Adventure Trips

The Outdoor Pursuit Center Trip Program offers unique opportunities to Miami University students, faculty, staff and surrounding community. Our trips are designed to provide a balance of challenging, educational, and fun activities in a wilderness setting.

People carrying back packs heading down a grassy trail toward mountains.

Backpack the Appalachian Trail

Come join us on a wilderness Spring Break adventure as we backpack a section of the Appalachian Trail. The AT stretches almost 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine and is renowned as one of the most prominent, oldest, and most biologically diverse footpaths in the US.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Appalachian Trail, section TBD

Info Session: February 6 at 8:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Pursuit Center

Trip Dates: March 23–31

Registration Deadline: March 6

Program Fee: $495

Register Now


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Wander the Deserts of Utah

Come join the OPC on a wilderness Spring Break adventure as we explore the geological wonders of the Utah desert. Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, prehistoric human rock carvings, and a wide array of animal and plant life not found anywhere in Ohio! We’ll be camping and hiking through a red-rock wonderland. This trip is perfect for beginners and activities will be tailored to the group’s ability.

Dates and Important Information

Location: various National Parks, Utah

Info Session: February 6 at 8:00 pm in the Outdoor Pursuit Center

Trip Dates: March 23–31

Registration Deadline: March 6

Program Fee: $495

Register Now

Discover New Zealand

On this 3 week journey you will explore New Zealand’s south island. Picture yourself 50-feet high climbing an ice wall of the world famous Fox Glacier, paddling your sea kayak through seal colonies off Abel Tasman, and backpacking through beautiful forests and mountains.

Dates and Important Information

Location: New Zealand

Course Dates: Summer 2019, May 21–June 13

Course Program Fee: $4,275 + Tuition

Apply Now


Maui

Explore Maui

Come along and journey with us through the land of aloha. We'll explore the island as we backpack Haleakala National Park, experience the road to Hana, sea kayak and snorkel with sea turtles, surf, and participate in a service learning project.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Maui, Hawaii

Course Dates: January 2–4, 2019

Field Experience: January 7-19, 2019

Program Fee: $2490 + tuition

Enrollment for 2020 not yet available

Backpackers

Outdoor Rock Climbing

Try the unique experience of outdoor climbing in either a day trip or overnight with your group. For a day trip, head to John Bryan State Park to try climbing in the outdoors with many beginner friendly and more challenging routes. This trip can accommodate 10-20 participants at only $30 a person. For a more extensive climbing trip, try our overnight trip to Red River Gorge, a world class climbing location with beginner friendly to expert routes. Prices vary depending on the needs of the group.


Mountain Biking

While you never forget how to ride a bike, it’s time to take bike riding to a whole new level. Try our 2 hour introduction to mountain biking for only $15 a person. In this experience we teach the fundamentals of mountain biking, and bike around our local trails at Hueston Woods. This trip is designed for smaller groups of 8 or less.


Backpacking

To experience nature at its finest, join us on a customizable backpacking trip. Backpacking is a great way for any group to disconnect from the stresses of daily life, and truly connect with others and nature while hiking and camping. Typically our backpacking trips go to Red River Gorge or Germantown Metroparks, but other locations are available. This trip can be customized to include rock climbing, team building, leadership development, wilderness survival skills, or any other goals your group may have.


Camping Retreat

Have your group grow and develop in a traditional camping environment. Our staff can work with your group individually to determine the needs and goals for the group, and will facilitate activities for the group based off of the goals for the trip. Potential focuses for the trip include team building, leadership, community building, etc. Depending on location, activities, and add-ons (meals, transportation, etc.), prices will vary for this trip.


Wilderness Rescue Immersion Experience

For a unique team bonding and leadership scenario,take your group on our Wilderness Rescue Immersion Experience. This overnight experience is designed to build camaraderie between participants as they participate in a mock search and rescue scenario in the Red River Gorge. This scenario can be flexible depending on the goals of the group, but the standard experience builds leadership skills amongst all participants and allows the group to connect and problem solve in a remote setting.

Request a Quote

Spring Break Trips

People carrying back packs heading down a grassy trail toward mountains.

Backpack the Appalachian Trail

Come join us on a wilderness Spring Break adventure as we backpack a section of the Appalachian Trail. The AT stretches almost 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine and is renowned as one of the most prominent, oldest, and most biologically diverse footpaths in the US.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Appalachian Trail, section TBD

Info Session: February 6 at 8:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Pursuit Center

Trip Dates: March 23–31

Registration Deadline: March 6

Program Fee: $495

Register Now


deserts-of-utah.jpg

Wander the Deserts of Utah

Come join the OPC on a wilderness Spring Break adventure as we explore the geological wonders of the Utah desert. Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, prehistoric human rock carvings, and a wide array of animal and plant life not found anywhere in Ohio! We’ll be camping and hiking through a red-rock wonderland. This trip is perfect for beginners and activities will be tailored to the group’s ability.

Dates and Important Information

Location: various National Parks, Utah

Info Session: February 6 at 8:00 pm in the Outdoor Pursuit Center

Trip Dates: March 23–31

Registration Deadline: March 6

Program Fee: $495

Register Now

Study Abroad Experiences

Discover New Zealand

On this 3 week journey you will explore New Zealand’s south island. Picture yourself 50-feet high climbing an ice wall of the world famous Fox Glacier, paddling your sea kayak through seal colonies off Abel Tasman, and backpacking through beautiful forests and mountains.

Dates and Important Information

Location: New Zealand

Course Dates: Summer 2019, May 21–June 13

Course Program Fee: $4,275 + Tuition

Apply Now


Maui

Explore Maui

Come along and journey with us through the land of aloha. We'll explore the island as we backpack Haleakala National Park, experience the road to Hana, sea kayak and snorkel with sea turtles, surf, and participate in a service learning project.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Maui, Hawaii

Course Dates: January 2–4, 2019

Field Experience: January 7-19, 2019

Program Fee: $2490 + tuition

Enrollment for 2020 not yet available

Custom Group Adventures

Backpackers

Outdoor Rock Climbing

Try the unique experience of outdoor climbing in either a day trip or overnight with your group. For a day trip, head to John Bryan State Park to try climbing in the outdoors with many beginner friendly and more challenging routes. This trip can accommodate 10-20 participants at only $30 a person. For a more extensive climbing trip, try our overnight trip to Red River Gorge, a world class climbing location with beginner friendly to expert routes. Prices vary depending on the needs of the group.


Mountain Biking

While you never forget how to ride a bike, it’s time to take bike riding to a whole new level. Try our 2 hour introduction to mountain biking for only $15 a person. In this experience we teach the fundamentals of mountain biking, and bike around our local trails at Hueston Woods. This trip is designed for smaller groups of 8 or less.


Backpacking

To experience nature at its finest, join us on a customizable backpacking trip. Backpacking is a great way for any group to disconnect from the stresses of daily life, and truly connect with others and nature while hiking and camping. Typically our backpacking trips go to Red River Gorge or Germantown Metroparks, but other locations are available. This trip can be customized to include rock climbing, team building, leadership development, wilderness survival skills, or any other goals your group may have.


Camping Retreat

Have your group grow and develop in a traditional camping environment. Our staff can work with your group individually to determine the needs and goals for the group, and will facilitate activities for the group based off of the goals for the trip. Potential focuses for the trip include team building, leadership, community building, etc. Depending on location, activities, and add-ons (meals, transportation, etc.), prices will vary for this trip.


Wilderness Rescue Immersion Experience

For a unique team bonding and leadership scenario,take your group on our Wilderness Rescue Immersion Experience. This overnight experience is designed to build camaraderie between participants as they participate in a mock search and rescue scenario in the Red River Gorge. This scenario can be flexible depending on the goals of the group, but the standard experience builds leadership skills amongst all participants and allows the group to connect and problem solve in a remote setting.

Request a Quote

Contact Us

Jen Siliko
513-529-7510
jen.siliko@MiamiOH.edu