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There is something for everyone: hiking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, fishing, or canoeing. There are spectacular locations: the Superior Hiking Trail, Lake Superior’s North Shore, the Apostle Islands or the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Freshman Outdoor Trips, organized by the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP), are a tradition at UMD that dates back to the 1960s. Tim Bates, RSOP associate director said the trips are popular with students. "They act as a way to transition to UMD by meeting people and becoming familiar with the northern Minnesota wilderness," he said.
The trips are led by Outdoor Program student leaders and UMD faculty. The student leaders are highly experienced and they create opportunities to discover, learn, have fun, and develop lifelong friendships. No experience is necessary to participate, just a healthy love of the outdoors and a desire to meet new people.
The four day-long excursions are an opportunity for new students to learn from the student leaders about UMD. The adventures are a great start for a freshman year because they come in with many new friends. “It was a nice break from the stress of starting college,” said a student from one of the past trips.
The trips this year include:
Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area Adventure
Northwoods Wilderness Sampler
Backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail
Rock Climbing Lake Superior’s North Shore
Sea Kayaking the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Fishing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
It's affordable. The cost of each trip is $298 which includes transportation, instruction, equipment, food on the trip, t-shirt, early on-campus housing check-in, and a post-trip barbeque. They are just four days. The 2011 trips start on August 29 and conclude on September 1.
To learn more about the 2011 freshman trips visit UMD RSOP
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