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Trips with CORE for Spring Break 2018

Wilderness & Well-being (March 18–24)

Join CORE on the Wilderness & Well-being trip! Spend the week hiking some of Western North Carolina's most popular trails, whitewater rafting the Nantahala River, and exploring natural water slides and caves. Each morning, trip leaders will offer sunrise yoga and mindfulness activities to promote mental and physical well-being. Participants will have the opportunity for creativity, connection, and growth. Through outdoor adventure, group discussion, and individual activities, we hope to spend the week challenging ourselves and having fun! 

Trip Details: 

After departing from Clemson's campus on Sunday, we will head to the Western North Carolina mountains! We'll camp and hike throughout the week. We will go whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River one day, and we might visit a nearby cave to explore. Each morning, you will have the option to participate in mindfulness activities and yoga.

Trip Cost: The trip cost is $250. 

Registration: Register online or at the CORE office at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center.

Moab Mountain Biking (March 16–25)

Join us this spring break for a weeklong adventure to the Southwest! Moab, Utah, is said to be home of the greatest mountain biking in the country. We will spend five full days exploring Moab's incredible trails, learning new mountain biking techniques, and challenging ourselves riding through beautiful canyons and mesa tops. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned mountain biker, you won't want to miss this opportunity of a lifetime! 

Trip Details: 

We depart from Clemson on Friday and drive to Moab, camping along the way. Upon arrival, we will establish a base camp in Sand Flats Recreational Area where we'll be hanging out and cooking meals after each day's activities. The main focus of the trip is on mountain biking, though there will be ample opportunity for down time, games, exploring Arches National Park, day hikes, and other leisure activities while we are there! Every night we will camp under the gorgeously starry Southwestern sky and every following morning we'll wake up to a stunning sunrise coming over the La Sal mountains. All ski levels are welcome, as the trails we ride will be customized to the group's needs. After a week's worth of adventure, we will drive back to Clemson and arrive on Sunday.

Trip Cost: A $200 non-refundable desposit is required to reserve a spot on this trip. The remaining $300 balance will be due in March . 

Registration: Register online or at the CORE office at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center.

Southwest Backpacking Adventure (March 17–25)

Join CORE this spring break for a four–day canyon backpacking adventure in the Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch area of Arizona! This 38 mile route welcomes all experience levels who would like to hike in between towering desert walls and experience the American west. After four days of backpacking the group will stop for a day hike in the Grand Canyon on the way home.

Trip Details: 

All transportation, campsites, instruction, and food (Monday–Friday) is included in this trip. All equipment, with the exception of personal clothing and toiletries, is provided by CORE. The group will leave Clemson on Saturday, March 17, backpack Monday, March 19, through Thursday, March 22, hike in the Grand Canyon on Friday, March 23, and return to Clemson by or before Sunday, March 25.

Trip Cost: A $200 non-refundable desposit is required to reserve a spot on this trip. The remaining $450 balance will be due in March. 

Registration: Register online or at the CORE office at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center.

Buffalo River Canoeing (March 17–22)

Join CORE for an amazing backcountry canoeing experience! This spring break, we're heading to the Buffalo River in Arkansas to spend 4 full days paddling the Buffalo River. Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undamned rivers in the lower 48 states. Prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains. You will have the opportunity to learn new canoeing skills, camp along the riverbank, and explore the surroundings of the river, such as hiking trails and caves! 

Trip Details: 

On Saturday, we will drive to Lost Valley Canoe in Ponca, AR and camp there for the night. Sunday morning, we will get on the water. We will spend the week canoeing, relaxing, learning new skills, and simply hanging out along the river banks! There will be one down day of no paddling where we take a longer hike, and will have the opportunity to take short hikes and play sports during the rest of the time we are off the river. We will return to Clemson on Sunday. 

Trip Cost: Free! Limited spots are available for students living in campus housing. 

Registration: You will receive an email in February about the application to register. Contact Cyndel Brunell at cbrunel@clemson.edu with questions.

Dominica 2018–Adventure and Service Trip (March 18–25)

Adventure & Service 

The Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) Program is offering the opportunity to explore the island of the Dominica and immerse yourself into the islands culture through a service opportunity in the village of Cochrane and with the Orion Academy. We have run trips to Dominica for the past two years and students have been able to explore the diverse outdoor adventure opportunities found on the island and engage in local service projects such as trail work on the waitukubuli trail, building an outdoor classroom as well as clearing a space for a garden at the Orion Academy.

Dominica was devastated by the Category 5 Hurricane Maria in September of 2017. Join us this year as we travel to Dominica to help with the rebuilding efforts as well as explore the many adventure activities that make this the "Nature Island" of the Caribbean. Service work will include working on sustainable farm development, sustainable energy projects, work at the Orion Academy, trail clearing and tropical reef clean up. The adventure activities will include a hike to 200 foot waterfalls in islands interior, snorkeling tropical reefs and swimming through deep gorges to the hidden falls of Captain Jack Sparrow. 

Island of Dominica

Dominica (pronounced Dom–i–nee–ka) is an English–speaking, peaceful, autonomous nation, located in the Eastern Caribbean approximately 375 miles (604 km) southeast of Puerto Rico. The island offers a spectacular variety of tropical ecosystems. The rugged topography rises to nearly 5,000 feet (1,500 m) and includes elfin woodlands, cloud forests, rainforests, dry coastal woodlands, grasslands, sea cliffs and volcanic sand beaches. The island's diverse habitats support a rich variety of endemic, regionally endemic, and indigenous tropical terrestrial and marine life. Biologically unique geothermal fields, a boiling lake, fresh water crater lakes, rivers, waterfalls, an underwater volcano and coral reef associations are all teeming with life and a wealth of unanswered questions. 

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Our base for the week will be the Mountain Caapi Cottage site near Cochrane, Dominica. The site sits in the mountainous interior of the island overlooking the Caribbean sea and provides a great base for exploring the island. We will camp in the platform tents that sit around the perimeter of the property along the river. The elevation of the property and prevailing sea breezes provide cool evening temperatures. Access to restrooms and showers are available and all meals are provided on–site as part of the program. The site also includes an outdoor pool and wood burning hot tub.


The program cost is $1,000 and includes Lodging, Meals, and all Activities. Flights will be purchased individually by each participant and range from $800–$1,100. *A passport is required to travel to Dominica (additional fees may apply).

A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to hold your spot. The full balance will be due by February 10, 2018. 

Register online.