Freshmen and Transfer Trips


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A Trip of a Lifetime!

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Come to UMD early for an experience of a lifetime!

The Freshman Outdoor Trips and the Transfer Student Outdoor Trip are a great way to transition to UMD through meeting friends and having fun! Each trip is well planned, has great leaders, and gets you out to explore wild places. Safety and fun are top priorities. These trips are lead by experienced Outdoor Program student leaders and faculty from throughout the UMD campus. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Here is the link to the registration form for Freshmen Trips.  Freshman Trips Registration Form  Please complete this form and mail or fax it to the RSOP main office, or call to register over the phone.  It is important to number your trip preferences, as participants often are not placed in their first choice trip.  All registrations are taken on a first come first served basis and full payment is required upon registration.

Freshman Outdoor Trips


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CANOEING THE BWCAW

Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area Adventure
New friends and fun will be launched as we paddle into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Explore the beauty and wonder of this wilderness with our experienced and enthusiastic leaders. Stargazing, stories and listening for hooting, owls and howling wolves are included on this trips itinerary. We will paddle across lakes near the Gunflint Trail and carry our gear over portage trails to remote and primitive campsites.
August 20-23, 2016
Cost: $334
Information Packet


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NORTHWOODS SAMPLER

Northwoods Wilderness Sampler
Sample canoeing, hiking, stargazing, nature based arts, rock climbing, and swimming all within the same four day stretch. Your group will travel to the edge of the Boundary Canoe Area Wilderness with our experienced and enthusiastic leaders. We will lodge in rustic cabins, eat s’mores, and enjoy lively conversation with new friends around a campfire under the stars. If you are interested in what each of the Freshmen Trips has to offer, the Northwoods Sampler is for you.
August 20-23, 2016
Cost: $334
Information Packet


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NORTHSHORE ROCK CLIMBING

Rock Climbing Lake Superior’s North Shore
Excitement. Friendships. Challenge. All these and more are included in this trip. You will experience some of the most amazing rock climbing locations in the Midwest. When we are not rock climbing Lake Superior’s North Shore, we will be hiking along the area’s beautiful trails. Whether you have always wanted to try rock climbing or are a seasoned veteran, you will experience fun challenges in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Our trained leaders will cover safety, equipment and technique. In the evening, listen for night sounds, share stories and s’mores with new friends.
August 20-23, 2016
Cost: $334
Information Packet


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APOSTLE ISLANDS SEA KAYAKING

Sea Kayaking the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a beautiful string of islands on Lake Superior’s South Shore. Our experienced leaders will introduce you to equipment, safety and paddling techniques. They will also share stories about voyagers, shipwrecks and island living. Explore sea caves and secluded beaches in double sea kayaks. We will camp on islands with sand beaches, stargaze, swim and hike with new friends.
August 20-23, 2016
Cost: $334
Information Packet


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FISHING THE BWCAW

Fishing the Boundary Water Canoe Area
Here is your chance to explore the Boundary Waters with new friends AND go fishing! Join us as we travel by canoes to a variety of lakes and fishing spots to discover the beauty of this pristine wilderness and have fun. We will be paddling, camping, and portaging in lakes off the Gunflint Trail. Bass, walleye, northern pike, and lake trout are all possibilities for catching when on this outdoor trip.
August 20-23, 2016
Cost: $334
Information Packet


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MOUNTAIN BIKING CHEQUAMEGON

Mountain Biking the Chequamegon Area
The Chequamegon Area is the mountain bike capital of the Midwest and we will sample some of the best trails it has to offer. Wilderness. Forests. Campfires. And fun with new friends! Whether you are just getting into mountain biking or have been at it for many years, this trip will be a great adventure. We will camp at small, primitive campgrounds and pedal on sweet single track trails during the days. You will need a mountain bike with front suspension (we have some to rent from our Rental Center).
August 20-23, 2016
Cost: $334
Information Packet

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if a written cancellation is received by July 13, 2016 (or we can fill your spot with someone from the waiting list). A 50% refund will be given if a written cancellation is received by July 22, 2016. Due to the logistics involved with programming these trips, refunds will not be available after July 22, 2016. Early housing check-in is available only for those students participating in a First Year Outdoor Trip.

Transfer Student Outdoor Trip

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TRANSFER TRIP

What could be more fun than a summer camp for adults? We will head to a camp on a lake near Duluth and lodge in rustic cabins, eat s'mores, take saunas, and enjoy lively conversation with new friends around a campfire. You will be able to sample canoeing, high ropes course, climbing, sailing, swimming, stand-up-paddleboarding, horseback riding, range activities, bouldering, and much more. All activities will take place on lakes, rivers, and parks in the area. So much fun! This trip is a fantastic way to transition into UMD through meeting friends and having fun. The trip has great leaders, is well planned, and gets you out to explore the outdoors. Safety and fun are top priorities.
August 22-25, 2016
Cost: $325
Information Packet

Here is the link to the registration form for the Transfer Student trip.  Transfer Trip Registration Form  Please complete this form and mail or fax it to the RSOP main office, or call to register over the phone.  All registrations are taken on a first come first served basis and full payment is required upon registration.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if a written cancellation is received by July 16, 2016 (or we can fill your spot with someone from the waiting list). A 50% refund will be given if a written cancellation is received by August 5, 2016. Due to the logistics involved with programming these trips, refunds will not be availbale after August 5, 2016. Early housing check-in is available only for those students participating in this trip.

For more information, please contact:

Freshman Trips
218.726.7128
email: rsop@d.umn.edu
fax: 218-726-6767

Recreational Sports
Outdoor Program
153 SpHC
1216 Ordean Court
Duluth MN 55812

UMD Admissions Office
218.726.7171
umdadmis@d.umn.edu

UMD Housing Office
218.726.8178

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Signs Up for Trips? 

Many types of students participate! We get students from all majors and interest areas. All were interested in meeting new friends, exploring UMD’s backyard and having a great experience.

Who Leads the trips?

Trip leaders are UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program student staff who are highly experienced. UMD professors and other staff join as assistant leaders. Student leaders have completed such trainings as Wilderness First Aid, Lifeguarding, American Canoe Association or American Mountain Guide Association Instructor certifications and CPR.They are majoring in education, recreation, life sciences, outdoor education.

Can I check in to my UMD on-campus early even if I don't sign up for a Trip? 

No. Early housing check-in is available only to students registered for one of these Trips.

I'm a vegetarian, is this a problem?

Food allergies and special diets are not a problem. Just be sure to include that information on the health form and we will work out the menus.

Are these trips dangerous? 

Safety is always the highest priority in any of these trips. Not only are our staff qualified and prepared, they incorporate progressive safety techniques in their instruction. They will cover terminology, equipment use, and safe climbing, paddling, hiking strategies. For example, helmets are worn climbing, lifejackets while paddling and shoes while swimming. We won't put people into situations they are not comfortable with.