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Classes and Outings

Whether you’re into rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, shredding fresh powder in perfect telemark stance, or looking to learn all of the above, we’re here for you. Get up, and get outside!

Winter 2016 Backyard Adventures

Outdoor Ed is thrilled to be able to offer some Backyard Adventures for faculty, staff, students, community members, etc. These outings will help you meet new people and build new skills while adventuring in and exploring the local area.

Children less than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All outings are free unless indicated otherwise. These outings count towards PE PASSPORT credit.
  • Skiing BYA’s will start later in the day if there is local snow to ski
  • Free (except as noted) and open to students, faculty, staff, community members, partners and children (accompanied by a parent).
Must register prior to event: rbenson@colgate.edu or call ext. 7972.

Skate Skiing Learn to Ski

Sunday, February 14
8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15

Kid’s Day at the Wall

Saturday, February 20
Noon–3:00 p.m.
Cost: free

Skate Skiing Fac/Staff Learn to Ski

Sunday, February 21
8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15

Classic Skiing Learn to Ski

Sunday, February 21
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15

Moonlit Snowshoe

Tuesday, February 23
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Cost: free

Classic Ski Fac/Staff Learn to Ski

Sunday, February 28
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15

Single Pitch Ice Climbing

Sunday, March 6
8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 (will only run if conditions permit)


Outdoor Education Staff Training

Open to First-Years interested in teaching and leading for the Outdoor Education Program.

Mandatory Information Meeting

Location: Basecamp
Date: Friday, August 28
Time: 4:30 p.m.


E-mail: amrowe@colgate.edu
Phone: 315-228-7323

Spring I PE

Course fees cover travel, food, instruction, all equipment and lodging where applicable. All courses are subsidized by the OE budget.


Sample Classes and Outings

  • Backpack overnight
  • Backcountry ski tour
  • Bouldering (indoor and outdoor)
  • Whitewater canoe
  • 1000 Islands sea kayaking
  • Caving
  • X-C skiing
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Telemark skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Geocaching
  • Survival
  • Peak hike
  • Tree climbing
  • Ice climbing
  • Winter camping
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Pool paddling
  • Rock climbing

Past Trips

Check out some photos and video of past trips! Also, contact us for more information.