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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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Upper Peninsula Dogsledding (Maize):
Jan 13 – 16

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Dates

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm – Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Price

$400 by Monday, January 9, 2017

What’s Included

  • Transportation and Accommodations
  • All Group Gear
  • Snowshoes
  • Meals
  • Trip Leaders
  • Dogsledding Instruction

Not Included

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

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Fulfill one of those lifetime goals you never knew about and come dogsledding in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula this MLK weekend! Fly down wooded trails led by a team of professional dogs and experience the true spirit of winter recreation! We will then visit the amazing Eben Ice Caves plus as many other magnificent ice structures as time will allow. Snowshoes will be provided as we hike through endless white woods of the the northern mitten. Cozy cabins, hot chocolate, good friends, and warm blankets also provided. No experience is required!

Day 1: We will leave Ann Arbor in the afternoon on Friday and make our way across the bridge to Wetmore, Michigan. We will be stopping for dinner along the way before arriving at our warm cabins for the night!

Day 2: Today we will take to the trails with Husky Haven and dogsled through the beautiful winter landscapes of Hiawatha National Forest.

Day 3: After a nice, hot breakfast, we will head out into the snow! Today, we get to explore the beautiful Eben Ice Caves by snowshoe and explore the other wintry landscapes of the UP. We’ll have a nice dinner back at the cabin, and go for a snowshoe hike under the stars.

Day 4: Reluctantly, today we return to the southern mitt, where the snow is not as white, and the memories of sled dogs will linger until next year.

Upper Peninsula Dogsledding (Blue)
Jan 13 – 16

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Dates

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:00pm – Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:00pm

Price

$400 by Monday, January 9

What’s Included

  • Transportation and Accommodations
  • All Group Gear
  • Snowshoes
  • Meals
  • Trip Leaders
  • Dogsledding Instruction

Not Included

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

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Fulfill one of those lifetime goals you never knew about and come dogsledding in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula this MLK weekend! Fly down wooded trails led by a team of professional dogs and experience the true spirit of winter recreation! We will then visit the amazing Eben Ice Caves plus as many other magnificent ice structures as time will allow. Snowshoes will be provided as we hike through endless white woods of the the northern mitten. Cozy cabins, hot chocolate, good friends, and warm blankets also provided. No experience is required!

Day 1: We will leave Ann Arbor in the afternoon on Friday and make our way across the bridge to Wetmore, Michigan. We will be stopping for dinner along the way before arriving at our warm cabins for the night!

Day 2: Today we will take to the trails with Husky Haven and dogsled through the beautiful winter landscapes of Hiawatha National Forest.

Day 3: After a nice, hot breakfast, we will head out into the snow! Today, we get to explore the beautiful Eben Ice Caves by snowshoe and explore the other wintry landscapes of the UP. We’ll have a nice dinner back at the cabin, and go for a snowshoe hike under the stars.

Day 4: Reluctantly, today we return to the southern mitt, where the snow is not as white, and the memories of sled dogs will linger until next year.

Peabody Ice Climbing
Jan 22

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Dates

Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price

$75 by Monday, January 16

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All ice climbing gear
  • Snacks and warm beverages
  • Trip Leaders

Not Included

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

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? Have you ever wanted to scale a wall of ice? If so, come ice climbing with Outdoor Adventures this winter! Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located less than an hour north of Ann Arbor and provides a wonderful setting for beginner and advanced ice climbers alike. This unique outdoor experience will definitely get the adrenaline pumping! How else are you supposed to stay warm on a chilly January day?

After meeting at the Rental Center in the morning, we will head about 45 minutes north to Peabody’s Ice Climbing Club in Fenton, MI. After a little instruction and time getting used to ice climbing equipment and technique, we will try our hand at climbing the amazing ice structures!

Cross Country Ski and Dark Sky Park
Jan 27 – 29

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Dates

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm – Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Price

$225

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear and XC Skis
  • XC Ski Boots
  • Trip Leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries
  • Pillow (Optional)

About this Trip

What a beautiful time of year to be in Michigan! Whether you’re from here, or from out of state, you aren’t a true Michigander until you’ve spend a weekend cross country skiing in Northern Michigan’s pristine native forests. Not to mention our International Dark Sky Park, which offers a spectacular views of the northern sky. Join us for this trip featuring a cozy cabin at U‑M’s Biostation, star gazing with the Ann Arbor Library Telescopes, hot cocoa, and the peace and quiet only the forest can offer.

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

January 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

Peabody Ice Climbing
Feb 5

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Dates

Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price

$75 by Monday, January 30

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All ice climbing gear
  • Ice climbing instruction
  • Snacks and warm beverages
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

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

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? Have you ever wanted to scale a wall of ice? If so, come ice climbing with Outdoor Adventures this winter! Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located less than an hour north of Ann Arbor and provides a wonderful setting for beginner and advanced ice climbers alike. This unique outdoor experience will definitely get the adrenaline pumping! How else are you supposed to stay warm on a chilly February day?

Itinerary: After meeting at the OA Rental Center in the morning, we will head about 45 minutes north to Peabody’s Ice Climbing Club in Fenton, MI. After a little instruction and time getting used to ice climbing equipment and technique, we will try our hand at climbing the amazing ice structures!

Be sure to dress for climbing in Michigan’s lovely winter weather!

Peabody Ice Climbing
Feb 12

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Dates

Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price

$75 by Monday, February 6

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All ice climbing gear
  • Ice climbing instruction
  • Snacks and warm beverages
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

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

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? Have you ever wanted to scale a wall of ice? If so, come ice climbing with Outdoor Adventures this winter! Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located less than an hour north of Ann Arbor and provides a wonderful setting for beginner and advanced ice climbers alike. This unique outdoor experience will definitely get the adrenaline pumping! How else are you supposed to stay warm on a chilly February day?

After meeting at the OA Rental Center in the morning, we will head about 45 minutes north to Peabody’s Ice Climbing Club in Fenton, MI. After a little instruction and time getting used to ice climbing equipment and technique, we will try our hand at climbing the amazing ice structures!

Be sure to dress for climbing in Michigan’s lovely winter weather!

Spring Break: Great Smokey Mountains Caving and Backpacking
Feb 25 – Mar 4

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Dates

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 9:00 am – Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Price

$550 by Tuesday, February 13, 2017

What’s Included

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

Not Included

  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Y’all will have an incredible journey if you join our Spring Break southern adventure of caving and backpacking in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina! Start off Break the right way with a day of exploration in Mammoth Caves, KY, and don’t worry, the caves will be nice and warm for you, no matter how much snow is on the ground! From there, we will travel south through Tennessee and North Carolina, eventually ending up hiking on a section of the legendary, 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail. The southern Appalachian Mountains provide a plethora of backpacking opportunities, and will certainly bring out your adventurous side!

Spring Break: Winter Multi-Sport Adventure
Feb 26 – Mar 3

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Dates

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 8:00 am – Friday, March 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Price

$600

What’s Included

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

Not Included

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

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

The nice thing about living in a cold weather state is that people get really creative with what to do when there’s snow on the ground. This trip is designed to explore the wildest examples. Join us for a five day trip through the snowy landscape of Michigan. We’ll head up to Muskegon to try our hand at an Olympic sport: Luge. We’ll then head north to do a day of Fat Tire Biking on the snow of Boyne Highlands. We’ll stick around there for a second day to do some cross country skiing, too. Finally, we’ll hit the Upper Peninsula to meet up with our program Iditarod dog sledding contact. She’ll hook us up with her dog teams and we’ll fly down the trails for a day. This is going to be a wild trip… hope you can make it!

Grand Ledge Climbing
Mar 26

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Dates

Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Price

$50 by Wednesday, March 22

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All climbing gear
  • Climbing instruction
  • Snacks
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

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

Good To Know

There is no mandatory pre-trip meeting for this trip. Participants will receive an email with necessary information.

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.

Intro to Camping
Mar 31 – Apr 1

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Dates

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm – Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Price

$65 by March 27

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries
  • Pillow (Optional)

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

There is no pre-trip meeting. Participants will receive an email with necessary information.

About this Trip

Want to break into the art of camping, but don’t know where to start? Then this is just the trip for you! Outdoor Adventures will be running a “Half Over” practical teaching camp experience for those looking to get away from the city lights for the night. We’ll cook a camp meal, make s’mores over the fire, set up tents and show you how to follow the “Leave No Trace” mentality. All equipment will be demonstrated by our trip leaders, so you can feel confident using it. At the end of the night, you can decide to either stay the night in the tent, or shuttle back to your home to sleep. Come join us!

Sleeping Bear Dunes Backpacking
Mar 31 – Apr 2

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Dates

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:00pm – Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 6:00pm

Price

$200 by Monday, March 27, 2017

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

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Spend a weekend hiking the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted America’s #1 most beautiful place! The park was established for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena on the shores of Lake Michigan. We’ll spend the first night camping right inside the park before hitting the trail on Saturday morning. On Saturday, we will cover around 8 miles of trail and set up camp, spending the evening exploring the dunes. taking in the sights, cooking a spectacular dinner, and hanging out around a cozy fire. Sunday morning we will pack up camp and hike back to the vans.

Grand Ledge Climbing
Apr 2

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Dates

Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Price

$50 by Wednesday, March 29

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All climbing gear
  • Climbing instruction
  • Snacks
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

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

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

There is no pre-trip meeting. Participants will receive an email with necessary information.

About this Trip

Whether you’re a seasoned sport climber or don’t even 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.

Intro to Camping
Apr 7 – 8

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Dates

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00pm to Saturday, April 8 at 1:00pm

Price

$65 by Monday, April 3

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries
  • Pillow (optional)

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

There is no pre-trip meeting. Participants will receive an email with necessary information.

About this Trip

Want to break into the art of camping, but don’t know where to start? Then this is just the trip for you! Outdoor Adventures will be running a “Half Over” — a practical teaching camp experience for those looking to get away from the city lights for the night. We’ll cook a camp meal, make s’mores over the fire, set up tents and show you how to follow the “Leave No Trace” mentality. All equipment will be demonstrated by our trip leaders, so you can feel confident using it. At the end of the evening, you can decide to either stay the night in the tent, or shuttle back to your home to sleep. Come join us!

Mammoth Caves
Apr 7 – 9

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Dates

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00pm to Sunday, April 9 at 6:00pm

Price

$275 by Tuesday, April 4

What’s Included

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

Not Included

  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, April 4,  2017 at 7:30pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Travel for a weekend to the wild caves of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, located between Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN! Spend a day exploring the cave system, full of caverns, twists, and rock formations. The rest of the weekend, camp right in the park and enjoy the sights of the rushing Green River.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Apr 11

Date

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location

The Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Price

Advance Tickets: $12/students; $15/others
At the Door: $15/students; $17/others

Tickets can be purchased online, at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center, Moosejaw, and Bivouac

About this Event

Explore exotic locations, stand on the highest peaks and be part of the gripping tales that make this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Join Recreational Sports’ Outdoor Adventures as they host the Ann Arbor stop of this thrilling film fest!


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.


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

Registration information coming soon!

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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