Recreation

Challenge yourself, learn new skills, find like-minded friends, and have fun with the UWild team! This quarter we’re offering incredible opportunities to take once-in-a-lifetime trips. Come have an adventure with us!

You can also take a climbing class through Crags Climbing Center; summer course are listed below.

The UWild Gear Garage has reopened for the summer; find biking, camping, mountaineering, backpacking, fishing, safety, and rock climbing equipment rentals at reasonable rates here: https://www.washington.edu/ima/uwild/equipment-rental/

The Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) and Golf Range have both reopened; check their webpages for hours and reservation information! https://www.washington.edu/ima/waterfront/ & https://www.washington.edu/ima/golf/

Please click on the link below to register for the expeditions. All times are Pacific Standard.

Register online starting June 14!

Register Here


SUMMER UWILD OFFERINGS

UWild Climbing Classes

Masked students climb at the UWild Crags Climbing Center.

Basic Climbing

Experience Level: Beginner

This beginner friendly class covers the basic skills of climbing for an affordable price. You will work with an instructor for two, two-hour sessions on the skills listed below. This class provides all the essential knowledge to start climbing on the right foot (pun intended)!

Work with instructors to learn:

  • Knots
  • Overview of climbing equipment
  • Belay technique (using the climbing rope)
  • Roped climbing tips & techniques

Details:

  • Price: $30 (Class fee includes: equipment and belay exam.)
  • Location: Crags Climbing Center
  • Registration Deadline: Time of first class

Offerings:

  1. 6/23 & 6/25 (W/F), 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  2. 7/6 & 7/8 (T/Th), 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  3. 8/2 & 8/5 (M/Th), 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  4. 8/9 & 8/12 (M/Th), 4:45 – 6:45 p.m.
  5. 8/30 & 9/2 (M/Th), 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Belay Techniques

Experience Level: Beginner

An abbreviated version of our popular Basic Climbing class. In this single evening class, we cover the most modern belay technique, how to tie into a climbing rope, and how to properly fit climbing equipment. This course will prepare you for the belay skills exam and is perfect for the time crunched person, or those that need a quick refresher. This course is not recommended for those with no previous experience.

Work with instructors to learn:

  • Climbing equipment 
  • Knot tying 
  • Belay technique

Details:

  • Price: $20 (Class fee includes: equipment and belay exam.)
  • Location: Crags Climbing Center
  • Registration Deadline: time of first class

Offerings:

  1. 6/28 (M), 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  2. 7/20 (T), 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Indoor Lead Climbing

Experience Level: Beginner / Intermediate 

Our Indoor Lead Climbing course covers the skills necessary to LEAD climb in the gym and while focusing on practice lead falls and leading technique. This course meets for a total of 4 hours over two climbing sessions.

Work with instructors to learn:

  • Clipping techniques and how to avoid mistakes
  • Real experience lead falling (with style!) in a safe and controlled environment
  • Lead belaying
  • Practice mock lead climbing

Details:

  • Price: $45 (Cost covers all necessary equipment and lead belay test.)
  • Prerequisites: CURRENT CRAGS TOP ROPE BELAY PASS AND THE ABILITY TO CLIMB 5.8 COMFORTABLY. 
  • Registration Deadline: Time of first class

Offerings:

  1. 7/12 & 7/14 (M/W), 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  2. 9/14 & 9/16 (T/Th), 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Intro to Sport Climbing (Gym to Crag)

Experience Level: Intermediate 

Our outdoor sport climbing course covers the skills necessary to transition from leading in the gym to sport climbing outside! This course meets for a total of 6 hours over three climbing sessions.

Work with instructors to learn:

  • Various bolted anchor building methods
  • Supplementing bolted anchors with natural protection (trees / boulders / pinches)
  • How to use common various sport anchor styles
  • Bolt inspection and red flags
  • Lowering through open and closed fixed anchors
  • Rappelling
  • Leave No Trace Ethics specific to the climbing environment
  • Real practice building and lowering off of sport anchors in a gym environment

Details: 

  • Price: $65
  • Location: Crags Climbing Center
  • Prerequisites: CURRENT CRAGS LEAD CLIMBING BELAY PASS AND THE ABILITY TO CLIMB 5.8 COMFORTABLY. If you are comfortable lead climbing / belaying, but just need a Crags Lead Cert please reach out to the Climbing Program Manager (njpage@uw.edu) to set-up a temporary Lead Pass so that you can register for the class!
  • Registration Deadline: Time of first class

Offering Date: (All dates below are for a single course!) 

  1. 8/23, 8/25, 8/26 (M/W/Th), 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Trad is Rad

Experience Level:  Intermediate/Advanced

Move past bolts and start placing your own protection! This class will cover placing traditional gear and building anchors. We will begin with several class periods of instruction in our indoor facility before taking what we have learned outside for two days. Depending on student progression, there may be an opportunity to mock lead on traditional gear the second day of the outdoor portion. 

Students must provide their own food for the overnight portion of this class. Any equipment needed to camp overnight can be rented from the UWild Adventures Gear Garage. All equipment required for the curriculum, is included in the cost of the class. 

In the event of inclement weather during the outside portion of this class, students will receive a partial refund.

  • Price: $90 (Students) $100 (Faculty / Staff)
  • Prerequisites: Crags Lead Pass, ability to lead up to 5.8.
  • Registration Deadline: time of first class

Offering Date: (All dates below are for a single course!) 

  • Indoors @ Crags Climbing Center
    • 8/16, 8/18, 8/19 (M/W/Th)
    • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Outdoors @ local climbing site
    • 8/21-8/22 (Sat/Sun)
    • 7am Saturday – 5pm Sunday

Real Rock

Experience Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Take your climbing outside! This outing is all about getting in as much outdoor climbing as possible in a day. It is a great introduction to climbing outside, leading outside for the first time, or is just a great way to get out of the city for some real rock. We will leave and head to a local crag within a 90 minute drive. Two experienced instructors will get the site setup, and then we will climb!

Students must provide their own food for the overnight portion of this class. Any equipment needed to camp overnight can be rented from the UWild Adventures Gear Garage. All equipment required for the curriculum, is included in the cost of the class. 

In the case of class being cancelled due to weather before the course begins, a full refund will be given.

Overnight Edition:

  • Price: $70 (Students) $90 (Faculty / Staff)
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. Friday – 7:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Registration deadline one week before class
  • Offering Date(dates below are for the single overnight course!) 
    • 9/17 – 9/18 (Fri-Sat, overnight)

Single Day:

  • Price: $35 (Students) $45 (Faculty / Staff)
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Registration deadline one week before class
  • Offerings: 
    1. 7/17 (Saturday)
    2. 8/6 (Friday)

UWild Field Programs

North Cascades Backpacking

Come join like-minded Huskies in a beautiful area! This is an outing for those who have some backpacking experience who are just looking for people to get out with. You should have some previous backpacking experience as this course will not be teaching any specific skills. FOOD IS NOT PROVIDED on this course.

Prices: Students $150, IMA Members $175

Packing List:

  • All meals and snacks (food planning will be discussed at the meeting before the course)
  • Two sets of athletic clothing (i.e. minimal to no cotton): one to hike in and another to sleep in
  • Light source (flashlight, headlamp)
  • Rain Jacket and pants plus extra layers (warm hat, gloves/mittens, warm long sleeves)
  • Two liters of water
  • Personal eating equipment (Tupperware, utensil, mug)
  • Toothbrush and a small toiletry kit (travel kit)
  • Footwear (hiking boots preferred but at minimum athletic shoes)
  • Personal Snacks
  • Closed-toed comfortable shoes to walk in. Hiking boots preferred, athletic shoes are a minimum.
  • Optional: trekking poles, camera gear
  • Included in class fee, the rental of: backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shelters, stove, cookware

Offerings:

  • 7/8 (Th), 8:00 a.m. – 7/10 (Sat), 6:00 p.m. (registration closes on 7/5 @ midnight)
  • 8/6 (Fri), 8:00 a.m. – 8/8 (Sun), 6:00 p.m. (registration closes on 8/4 @ midnight)

If you have any questions please contact Bryan Anderson at bryana7@uw.edu


Day Hike

Hiking is a great way to get a break from your busy life in Seattle without having to be gone an entire weekend. On day hikes with UWild, you will experience the beauty of the PNW while you meet new friends! Destination is planned for the I-90 corridor but is subject to change.

Date: 7/25 (Sun), 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (registration closes on 7/21 @ midnight)
Prices: Students: $35, Faculty/Staff: $50

Packing List

  • Lunch and snacks
  • Athletic clothing (i.e. minimal to no cotton) to hike in
  • Light source (flashlight, headlamp)
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Extra layers (warm hat, gloves/mittens, warm long sleeves)
  • Two liters of water
  • Closed-toe footwear (hiking boots preferred)
  • Personal snacks
  • Optional: Trekking poles, camera

If you have any questions please contact Bryan Anderson at bryana7@uw.edu.


First Year Adventure – Snoqualmie Sampler

**THIS PROGRAM IS FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS ONLY**

Join fellow first year students on this unique adventure where you will have the chance to experience three different adventure on one day with the experienced leaders of the UWild program! You will start the day with a relaxing bike ride along the Iron Horse trail through the longest bike tunnel (2.4 miles) in the country. Make sure to bring your head lamp!

At the end of the ride, you’ll arrive at a climbing area where you’ll have the chance to challenge yourself to scale the granite walls near North Bend. Finally, you’ll wind down with some relaxation time on Rattlesnake Lake where you can try stand up paddle boarding while you enjoy the great views. Transportation, equipment, games, snacks (bring your own lunch and water), and instructors are all included.

Date: 9/25 (Sat), 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 9/22 @ midnight
Price: $35

Packing List:

  • Lunch
  • Athletic clothing
  • Light source (flashlight, headlamp)
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Extra layers (warm hat, gloves/mittens, warm long sleeves)
  • Two liters of water
  • Footwear (athletic shoes)
  • Personal snacks
  • Optional: camera, climbing shoes, swim suit if you want to try paddle boarding or swim in the lake

If you have any questions regarding the packing list or have any food restrictions, please contact Bryan Anderson at bryana7@uw.edu.


Camp by Kayak

This class covers the basics of multi-day sea kayaking trips. The evening session will cover topics of packing, basics of tides, currents, and navigation and how to prepare for your overnight sea kayak trips. You should be able to attend the evening session and the overnight portion of the class. This is a semi-cooperative trip. FOOD IS NOT PROVIDED on this course, but you will be working with the other group members at the pre-trip meeting to plan meals that the group will purchase on their own.

Dates: 8/28 (Sat), 8:00 a.m. – 8/30 (M), 6:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 8/24 @ midnight
Prices: Students: $165 Faculty/Staff: $185
Prerequisites: UWild Sea Kayaking Basics Course or equivalent experience (see skill requirements).
Minimum skills required (you may be asked to perform one or all of the skills listed below prior/during this program):

  • Ability to swim
  • Experience correctly fitting a PFD
  • Experience performing a wet exit
  • Ability to get back into a kayak in deep water (with the support of another boater)

What to bring:

  • All meals and snacks (food planning will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting)
  • Personal eating equipment (Tupperware, utensil, mug)
  • Three sets of athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Extra layers (one warm hat, 1-2 gloves/mittens, 2-3 top and bottom insulating layers)
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Light source (headlamp preferred)
  • Two liters of water
  • Toothbrush and a small toiletry kit (travel kit)
  • Personal snacks
  • Closed-toed comfortable shoes to walk in.
  • Optional: trekking poles, camera

UWild will provide:

  • Kayak and other essential kayaking equipment
  • Dry suit (dependent on conditions)
  • Paddling shoes
  • Instruction
  • Transportation (if required for the course)
  • Camera (photos will be shared after the course)

Please contact Bryan Anderson: bryana7@uw.edu if you have any questions


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