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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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Dogsled, Snowshoe and Cross County Ski
Jan 12 – 15, 2018

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Dates

Friday, January 12 at 4pm – Sunday, January 15, 2018  at 6pm(Trip A)

Friday, January 12 at 4pm – Sunday, January 15, 2018 at 6pm (Trip B)

Price

$395 by Monday, January 8, 2018

What’s Included

  • All transportation and accommodations
  • Group gear, snowshoes
  • Trip leaders, dogsledding instruction
  • Meals

Not Included

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

Pre-Trip Meeting

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Adventure Leadership Trip Center

About this Trip

Fulfill one of those lifetime goals you never knew about, and come dogsledding in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula for the long weekend! Fly down wooded trails led by a team of professional dogs, and experience the true spirit of winter recreation! We will then snowshoe or cross-country ski to explore the endless white woods of the the northern mitten and visit the amazing Eben Ice Caves. Cozy cabins, hot chocolate, good friends, and warm blankets also provided. No experience is required!

Dark Sky Park Cross County Ski Trip
Jan 19 – 21, Feb 16-18, 2018

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Dates

Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21, 2018

Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018

Price

$225 due four days prior to departure

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear, XC skis, XC ski boots
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

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

Pre-Trip Meeting

Monday, January 15th at 7:30 at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center

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 UM’s Biostation, star gazing with the Ann Arbor Library Telescopes, hot cocoa, and the peace and quiet only the forest can offer.

Peabody Ice Climbing
Jan 27, Feb 4, Feb 10, 2018

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Dates

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saturday, February 4, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Price

$95 by day prior to departure

What’s Included

  • All transportation and accommodations
  • 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

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 Adventure Leadership 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?

Cross Country Ski Day
Feb 3, 2018

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Dates

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Price

$60 by February 2, 2018

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear and XC Skis, XC Ski Boots
  • Trip Leader
  • Melas

Not Included

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

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 day cross country skiing in beautiful Michigan forests.

 

Southern Adventure Spring Break
Feb 24-Mar 2

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Dates

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Price

$595 by Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear including tents and stoves
  • All climbing gear, sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping gear
  • Meals
  • Trip Leader

Not Included

  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

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 – 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! This trip is heavier on the back-country camping than our other Spring Break South Adventure – if you’re up for the challenge, look no further!

Winter Multi-Sport Adventure Spring Break
Feb 25-Mar 2, 2018

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Dates

February 25- March 2, 2018

Price

$600 by Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What’s Included

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

Not Included

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

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 Trip
March 25, 2018

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Dates

March 25, 2018

Price

$50

What’s Included

  • N/A

Not Included

  • N/A

About this Trip

Meeting time: 9am at Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

Sleeping Bear Dunes Backpacking Trip
March 30 – April 1, 2018

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Dates

March 30 – April 1, 2018

Price

$200 by Monday, March 26, 2018

What’s Included

  • N/A

Not Included

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

About this Trip

Pre-trip meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

Botanical Gardens Bike Trip
March 31, 2018

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Dates

March 31, 2018

Price

N/A

What’s Included

  • N/A

Not Included

  • N/A

About this Trip

No pre-trip meeting

Introduction to Camping
April 6-7, 7-8, 2018

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Dates

April 6-7, 2018

April 7-8, 2018

Price

$65 by April 3, 2018

What’s Included

  • N/A

Not Included

  • N/A

About this Trip

There is no pre-trip meeting. For the first trip, meet at the OA Rental Center on April 6 at 4pm and return to the OA Rental Center on April 7 around 12pm. The trip will take place at the Radrick Recreation Area in Ann Arbor, MI.

Nichols Arboretum Day Trip
April 14, 2018

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Dates

April 14, 2018

Price

$45

What’s Included

  • N/A

Not Included

  • N/A

About this Trip

This trip will last 3-4 hours


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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