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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.

  1. Fall Break
  2. Winter Break
  3. Spring Break
  4. Study Away/Study Abroad Experiences
  5. Custom Trips

Fall Break

Raft and Hike

Raft & Hike

Deemed the Grand Canyon of the East, the New River Gorge is an outdoor playground. World-class whitewater rafting and hiking are at your fingertips.

Dates and Important Information

Location: New River Gorge, West Virginia

Trip Dates: October 12–15; Pre Trip Meeting: October 4

Activities: Hike the gorge and experience the spectacular fall colors by foot. Then don your life jacket and helmet as you dig your paddle into the rushing waters of the Lower New River.

Difficulty Level: Novice, no experience required

What is provided: Transportation, meals on-site, instruction, camping and rafting equipment

Program Fee: $359

Registration ends September 25

Fall Break Backpacking


Described by Backpacker Magazine as the “Crown jewel of the 919,000-acre Monongahela National Forest,” the Cranberry Wilderness encompasses alpine balds, rhododendron thickets, quartzite slabs, red spruce, and trout streams. Join us as we explore one of the highest plateaus east of the Mississippi and experience a landscape that belongs north of the border.
We usually look outside ourselves for heroes and teachers. It has not occurred to most people that they may already be the role model they seek.” - Rachel Naomi Remen. Find your hero in the Monongahela Wilderness.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Trip Dates: October 12–15; Pre Trip Meeting: October 3

Activities: Backpacking & Camping

Difficulty Level: Novice, no experience required

What is provided: Transportation, backpacking meals, instruction, permit, camping and backpacking equipment

Program Fee: $235

Space is limited due to wilderness area restrictions. Registration ends October 2

Winter Break

Maui flippers

Explore Maui

Come along and journey with us through the Land of Aloha.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Maui, Hawaii

Trip Dates: January 6–18, 2018; Pre Trip Meetings: November 14 and December 5

Activities: During the 12-day field experience students will put theory to practice while:

  • Backpacking in Haleakala National Park
  • Engaging in historical and cultural lessons on the Road to Hana
  • Taking part in a service learning project in the Kipahulu region of Haleakala
  • Experiencing a traditional Hawaiian meal at a native taro farm
  • Sea kayaking, whale watching & snorkeling with sea turtles
  • Learning to surf

What is provided: accommodations, transportation in Maui, activity equipment, instruction, activity meals

Program Fee: $1900
Fee Does Not Include: airfare, some meals and spending money

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Registration Deadline: November 30

Spring Break

Bahamas Sailing

Bahamas Sailing

Come experience a 7-day sailing adventure in the Bahamas. Work alongside the captains and crew one of two 40' sailboats. As members of the crew, we will take part in sailing the boat, preparing meals, and other activities needed to run the boat. No experience is necessary - the captains will teach us everything we need to know.

Dates and Important Information

Location: Bahamas

Trip Dates: March 17–23, 2018; Info Session: September 27 and October 4, 7:00–8:00p.m.

Activities: Pick up all the sailing lingo as we practice hoisting and trimming the sails, learn basic principles of navigation, and gain a new appreciation of our marine environment. We will snorkel in living coral reefs and ocean waters, try kayaking and paddleboarding, swim with turtles and rays, explore island settlements, and climb to the top of the Hopetown lighthouse, the last manually operated lighthouse in the world.

What is provided: instruction, airfare, meals, snorkeling equipment

Program Fee: $1699 Per Person
Rate does NOT include: personal travel expenses

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Study Away/Study Abroad Experiences

New Zealand Trip

Outdoor Leadership in New Zealand

On this 20 day journey you will explore New Zealand’s south island by foot, paddle and pedal. 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, biking the Otago Rail Trail through tawny-toned hillsides and backpacking through beautiful forests and mountains.

Dates and Important Information

Location: New Zealand

Course Dates: May 22–June 14, 2018

Info Session: October 5, 11 and November 7, 28 - 8:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Pursuit Center Classroom

This course, EDT 485, is 3-6 variable credit hours.

Course Program Fee: $4500 + tuition

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Custom Trips

Custom Trips

Have you always wanted to go white water rafting and don’t see a trip on our schedule? How about rock climbing, backpacking, or canoeing? The Outdoor Pursuit Center can design and lead a custom trip specifically for you and your group. Nearly any outdoor activity can be planned to nearly any destination. We’re happy to work with the needs of you and your group.

Custom Trip Inquiry