Recreation

UWild Adventures

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Join the UWild crew for in-person and online adventures through our series of workshops and one-off events! Learn new skills, keep connected to your community, and have a blast with the Rec professionals on the UWild team!

We are offering classes virtually over Zoom for free, limited in-person for purchase, or in a combination of the two; see individual classes for details. Click on the class title to register for the workshop. Times are Pacific Standard. In-person classes are open to all autumn quarter students; virtual classes are open everyone.

Crags Climbing Center will reopen on Oct. 14; to learn more and make a reservation, see this page: https://www.washington.edu/ima/uwild/crags-climbing-center/

Which UWild Class is Right For You

Difficulty Who Is This For?
All Open to all experience levels
Never-Ever No experience necessary
Beginner Prior experience helpful
Intermediate Prior experience and/or training required
Advanced Considerable experience required (may require applications for defined pre-requisites)

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UWILD WORKSHOP SERIES

In-Person Sea Kayaking Courses

Full Moon Paddle

Difficulty: Never-Ever

6 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 – in-person 

Cost: $25 for UW students (this offering is for current students only)

Enjoy the calm waters of Lake Washington with a moonlit paddle right from campus. Before getting on the water, UWild’s experienced trip leaders will provide essential safety and technique instruction to make sure you have a great experience.


Sea Kayaking Basics

Difficulty: Never-Ever

Two options:

  1. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 – in-person
  2. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 – in-person

Cost: $35 for UW students (this offering is for current students only)

This single-day class is for anyone curious about sea kayaking or those that would like to explore paddling with more confidence. We will cover the fundamental paddle strokes, body positioning, balance, and navigating an open body of water. We will also cover the essential skill of a wet exit- how to get out of a boat that has capsized, so come ready to wet! Using the local waterways of Seattle where we can escape campus without the need to leave town. Come join us and learn something new, have an experience, and see Seattle from a different vantage.

This course will go rain or shine unless there are unsafe conditions as dictated by a UWild manager or director. After completion of this course, participants will have the skills necessary to participate in more advanced sea kayaking courses with UWild.


Lakes to Locks and Back – Sea Kayaking and Biking Seattle 

Difficulty: Never-Ever

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct 18, 8 a.m. – in-person

Cost: $35 for UW Students (this offering is for current students only)

In this uniquely Seattle experience, you will start right here on the UW campus by climbing into a sea kayak and paddling through the Montlake Cut into Lake Union. Along the way, you’ll see the beautiful floating homes on Lake Union and the sweeping skyline of Seattle from a unique vantage point. We’ll then paddle to (and through) the Ballard Locks.

After the Locks, we’ll go onto Golden Gardens where we’ll swap our kayaks for bikes to ride the Burke Gilman Trail back to campus. There is no other city (or university) where you can have this unique experience. Don’t miss this one!

Sea Kayaking Instructor Course

Sea Kayaking Instructor Course

Difficulty: All

Virtual meetings: Thursday, 4 – 5:30 p.m. (Oct. 15, 22; Nov. 5)

In-person meetings: Saturday, Oct. 17; Sunday, Oct. 25; Sunday; Nov. 8, Sunday, Nov. 15 (all day)

Cost $100. This course is open to current UW students only. See below for details on an informational session held Tuesday, Oct. 13.

UWild’s Pro-Staff will cover the essential skills for leading trips- outfitting boats and people for multi-day trips, approaches to teaching paddling techniques, performing on the water rescues, and the art of managing days on the water. This course is for anyone interested in teaching or leading trips for UWild Adventures, employment with a sea kayak outfitter or a summer camp, or those wanting to plan bigger and more committing trips with friends and family.

No previous sea kayaking experience is required but participants must be able to swim. This course consists of three 90-minute virtual meetings and four full days of in-person instruction over the course of the quarter.

Climbing and Slack-Line Courses

Slacking in the Park

Difficulty: Never-Ever

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sunday Oct. 11 – in-person

$5 for UW students (this offering is for current students only)

This class is limited to group sizes of 5 at this time and pre-registration is required.

Come slack off in the park with UWild, whether you’re dedicated slackers or just slack curious. UWild staff will set up multiple slacklines to accommodate a variety of skill levels and provide instruction on the basics of slacklining for those that need it.

Make sure to bring your: water bottle, snacks, a rain jacket, and a face mask!


Basic Climbing

Difficulty: Never-Ever

Six in-person offerings; all options run 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. over two days (Tuesday/Thursday) – see dates below.

Cost $30. This course is open to current UW students only.

Basic Climbing is an entry-level class covering the basics of roped climbing: climbing equipment, belaying (ropes), and basic climbing movement. The class will provide in-depth belaying instruction to ensure that the participant possesses the fundamental skills needed to belay in an indoor climbing environment.

  1. Offering 1: Tuesday & Thursday Oct. 20 & 22
  2. Offering 2: Tuesday & Thursday Oct. 27 & 29
  3. Offering 3: Tuesday & Thursday Nov. 3 & 5
  4. Offering 4: Tuesday & Thursday Nov. 10 & 12
  5. Offering 5: Tuesday & Thursday Nov. 17 & 19
  6. Offering 6: Tuesday & Thursday Dec. 1 & 3

Building Bolted Rock Anchors

Difficulty: Intermediate

11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 – in-person and online via Zoom

FREE to current UW students only.

This class is for those seeking to take their gyms skills to the outdoor crags. Bolted anchors vary drastically from one crag to another and not all are created equal! During this informational workshop, we will get up close and personal with many different styles of anchors that are popular in the PNW and beyond. Build bolted top rope anchors with confidence knowing that you are using the right tools for the job.

This course will also be recorded and shared via zoom! More info TBA.

UWild Events

These are one-time offerings hosted by Recreation staff. Click the title of the course to register.

Dawg Daze / SUP

Difficulty: Never-Ever

Two options:

  1. 9 – 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25 – in-person
  2. 4:30 – 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 – in person

Free; open to first-year UW students only

Join UWild’s stand-up paddleboard (SUP) instructors to explore the beautiful natural areas just behind Husky Stadium! You will learn the basics of paddleboarding (how to get on and off the board and paddle strokes) while getting to know other UW students. Registration is required as space is limited (registration information will be updated prior to the event).


Dawg Daze / Hiking Washington

Difficulty: Never-Ever

5 – 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 – online

Free; open to first-year UW students only

Western Washington is known for its lush forests and towering peaks. Join UWild’s experienced staff to learn more about hiking near Seattle. We will discuss our favorite trails, some tips and tricks to make the best of your hike, and have time to answer your outdoor adventure questions.


Dawg Daze / Intro to Washington Rock Climbing: From Recreation to Rainier!

Difficulty: Never-Ever

6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 – online

Free; open to first-year UW students only

Washington is home to some of the most diverse climbing and mountaineering in the country, from Husky Rock (the first artificial climbing structure built on a university campus) to “The American Alps” and everywhere in-between. We will be showing interactive maps and media showcasing the best of what Washington has to offer.

The session will include an overview of the new COVID-modified procedures at UWild Adventures Crags Climbing Center within the IMA. Open Q & A to follow the presentation.


Sea Kayaking Instructor Course – Information Session

5 – 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

This virtual meeting will provide information about UWild’s Sea Kayaking Instructor course. During this meeting, we’ll discuss the skills that will be learned, the course structure, and how the skills applied can be utilized as a sea kayaking instructor.


Backcountry Baking

Difficulty: Beginner

5 – 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

We all know that food can make or break a trip. This course will explore the ways you can add in baking to your backcountry repertoire. We will cover the basics- how to set up a backcountry oven such as the Fry-Bake or Outback Oven, managing temperature while baking, and a few of our favorite recipes.


Know Your Knots – Climbing Edition

Difficulty: Beginner

4 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

There’s a right knot for every activity. The Know Your Knot series will help you learn how and when to use different knots that will make your outdoor adventure even better! The course is designed with the climber in mind but many of the knots can be useful in other activities. A few examples – Prusik, autobloc, clove hitch, munter hitch, and many more.


Ask an Expert: Winter in Washington

Difficulty: Open To All Skill Levels

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

Washington can be a true winter wonderland if you know where to go and what to do… Join UWild’s Pro Staff to discuss winter adventure options, talk about gear or clothing choices, or whatever’s on your mind! After this session, you’ll have ideas for snowshoeing or skiing destinations, have an understanding of how to stay warm in cold conditions, and you will have the chance to discuss any questions you have about recreating during the winter months.


There’s No Bad Weather

Difficulty: Never-Ever

6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

There’s a 100% chance of weather every day! More often than not during Seattle winters, that weather includes some type of rain – don’t let the forecast ruin your plans. In this virtual session, you will learn how to plan for wet and cold conditions, best gear options (without breaking the bank), and you’ll even get some insider tips on where/how you can find adventure in all conditions. There really is no bad weather.


Ask an Expert: Navigation

Difficulty: Open To All Skill Levels

3 – 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

Reading a map or using a GPS can make you feel more lost than anything. Drop into this Q and A session to have your navigation questions answered by UWild’s field program manager. In this session, we’ll discuss some of the best mapping apps, how to decipher a topographic map, route planning, and whatever else is on your mind.


Snowshoe Washington

Difficulty: Never-Ever

4 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

Snowshoes will help you access some of the most pristine and beautiful places in the Evergreen State. In this session we’ll talk about some of the most popular snowshoeing destinations in our area, we’ll take a look at gear choices (and where to rent or buy), and we’ll talk safety in planning and while you’re out. After this virtual meeting, you’ll be ready to hit the trail as soon as the snow starts falling.


Ask an Expert: First Aid Kits

Difficulty: Open To All Skill Levels

4 – 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

“One-size fits all” does not apply to first aid kits! Come join UWild’s Pro Staff to discusses the art of slimming your first aid kit down to the essentials for fast and light climbing and backpacking. You’ll also learn how to spruce up your kit to pack for longer trips from through-hikes to month-long expeditions!


Ask an Expert: What’s in Your Trail Pack – Winter Edition?

Difficulty: Open To All Skill Levels

3 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

Winter packing can be a bit of a mystery. The weather can go from cool and crisp, to pouring rain, to snow in minutes. Join UWild to have your winter prep questions answered. In this session, we’ll talk about essential items, some of our favorite “luxury” items, our personal favorite gear, and we’ll answer any questions you have about winter prep and packing.


Ask an Expert: Winter Camping

Difficulty: Open To All Skill Levels

3 – 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

Camping isn’t just for the summer, in fact, a clear night sky during the winter could be one of the most inspiring views for any outdoor enthusiast. Winter provides so many incredible opportunities for solitude, beauty, and different kinds of outdoor adventures. In this session, you’ll learn the essential gear for staying comfortable in winter conditions, some snow travel tips, and we’ll even talk about camp cooking!


Snowshoe Washington

Difficulty: Never-Ever

4 – 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 – online

Free for UW students; $5 for UW staff and faculty

Snowshoes will help you access some of the most pristine and beautiful places in the Evergreen State. In this session we’ll talk about some of the most popular snowshoeing destinations in our area, take a look at gear choices (and where to rent or buy), and talk safety in planning and while you’re out. After this virtual meeting, you’ll be ready to hit the trail as soon as the snow starts falling.


Keep in mind:

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UW Recreation recommends that you obtain a comprehensive physical examination and consult with a licensed physician before beginning this or any exercise program. When participating in this exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release UW Recreation from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising from the use of these videos or live stream productions.