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Adventure Leadership Trips

Our trips can take you anywhere: dogsledding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, spelunking in North Carolina, backpacking the Grand Canyon, paddling the Huron River, and more. Whether you want to take off for a couple of hours, a day or a week, let us handle the details—like food, transportation, logistics, trip leaders, and outdoor equipment—while you take in the great outdoors.

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First Ascent: Pictured Rocks
Aug 27 – 31, 2017

Registration is now closed.

Dates

Sunday, August 27 to Thursday, August 31

Price

$395

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including tents and stoves
  • All gear, sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

About this Trip

More information coming soon!

First Ascent: Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island
Aug 27 – 31, 2017

Registration is now closed.

Dates

Sunday, August 27 to Thursday, August 31

Price

$450

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including tents and stoves
  • All gear, sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

About this Trip

More information coming soon!

First Ascent: Ann Arbor Multi-sport
Aug 27 – 31, 2017

Registration is now closed.

Dates

Sunday, August 27  to Thursday, August 31

Price

$425

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including tents and stoves
  • All gear, sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

About this Trip

More information coming soon!

First Ascent: Grand Ledge
Sept 17, 2017

Registration coming soon!

Dates

Sunday, September 17 from 9:00am – 6:00pm

Price

$60 by September 13

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including all climbing
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

About this Trip

This freshmen-only trip is rockin’ – whether you’re a seasoned sport climber or don’t even know what a figure eight follow through knot is, it’s a great opportunity to get climbing on real rock! Grand Ledge is a unique geologic anomaly in the Lower Peninsula in that there is exposed rock! Thirty-five foot cliffs are a great way to hone skills or try out top-roping for the first time.

Manistee River
Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017

Registration coming soon!

Dates

Friday, September 29 – Monday, October 1

Price

$175 by September 22

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including all climbing
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

About this Trip

Escape your studies and hike along this scenic riverfront trail for two relaxing-but-challenging days of backpacking. Additionally, you get to take in the breathtaking views of several spring-fed waterfalls, tributary creeks and a variety of vegetation ranging from pine to deciduous trees to cedar swamps. Get ready to drive home tired, because Manistee will take your breath away!

Dark Sky Park & Tahquamenon Falls
Oct 6 – 8, 2017

Registration coming soon!

Dates

Friday, October 6  at 3:00pm – Sunday, October 8 at 4:00pm

Price

$195 by September 12

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including tents, wet bags and stoves
  • Sleeping bags, backpacks, sleeping pads available if needed
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Pre-Trip Meeting

Monday, October 2 at 6:00pm at the Adventure Leadership Trip Center

About this Trip

Join us as we venture to Michigan’s International Dark Sky Park to star gaze at midnight with your own eyes or with the help of our telescopes! We’ll spend two nights camping along Lake Michigan and enjoying the stars. On Saturday, we’ll drive north through fall colors to the extraordinary Tahquemenon Falls area where we will spend the day hiking and exploring.

Huron River Paddle
Oct 28, 2017

Registration coming soon!

Dates

Saturday, October 28; Time TBD

Price

$60 by October 25

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including paddle/canoe
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

About this Trip

Venture with us for a peaceful Saturday afternoon down the winding Huron River. This Ann Arbor hotspot is longer than you think – we’ll have to drive North to escape the crowds so we can enjoy sweet, sweet serenity as we float, paddle and gaze all day.

Grand Ledge
Oct 28, 2017

Registration coming soon!

Dates

Saturday, October 28 from 9:00am – 6:00pm

Price

$60 by October 25

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including all climbing
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

About this Trip

Whether you’re a seasoned sport climber or don’t know what a figure eight follow through knot is, this is a great opportunity to get climbing on real rock! Grand Ledge is a unique geologic anomaly in the Lower Peninsula in that there is exposed rock! Thirty-five foot cliffs are a great way to hone skills or try out top-roping for the first time.


First Ascent

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The First Ascent program provides incoming U‑M freshmen with an opportunity to connect with fellow freshmen in small groups for camping, hiking, paddling and exploring the state’s natural areas. Casual campfire discussions are led by upper-level undergrads or grad students and center around the transition to college and all things U‑M. The goal of First Ascent is to help participants grow in self-esteem, self-reliance and confidence—and to have a great time!

All gear is provided. No experience is necessary.

We’ve worked with University Housing to coordinate our First Ascent trips with move-in. If your trip starts in late August and ends on an official move-in date, you can move your belongings in to your room before the trip begins.

First Ascent Trip Dates for Spring/Summer 2017

July 11 – 15, 2017: Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island
July 25 – 28, 2017: Sleeping Bear Dunes
August 27 – 31, 2017: Pictured Rocks
August 27 – 31, 2017: Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island
August 27 – 31, 2017: Ann Arbor Multisport


How to Sign Up

  1. Browse upcoming adventures to find one you’d like to attend.
  2. Register for the trip on our online store. You will be asked a few questions to complete the reservation.
  3. Look for an email confirmation upon reservation. Later on, we’ll also send along info like packing lists, trip logistics and a few forms that we’ll want you to complete and send back ASAP.
  4. If your trip has one, attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting. This meeting is held a few days in advance of each trip so we can talk together about trip details, logistics and our agenda.
  5. Arrive at the Rental Center on the day of your trip and have a great time on your adventure!

Your fee includes all adventure gear like tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, camp stoves, kayaks, etc. It also includes meals and snacks, and we’ll take care of getting you from U‑M to the adventure site and back.

Generally, you only need to bring trip-appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries and money for meals on the road.

We’re always looking for enthusiastic and adventurous people to help plan and lead our trips. If you’re interested in becoming an Adventure Leadership Trip Leader, or if you just want to learn some new outdoor skills, come to our Michigan Outdoor Leadership Semester (MOLS) workshops. Taught by our staff, these workshops will instruct you on a variety of topics and are the first step in training to be a trip leader.

All classes are free and take place at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Topics include:

  • Backpacking 101
  • Maps/Compasses
  • Navigation, Tarps Knots, Survival
  • Backcountry Cooking
  • Risk Management
  • Group Dynamics and Leadership

Wilderness First Responder

Our Wilderness First Responder courses are designed specifically to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors, and is the outdoor education and recreation industry’s standard for wilderness medical training. This is the wilderness medicine training course for outdoor professionals and the course you want your friends to have taken before you travel with them.   This course uses the Wilderness Medicine Training Center’s unique Distance Learning Project.  Participants complete a course of study and tests online prior to the start of the practical on-site training.

Dates

Coming soon!

Location

Adventure Leadership Team Center, 1120 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Policies

Trip Refunds

Refunds for Adventure Leadership trips are given only for the following circumstances:

  1. You can find someone to take your place on the trip.
  2. You have a documented medical emergency and must cancel.
  3. There is an active wait list for the trip and we are able to fill your spot.
  4. You are cancelling at least 3 weeks prior to the trip. For Spring Break and First Ascent Trips, at least 4 weeks prior is required.

Specific Trip Policies

Each trip follows a different set of policies and guidelines. We typically cover this information in our mandatory pre-trip meetings. These meetings are held a few days before your trip; if you have questions at any time, contact us.

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