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Pursuing natural wonders with UAB Outdoor Pursuits
The fall 2013 semester is underway, which means that UAB Outdoor Pursuits is set to embark on its newest installment of trips.
Some of the notable trips this year include lodging in North Carolina’s Swan Cabin, canoeing in Minnesota, backpacking in Yellowstone National Park, backpacking in the Grand Canyon, and surfing and backpacking in Hawaii.
UAB students, faculty, staff, and even people who are not affiliated with UAB are eligible to participate in these trips; students, however, are offered a discounted price.
“Our adventures are priced for students and designed for beginners to be successful,” says Bill Pierce, Assistant Director of Adventure Recreation.
Outdoor Pursuits’ first scheduled event (aside from the river cleanup project on August 24) is its annual “freshmen only” trip will take place this upcoming weekend at the Ocoee River.
According to Pierce, the 50 slots for the $25 trip were filled by the beginning of July.
“The price [for the freshmen trip] is subsidized with our marketing budget so freshmen can experience the services we offer them,” says Pierce. “Our goal is for them to have a great experience and later sign up for future trips.”
Each Outdoor Pursuits trip consists of at least two trip leaders, many of which Pierce personally attends. The other leaders are hired UAB students that receive specialized wilderness and survival training skills necessary to keep participants safe.
“I became a trip leader because I enjoy doing outdoorsy things,” says Sarah Heerten, a junior civil engineering major with a concentration in environmental and structural. “Also, I’m going to be an environmental engineer, so it’s good to know and appreciate what you’re dealing with.”
More detailed information concerning Outdoor Pursuits and the various trips slated to take place over the next two semesters can be found online at www.uab.edu or by stopping by the program’s office which is located near the basketball courts at the back of the campus rec. center.
“We have 30 trips under $100 on our schedule,” says Pierce. “Pick the one that interests you the most and sign up for it.”