Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi

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.

 Weekly Events:

kayak thursdays

Kayak Thursdays (Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17)  7:00-9:00 p.m
Drop in! Kayak Roll Clinics & Kayak Water Polo – Free sessions!
Turner Center Pool (on campus) – meet on the pool deck at 7:00 p.m.
Interested in learning how to roll a whitewater kayak or play kayak polo? OMOD instructors will guide you through the progression of learning this fundamental skill. If you have your roll down 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 Fall 2016

Free Fridays (Sep 9, 23; Oct 7, 14; Nov 4, 18) 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Drop in! Rebel Challenge Course (on campus) – Free events!
Want to check zip-lining 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.






Fall Semester Events Now Registering:




Friday, October 28th 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Halloween Candy Climb
Rebel Challenge Course (on campus) – Free event!
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110.
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.


Leave No Trace


Thursday, November 3rd
Leave No Trace – Outdoor Ethics Workshop
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE Event!
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110.
In this LNT Awareness Workshop, participants will receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace, taught by the LNT Traveling Trainers. 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. Participants will meet at the Ole Miss Outdoors office in the Turner Center (Rm 110).  After a brief orientation and introduction, the trip leaders will drive the participants in Campus Recreation vehicles down to the South Campus Trail and then drive back upon the completion of the workshop.

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Saturday, November 12
Rebel Trail Challenge – Adventure Race
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus)
$25 per person
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110.
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. 




NashvilleFriday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th
Rustic Rebel Road Trip: Vandy Game + Indoor Rock Climbing 
Nashville, Tennessee (335 miles from Oxford)
$180 Students  |  $200 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110.
For this Rustic Rebel Road Trip, we will travel to Nashvegas to watch our Rebels take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. Depending on the time of the game, we will head to Franklin before or after for some indoor rock climbing at The Crag Climbing Gym, and at night we will sleep in the climate controlled cabins of David Crockett 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 a Vandy football game ticket, round trip transportation, lodging in cabins (provided by a grant from Health Promotion!), the climbing gym entrance fee, and group meals. Please bring snacks, money for dining in town, and personal items.

Ski & Snowboard (1)

Saturday, December 10th – Thursday, December 15th
Skiing and Snowboarding Snowmass
Snowmass Village, Colorado (1360 miles from Oxford)
$695 Students  |  $750 Community (50% deposit required to hold spot)
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110.
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.  A deposit of 50% of the cost is required at registration to hold your spot; the remaining 50% balance is due November 25. Participants are required to purchase their own airfare.  


Saturday, December 10th – Sunday, December 18th
Wilderness First Responder Certification
Turner Center
$550 Students  |  $600 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110.
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.


Staff Training 2012 023

Monday January 16th – Friday, January 20th
Level 1 Challenge Course Facilitator Certification
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110.







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.