Category Archives: Trips

Fall 2014 Overnight camping and Backpacking Trip

Our Fall 2014 Overnight Backpacking Trip to Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas, the first backpacking experience for more than half of our group of eleven, was an awesome adventure.         We began the 3-day, 2-night trip by departing SMU on Friday afternoon at 4:30 … Continue reading

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Tandem Sky Diving Trip- Oct 4, 2014

Waking up at 6:30 in the morning on a Saturday sounds like a start to a terrible day for a college student, but it’s a much sweeter feeling when you wake up from sheer excitement, knowing that today you’ll be … Continue reading

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Fall 2014 Caving Trip

This past weekend the Outdoor Adventures crew took a group of 8 to Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown, TX.  I went on this trip as a tech, meaning that I am training to be a trip leader by shadowing another … Continue reading

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Fall 2014 Zip Lining Day Trip

Along with others who wanted an exciting experience, I had the opportunity to fly from treetop to treetop this past weekend on our first trip of the year–Zip Lining! We met at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning and loaded up … Continue reading

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Outdoor Leader Training (OLT) Trip

Every year, we take new candidates for our Outdoor Leadership program on a backpacking trip through the wilderness of Carson National Forest in New Mexico. This year, we had six extraordinary candidates, who were all willing to learn new things … Continue reading

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SMU Outdoor Adventures Spring Canoe Trip—April 12-13, 2014 North Toledo Bend State Park

Packed up and headed out at around 8 AM, the SMU OA Spring Canoe Trip was off! At near full capacity [nine participants and two trip leaders], we started on our first leg of the trip pushing toward the Texas—Louisiana … Continue reading

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2014 Overnight Winter backpacking trip

Icicles dangling from branches, leaves encased in crystal ice, and snow dusted hills encircled with a hazy fog as far as the eye can see. Three SMU Outdoor Adventure leaders took eight students backpacking through an Arkansas Winter Wonderland Feb. … Continue reading

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Rock Climbing Trip 11/2/13 – Lake Mineral Wells State Park, Mineral Wells, TX

This past Saturday, two of our trip leaders, Kelly Gilliland and Manuel Familiar, accompanied by three SMU students went to Mineral Wells for a day of climbing. We traveled with six of SMU OA’s Outdoor Leaders in Training (OLTs), who … Continue reading

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2013 Fall Break – Matagorda Island Sea Kayaking Trip

SMU Outdoor Adventures hit the road at around 8 am on Saturday morning. With 6 hours in the trip van ahead of them, many of the participants grabbed some shut eye while the two trip leaders navigated their way down … Continue reading

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Fall 2013 Zip Lining Trip

On September 14th, 8:30 AM, a group of adventurous SMU students set out for New York Texas Zipline Adventure—a two hour drive from Dallas—with only some water bottles, food for lunch, and a box of donuts for breakfast. After the … Continue reading

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