Get Outside

The Perfect Place: Colorado
Get outside- that’s the motto for several universities throughout the state of Colorado.  While most students are busy spending their weekends partying or studying, these universities are encouraging students to get outside and experience something new and exciting in the great outdoors.  Colorado Mesa University of Grand Junction, Western State Colorado University of Gunnison, Fort Lewis College of Durango, and Colorado University at Boulder all have Outdoor Programs that give students the chance to do extreme outdoor activities at a cheap cost.  The state of Colorado boasts activities such as ice climbing, rock climbing, camping, zip lining, bouldering, white water rafting, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, kayaking, hiking, canyoneering, sky diving, caving, mountaineering, mountain biking, and finally paddleboarding… that’s a lot!  So it’s an obvious idea for the Universities and Colleges there to have a program that focuses on giving students the opportunity to try these activities.

Trips of all kind:
Most of these activities are day or weekend trips that give students a flat rate price that includes transportation, gas, equipment, and an awesome time. Students who have always wanted to go skydiving or ice climbing can now do so through their outdoor program.  While the Colorado snow might be melting, there are still many adventures to be had. Some upcoming trips for these universities are beginning kayaking, beginning scuba, rafting and caving, skydiving, fly-fishing, women’s rock climbing, and bike packing.

Case Study:
Morgan Berry of Colorado Mesa University recently traveled on two trips with her outdoor program.  Her first was an ice-climbing trip in Quray, Colo. where she was able to learn how to make a correct anchor and climb several ice routes using crampons and axes provided by the OP.  Her second was over this recent spring break for a rock climbing trip in Red Rocks, Nev. “It was only $270 for 10 days with all food, transportation, and equipment included so I really couldn’t pass that up,” said Berry.  While school can be a very busy and stressful time for most students it’s important to take advantage of the opportunities that are offered. “I had the best time and made a lot of new friends…one of the best opportunities through the University,” said Berry.

Now it’s your turn:
These programs are a gift that should be taken advantage by all students regardless of skill level. The trips they offer will not only give students a break from their norm, but they will also help to build problem solving skills and life lessons that will become memories that will last a lifetime. Most of these programs also offer wilderness safety instruction classes and anchor courses that teach and certify students in outdoor safety as an added benefit.  So take a break from the books and check out what outdoor activities your college campus has to offer, adventuring in the outdoors is never disappointing.