Soaring through the trees

UREC takes students on zipline adventure

By Christian Hunick
On April 26, 2018

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UREC’s Outdoor Adventures team took a group of 8 students on a zipline and camping trip from April 21–23 at Lake Travis.

It was the last of the Outdoor Adventures events for this semester.

Adventure Education Supervisor Aaron Smith, one of the trip leaders, said everything went smoothly.

“All of our participants were great,” Smith said. “It made the trip super easy on us.”

On Saturday, the group camped at Sandy Creek, a 92-acre park located on a quiet cove on the northern side of Lake Travis. 

“Originally, we were going to zipline on Saturday, but the forecast called for rain,” Smith said. “It didn’t end up raining, but it worked out because we showed up to the campsite around 1 p.m., set up camp, made lunch and just hung out at camp all Saturday.”

Some of the campers slept in tents overnight, while others preferred to sleep outside in hammocks.

Sunday morning everyone woke up early to pack up camp and head to their 8:30 reservation at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures.

During the three-hour tour, the students got to experience the thrill of riding some of the longest and fastest ziplines in Texas.

Smith said some of the participants were a bit nervous at first.

“They took us on two bunny slopes to get us used to the feeling; those were about 100–200 feet long. There were two long ones after that that were 1,800 feet, and I think the very last one was 2,500 feet.”

The group left Lake Travis Zipline around noon, stopped for lunch at Torchy’s Tacos, and headed back to San Angelo.

“I’m tempted to say that the ziplines were my favorite part of the trip, but it was also a lot of fun hanging out with all the campers and relaxing at camp,” Smith said. “It was like having a mini vacation at the end of the semester.”

Registration for UREC trips for the next semester will open on the first day of classes at 8 a.m.

Smith encourages students who would like to go on the winter ski and snowboarding trip to sign up as soon as registration opens.

“A lot of people get here on time to sign up for the ski and snowboarding trip. There’s about 20 spots, but they are usually filled up by 10 a.m. that day.”


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