The Outdoor Adventure trip program offers serveral outdoor trips per year ranging from day trips to week long adventures. Our highly trained and experienced trip leaders will guide you through places like backspacking at Lost Maples State Natural Area! If you are looking for an adventure closer to home, the Farmers Market Bike Tour is the perfect way to see a different side of Houston. There are plenty of weekend trips that are strategically planned around the stressful times of each semester so take some time to unwind and let us show you a real Outdoor Adventure. Remember to sign up fast because trips do sell out. Take a look at the schedule below for detailed information on upcoming trips and don't forget to check out these incredible videos.
*Note: To sign up for OA trips, participants must come into the Outdoor Adventure Office to be registered for the trip and fill out paperwork. Also, trip spots are available on a first come first serve basis and trips fill quickly. If you would like to sign up for a trip, sign up early to ensure a spot is still available.
Lost Maples Natural State Area
Friday, 2/19/2016 – Sunday, 2/21/2016
Enjoy the weekend backpacking on a 20 mile section of the 96 mile long Lost Maples Natural State Area. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided. The deadline to sign up for this trip has been extended 2/15 at 5pm.
$135 Student/Rec Center Member
$185 Community Member
Enchanted Rock & Pedernales Falls
Friday, 2/26/2016 – Sunday, 2/28/2016
Join us for a weekend of bouldering at Enchanted Rock with breathtaking views of the pink granite outcropping. Learn basic climbing techniques, followed by camping and hiking at the gorgeous Pedernales Falls State Park. Climbing experience is preferred. The deadline to sign up for this trip is 2/8 at 5:00pm.
Student/Rec Center Member $110.00
Community Member $140.00
Houston Farmer's Market
Get outside and explore Life in H-town! The City of Houston is constantly evolving, in a large part thanks to our local Farmers Markets. This is a very social ride including shopping at an urban farmer’s market, and visiting Discovery Green. Bikes, helmets, and lunch are included! Participants must be able to ride a bike for this 20 mile adventure! The deadline to sign up for this trip is 2/15/2016 at 5:00pm.
Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $30.00
Springer Mountain Appalachian Trail, GA
Saturday, 3/12- Friday, 3/18/2016
Ever read the book, “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson? Ever want to experience what backpacking in some of the world’s oldest mountains? Well you’re in luck! Join OA as we venture to Springer Mountain, GA-the southern terminus of the A.T. (Appalachian Trail), for what surely will be the trip of a lifetime! On this trip, you will get a taste of what thru-hiking is all about while hiking the first 50 miles of this 2,190 mile long trail. The A.T. started as a vision of Benton MacKaye who wanted to create “a footpath for those who seek fellowship with the wilderness”, and after three decades, this idea came to fruition in 1937. So join us as we trek through the Chattahoochee National Forest on this historical trail! No experience is needed, however participants MUST be able to walk 10 miles a day while carrying up to 40lbs on their back. OA will provide transportation, food, and gear including sleeping bags and pads. Participants will need to provide their own warm clothes and sturdy hiking boots for this excursion. Deadline to sign up is 2/22 at 5pm.
Student/Rec Center Member: $390.00
Community Member: $420.00
Lake Conroe, Sam Houston National Forest
Escape the city for the day and enjoy a 10 mile paddle on the beautiful Lake Conroe, located in the Sam Houston National Forest. Lunch and equipment included! Deadline to sign up is Monday, 3/14.
Student/Rec Center Member: $40.00
Community Member: $60.00
Lone Star Trail, Sam Houston National Forest
Friday, 4/15/2016 – Sunday, 4/17/2016
Enjoy an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with an escape to woods for a weekend of backpacking along the Lone Star Trail in the Sam Houston National Forest. No experience needed, but participants should be prepared to carry all supplies on their back while walking up to ten miles in a day. Gear and meals are provided! Deadline to sign up is Monday, 3/28.
Student/Rec Center Member: $60.00
Community Member: $90.00
On this beach trip, participants will learn and practice how to surf and stand up paddle board (SUP). There will be beach games and lunch provided as well! The deadline to sign up is Friday, 4/4.
Student/Rec Center Member $35.00
Community Member $50.00
What are Outdoor Adventure (OA) Trips?
Each semester OA schedules are variety of outdoor adventures. These trips are geared towards student experimental learning in a safe, outdoor environment.
Who can take a trip with OA?
All current members of the CRWC are eligible to enroll in a trip – This includes students enrolled in classes and individual memberships.
What if I am a member of the CRWC, can I bring a guest that is not affiliated with UH?
Yes, if you are a student currently enrolled in class or have an individual membership and enroll in a trip, you may bring a guest on the trip as well. On outings, the guest fee is listed as “community” and requires a higher cost than members.
Is there an age/size requirement participant to enroll?
Yes, you must be 18 years old or a current UH student.
What types of trips are available?
Each semester varies, but OA strives to offer a variety of options – backpacking, biking, climbing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, biking, and caving.
How long are the trips?
The trips vary in length – from local day trips, to statewide weekend trips, to nationwide week-long trips. The goal of each semester is to incorporate an assortment of day and weekend trips with a culminating multi-day trip during the scheduled school break.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies depending upon several factors – mostly the required travel distance and length of the trip. The cost for guests to enroll is a slightly increased due to the lack of membership.
What does the cost cover?
When applicable, the cost includes: leadership, instruction, transportation, entrance fees, meals, and equipment.
Is any experience required?
For the majority of trips, no experience is necessary. On some adventures, such as climbing or biking longer distances, some experience would be beneficial, but not mandatory. Before each trip begins, the OA guides will instruct on technical skills required for the adventure. Also, there will be a pre-trip meeting for every trip. See the Climbing wall staff for more information.
How do I sign up?
To sign up for OA trips, participants must come into the Outdoor Adventure Office to be registered for the trip and fill out paperwork. Also, trip spots are available on a first come first serve basis and trips fill quickly. If you would like to sign up for a trip, sign up early to ensure a spot is still available.All trips must be paid in full at time of enrollment.
How many people can enroll in a trip?
For local bike trips around Houston, we allow up to 15 participants. For off-campus adventures, we are limited to 10 participants due to transportation.
Can I reserve spots for my friends/family/guests?
Spots on the trips are only guaranteed once payment has been received. In order to reserve spots for other individual, you would be required to pay the fee.
For Information contact Outdoor Adventure Office at 713-743-9512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.