautiful times of year to camp. Stop by this clinic and learn what to bring and what to do during these cold months. By the end, you will be able to safely and properly prepare for a camping trip during the winter months.

 

Navigation Clinic: February 4 (8pm-9pm)

Google maps isn’t likely to work in the backcountry, so you have to resort to a map and compass. OA will guide you through the steps you need to master to successfully navigate in the backcountry the way it was done before smartphones were in everyone’s pockets.

 

Wachusett Snowshoeing: February 8 (7am-4pm)

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside! Put on a pair of OA’s modern snowshoes and get out of your dorm and into the mountains. Our snowshoes are lightweight, have great traction, and are provided free on every snowshoe trip.

 

Hypothermia Clinic: February 11(8pm-9pm)

One of the biggest dangers in winter sports, and in all outdoor sports in general, is getting hypothermia. When it happens to you or someone else in your group, don’t depend on folklore of how to handle it. Come to this clinic and learn how to correctly handle, and prevent, hypothermia.

 

Cross Country Skiing: February 14 (7am-4pm)

Come with OA for a day of winter fun! Rentals are available if needed. Enjoy the well maintained trails amidst forests and snow-covered meadows. After some trail time take a break in the warming hut or a hot chocolate!

 

 

Winter Camping Clinic: February 18 (8pm-9pm)

Winter is one of the hardest but most beautiful times of year to camp. Stop by this clinic and learn what to bring and what to do during these cold months. By the end, you will be able to safely and properly prepare for a camping trip during the winter months.

 

Cross Country Skiing: February 21 (7am-4pm)

Come with OA for a day of winter fun! Rentals are available if needed. Enjoy the well maintained trails amidst forests and snow-covered meadows. After some trail time take a break in the warming hut or a hot chocolate!

 

Spring Break Grand Canyon Trip: February 28-March 8

 

Ice Climbing: March 14-15 (2pm Departure)

Like a sport you’ve never tried before?  We will climb with ice axes and crampons up walls of ice. Get this full body workout on breathtaking terrain and see winter wonderlands from a whole new height.  The first day we will drive to VT, and get an indoor introduction to climbing at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, where we will also stay that night. The next morning we will get up early to spend the day ice climbing in the wilderness of Vermont!

 

Cross Country Skiing: March 21 (7am-4pm)

Come with OA for a day of winter fun! Rentals are available if needed. Enjoy the well maintained trails amidst forests and snow-covered meadows. After some trail time take a break in the warming hut or a hot chocolate!

 

Easter Break West Virginia Backpacking: April 2-6 (12pm Departure)

Dust off your hiking boots and get away for the long weekend! Whether you don’t even own a pack or you go on month long backpacking trips every summer, we welcome all with open arms! Pack up all you need and hike throughout the day to your next camp and reward yourself by relaxing under the stars at night. All gear is provided if needed, adventure is guaranteed, but wanting to come back is not (but you will have to).

 

Rock Climbing: April 11 (9am-3pm)

Rock climbing is a fun way to build confidence, leadership, and become part of a team. It is also one of the most exciting and best full body exercises you can do. Get your feet off the ground and get into the vertical world! No experience needed.

 

Sea Kayaking: April 25 (9am-5pm)

Skimming over the surface of the water, experiencing the aquatic environment that remained largely unchanged for the last 8,000 years, all while getting an incredible workout. Whether you’ve never been in a boat before or you’ve grown up with a paddle in your hand, get out of the library and join us for a day of fun kayaking.

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding: April 26 (9am-4pm)

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world. It combines the thrill of exploring with a great total body workout. With our new SUP boards, OA offers a variety of classes, trips, lessons, and tours. No experience is needed and everyone is welcome to this exciting new sport!

 

Past Trips

Rock Climbing: Hammond Pond
April 12, 2014 & April 26, 2014
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rock climbing is a fun way to build confidence, leadership, and become part of a team.  It is also some of the best full body exercise you can do.  OA does offers climbing trips locally at Hammond pond. Hammond pond is just a mile from campus and is a great place to learn the sport of rock climbing.  Get your feet of the ground and get into the vertical world! We are offering trips on both April 12 and April 26, so please let Member Services know which day you would like to register for.

$15 (w/valid BC ID)

 

Snowshoe: Bluehills
January 18, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside!  Put on a pair of OA’s modern snowshoes and get into the mountains.  Our snowshoes are light weight, have great traction and are provided free on every snowshoe trip.   

$15 (w/valid BC ID)

 

Snowshoe: Green Mountains
February 1, 2014
6:00 am - 7:00 pm

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside!  Put on a pair of OA’s modern snowshoes and get into the mountains.  Our snowshoes are light weight, have great traction and are provided free on every snowshoe trip.   

$15 (w/BC ID)   

 

Paddleboard Yoga
Saturday, February 8 or Saturday, February 15
4:00 – 5:00 pm
 
Come join Chris for a Beginner yoga class on a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP)! The class will start with a short SUP lesson and then Chris will lead you through a fun, active, beginner yoga flow practice on the water. All experience levels are welcome. Please arrive at the pool 15 minutes prior to start time. Wear comfortable yoga or athletic clothing in layers and/or a bathing suit.

 $15 for BC Rec members, $25 for non-members

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding in the Pool
Saturday, February 8 or Saturday, February 15
5:00 – 6:00 pm
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing paddle sport in the country.  Come learn the basics from the Outdoor Adventure program.  In this class, we will spend an hour covering what you need to know to get started in this fun and exciting sport.  No experience is needed and a pool is a fantastic place to learn.

 $15 (w/BC ID)

 

Cross Country Ski Trip
New Ipswich, NH
Saturday, February 8 or Saturday, February 15
8 am - 6:30 pm
 
Come with Outdoor Adventures to the Windblown Cross Country Ski center for a day of winter fun! Located in Southern New Hampshire, Windblown offers 40 kilometers of scenic, groomed trails with a range of terrain, from beginner to advanced. Rentals are available at the center as well as 90 minute group lessons for beginners. Enjoy the well maintained trails amidst pine forests and snow-covered meadows. After some trail time take a break inside the warming hut or grab a hot chocolate in the base lodge café!

$40 including rental and lesson (w/valid BC ID)

 

Snowshoe: Mount Cardigan
February 22, 2014
6:30 am - 7:00 pm

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside!  Put on a pair of OA’s modern snowshoes and get into the mountains.  Our snowshoes are light weight, have great traction and are provided free on every snowshoe trip.   

$15 (w/valid BC ID)

 

Southwest Spring Break Rock Climbing
March 1-8, 2014
Sign up deadline is January 29, 2014

Spring break 2014.  The OA program will team up with a professional climbing guide to offer this great program.  We will spend 8 days scaling the sandstone cliffs around St. George, UT.  With climbs for people of all skill and experience levels this is a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime.

$975- flight included (w/valid BC ID)

 

 

Registration
To register or for more information, contact Member Services at campusrec@bc.edu or (617)552-0797. To sign up for a trip, you will need to complete these three forms, sign them and bring with you to Member Services. To learn more about Outdoor Adventures trips, trainings and special events, subscribe to the Listserv at https://listserv.bc.edu/sympa/subscribe/outdooradventures. Have an idea for a future trip? Leave a note on the BC Outdoor Adventures Facebook page!