Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi

Adventure Trips, Clinics, & Events

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Join Ole Miss Outdoors (OMOD) for one of our exciting adventures, educational clinics, skill-based certifications, or campus & community events.  Our trips are designed for all people and all skill levels. Participants must be enrolled as a student at the University of Mississippi, OR be 18 years of age or older to participate in the trip program.  Trip prices are all-inclusive, unless otherwise noted. Clinics and events are geared toward student and community members, and offer a wide variety of activities for everyone.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page for more information about registration, trip format, and safety procedures.  If you have questions, please visit the Ole Miss Outdoors office, located in Turner Center 110, or call 662-915-6735.


Upcoming Trips:

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Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24
Canoeing and Camping
Puskus Lake, MS (20 miles from Oxford)
$35 Students  |  $40 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110 M/W/F 12-6 p.m..

Spend a relaxing weekend with OMOD at Lake Puskus near Etta, MS. We will spend all afternoon paddling the lake and exploring the local trail system, before settling down for a relaxing evening of campfire cooking and community. The next morning, we may get in a morning paddle before packing up and heading back to Oxford. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, all canoeing and tent camping gear, canoeing and camping fees, guiding fees, and group food. Group food includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday. Please bring snacks and personal items!

Fall Semester Events:

Kayak Thursdays (Sep 1, 8, 15, 22; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17)  7:00-9:00 p.m
OMOD Kayak Roll Sessions & Kayak Water Polo – Free events!
Turner Center Pool (on campus)
Interested in learning how to roll a whitewater kayak, OMOD instructors will guide you through the progression of learning this fundamental skill. If you have a roll then come out and enjoy the time to practice or better yet jump into a game of kayak water polo.  Kayaks provided by OMOD or feel free to bring your own.

Free Fridays (Sep 9, 23; Oct 7, 14; Nov 4, 18) 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Rebel Challenge Course (on campus) – Free events!  
Want to check ziplining off your bucket list? Free Fridays offer the opportunity to zipline from a point higher than 30 feet. Climb up the vertical wall or ascend across a telephone pole for your zip adventure. All participants must wear closed toe shoes and weigh at least 50lbs for high ropes course activities.

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Tuesday, August 30th – 4:00 p.m.
Wilderness Survival Workshop
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus)
$10 Students | $15 Community
Learn the basics of wilderness survival tactics during this afternoon workshop. OMOD Trip Leaders will teach clinics on fire building, shelter building, water purifying, backcountry medicine, and other necessary skills. The trip cost includes instruction fees, gear rental, and supplies.

Tuesday, September 6th – 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Nature Walk
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – Free event!
Walk some of the bicycle trails and experience the nature aside from the main gravel rail bed. The guided walk will discuss the basics of nature trail markings and the identification of local plant and animal species.

Sunday, September 11th – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Introductory Sailing Clinic
Sardis Lower Lake, Mississippi (20 miles from Oxford)
$50 Students  |  $60 Community
Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail? Well, now’s your chance! Spend the day with Ole Miss Outdoors and Blackjack Sailing on the Lower Lake at Sardis Marina. US Sailing-certified instructors will teach you all the basics on land, and then you’ll get to try out your new skills on a 2-person sailboat around the marina and lower lake. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, all sailing gear and instruction, and snacks.

Wednesday, September 14
Orvis Fly Fishing 101 – Clinic
Turner Center Pool – 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Free event!
Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Fly rods and equipment is provided.

Thursday, September 15th – 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Hammock Hangout / S’mores with Outdoors
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – Free event!
Come and join Ole Miss Outdoors in a relaxing evening of hammocking. You may use our hammocks or bring your own to the beginner friendly event. Learn how to set up a hammock and enjoy the taste of s’mores with new friends in the outdoors.

Sunday, September 18th
Climbing & Hiking Day Trip
Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi (50 miles from Oxford)
$40 Students  |  $50 Community
Enjoy a day full of outdoor activities with Ole Miss Outdoors in one of the only places in the state where you can go real rock climbing! We will teach you all of the climbing basics, and explore some the beautiful trails throughout the park. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, all climbing gear, park entrance fees, and climbing instruction and guide fees. Please bring snacks and personal items!

Wednesday, September 21st – 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Orienteering Skills Class
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus)
$10 Students | $15 Community
Navigate through the woods without electronic technology during this afternoon workshop. OMOD Trip Leaders will teach clinics on how to use a map and compass to get you to different locations. The event will end with a treasure hunt. The event cost includes instruction fees, gear rental, and you may take home a compass!

Sunday, September 25th
Canoeing & Kayaking Day Trip
Wall Doxey State Park, Mississippi (20 miles from Oxford)
$25 Students  |  $30 Community
Spend a relaxing day with OMOD at the lake of Wall Doxey State Park near Holly Springs, MS. We will spend all afternoon paddling the lake and exploring the local ecosystem. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, canoeing instruction, all canoeing and kayaking gear, and park fees. Please bring snacks and personal items!

Sunday, October 2nd
Group Trail Ride
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE Event!
Bring your mountain bike and meet us at the South Campus Rail Trail head (just off Chucky Mullins Drive, just south of Highway 6. We’ll explore the single track bike trails off of the South Campus Rail Trail, and enjoy a picnic lunch by the lake.  Please bring a sack lunch and any personal items.

Friday, October 7th – Sunday, October 9th
Backpacking the Appalachian Trail
Springer Mountain, Georgia (400 miles from Oxford)
$TBD Students  |  $TBD Community
Join Ole Miss Outdoors as we section hike the famous Appalachian Trail, starting with Amicalola Falls approach trail to Springer Mountain.  This trip requires that participants be in good physical condition.

Saturday, October 8th – 4:00 p.m.
Wilderness Survival Workshop
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus)
$10 Students | $15 Community
Learn the basics of wilderness survival tactics during this afternoon workshop. OMOD Trip Leaders will teach clinics on fire building, shelter building, water purifying, backcountry medicine, and other necessary skills. The trip cost includes instruction fees, gear rental, and supplies.

Thursday, October 13th – 4:00 p.m.
Outdoor Yoga Class  
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus)
$5 Students | $10 Community
Learn the basics of wilderness survival tactics during this afternoon workshop. OMOD Trip Leaders will teach clinics on fire building, shelter building, water purifying, backcountry medicine, and other necessary skills. The trip cost includes instruction fees, gear rental, and supplies.

Friday, October 15th – Sunday, October 17th
Rustic Rebel Road Trip I: Fishing Beaver Lake
Fayetteville, Arkansas (375 miles from Oxford)
$TBD Students  |  $TBD Community
For our first leg of the Rustic Rebel Road Trip, we will travel to the home of the Razorbacks and camp at 28,370 acre Beaver Lake, the birthplace of the White River. The lake offers striper bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, bream, and channel catfish, all surrounded by limestone bluffs and the Ozark Mountains. We will fish part of Saturday, and watch the Rebels play the rest of the day (depending on game time, TBA).  We will also fish Sunday morning before heading back to God’s Country. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, fishing license fees, all camping and fishing gear, park entrance fees, and group camp meals. Please bring snacks, money for dining in town, and personal items!

Friday, October 21st – Sunday, October 23rd
Rustic Rebel Road Trip II: Biking Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (335 miles from Oxford)
$TBD Students  |  $TBD Community
For our second Rustic Rebel Road Trip, we will travel to Baton Rouge, the home of the LSU Tigers.  During the day,  we will bike around downtown, the campus, and across the Mississippi River levee.  Following our group ride, we will head to Bogue Chitto State Park to paddle around the cypress tupelo swamps. After a day of adventure, we will return to our cabins to watch the Rebels play. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, all camping and biking gear, park entrance fees, and group camp meals. Please bring snacks, money for dining in town, and personal items!

Friday, October 21st – 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cosmic Climb
Rebel Challenge Course (on campus) – Free event!
Experience rock climbing in the dark! With the help of black lights and glow sticks, the neon taped wall will glow as you ascend up 30ft. The event is open to all students and community members. All participants must wear closed toe shoes and weigh at least 50lbs for high ropes course activities.

Friday, October 28th 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Halloween Candy Climb
Rebel Challenge Course (on campus) – Free event!
Wear a costume and join Ole Miss Outdoors in an evening of rock climbing and free candy. The higher you climb, the better the candy gets! There will be healthy options, if desired. Open to families! All participants must wear closed toe shoes and weigh at least 50lbs for high ropes course activities.

Thursday, November 3rd
Leave No Trace – Outdoor Ethics Workshop
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus)
$20 Students  |  $25 Community
In this LNT Awareness Workshop, participants will receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace. Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors.

Saturday, November 12
Rebel Trail Challenge – Adventure Race
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus)
$25 per person
6 obstacles. 5 miles. 2 teammates. 1 epic adventure race.
Are You Ready? We are gearing up for the third annual Rebel Trail Challenge, so choose a partner and take the challenge – prepare to run, climb, crawl, carry, and get muddy!  You and your race partner will run the rail trail and the adjacent bike trails, and navigate obstacles such as the Wall Scramble, Rope Climb, Spider Web, Low Crawl, Jug Carry, and Tire Sprint. Racers receive a tech t-shirt and race bag; proceeds benefit student scholarships. 

Friday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th
Rustic Rebel Road Trip III: Indoor Rock Climbing The Crag
Nashville, Tennessee (335 miles from Oxford)
$TBD Students  |  $TBD Community
For our third and final installment of the Rustic Rebel Road Trip series, we will travel to Nashvegas to see the Rebels take on the Commodores.  Before or after the game, we will head to Franklin for some indoor rock climbing at The Crag Climbing Gym, and at night we will sleep in the climate controlled cabins of Henry Horton State Park. The Crag features 6500 square feet of climbing surface, with over 65 routes and 50 bouldering problems ranging all difficulty levels. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, all camping gear, park entrance fees, gym entrance fee, and group camp meals. Please bring snacks, money for dining in town, and personal items!  

Saturday, December 10th – Thursday, December 15th
Skiing and Snowboarding Snowmass
Snowmass Village, Colorado (1360 miles from Oxford)
$695 Students  |  $750 Community
Join Ole Miss Outdoors on our annual snowsports trip – this year we will head to Colorado to Snowmass, the popular winter resort location for skiing and snowboarding. The Snowmass ski area is the largest of the four nearby ski areas operated collectively as Aspen/Snowmass.  We will stay five nights at Stonebridge Inn, a destination hotel offering warm ambiance and a classic ski lodge atmosphere in the heart of Snowmass Village. The Snowmass slopes are just 100 yards away and the other three ski resorts, as well as downtown Aspen, are easy to get to via the free shuttle that stops right outside the inn.  We will enjoy 4 days of Aspen/Snowmass lift tickets, and your choice of ski or snowboard rentals.  Price includes lodging, lift tickets, and ski/board rentals.  Participants are required to purchase their own airfare.

Saturday, December 10th – Sunday, December 18th
Wilderness First Responder Certification
Turner Center
$550 Students  |  $600 Community
SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers. The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.

Monday January 16th – Friday, January 20th
Level 1 Challenge Course Facilitator Certification

 

 

Adventure Trip FAQs:

What is included in the trip cost? The trip cost is all-inclusive*. We will provide you with roundtrip ground transportation, meals, all gear rentals, camping fees, and guiding fees. The only things you need are clothes and snacks! *unless otherwise noted.

Do I have to provide my own transportation?  No, all trips include roundtrip ground transportation*. OMOD owns two Ford Expeditions that we will drive to and from the location. *unless otherwise noted.

What time do we depart Oxford and when do we return to Oxford? The weekend trips will leave Friday afternoon once everyone is done with class, preferably before 4 pm. Since we drive to our locations, we want to make sure we are not getting there too late, but we are willing to work with everyone! Weekend trips arrive back in Oxford on Sunday around 7 pm generally, but again, we can work with you if you have to be back for a reason. Sunday trips leave around 8 am and arrive back around 7pm. The trips leaders will discuss departure/arrival times at the pre-trip meeting.

What happens after I register? All trips will have a pre-trip meeting the Tuesday before it goes out. The trip leaders (whose names are on the trip info sheet) will contact you beforehand to remind you of the time and date. At that meeting, they will go over the itinerary, departure/arrival times, and other crucial info. Also, you are encouraged to contact them at any time with questions about the trip.

Do I need to have my own gear to come on trips? No! OMOD provides all technical gear for all of our trips.


REGISTRATION: To register for a trip, please click the online registration link or visit the Ole Miss Outdoors office, located in Turner Center 110 (on the first floor, under the stairs). Most of our trips require the full payment for the trip at registration, with the exception of our longer (and more expensive) trips. We accept Visa and Mastercard online, and Visa, Mastercard, Cash, Check, and Ole Miss Express in the office.

PRE-TRIP MEETINGS AND SKILL WORKSHOPS: All trip participants are required to attend a pre-trip meeting the Tuesday before the trip. At this time, the Trip Leaders will go over all necessary information, assign gear, and answer any questions. If the outdoor activity requires specific knowledge or skill, Trip Leaders will plan a mandatory skill workshop to teach participants (i.e. how to wet exit or roll in a white water kayak) before the dates of the trip.

ADVENTURE TRIP OVERVIEW: OMOD offers three formats for adventure trips – day trips, weekend trips, and week-long trips.

  • Day Trips

    • Distance: Trips are generally within an hour drive of campus.
    • Type of Trips: Local outdoor recreation is generally focused on paddling sports (canoeing, kayaking, fishing, etc) or hiking. Most of our Fall trips are in this category.
    • Timeline: Participants meet behind the Turner Center the morning of the adventure to load up in our two Ford Expeditions. Day trips usually last between 6-8 hours all together (including driving time).
    • Necessary Items: Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch, personal snacks, and water and dress appropriately for the activity.
  • Weekend Trips
    • Distance: Weekend trips allow participants to go further into the Southeast for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Our trip destinations are generally 3-6 hours from campus.
    • Type of Trips: The Southeast offers a wide variety of outdoor disciplines, such as a white water rafting, rock climbing, hang gliding, etc. Most of our Spring trips are in this category.
    • Timeline: Participants meet in the OMOD office (Turner 110) on Friday afternoon and load our two Ford Expeditions. We generally camp in tents both Friday and Saturday nights at a local campground, focusing on our activity all day Saturday. Sunday usually consists of packing up camp and continuing the activity if possible. We arrive back in Oxford around 5PM on Sunday.
    • Necessary Items: OMOD provides all necessary gear and most food. Participants are encouraged to bring appropriate clothing (as specified by the activity), personal snacks, and water.
  • Week-Long Trips
    • Distance: Anywhere. If we can drive there, we can do it.
    • Types of Trips: Anything. In the past, we’ve driven to Canada for dog-sledding, the Grand Canyon for backpacking, the Colorado Rockies for skiing & snowboarding, the Florida Keys for kayaking and snorkeling, and many other places around the US. In the Fall, we always do a ski & snowboard trip and our Spring Break trip varies. Occasionally, we plan a week-long summer trip.
    • Timeline: The timeline greatly varies based on the type of trip offered. Generally, trips last the full week, including the weekends.
    • Necessary Items: OMOD provides all necessary gear and most food, unless otherwise specified. Participants are encouraged to bring appropriate clothing (as specified by the activity), personal snacks, and water.

LIABILITY: All OMOD trip participants are required to fill out a waiver and health form. To save time, you may print the waiver and health forms ahead of time or you may choose to receive a copy upon registration.  Click here for the waiver/health form.