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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: Grand Ledge
Sept 17, 2017

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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

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Dates

Friday, September 29 – Sunday, 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

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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.

Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island
Oct 13 – 17, 2017

We’re sorry! This trip has been cancelled.

Dates

Friday, October 13 – Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Price

$425 by October 1

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

Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00pm at the Adventure Leadership Trip Center

About this Trip

Come hike the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, one of the most beautiful places Michigan has to offer! The park was established for its outstanding natural features, including dunes, beaches, forests, and ancient glacial phenomena on the shores of Lake Michigan. After two nights, we’ll head to the solitude of Wilderness State Park and spend a day on the historic grounds of Mackinac Island. We’ll explore the beautiful island by bike, the preferred method of transportation on car-free Mackinac. This will truly be a trip to remember, in places that beg to be returned to again and again.

Pictured Rocks
Oct 13 – 17, 2017

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Dates

Friday, October 13 at 2:00pm – Tuesday, October 17 at 5:00pm

Price

$395 by October 1

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

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00pm at the Adventure Leadership Trip Center

About this Trip

Leave your studies behind and join your classmates for a breath (or two) of fresh air along the pristine and picturesque Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. Exploring the sandstore cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, forest and Lake Superior are all highlights of this trip. This pristine wilderness offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to experience an area truly unique to the midwest. The bulk of the hike follows the coastline atop sandstone cliffs that erupt 200ft out of the vast Lake Superior.

Huron River Paddle
Oct 28, 2017

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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 29, 2017

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Dates

Sunday, October 29 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.

Night Zipline
Nov 4, 2017

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Dates

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Price

$30 by November 1

What’s Included

  • All zipline gear and headlamp
  • Transportation by minivan from the AL Trip Center at 336 Hill Street
  • Trip Leaders

Not Included

  • Weather appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes

About this Trip

Join us for a night-time zip! This quick adventure includes a short drive to the Adventure Education Center, a thrilling night-time zip through the dark, plus a bonfire and s’mores.

High Ropes Course
Nov 5, 2017

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Date

Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 1pm until about 4pm

Price

$40 by November 1

What’s Included

  • All high course gear

Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Weather appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes

About this Trip

Experience the thrill and challenge of our High Ropes Course! Using climbing gear and safety ropes, get up in the air and test your balance and fortitude. Come back to earth via zipline.

Night Zipline
Nov 11, 2017

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Dates

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Price

$30 by November 8

What’s Included

  • All zipline gear and headlamp
  • Transportation by minivan from the AL Trip Center at 336 Hill Street
  • Trip Leaders

Not Included

  • Weather appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes

About this Trip

Join us for a night-time zip! This quick adventure includes a short drive to the Adventure Education Center, a thrilling night-time zip through the dark, plus a bonfire and s’mores.

Dark Sky Park & Tahquamenon Falls
Nov 17 – 19, 2017

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Dates

Friday, November 17 – Sunday, November 19, 2017

Price

$195 by November 13

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group Gear including tents and stoves
  • Sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads available if needed
  • Meals
  • Trip Leaders

Not Included

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

Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00pm at the Adventure Leadership Trip Center

About this Trip

Join us as we venture to the shores of Lake Michigan and the International Dark Sky Park to star gaze at midnight. We’ll spend the night camping along Lake Michigan, come morning we will drive north to the mighty Tahquemenon Falls area where we will spend as much time as we can handle hiking the exploring the area. We’ll then return to camp for another night of star-gazing.


First Ascent

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.

Watch for First Ascent Trip Dates for Spring/Summer 2018


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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