UREC offers adventure

UREC gives students the chance to get outside

By Eunice Tibay
On February 8, 2018

Contributed Photos UREC offers students a chance for inexpensive adventures.

The UREC Outdoor Adventures division will take two out-of-town trips this spring semester to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and Lake Travis on March 2-4 and April 21-23, respectively.

"The first one is a rock climbing and camping trip up to Wichita [Mountains] National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma," Assistant Director and Manager of Outdoor Adventures Ian Brown said. "We’re gonna go camping up there, and then we can go climbing, do a little bit of hiking, go back to our campsite, hang out, have a good time, talk about the day."

The second trip is the Lake Travis Zipline and Camping Trip in Austin, Texas, which is a new offer in the Outdoor Trip program.

"It’s pretty cool because it goes over Lake Travis. It’s one of the only ones that does something like this," Brown said.

According to Brown, the outdoor trips are popular among the students; slots generally fill within 3-21 days of registration opening.

"We offered [a ski-snowboard trip] at $375 this past January and that is, like, a fraction of the cost of what it would normally cost for a student to go skiing or snowboarding on their own," Brown said. "We’re providing these opportunities to students at a price point that it makes it affordable, so it’s up to them to cross things off of their bucket list."

Senior Brittney Barksdale agreed that the trips are a great way to get students to do more than just studying all the time.

"A lot of times college can be, you know, cramped up in a study room or in a classroom and all we have time for is school," Barksdale said. "So it’s definitely relieving to get out and experience some fresh air."

Junior, Aaron Smith said that by joining the trips, students get the chance to participate in these outings without worrying about planning.

"Outdoor Adventures provides a great method for them to go see the outdoors in a controlled environment," Smith said. "Our boss is very confident. He knows what he’s doing, and so it kind of takes the stress away from trying to plan an event like that and just let the participants enjoy it without having to worry about the details."

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