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Exloring UAS' backyard

Starting Spring 2018 the UAS Recreation Center and Outdoor Studies (ODS) will be teaming up to offer outdoor trips to the UAS community.

This program will utilize the skill and experience of our Outdoor Studies students (ODS) to guide outdoor trips for the UAS student body. These trips will vary from learn to ski days at Eaglecrest, snowshoeing and skiing in our backyard, cabin over-nighters, hiking Juneau trails, to paddle boarding in the spring. The REC Center provides the gear, ODS the experience and guidance, with students benefiting by getting out and engaging with our environment.

See you outdoors!

Outings are currently being planned for the spring semester. As the schedule is planned it will be posted here as well as in the campus and REC Center calendars. A good place for announcements on outings will be the REC Center Facebook page as well. Many trips will have a limit on participation due to equipment. If trip group size is limited by equipment, sign-ups will be on a first-come basis.


Our first Learn2Ski event was held at Eaglecrest and introduced UAS students to Alpine (downhill) skiing and snowboarding. This event was help on February 9, 2018.

Our upcoming Learn2Ski is Friday, March 9, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm. We will be meeting at Skaters Cabin on Montana Creek Road for an afternoon of Nordic (x-country) ski instruction. Skis gear, instruction, wood fire and cocoa are provided. See you there!

Cold Water Survival

REC+ODS will be teaming up with the Alaska Army National Guard-AKARNG for this joint event. Cold Water Survival training will be offered by the AKARNG with seats available to both ODS and the general student body. This is Army certified training taught by an Army trainer. Stay tuned for dates and times.

Gym to Crag

Indoor and Outdoor eventThis is a two part program that starts in the UAS climbing gym and ends outside. The gym will cover the basics (requires previous certification or obtained that night) of outdoor climbing and the differences between gym and outdoor. The program will end with a day of bouldering outdoors, equipment provided to includes shoes, chalk/bags, helmets, and crash pads. If you are not certified, now is the time!

  • Bouldering Demo in Gym: Wednesday, April 18th from 6pm-7pm
  • Bouldering Outdoors at Tea Harbor: Friday 20th from 4pm-6pm (must have attended demo above).

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