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Trips with CORE for Spring Break 2020

International

Adventure & Service

Caapi Cottage HammockThe Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) Program is offering the opportunity to explore the island of Dominica and immerse yourself into the island's culture through a service opportunity in the village of Cochrane and with the Orion Academy. We have run trips to Dominica for the past three 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.The Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) Program is offering the opportunity to explore the island of Dominica and immerse yourself into the island's culture through a service opportunity in the village of Cochrane and with the Orion Academy. We have run trips to Dominica for the past three 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.


Join us this year as we travel to Dominica to continue with the rebuilding efforts associated with hurricane Maria in 2017 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 in the village of Cochrane, sustainable energy projects, and work at the Orion Academy. The adventure activities will include a hike to 200-foot waterfalls in the island's interior, snorkeling tropical reefs and swimming through deep gorges to the hidden falls of Captain Jack Sparrow.


Island of Dominica

Caapi Cottage PoolDominica (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, freshwater crater lakes, rivers, waterfalls, an underwater volcano, and coral reef associations are all teeming with life.


Lodging

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.


Cost

The program cost is $1950 and includes Airfare, Lodging, Meals, and all Activities. *A passport is required to travel to Dominica (additional fees may apply).

Registration

TA non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to hold your spot. The full balance will be due by Feb. 10, 2020.



Domestic

Mountain Biking the Best of the Southwest

Join us this spring break for a weeklong adventure to the Southwest! Moab, Utah, is said to be home to some of the greatest mountain biking in the country. We will spend the 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

Our base camp for the week will be 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 starry southwestern sky and every morning we will wake up to a stunning sunrise coming over the La Sal mountains. All skill levels are welcome, as the trails we ride will be customized to the group's needs.

 

Lodging, Equipment, and Transportation

We will be driving out to Moab, UT from Clemson. Once there, we will be camping out in tents at Sand Flats. All camping equipment and mountain biking equipment will be provided. However, participants are welcome to bring their own equipment if they have it such a personal bike or sleeping bag.

 

Trip Cost

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



Climbing and Adventure in Sunny California

Do you like rock climbing? Do you like hiking and exploring breathtaking places across the country? Even if you are a novice adventurer, join CORE as we head way out West to Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, Monument Valley, and much more! Joshua Tree offers some of the best climbing in the world, and is known for its exquisite, unique landscapes. All levels of experience are welcome to hike, camp, and try out world-class top rope climbing and bouldering with us!

 

Trip Details

We will depart Clemson on Friday, March 15, and drive to Joshua Tree, where we will spend several days rock climbing and hiking throughout the park. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to join us, as climbing will not be the sole emphasis of the trip and the routes we climb will be selected based on the group’s needs. From J-Tree we will drive to Death Valley National Park and spend a day exploring, then we’ll head to Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley, where we’ll camp for the night. We will arrive back in Clemson on Sunday after a week of incredible stargazing and wild west adventures!

 

Lodging, Equipment, and Transportation

We will be taking a couple days to drive out to California from Clemson. Once there, we will be camping out in tents as we spend time in each of the National Parks. All camping equipment and rock climbing equipment will be provided. However, participants are welcome to bring their own equipment if they have it such as climbing shoes or a sleeping bag. Weight bearing personal climbing gear, such as harnesses and belay devices, will not be allowed.

 

Trip Cost

The total cost for this trip is $650. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot on this trip. The remaining $450 balance will be due in early March.



Take the Next Steps in Your Journey as an Outdoor Leader

This course is offered as a part of CORE's Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development (WILD) program and combines many of the elements of our shorter WILD courses into one, immersive outdoor leadership experience. This trip is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful outdoor leader.


Topics covered will include:


Backcountry Travel and Camping, Activity-Specific Technical Skills, Outdoor Leadership and Service, Judgement and Risk Management, Group Dynamics and Expedition Behavior, Teaching and Facilitation, Wilderness First Aid (certification), Leave No Trace Trainer (certification)

 

Trip Details

We will begin this trip at Clemson going through a two-day Wilderness First Aid certification course. After this, we will spend one more day on campus going through skills workshops and trip preparation. On Tuesday of the week, we will depart for the Roan Mountain area of the Appalachian Trail along the North Carolina/Tennessee border and backpack for the rest of the trip. Time will be spent each day hiking and learning new outdoor leadership skills. Participants will be responsible for some teaching topics during this time as a part of their Leave No Trace Trainer certification.

 

Lodging, Equipment, and Transportation

During the first few days of the trips, participants will be able to return to their own homes each evening after the course content is done for the day. Once we depart for the trail, we will be out hiking and camping in tents for the rest of the week. All backpacking equipment will be provided. However, participants are welcome to bring their own equipment if they have it such as a backpack or a sleeping bag.

 

Trip Cost

This trip costs $375. The full amount will be due at the time of registration.



Explore the Biggest Walls and Waters of the Southwest

NOTICE: This trip is offered in partnership with Clemson Housing and Dining. It will be offered only to students who live on campus, and participants will be accepted via a formal application process.


Join CORE as we embark on a trip to the American Southwest, home to the iconic red rock deserts and dozens of canyons. No prior experience is necessary; beginner adventurers are welcome! We will be traveling to Arizona to spend time in two of its most famous areas: the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell! Soaring red walls, beautiful sunsets over the water, and narrow slot canyons all await in this one-of-a-kind desert wonderland.

 

Trip Details

We will leave Clemson on Saturday, March 16, and drive to the Grand Canyon, where we will hike into the Canyon for a backpacking overnight trip. From there we will drive to Lake Powell where we will camp and explore slot canyons by trail and by kayak. After checking out Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, we will drive to Zion National Park to explore and hike! We will arrive back in Clemson by Sunday.

 

Lodging, Equipment, and Transportation

We will be driving out to Arizona from Clemson. Once there, we will be camping out in tents as we spend time at multiple sites in the canyonlands. All camping equipment and will be provided. However, participants are welcome to bring their own equipment if they have it such as a backpack or a sleeping bag.

 

Trip Cost

This trip is available by application only and will be free for those students who are accepted. Application swill be sent out by Clemson Housing and Dining to eligible students living in residence halls.