Adventure Trips, Clinics, & Events
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 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.
SUMMER 2016 SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 30 – Saturday, July 2
Water Rafting on the Chattooga River
Mountain Rest, SC (450 miles from Oxford)
$220 Students | $230 Community
*SORRY, THIS TRIP IS NOW AT MAX CAPACITY
Take on the wildest river in the Southeast with OMOD! We will be taking on the Chattooga River’s Section IV, which is considered the river’s high-adventure section. It boasts Seven-Foot Falls, Raven’s Chute Rapid and the famous Five Falls—where five Class IV-V rapids unfold in 1/3 of a river mile. The Nantahala Outdoor Center’s elite Chattooga team will guide you through the rapids, provide a memorable riverside lunch and walk you to the base of majestic Long Creek Falls. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, all rafting and tent camping gear, rafting and camping fees, guiding fees, and group food. Group food includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday and breakfast Saturday. Please bring snacks and personal items!
Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10
Climbing, Hiking, & Camping
Tishomingo State Park, MS (50 miles from Oxford)
$50 Students | $60 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110.
Enjoy a weekend 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, before settling down for a campfire dinner and R&R. The next morning, the trip leaders will cook a hearty breakfast and you’ll explore a little more before heading back to Oxford. The trip cost includes round trip transportation, all climbing and tent camping gear, camping and climbing fees, guiding fees, and group food. Group food includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday. Please bring snacks and personal items!
Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 16
Community Survival Workshop
South Campus Rail Trail, MS (on campus)
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110 M/W/F 12-6 p.m..
Learn the basics of wilderness survival tactics during this two-day workshop. OMOD Trip Leaders will teach clinics on fire building, shelter building, water purifying, backcountry medicine, and other necessary skills. Then, workshop participants will partake in a voluntary overnight challenge to test their new skills. The trip cost includes all teaching and guiding fees, tent camping gear, and group food. Group food includes dinner on Friday. Please bring food for breakfast Saturday, snacks, and personal items!
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!
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.