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 to everyone.

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Rating Scale Suggested Level Experience
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)

Register online starting December 28th!

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Classes are open to all members of the UW community. Classes are free for Rec Class Pass holders and students, for all others, there is a nominal fee to register.

Science & Recreation

Geology for Rock Climbers

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: January 6, 5:00 p.m.

From splitter cracks, undercut jugs, lines of tufas – characteristic features of many rock climbs are often a result of the underlying geology. In this lecture, we will dive deep into why particular rock formations tend to produce specific climbing foot and handholds. You will gain a better understanding of the interesting geological scales that make up a climbing crag: from the big picture birds-eye view of a mountain range to the nearly microscopic crystalline perspective of the minerals as building blocks. This presentation will be visual-heavy and will allow participants to ask questions about their favorite crags and natural areas.

Falls, Forces & Friction: Functional Physics for Climbers

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: February 3, 4:00 p.m.

I’m falling! This often shouted statement is often met with a swirl of emotions as a climber succumbs to gravity. In this lecture, we will break down the objective aspects of falling looking at the physical forces involved in roped climbing falls! Fear not, we will not get too physics dense as this class is designed with all climbers in mind.

Glaciology for Mountaineers

Difficulty: Never Ever

Date & Time: January 20, 4:30 p.m.

Washington State is home to more glaciers than any other area in the contiguous United States. This slideshow will give insight into why we have so many glaciers in our backyard, how they form, what goes on inside of them, and what characteristic features they leave behind. A theoretical understanding of the glaciology and glacial morphology will help any alpinist make more scientifically-informed decisions and identify red flags.

Sustainable Mountain Travel

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: February 17, 5:00 p.m.

The Leave No Trace principles are familiar to many who spend time in more wild environments, but how do we apply these broad ethics to mountain travel? In this workshop, we will discuss the different public land management agencies within the United States and how their mission informs how they manage recreational wilderness travel. We will touch on subjects like indigenous land management practices, navigating fragile alpine ecosystems, and ideas for how to turn crowded crags into durable climbing communities. This presentation will involve lecture and break-out sessions to share your perspectives and ideas.

Fire & Ice: Washington’s Volcanic Past and Future

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: March 3, 5:30 p.m.

Have you ever looked past Drumheller Fountain and wonder how that 14 thousand foot volcano got there? Throughout this presentation, you will start to understand the origin story of the mighty volcanoes of the Cascade Range. This presentation is designed for the armchair geologist.


Coffee: Fuel for Human-Powered Adventure

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: March 10, 4:00 p.m.

The early morning alpine start is a time-honored ritual for many outdoor pursuits. Brewing coffee from your kitchen to the backcountry is part art and part science! In this session, UWild’s resident coffee snob will explain his Do’s and Don’t for manual coffee brewing! Come with your questions and a fresh cup of your own to enjoy!

Building a More Inclusive Outdoor Community

The Instagram Effect: Geo-Tagging & Anti-Racism

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: February 9, 4:00 p.m.

The ways in which people use social media is constantly evolving in new and emergent directions – from connecting with friends, stoking inspiration, hyping products, and finding the exact GPS Coordinates of beautiful natural areas. During this dynamic presentation, we will discuss many different perspectives that inform and intersect race, gate-keeping and protecting fragile environments. These different perspectives are commonly seen as being at odds, but can also work in complimentary fashions. We will pose questions to better understand our blind spots and learn from those that come from different levels of experience and privilege.

Building a More Inclusive Outdoor Community – Round Table with NorthWest Women

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: TBA


Farm to Crag: Feed Your Passions

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: TBA

Looking for a productive way to get stronger, climb harder, and feed community members? You may be an organic farmer at heart. Come speak with UWild Instructor and UW Farm Employee, Reily, as she discusses the various ways that farming can be good for your project and the planet!

Name That Mountain!

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: February 24, 5:00 p.m.

Come enjoy this fun and friendly “Jeopardy” style trivia game to see which team has its mountain knowledge on point. Are you that person pointing out all of the local peaks driving over the local mountain passes? How about the greater ranges? Come with a team or join one in the webinar and see who knows the most about mountains from the Cascades to the Himalaya!

From Recreation to Rainier – Climbing in Seattle and Beyond

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: January 13, 5:00 p.m.

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. Open Q & A to follow the presentation.

Rock Climbing: Bolts and Fixed Anchors

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: January 27, 4:30 p.m.

This class is for those seeking to take their gym 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.

Ask An Expert


Difficulty: All

Date & Time: 

  • January 5, 5:00 p.m.
  • February 19, 10:00 a.m.

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.

All Things Wild and Outdoors

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: 

  • January 14, 11:00 a.m.
  • January 14, 5:00 p.m.

Don’t know where to start or can’t make one of the more specific sessions, drop in and ask the UWild staff.

Paddle Sports

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: 

  • February 25, 1:00 p.m.
  • February 25, 5:30 p.m.

Paddling during the wet season, planning a trip, buying a boat, nothing is overboard for UWild’s saltiest paddler, Bryan.


Difficulty: All

Date & Time: 

  • February 3, 11:00 a.m.
  • February 3, 5:30 p.m.

What the heck is a Hex? We are here to answer all the questions that have unable to make the next move.

Mountain Biking through Winter

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: 

  • January 11, 4:30 p.m.
  • January 15, 10:00 a.m.

Cold, wet, and happy. Keep the stoke alive for trail riding year-round. UWild’s N+1 expert, Matt Jensen, is here to answer questions and provide helpful tips for riding mud and sometimes snow.

Snow Sports

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: 

  • January 7, 1:00 p.m.
  • January 7, 5:30 p.m.

What is XC? How do I tune my board? My skins are full of dog hair and pine needles… The staff of UWild is here to help keep you sliding, or skinning, right all winter long.

Enjoying the Outdoors with Kids: A Parent’s Guide

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: 

  • January 26, 5:30 p.m.
  • February 4, 6:00 p.m.

Navigating kids in the woods is a daunting task. UWild’s professional staff (and dads), Bryan, and Matt are here to help make sense of equipment, the power of snacks, naps, and finding adventure that fits the whole family… and did we mention the power of snacks?

All Things Coffee!

Difficulty: All

Date & Time:

  • March 10, 1:00 p.m.
  • March 10, 5:00 p.m.

Resident outdoor coffee aficionado, Nathan Page (Head Roaster at Blank Page Roasting) will answer the questions that have been brewing in your mind.

Outdoor First Aid

Difficulty: All

Date & Time:

  • February 23, 1:00 p.m.
  • February 23, 5:30 p.m.

Preparing for a trip, COVID-19 considerations, UW Department looking to improve field trip protocols. UWild’s certified wilderness medicine instructor is here to diagnose any issues your first aid skills may have.

General Outdoor Recreation

Ultra-light Hiking: How to go “Ultra-Light” Without Being Ultra Annoying…

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: February 11, 4:30 p.m.

“Pack light – you might suffer, pack heavy- you WILL suffer!” Ultra-light mountain travel can be incredibly liberating, while also being a fantastic way of losing friends. After this session, you will start to understand the several key concepts and mantras of hiking as light as possible. We will discuss how to slim down on a budget and where to invest to get the biggest bang for your buck. Come with your questions, just don’t make them top-heavy…

Camp Cuisine: Beginning Backcountry Baking

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: March 9, 4:30 p.m.

Great food makes everything better! This session will provide instruction on everything from choosing a stove to walking you through some of UWild’s favorite backcountry recipes!

Snowshoe Washington

Difficulty: All

Date & Time:

  • January 5, 5:00 p.m.
  • January 28, 3:30 p.m.

Snowshoes will help you access some of the most pristine and beautiful places in the Evergreen State.</p> <p>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.

There’s No Bad Weather

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: January 14, 4:00 p.m.

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. 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.

Finding the Balance: Slackline Set-up

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: January 12, 5:00 p.m.

What gear will you need for a primitive set-up? How about setting a line for 100 feet or longer? Climbing Program Manager and occasional “Slacker” Nathan will discuss the basic requisite gear for slacklining and some ticks and tricks for mastering the wobbly line.

Intro to Trail Running

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: March 1, 4:30 p.m.

Take your running shoes off of the pavement and on to the beautiful rocks and dirt of the PNW. Our discussion will outline some of the key differences between urban running and trail running. We will attempt to find the murky line between hiking quickly and trail running and how techniques from running and hiking inform trail running. We will cover questions like, what the heck is a running vest? How do you treat water on the go? What do you eat when you run all day?

Making Sense of Mountain Bikes

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: March 8, 5:00 p.m.

Enduro vs Trail Bike? Slack Headtube? Clipless pedals mean I clip in?  The mountain biking world can be overwhelming for a new rider. UWild is here to help! We will dive into the basics of mountain bikes – types, sizing/geometry, componentry, and frame materials. The goal is to demystify terminology and options so you can get a head start on finding your new (or at least new to you) bike.

Wilderness Educator and Adventure Leadership Course:  Information Session

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: March 2, 5:00 p.m.

UWild’s Wilderness Educator and Adventure Leadership (WEAL) course is designed to provide the foundational knowledge of what it takes to safely land effectively lead groups in wilderness and adventure programming. The skills learned and developed in this course also apply to personal trips for those who find themselves in leadership roles with their friends.

The WEAL cover topics ranging from risk management, group development, and various teaching approaches used in wilderness and adventure settings. The skills developed in this course will be essential for those who are interested in working in the outdoor industry especially at programs like UWild.

Wilderness Medicine

The Art & Medicine Behind Backcountry Splints

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: February 2, 4:00 p.m.

The design and construction of improvised splints is a skill that we all can use some extra help with! Join this interactive session where we will review the basics of wilderness medicine splints and then tackle some challenging scenarios using the supplies and gear participants typically carry in the field! Participants are encouraged to bring as many splinting supplies as you typically carry while recreating!

Building Out Your First Aid Kit: From Light and Fast to Expeditionary

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: January 26, 4:00 p.m.

One size fits all does not apply to First Aid Kits! In this interactive presentation, we will demonstrate how to slim your first aid kit down to the essentials for fast and light climbing and backpacking. As well as how to spruce up your kit to pack for longer trips from thru-hikes to month-long expeditions!

Understanding Lightning and Electrical Hazards: Beyond a Kite in a Thunderstorm!

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: February 18, 5:00 p.m.

When thunder rolls, stay indoors. This mantra works well in many urban environments – but what about the more wild areas we find ourselves recreating within? In this lecture, we will introduce some of the weather mechanics that we can use to predict lightning strikes, which environments are safer than others, and how to treat the direct and secondary injuries associated with lighting!

Wilderness Medicine at Altitude: How to Move Up in the World, Safely…

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: February 23, 4:00 p.m.

As hikers and climbers, going up to the mountains provides the challenge, views, and natural environment that so many of us enjoy! However, there are risks with going up high in elevation that should be understood and mitigated! This lecture is designed to give an overview of how the body responds to a high-altitude environment and helps to demystify some of the common injuries and illnesses!

Common First Aid for Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Difficulty: All

Date & Time: January 19, 5 p.m.

We will pick up where your avalanche rescue course leaves off. Topics will include the most common first aid scenarios for winter backcountry riding: trauma and cold-related injuries.

Keep in mind:

Your health and well-being are important to us at UW Recreation. The purpose of this disclaimer and notice is to make you conscious of the potential risks connected with any exercise, physical fitness, or training program, to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not you should participate in these types of activities.

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.