Outdoor Adventure Trip and Workshop Calendar

Please note that outdoor activities are subject to various conditions and elements beyond SMU Outdoor Adventures' control. Dates and locations are subject to change. Some activities are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled.

SPRING 2014 Trips & Events

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SEMESTER OA FLAGPOLE PROMO EVENT

DATE(S): January 23, 2014
TIME: 10 am - 3 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  
PLACE: Flagpole
Degree of Difficulty:  
Physical Activity Level:  
COST: FREE
INCLUDES:  
PRE-TRIP MEETING: None.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:  
MAX GROUP SIZE Everybody
PARTICIPANT TYPE:  
NOTE:  
DESCRIPTION:
SMU Outdoor Adventures will be out at the Flagpole all day showing off examples of OA Rental Shop equipment available for rent to the SMU community and telling folks about upcoming semester events.  Stop by and say hello, find out what is going on, and try your hand at slacklining, cornhole and disk golf.  We will be taking sign-ups for the OA Bike Lease project too!

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INDOOR SKYDIVING

Let SMU Outdoor Adventures take you indoor skydiving through iFLY. iFLY is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. iFLY's vertical wind tunnel generates a wall to wall cushion of air on which you float. There is no parachute, no jumping and nothing attaching you to mother earth! It's just you and the air, and it's the most incredible adrenaline rush on earth!

DATE(S): March 22, 2014

TIME: 8.00 am - 2 pm

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 17 by 6 pm

PRE TRIP MEETING: Wed, March 19 at 7.00 pm

MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

INCLUDES: Transport, jumping fees and a sack lunch.

PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guests accompanying SMU participants.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.

PLACE: Frisco, TX

Degree of Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

COST: SMU $ 65 Non SMU $ 70

 

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TANDEM SKYDIVING

DATE(S): April 18 (Good Friday), 2014
TIME: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (see description)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 15
PLACE: Whitewright, TX
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
COST: SMU (student, faculty, staff): $189; Non-SMU: $200
INCLUDES: All things necessary to jump out of a perfectly good plane plus transport and lunch. 
PRE-TRIP MEETING:  April 16, 7 pm
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Must have valid ID (Driver's License, Passport, etc).  Dress for comfort.  No dresses, sandals or boots.  Must have athletic shoes.  In case of delays, bring something to do such as book, game, etc.
MAX GROUP SIZE 10
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU Guests accompanied by SMU participant.  Limit 2 Non-SMU guests per SMU participant.
NOTE: Cancellations after the deadline date forfeit the entire fee.
DESCRIPTION:

Great opportunity to try a "life-changing" experience.  SMU OA and Skydive Dallas have teamed up to offer a tandem, skydiving day trip.  Tandem jumps means that all participants will be strapped to an experienced instructor.  Jumps are made from 10000 ft up to 13500 ft.  We arrange everything and provide transportation to and from. Still photos and/or video of your jump can be purchased for an additional charge.  The day will start with an hour+ for ground school and then 2-4 hours to have the group complete their first jumps.  Second jumps that day or coupons for a second jump available upon arrival at a discounted rate.  Please note that those who are interested and able to take their second jump that day may extend the time of the activity beyond the 2-4 hours.

Skydive Dallas limits participants to less than 200 lbs.  Between 200-210 lbs, additional charge of $20 (participant responsibility).  Pictures and video options are available upon check-in at Skydive Dallas (participant responsibility).

PLEASE NOTE: THIS ACTIVITY IS VERY WEATHER DEPENDENT.  PLAN TO STAY ENTIRE DAY.  RESCHEDULES OR REFUNDS AT DISCRETION OF SKYDIVE DALLAS.  WEATHER RELATED DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS WILL NOT CONSTITUTE A REFUND.  INDIVIDUALS MAY RESCHEDULE THEIR JUMPS WITH SKYDIVE DALLAS.

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 CAMPING AND ROCK CLIMBING

DATE(S): April 5-6, 2014
TIME: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 1  by 7.00 pm
PLACE: Reimer's Ranch, TX
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
COST: SMU (student/faculty/staff)  $ 50 ; Non-SMU $ 60
INCLUDES: Transportation, equipment, food while camping.
PRE-TRIP MEETING: April 2 at 7.00 pm in the OA office
MAX GROUP SIZE  9
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guests accompanying SMU participants.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Trip Packing List: Rock Climbing
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy.

OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING DAY TRIP

DATE(S): March 1, 2014
TIME: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wed, Feb 26  by 7.00 pm
PLACE: Mineral Wells, TX
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
COST: SMU (student/faculty/staff)  $ 35 ; Non-SMU $ 45
INCLUDES: Transportation, equipment, entry fees, and lunch.
PRE-TRIP MEETING: Feb 26 at 7.00 pm in the OA office
MAX GROUP SIZE  9
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guests accompanying SMU participants.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Day Trip Packing List: Rock Climbing
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy.
DESCRIPTION:  

If you ever wanted to try outdoor rock climbing, this is the trip for you.  We will head for one of our favorite and most popular local crags to put in a day of climbing and head back to Dallas that afternoon.  This is true "Texas limestone" climbing.

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CAVING DAY TRIP - INNER SPACE CAVERNS

DATE(S): Feb 15, 2014
TIME: 7.00 am - 6.00 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Feb 10, 2014
PLACE: Georgetown, TX
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
COST: SMU (student/faculty/staff) $ 100 ; Non-SMU $110
INCLUDES: Transport, lunch, cave entry fee.
PRE-TRIP MEETING: Feb 12 at 7.00pm in the OA office
MAX GROUP SIZE 7
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal Packing List: Caving Day Trip
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU Guests accompanied by SMU participant.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy
DESCRIPTION:

Hidden for 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best preserved caves in Texas and one of the few places where remains of prehistoric animals were unearthed. Come join us for a day of exploring this underground environment!


Inner Space Cavern was discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in the Spring of 1963. While drilling through 40 feet of solid limestone, the bit broke into what is now known as Inner Space Cavern. An adventurous employee of the highway department was lowered into the hole while standing on the drill bit and holding tightly to the stem. He was the first human being to enter INNER SPACE. What an exciting voyage this must have been!

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 OVERNIGHT BACKPACKING TRIP

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DATE(S): Feb 7-9, 2014
TIME: 3 days/2 nights
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   Jan 31by 7.00 pm
PLACE: Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
COST: SMU (student/faculty/staff) $80 ; Non-SMU $90
INCLUDES: Transportation, food upon arrival to destination, and essential equipment (see Personal Packing List below)
PRE-TRIP MEETING: Feb 5, at 7 pm
MAX GROUP SIZE  9
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guest accompanying SMU participant.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal Packing List: Overnight Backpacking
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy
DESCRIPTION:  

Fall is the perfect time to explore the outdoors...cool, crisp wind; enjoyable nights made possible by a toasty sleeping bag. We will leave SMU late Friday afternoon and head up to the hills of western Arkansas, weather permitting, to explore some trails and return on Sunday evening after learning a thing or two about backpacking. Trip includes transportation, food-upon-arrival, camping fees/permits, and necessary equipment such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, etc.  You just need to bring the right kind of clothing and the right kind of attitude and you will be in business!

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2014 SPRING BREAK TRIP- Canoeing and Backpacking

DATE(S): March 8- 15
TIME: One week
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 3 @ 5 pm
PLACE: Buffalo River and the Ozarks, AR
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Activity Level: Moderate-Strenuous
COST: SMU 270 Non SMU 300
INCLUDES: Transportation, accommodation, instruction, and equipment (see Personal Packing List below)
PRE-TRIP MEETING: Wednesday, March 5
MAX GROUP SIZE 8
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guest accompanying SMU participant.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal Packing List: Overnight Backpacking
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy
DESCRIPTION:  
        

Join SMU Outdoor Adventures during the break to unwind in nature. Canoe the Buffalo National River and hike in the Ozarks for a week. When you get back to campus, you will be rejuvenated and ready to face the rest of the year! Getting back to nature is a popular pastime, and hiking in Arkansas is a great way to experience the beauty and the majesty of the Natural state. To learn more, check this link!

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WMI Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) Wilderness First Aid & WFR Recert

DATE(S): March 22-23, 2014
TIME: 8 am- 6 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 14, 2014
PLACE: Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports-SMU campus, Dallas, TX
RATING:  
COST: $ 220 SMU student or if associated with a college Outdoor Program, $ 250 for all others
INCLUDES: Materials and instruction
PRE-TRIP MEETING: None.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: See WFA 2014 Info Sheet
MAX GROUP SIZE 30
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU and Non-SMU
NOTE:

Tuition payment in full is required to reserve your spot in the course. Tuition is non-transferable. Tuition is payable by:

  • Visa/MasterCard/Discover (no American Express)

Online registration is OPEN!

The tuition fee covers textbooks, syllabus, equipment, and certification cards. A full refund will be given if we are forced to cancel the course for any reason. 

See WFA 2014 Info Sheet for more information.

Please download the following forms and read them very carefully as it affects your legal rights.  Bring both documents, completed and signed, to the first day of the course

WMI Participant Agreement

SMU Outdoor Adventures WFA Release of Liability

DESCRIPTION:
Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel in the outdoors. Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?" On this course, you'll learn how to prepare for the unexpected. WMI's curriculum is unique and includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out such as dislocation reduction, focused spinal assessment and epinephrine administration. In just two days, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals in remote locations. WMI's course is pre-approved by such organizations as the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies.  This course does not include adult/child CPR. 

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 ZIPLINING DAY TRIP

DATE(S): Saturday, March 29, 2014
TIME: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 26  by 7:00 pm
PLACE: New York, Texas
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
COST: SMU (student/faculty/staff) $70 ; Non-SMU $85
INCLUDES: Transportation, food upon arrival to destination, services and essential equipment (see Personal Packing List below)
PRE-TRIP MEETING:  March 26 at 7.00 pm in the OA office
MAX GROUP SIZE  9
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guest accompanying SMU participant.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal Packing List: Dress for weather and athletic shoes only.
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy
DESCRIPTION:  
Come soar through the treetops with beautiful views of east Texas landscape.  The day will begin with an early departure from SMU for the 2 hour drive to our destination near Athens, TX.  Once decked-out by the outfitters, we will spend the next few hours zipping through the treetops on 9 separate zip lines.  Trip includes transportation, all fees, equipment, and lunch.

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MATAGORDA ISLAND COASTAL KAYAKING & CAMPING TRIP

DATE(S): TBD
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TBD
PLACE: Matagorda Island, TX
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
COST: SMU (student/faculty/staff) $100 ; Non-SMU $110
INCLUDES: Transportation, entry fee, food during activity, and essential equipment.
PRE-TRIP MEETING: TBD 7.00 pm in the OA office
MAX GROUP SIZE 6
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guest accompanying SMU participant.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal Packing List: Coastal Kayaking
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy
DESCRIPTION:  
The Matagorda Island WMA consists of 56,688 acres of offshore barrier island and bayside marshes which is operated as a wildlife management area, jointly owned by the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is cooperatively managed as the Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area. Come with us to this haven and explore the sea near this island in a kayak. The trip will start early morning from SMU and head out towards Port O'Connor. You will camp for the night there and head out into the water the following morning.....
Fees include transport, food while camping, camping fees and gear.

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BASIC FLY FISHING CLINIC

DATE(S): TBD
TIME: 9.00 am -1.30 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TBD
PLACE: OA Rental Shop and White Rock Lake
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Easy
COST: SMU (student/faculty/staff) $0 ; Non-SMU $10
INCLUDES:  A sandwich lunch at the lake and essential equipment
PRE-TRIP MEETING: Notification via e mail
MAX GROUP SIZE 9
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guest accompanying SMU participant.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal Packing List: Sun glasses, shoes that can get wet, Sunscreen, water bottle and a sun hat.
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy
DESCRIPTION: A new introduction at SMU Outdoor Adventures. Join us in learning how to cast and  use artificial lure in  an angling tradition dating back to the second century. The skill brings out the patience, peace, precision and love of nature in you. The "ground school" will teach you how to assemble a rod, tie fishing knots and cast on dry land. We will then drive to White Rock lake where we will practice casting on water as we learn some fish ecology. We do have a van available to transport participants to the lake.
 

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Overnight Canoeing Trip

DATE(S): April 12-13, 2014
TIME: Leave Saturday morning  -5:00 pm Sunday
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 8 by 7.00 pm
PLACE: North Toledo Bend State Park- Texas/ Louisiana border.
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Physical Activity Level: Moderate-Strenuous
COST: SMU (student/faculty/staff) $80 ; Non-SMU $90
INCLUDES:  Transportation, equipment, fees, lunch and know-how.
PRE-TRIP MEETING: April 10 at 7.00 pm
MAX GROUP SIZE 10
PARTICIPANT TYPE: SMU & Non-SMU guest accompanying SMU participant.  Limit 1 guest per SMU participant.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal Packing List:
NOTE: Standard OA Trip Cancellation Policy
DESCRIPTION:

 

Canoeing began to meet the simple needs of transportation across and along waterways.   Canoeing was the primary mode of long-distance transportation at one time throughout much of North America, the Amazon Basin, and Polynesia, among other locations. As a method of transportation, canoes have generally been replaced by motorized boats, etc., although they remain popular as recreational or sporting watercraft. Come and experience these watercraft through the OA as you enjoy the outdoors and camping.

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