Students around a campfire

Outdoor Adventures

Take in the wilderness and adventure on one of our trips. From a day on the slopes or a weekend on the trails; connect with nature and new friends. Unplug and let us take care of the details.

 

Ski Shanty Creek Resort
Bellaire, MI

Cost: $15
Depart: Friday, January 24 @ 8:30a
Return: Friday, January 24 @ 9:00p
Included: Travel

Join in an Outdoor Adventure for skiing at the Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Mi. Rental equipment is available on site.

Lift Ticket: $25
Rental: Details here 

Itinerary

8:00a – Depart SVSU for Shanty Creek Resort
10:00a – Arrive at Shanty Creek for day of skiing
7:00p – Depart Shanty Creek and return to SVSU

Food
Food is available for purchase on site!

Clothing
Be sure to dress in layers! It is winter in Michigan and you will be out in the cold moving all day, possibility of a cold wind-chill is high!

Tahquamenon Falls
Paradise, MI

Cost: $80
Depart: Friday, February 7 @ 8:30 am
Return: Sunday, February 9 @ 5:00 pm
Included: Travel, equipment, and most meals

Join us and snowshoe the Tahquamenon Falls Upper to Lower. The trail features many highlight areas along the river that just promise to be exquisite with a fresh snowfall.

Itinerary
February 7
Depart Campus and head to DNR Lodge for the first night’s stay

February 8
Snowshoe from Tahquamenon Falls Upper to Lower
Explore Whitefish Point

February 9
Return to campus

Food and Beverage
February 7
Dinner: Hot dogs (traditional, turkey, vegetarian on request), brats, chips, veggie tray, cookies

February 8
Breakfast:  Bagels, oatmeal, assort. fruit
Lunch: Mountain House Freeze Dried Meal
Dinner: Homestyle Pasta dinner

February 9
Breakfast: Bagels, oatmeal, assort. fruit

Must bring a refillable water bottle.  Please feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish.  When registering please let us know if you have any dietary preferences and or restrictions.

Packing List
1 full change of clothes to keep in the car for post hiking! 
1-2 pair athletic pants/synthetic hiking pants
1 pair of shorts
2-3 synthetic/athletic shirts (cotton is not good!)
1 long sleeve for at night
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
3-4 pairs of thick socks
4-5 pair of undergarments
Winter gloves
Winter Jacket
Snow Pants

Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items (showers available at the lodge)
Sun hat/baseball cap
Sunglasses

Rock Climbing Via Ferrata
Campton, KY

Cost: $175
Depart: Friday, March 20 @ 8:30a
Return: Sunday, March 22 @ 6:00p
Included: Travel, equipment, and most meals

Join us as we travel to Campton, KY to partake in a Via Ferrata climb in a horseshoe-shaped canyon. Spend two nights camping in the beautiful wilderness and relaxing by the fire. No prior climbing experience necessary. One just needs a spirit for the outdoors and a head for heights!

*Via Ferrata is a climbing system that aids the climbers by clamps, and hand and foot rungs.

Itinerary
March 20
Depart campus from the Campus Recreation Center and travel to Troy, Ohio for lunch
Continue to Land of Arches Campground
Setup base camp for the weekend

March 21
Climb via Ferrata
Lunch on site
Visit Natural Stone Bridge

March 22
Camp breakdown
Return to campus

Food and Beverage
March 20
Lunch: On road (at personal expense)
Dinner: Hot dogs (traditional, turkey, vegetarian on request), brats, chips

March 21
Breakfast: Bagels, oatmeal, assort. fruit
Lunch: Pizza
Dinner: Pasta with red sauce

March 22
Breakfast: Bagels, oatmeal, assort. fruit
Lunch: On road (at personal expense)

Please bring refillable water bottles to use total minimum 2 L. Feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know at registration in order to make accommodations.

Packing List
Weather: Early October is cooling off from the summer heat. Expect temperatures in the 40's and 50's. Take the weather into account when packing gear for the trip. A list of recommended items can be found below.

Clothes
1-2 pair of athletic pants (something moveable for climbing)
1-2 synthetic/athletic shirts
1-2 long sleeves
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
2-3 pairs of thick socks
3-4 pair undergarments
1 pair durable hiking boots

Gear
Eating utensils - Bowl/Spork
(Above items are provided by Campus Recreation, please use personal gear if desired)

Flashlight/headlamp
Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items - toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, baby wipes
Sun hat/baseball cap
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Bug spray
Daypack

White Water Rafting
Lower New River 

Cost:  $200
Depart: Friday, April 3 @ 8:30 AM
Return: Sunday, April 5 @ 8:00 PM
Included: Transportation, permits, gear, and most meals

10.5 miles of exciting whitewater rapids with 20 Class II-IV rapids on the Lower New River; one of West Virginia most popular rafting trips. Experience the wild coal town history and gorgeous views with two nights of camping in the New River Gorge.

Itinerary
April 3
Depart campus from the Campus Recreation Center and travel to Minden, WV
Lodging at ACE Adventure
April 4
White Water Rafting
April 5
Depart from ACE Adventure and travel back to campus

Food and Beverage
April 3
Lunch: Rest stop on the road to various restaurants (your own expense)
Dinner: Hot dogs (traditional, turkey, vegetarian on request), brats, chips, veggie tray, cookies

April 4
*All food on Saturday will be provided by ACE Adventure (Vegetarian options are available)
Breakfast:  Buffet at café on site
Lunch: River Side Barbeque
Dinner: Large homestyle meal cooked on site

April 5
Breakfast: Assorted granola snacks and fruits
Lunch: Rest stop on the road to various restaurants (your own expense)

Must bring a refillable water bottle.  Please feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish.  When registering please let us know if you have any dietary preferences and or restrictions.

Packing List

Clothes

1 full change of clothes to keep in the car for post rafting! 
1-2 pair athletic pants/synthetic hiking pants
1 pair of shorts
2-3 synthetic/athletic shirts (cotton is not good!)
1 long sleeve for at night
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
3-4 pairs of thick socks
4-5 pair of undergarments

Gear
Sleeping bag*
Flashlight/ headlamp
Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items – toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, baby wipes (there is a shower in the cabin)
Sun hat/baseball cap
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Bug spray

For rafting: clothes you do not mind getting wet, old shoes, change of clothes, dry shoes. Whatever you bring on the river WILL get wet! Do not take anything on the river that you do not want to lose!
ACE Adventure Packing List

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