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Outdoor Programs

The OPRA staff is committed to providing outstanding services and programs to the community. Learn respect for self, others, and the environment while enjoying a fun and educational experience on our worldwide trips.

Our primary goal is to manage risks to offer rewarding experiences in flatwater and whitewater kayaking; rafting, canoeing, rock and top rope climbing; hiking; backpacking; show shoeing; cross country and downhill skiing; and backcountry navigation. Activities cater to beginner and intermediate skill levels.

Classes

Beginning Whitewater Kayaking

This course focuses on the beginning-level paddler. Learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking in the pool and on local rivers.

Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking

For students with previous whitewater kayaking experience. This course runs through the end of October and will help students improve their whitewater techniques on class 2-3 water on local rivers.

Top Rope Climbing

This course is for beginning and experienced rock climbers, covering basic safety techniques, rope work, knots, and climbing techniques. We will visit many local climbing areas, as well as Hampshire College's indoor climbing wall. Beginners are especially welcome.

Introduction to Sport Climbing

This is a style of climbing in which a person uses fixed protection to lead climb. This class will focus on teaching the technical skills and training techniques for better climbing. Students must have strong rope climbing skills before advancing to sport climbing. Perfect for experienced rock climbers wanting to learn to lead climb; this is prerequisite for the spring traditional lead climbing class. 

More information about classes is available on TheHub and CEL-1 credit is available.

Outdoor Trips

Weekend outdoor trips are a great way to sample the many types of activities OPRA has to offer! During winter and spring break, more extended trips are offered. These have included rock climbing in Greece, Spain, and Mexico; paddling in North Carolina, Texas, and the Grand Canyon; skiing in Canada and the United States; and canoeing in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. 

Weekend Trips

Date Trip/Activity Cost
2/2/17 Ski Bus to Berkshire East $15* (price does not include cost of lift ticket, $17)
2/4/17 Cross Country Skiing @ Notchview $30* (includes $15 for trail pass)
2/4/17 Ice Climbing $15*
2/9/17 Ski Bus to Berkshire East $15*( price does not include cost of lift ticket, $17)
2/11/17 Rock Climbing-Central Rock Gym, Glastonbury CT $15 (price does not include $16 for CRG day pass without gear)
2/12/17 Ice Climbing 15*
2/18/17 Rock Climbing-Central Rock Gym, Watertown, MA $15* (price does not include $16 for CRG day pass without gear)
2/18/17 Cross Country Skiing in the Berkshires $30* (price includes $15 cost of trail pass)
2/23/17 Ski Bus to Berkshire East $15* (price does not include cost of lift ticket, $17)
2/25/17 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival (info here)  
3/2/17 Ski Bus to Berkshire East $15* (price does not include cost of lift ticket, $17)
3/25/17 Climbing Technique 101: Women & Non-Conforming $15* (price does not include $16 for CRG day pass without gear)
4/1/17 Spring Rock Climbing $15*
4/8/17 Rock Climbing $15*
4/15/17 Rock Climbing $15*
4/22/17 "Earth Day" Beginning Kayaking $15*
4/29/17 Spring White Water Rafting at Millers River $15*
4/29/17 Wild Edible Walk $15*
4/30/17 Tully Lake Canoe $15*

* Discount offer of $10 off trip prices for Hampshire students if you use your Hampshire College email address and discount code HCSTUDENT when making payment on the OPRA website. This discount offer is not valid for OPRA's training classes and certification courses offered on the website. 

Cancellation Policy

  • Participants who notify OPRA prior to the registration deadline will be charged a $5 registration fee.
  • Participants who register and do not attend the trip will be charged a $10 cancellation fee (Hampshire students only) and will forfeit any registration fees.
  • Participants who cancel after the registration deadline will be charged a $10 cancellation fee (Hampshire students only) and will forfeit any registration fees.

Only Hampshire and Five College students may participate in these trips/activities, except where noted.

All OPRA events are substance-free.

Spring Break Trips 

    Trip grants are available for Hampshire College financial aid recipients only. Apply now

Rock Climbing at Red River Gorge in Kentucky: March 11-19. Spend spring break rock climbing on the beautiful sandstone cliffs of eastern Kentucky's Red River Gorge. Open to all experience levels: beginning climbers are welcome, but should know how to belay safely. Belay and climbing experience can be obtained at the Hampshire climbing wall sessions.

Hampshire Students: $375; Five College and community: $475. Includes transportation, food, lodging, equipment, and instruction. Register on TeamSports using credit or debit card. This is a non-refundable trip.

Pre-trip meeting: February 16 (Advising Day) at 5 p.m. at the Robert Crown Center.

Spring Skiing in Quebec: March 11-18. Experience a variety of winter activities on this trip to the spectacular mountains of Quebec. This area of the Laurentian Mountains gets lots of powder snow, so we'll spend days downhill skiing or snowboarding at local ski areas and a day of XC skiing through French-Canadian wilderness. Should have prior skiing/boarding experience or take a lesson before or during the trip. Must have a current passport.

Hampshire Students: $425; Five College and community: $525. Includes transportation, food, lodging, lift tickets, XC ski equipment. Doesn't include ski/board rental or lesson. Register on TeamSports using credit or debit card. This is a non-refundable trip.

Pre-trip meeting: February 21 at 5 p.m. at the Robert Crown Center, OPRA conference room.

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