SMU Outdoor Adventures

SMU Outdoor Adventures offers recreational trips and outdoor skills workshops from its “base camp” at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

Dolphin sightings, and then home to Dallas

SMU Outdoor Adventures took students to the Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area near Port O’Connor, Texas, for Fall Break 2015. These updates are from Jessica, Outdoor Adventures trip leader: Sam and I woke up before the sun was up – and paid dearly for it, since mosquitos also wake up early, apparently. We started breaking down camp (all the while swatting at the bugs) and loading the kayaks. Everyone else got up and helped as well. We grabbed granola bars for breakfast and filled our water bottles. We started in our kayaks around 8 a.m. The water was as smooth as glass, and it took us about an hour to get halfway. We kayaked that morning in a little bit of rain, [...]

2015-10-15T14:57:51+00:00 October 13th, 2015|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

A sunny, clear day on Matagorda Island

SMU Outdoor Adventures took students to the Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area near Port O’Connor, Texas, for Fall Break 2015. These updates are from Jessica, Outdoor Adventures trip leader: We woke up on Monday to a beautiful sunrise over the ocean. The wind was bearable and did not blow away our tents (which is a common thing that happens on Matagorda Island, TRUST me). We took our time to make breakfast, a big meal that we couldn’t finish of - pancakes. We brought chocolate chips for the pancakes, which ended up melting – so, needless to say, the chocolate pancakes were kind of a mess, but Nick and Maira were instant pancake gurus and we basically had chocolate chip cookies for [...]

2015-10-15T14:53:54+00:00 October 12th, 2015|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

Kayaking to Sunday Beach

SMU Outdoor Adventures took students to the Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area near Port O’Connor, Texas, for Fall Break 2015. These updates are from Jessica, Outdoor Adventures trip leader: An early start for everyone, we tried to quickly pack our dry-bags with gear and made sure everyone had lunch for later (when we would be on the water). We left the campsite around 11 a.m. and drove to Port O’Connor to the Fishing Center, where we’d launch our kayaks. Around noon, we were set to kayak the route to Matagorda Island. The kayaking conditions were excellent! This was definitely the best weather I’d seen on this trip in my 3 years of Fall Breaks! There were few clouds, it was nice and [...]

2015-10-15T14:53:32+00:00 October 11th, 2015|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

On the road to Matagorda Island

SMU Outdoor Adventures took students to the Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area near Port O’Connor, Texas, for Fall Break 2015. These updates are from Jessica, Outdoor Adventures trip leader: The group met up in the Outdoor Adventures rental shop around 11:30 a.m. to review our trip itinerary and to do a gear check before leaving for Port Lavaca, the area we would be camping that night. The trip leaders went over kayak technique and safety practices and, after issuing rain jackets and fitting life vests, we loaded the van and did last procedures before leaving SMU. The drive to Port Lavaca was about 5.5 hours, so we stopped at Subway for lunch along the way in Waco. The day was sunny and [...]

2015-10-15T14:55:11+00:00 October 10th, 2015|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

Backpacking in Canyonlands National Park

At 4:45 am Saturday March 9, 12 SMU Spring Breakers piled into the white Outdoor Adventure van, closely situated after only just learning each other’s names and majors. 14 hours later, at 7 pm Mountain Time, the van pulled into the Rio Rancho Comfort Inn, completing day one of the road trip to Canyonlands National Park, UT. For spring break 2013, SMU’s Outdoor Adventure Program took eight students backpacking March 9-17 through the Needles District of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. The trip was planned and led by student leaders Jeremy, Grant and Karly. Program director Albert also tagged along. Students of different ages and languages came together for a unique experience. Graduate students Sanket and Leo, transfer student Chanesia, Jing Jing, [...]

2013-08-13T18:22:36+00:00 March 25th, 2013|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

Rock Climbing Day Trip

An update from Manuel, David, Josh and Grant, Outdoor Adventures Leaders in Training: Getting up bright and early on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 for the trip would have to have been the only downside to the whole experience, but those feelings quickly evaporated in the first morning rays of sunshine on the highway towards Mineral Wells State Park. With the van full to the brim, everyone quickly became acquainted even before we stopped for some morning doughnuts! By the time we arrived, we noticed that Mineral Wells climbing site (penitentiary hollow) was already saturated by Boy Scouts on their very own climbing day trip, so we quickly set up our own anchors to make sure we had guaranteed walls to climb! We climbed for [...]

2012-11-27T21:27:36+00:00 November 19th, 2012|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

Matagorda Island Sea Kayaking: Fall Break Trip 2012

An update from Amanda, Outdoor Adventures Trip Leader: On October 13, eight people set out to conquer and explore Matagorda Islands over SMU’s fall break. They came back on October 16, four days later, stronger, wiser, and with an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience of survival against the elements. And if you don’t believe me, we have the pictures to prove it. The first task was waking up before the sun to meet outside Dedman Rec Center, where a memorable six and a half hour drive down to Port O’Connor awaited. A mixture of sleeping, introductions, and learning about one another defined the ride down as the group began to bond quickly. Talk of different majors from Advertising and Marketing to Engineering led to advice [...]

2012-11-27T21:42:53+00:00 November 2nd, 2012|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

Fall Caving Day Trip

An update from Jeremy, Outdoor Adventures Trip Leader:  For the past couple years, SMU Outdoor Adventures and Inner Space Caverns have worked together to produce an experience that few have the ability to partake in. Called the Wild Cave Tour, Inner Space leads groups off the beaten path in order to explore some of the harder to reach areas of the cave. Inner Space is the largest cavern system in the state, meaning there are many different areas to explore and discover. This is truly one trip that produces different sights and memories with each trip, as I was lucky to see along with my assistant leader, Manuel, and six amazing participants. Our trip began at 5:30 in the morning on [...]

2012-11-27T21:21:44+00:00 September 27th, 2012|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

A successful day of zip-lining

An update from Jordan, Outdoor Adventures Trip Leader: Each semester, SMU Outdoor Adventures (OA) plans and runs fun and exciting trips away from campus. This fall, we are offering seven trips, the first one, on Sept. 15, was our Ziplining Day Trip. I was lucky enough to lead this particular trip and two other OA leaders, Amanda and Joshua, assisted me in making this a successful trip… On Saturday morning, I waited with Mandy and Josh by the Doak Walker statue for our four participants to arrive. One by one, they all showed up, somewhat nervous, but excited for the day ahead. Once our last participant arrived, we began the two-hour drive out to LaRue, Texas. Our destination New York, Texas Zipline Adventure [...]

2012-11-27T21:18:28+00:00 September 20th, 2012|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

Leadership training in New Mexico

In August 2012, five students traveled to the Latir Wilderness area of Red River, New Mexico, with two trainers to learn to become Outdoor Adventures trip leaders.  As part of the trip, they learned about backpacking, group dynamics, risk management, self-awareness and discovery, team work and outdoor skills.  Here is an update from Manuel about the trip. Read about other trips on the Outdoor Adventures blog. At first, I didn’t know what to expect. I had a vague idea of what it would be like to be out in the wilderness for an extended period of time, but nothing prepared me for what was to come in the leadership training trip. Right from the start, I knew that it was going [...]

2012-09-14T22:13:13+00:00 September 14th, 2012|SMU Outdoor Adventures|
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