Outdoor Adventure Trips, Clinics, & Events
Join Ole Miss Outdoors (OMOD) for one of our exciting adventure trips, 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 to the bottom of the page for more information about registration, trip format, and safety procedures. If you have questions, visit the Ole Miss Outdoors office in Turner Center 110, or call 662-915-6735.
Fall 2017 Adventure Trips, Clinics, & Events
9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/30.
Turner Center Pool
Learn 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.
9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10.
Rebel Challenge Course
Check zip-lining off your bucket list! Free Fridays offer the opportunity to experience elements higher than 30 feet. Climb up the vertical wall or ascend across a telephone pole for your next adventure. All participants must wear closed toe shoes and weigh at least 50lbs for high ropes course activities.
Mountain Biking Clinic – Clear Creek Trails
Leaders: Emily + Walker
Learn the basics of mountain biking; this day clinic is perfect for beginner trail cyclists. The clinic will be instructed by our trip leaders, who will take the group on beginner and intermediate bike trails at the Clear Creek Recreation Area.
Weekend Backpacking – Foster Falls, TN
Backpack Foster Falls, a beautiful waterfall, located in South Cumberland State Park. The trails you will be backpacking are ranked in the nation’s top 25. This trip requires participants to be in good physical condition.
Rustic Road Trip I – Tuscaloosa, AL
Leaders: Anne D. + Sarah
Want to travel to away games and have no way to get there? Let OMOD take you! We are pairing kayaking with football; we’ll find the best paddling spots in the Tuscaloosa area, and then scout out a location to watch our Rebels take on the Crimson Tide.
Rustic Road Trip II – Auburn, AL
Leaders: Alison + Walker
Join us for part 2 of our Rustic Road Trip series. Ole Miss Outdoors will travel back to the state of Alabama, this time to the town of Auburn. We are pairing hiking with football, and we’ll be exploring the trails that Auburn has to offer, while finding a location to watch our Rebels take on the Tigers.
Paintball Day Trip – Oxford, MS
Set your sights on a thrilling day of paintball where you get to dodge, jump and maneuver your way through enemy lines in an effort to obtain their flag, without being eliminated. These outdoor courses offer a wide variety of difficulty and obstacles! We will head out to Rebel Paintball Company to try our skills – expect a safe, adrenaline pumping experience!
Rock Climbing Day Trip – Tishomingo State Park, MS
Leaders: Jacob + Cole
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 transportation, all climbing gear, park entrance fees, and climbing instruction and guide fees.
Ghoulow Run – South Campus Rail Trail
Leaders: Ole Miss Outdoors Staff
This fun trail run will take place at dusk on the main rail bed trail, just in time for ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to come out and spook you! Not to worry though, we will outfit you in plenty of glow-in-the-dark gadgets and goodies to keep you safe and seen! Choose the 1 mile fun run or step up to the 5K, if you dare! Kids 10 yrs and older are welcome; no strollers or pets.
Candy Climb – Rebel Challenge Course
Leaders: Ole Miss Outdoors Staff
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. This fun event is sponsored by RebelWell and is free of cost to participants.
Standup Paddleboarding Clinic – Sardis Lake
Leaders: Anna Kate + Nick
Spend the day exploring Sardis Lake via standup paddleboard. This beginner event will go over the basics of paddleboarding and offer participants a chance to play around the lower lake. We will also play a variety of outdoor games on the white sandy beach, including Bocce Ball and Spike Ball!
RTC Adventure Race – South Campus Trail
Are You Ready? We are gearing up for the fourth annual Rebel Trail Challenge, so find a partner and take the challenge – prepare to run, climb, crawl, carry, and get muddy! You and your race partner will run the trails and navigate obstacles. There are 7 Divisions, and all racers receive a technical t-shirt. *Price increases after Oct. 15.
Mountain Biking Day Trip – South Campus Rail Trail
Leaders: Emily + Walker
Want to learn the basics of mountain biking? This day clinic is perfect for various levels of bike riders. The clinic will be instructed by our trip leaders and includes a ride down the main rail bed on one of our Fuji mountain bikes. For more of a thrill, stick around for rides on the single-track bike trails!
Indoor Rock Climbing – Birmingham, AL
Leaders: Jacob + Cole
From beginners to experts, all are welcome to join Ole Miss Outdoors as we spend the day at the newest climbing gym in the South. This brand new gym features auto-belay climbing as well as top rope and lead climbing, as well as a huge bouldering area, so all levels of climbers are supported.
Harvest Hunt Relay Race – The Grove
Leaders: Ole Miss Outdoors Staff + Run Oxford Volunteers
This relay race will have participants hunting for clues hidden around campus; find your clue, bring it back to the Grove, tag your teammate. Sounds simple? It is, but it’s fun. Each runner will cover approximately 1 mile of terrain. Winning teams will receive prizes and all participants will receive swag! This event is sponsored by Run Oxford.
Wilderness First Responder Certification
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 personal backcountry trips or expeditions.
Dog Sledding – Ely, MN
Leaders: Alison + Francis
You’ll have the time of your life as you pass through the picturesque North Country with a team of hearty Alaskan Husky sled dogs out in front of you, having as much fun as you are! Located near Ely, Minnesota, a special little town known far and wide as the Gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the Superior National Forest, as a guide will provide exciting dog sledding adventures. It’s the trip of a lifetime!
Adventure Trip FAQs:
What is included in the trip cost? The trip cost is all-inclusive*. We will provide you with round-trip ground transportation, meals, all gear rentals, camping fees, and guiding fees. The only things you need are clothes and snacks! *unless otherwise noted in the trip description.
Do I have to provide my own transportation? No, all trips include round-trip ground transportation*. Campus Recreation owns departmental vehicles that we drive to and from the location. *unless otherwise noted in the trip description.
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 our trips; if specialty gear is needed, we will rent from an outfitter and that will be included in the trip cost.
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 and camping. Most of our day trips are in these categories.
- 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.
NON-OUTFITTER TRIP REFUND POLICY: If you cancel prior to the pre-trip meeting date (the Tuesday before the trip), you may receive 70% of the total payment, if the trip is not booked with an outfitter or travel agency. Refunds will not be available after the pre-trip meeting unless you find substitute to take your place for the trip. If you find a substitute, that person must register in the Ole Miss Outdoors office and pay in full. Once they have paid in full, you will receive a full (100%) refund. Should you find a substitute and he/she pays in full before the pre-trip meeting, you may also receive a full refund.
OUTFITTER TRIP REFUND POLICY: If the trip is booked through an outfitter or travel agency (or any 3rd party service provider), you must find a substitute for your spot to receive a refund. If you find a substitute, that person must register in the Ole Miss Outdoors office and pay in full. Once he/she pays in full, you will receive a full (100%) refund. Ole Miss Outdoors books trips with outfitters far in advance and must fill spots to avoid losing money, and outfitters do not generally offer refunds to the University. Therefore you are responsible for filling your spot if you register and can no longer go on one of these trips.