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Outdoor Adventure Trips

Join Ole Miss Outdoors (OMOD) for one of our exciting adventure trips, educational clinics, skill-based certifications, or campus & community events. Many of our trips and events are designed for people of all abilities and skill levels. Participants must be enrolled as a University of Mississippi student, or be 18 years of age or older to participate in the trip program. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information about registration, trip format, and safety procedures.

Click here to register for Adventure Trips, Clinics, & Special Events.    If you have questions, please call us at 662-915-6735, email us at omod@olemiss.edu, or stop by our office in the South Campus Recreation Center (Suite D100, just past the climbing wall).


2019 Adventure Trips & Events:

Click here for a printable schedule of events.

October 6: Mindfulness Day Hike
10:00 am | Puskus Lake, MS
Namaste meets nature. Explore the rustic beauty of nearby Puskus Lake and take an easy hike on the 1.5 mile interpretive trail. Learn mindfulness and stress-reducing techniques from our Wellness Education experts along the way; we will conclude our walk by practicing Yoga on the dock and focusing on awareness and being in the present moment.

October 11-13: Rustic Rebs Mizzou Game
*Time determined at pretrip meeting | Columbia, MO
Students – join Ole Miss Outdoors for a Rustic Rebel Roadtrip – enjoy a weekend of football and hiking as we travel to Columbia to see the Rebs take on the Mizzou Tigers. We will check out the University of Missouri campus, catch the game, camp, and hike the nearby trails (the exact schedule will depend on the game time which is still TBA). Transportation, game ticket, camping fees, and camping equipment are provided.

October 18: Biking Day Trip 
9:00 am | New Albany, MS
Take a bike ride with Ole Miss Outdoors! We are heading to the Tanglefoot Trail, Mississippi’s longest Rails to Trails conversion, to enjoy some scenic riding. You may use one of our bikes or bring your own, and we will stop for lunch in one of the towns along the trail.  We will ride approximately 22 miles roundtrip at a comfortable pace.

October 24: Ghoulow Run
6:00 pm | South Campus Rail Trail
Join us at dusk for our annual glow run on the trail, and choose between the Mile of Misery or Freaky 5K.  Scarers will be waiting along the way to put a little more getup in your step. We will have face painting, glow bracelets, and fun awards for best costume and fastest times.  See you there, if you dare!

October 25-27: Backpacking Weekend
*Time determined at pretrip meeting| Talladega National Forest, AL
We will be trekking the Pinhoti Loop in the Talladega National Forest, as this 17 mile trail has a variety of breathtaking views to explore, and the timing is perfect for seasonal leaf color. This is an intermediate hike requiring a moderate level of physical fitness and appropriate apparel and footwear.  Small group training is available for participants to become better conditioned for hiking this mileage and terrain.

November 3: Rebel Trail Challenge Partner Adventure Race 
2:00 pm | South Campus Rail Trail
Join us for our 5th annual Rebel Trail Challenge partner adventure race, and prepare to run 5 miles on single track bike trails while navigating various obstacles along the way.  This race is timed by Run Oxford, and participants who register before Oct. 15 are guaranteed a tech t-shirt. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers in each of the seven divisions: male rookie, female rookie, corec rookie, male elite, female elite, corec elite and allrec unified.  Race entry fees support student scholarships; click here to register.

November 10: OMOD Bouldering Competition
2:00 pm | South Campus Recreation Center
Ole Miss Outdoors is hosting our inaugural bouldering competition, open to climbers of all abilities. Compete in a fun and friendly atmosphere and challenge yourself on various boulder problems set up on our brand new 70 linear-foot bouldering wall. Register prior to October 24th and you will receive a shirt with your entry fee.

November 13: Wellness Climb with Stacy Bare
4:00 pm | South Campus Recreation Center Climbing Wall
Hear Stacy’s powerful testimony about what rock climbing can do for your physical and emotional well-being. From active duty serviceman to alcoholic and addict to scared first-time climber to The North Face Ambassador, Stacy Bare is more than just a veteran. And what started out as a goal to save himself has turned into a goal to get everyone outside to share in nature’s healing powers. Discover how indoor and outdoor rock climbing can help you with stress management and overall wellness.

November 22-24: Climbing Weekend 
*Time determined at pretrip meeting | Sand Rock, AL
Put your climbing skills to the test as we travel to Sand Rock to enjoy a wonderful camping environment and even better rock climbing. Bouldering, sport, trad, it has it all from beginner to elite; a literal maze of free standing pinnacles offers climbs around every corner. Beginners are welcome and will be able to do just as much as advanced climbers as the area offers a wide variety of climbs for all skill levels.


Previous adventure trip videos:

Click here to check out our 2018 dog sledding trip in Minnesota.
Click here to check out our 2018 trip to LSU for football and an outdoor adventure!


Adventure Trip FAQs:

What is included in the trip cost?
The trip cost includes most expenses. We will provide you with round-trip ground transportation, campsite meals, all gear rentals, camping fees, and outfitter/guide fees. The only things you need are clothes, money for meals while traveling, and snacks, unless otherwise noted on the trip registration page. 

Do I provide my own transportation?
No, all trips include round-trip ground transportation, unless otherwise noted on the trip registration page. Campus Recreation owns departmental vehicles that we drive to and from the location. On rare occasions, we may fly to farther destinations, but that cost will be noted on the trip page.

What time do we depart Oxford and when do we return to Oxford?
Weekend trips usually depart Turner Center on Friday afternoon after students finish class, and usually return Sunday afternoon or evening. 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! Day trips usually depart in the morning and return late afternoon/evening. The trips leaders will discuss departure/arrival times at the pre-trip meeting.


What happens after I register?
You will be emailed trip information and a link to an online form that you must complete one week before the trip/clinic date. Weekend and extended trips will have a pre-trip meeting, typically the Tuesday before the date of the trip. The trip leaders 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 here or visit the Ole Miss Outdoors office, located in the South Campus Recreation Center, Suite D100.  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 cash, check, and Ole Miss Express in the office.

PRE-TRIP MEETINGS AND SKILL WORKSHOPS:
All weekend and extended 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.  Day trips and clinics do not always require a pre-trip meeting, but you will receive an email on the Tuesday before the trip with all trip logistics and details.

ADVENTURE OVERVIEW:
OMOD offers three adventure formats – day trips/clinics, weekend trips, and extended 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: On the Tuesday before the trip, participants will receive an email with all trip details from the trip leaders.  On the day of the trip, participants will meet behind the Turner Center at the specified time to load up in our two university vehicles. 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.
    • Provided Items: your trip fee covers round-trip ground transportation, campsite meals, the outfitter/park fees, guide services, and any gear necessary for the trip.
  • 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: On the Tuesday before the trip, a pre-trip meeting will be held in the Outdoors Office (Turner 110) so the group can discuss all logistics and important information. Participants will meet in the OMOD office (Turner 110) on Friday afternoon and load our two university vehicles. 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 Sunday afternoon.
    • Necessary Items: Participants are encouraged to bring appropriate clothing (as specified by the activity), personal snacks, and water.
    • Provided Items: your trip fee covers round-trip ground transportation, campsite meals, the outfitter/park fees, guide services, and any gear necessary for the trip.
  • Extended Trips
    • Distance: Anywhere in the continental United States. If we can safely 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. During the January Intercession, we alternate between hosting a ski & snowboard trip and a dog sledding trip; we also host a Spring Break trip each year, and the location varies. Occasionally, we plan a week-long summer trip.
    • Timeline: The trips are typically five to seven days in length. The timeline greatly varies based on the type of trip offered. Generally, trips last the full week, including the weekends. On the Tuesday before the trip, a pre-trip meeting will be held in the Outdoors Office (Turner 110) so the group can discuss all logistics and important information.
    • Necessary Items: Participants are encouraged to bring appropriate clothing (as specified by the activity), personal snacks, and water.
    • Provided Items: your trip fee covers round-trip ground transportation, campsite meals, the outfitter/park fees, guide services, and any gear necessary for the trip.

LIABILITY & HEALTH HISTORY:
All OMOD trip participants are required to fill out an online liability waiver and health history form. This will be emailed to you once you register for the trip. Health insurance is recommended but not required; however, any medical care expenses will be borne by you, should you become ill or injured on the trip.

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 the substitute pays in full before the pre-trip meeting, you will 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.


Student Employment

To become a student trip leader, students must complete the Campus Recreation hiring process (click here).
Certifications Required: EL 200 Course, Wilderness First Responder, and American Red Cross First Aid/CPR.