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.
This course focuses on the beginning-level paddler. Learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking in the pool and on local rivers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|9/17/16||Hampshire Fun Hike||$5|
|9/17/16||Queer Canoe Trip||$5|
|9/18/16||Bike and Brunch||$5|
|9/18/16||Rock Climbing: Pioneer Valley||$5|
|9/24/16||Kayak the West River||$5|
|9/24/16||Canoeing on Tully Lake||$5|
|10/1/16||Rock Climbing: Pioneer Valley||$5|
|10/2/16||Bicycle Maintenance Crash Course||$5|
|10/8/16-10/10/16||Climbing on world class schist in Rumney, NH||$60|
|10/8/16-10/11/16||Canoeing and camping in spectacular Adirondack Park||$85|
Only Hampshire and Five College students may participate in these trips/activities, except where noted.
All OPRA events are substance-free.