Outdoor Program Philosophy
The Outdoor Program exists to provide outdoor recreational experiences that emphasize skill acquisition, SAFETY, positive group dynamics, environmental awareness and FUN! These quality experiences are fostered through small groups of 4-12 people on single to multi-day trips. Whether it be by land, water or snow, we hope you will take a day or more to slip quietly away with us on an adventure in the outdoors.
Registration Info and Deadlines
Before you register, READ the REFUND deadline. Before you register CLARIFY any questions you have regarding your ability to participate in the activity. All refund deadlines are seven days prior to any pre-trip meeting, scuba start date or rock wall class unless otherwise noted. Registration begins the FIRST day of the semester. You must be a Student Recreation Center member to participate in the Outdoor Program. When you've selected the activity you wish to participate in, please go to the cashier located in the Recreation Center main lobby with your payment and Buff OneCard. The registration deadline for all activities is the Wednesday prior to the pre-trip meeting unless otherwise stated. Early registration is to your advantage due to the small group size of our activities. All outings have minimum and maximum numbers for group size. In order to participate in one of our programs you must: 1. Sign our Assumption of Risk Waiver; 2. Provide proof of insurance; 3. Provide an active e-mail address (through CU Connect).
The Outdoor Program reserves the right to cancel trips due to minimal sign-up, inclement weather, or scheduling conflicts. The program is conducted on a non-profit basis and can only ensure minimum registration fees with proper student/instructor ratios. A refund will be issued if the Outdoor Program cancels the trip. The Outdoor Program assumes no responsibility for notifying participants of trip cancellations or postponements if either no phone number or an incorrect phone number is in the Rec Center computer system. Please update your information upon registering for a course.
Certain activities require attendance of a pre-trip meeting, which will provide you with information related to your enjoyment and safety in the activity. Bring your health insurance company name and policy number to this meeting. Pre-trip meetings are held in Outdoor Program Office located the upper level of the Rec Center near the west entrance. Failure to attend this meeting may result in loss of trip fees and inability to participate in the course.
Contact the Outdoor Program regarding questions on participation PRIOR to registering. Refunds are NOT given following registration in an activity if a participant discovers they cannot complete the course. CLARIFY your ability to participate PRIOR to registration. The refund deadlines are 7 days prior to any pre-trip meeting, scuba class or rock wall class, unless otherwise noted. If you cancel prior to the stated refund deadline, you are entitled to a partial refund (minus a 20% processing fee). If you cancel following the refund deadline, NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN. This refund policy still applies for emergency situations and for illness.
Inclement Weather Rescheduling Procedure
In the event that an activity is rescheduled due to inclement weather you may receive a full refund if you contact the Outdoor Program office (303-492-6080) by noon on the Wednesday following the original scheduled trip date. If you do not contact the Outdoor Program office by noon on Wednesday we assume that you are committed to participate in the rescheduled event and therefore forfeit your right to a refund.
Transfers are only possible in certain circumstances and before the refund deadline. For all transfers, come to the Outdoor Program office.
Equipment for Activities
The Outdoor Program supplies most of the equipment required at no additional cost on the majority of outings. If you provide your own equipment, there is no discount off of the stated fee. Due to the broad range of shoe sizes for rock climbing we cannot guarantee this provision. Outdoor Program equipment is entry level gear. If you are dissatisfied with what we provide you may always rent gear of your choice at a local outdoor shop at your own expense.
You are expected to provide your own food for all activities unless the course description states that food is provided. On multi-day trips, food is usually purchased by the group and the cost is divided equally. Menu planning takes place at the pre-trip meeting.
Trips meet and depart from the Student Recreation Center loading dock on the North side of the building by the bike racks and box trailers, unless otherwise stated.