You may be a gym junkie, but do you know about all the Outdoor Recreation activities UNC Campus Rec offers? Last Fall, I went on a hiking expedition to Cox Mountain. I took in the beauty of nature, ate lots of GORP (read the post for details) and bonded with some fellow Tar Heels.
To give you a quick rundown, expeditions run from a half-day to an entire weekend and focus on hiking, kayaking, climbing or a combination of a few. UNC students and employees of all fitness levels attend these trips – some who have never gone hiking before and others who have completed countless intense trail races.
During your trip, you’ll learn technical skills, lead others and have to trust complete strangers. It can be physically challenging at times, but is rewarding upon completion. You’ll be able to share a unique experience with other students who have a passion for outdoor activities.
This coming weekend, from April 5 through April 7, you can go on a kayak expedition to White Oak River where you’ll see several different ecosystems as they come together and are shaped by the natural forces of the coast. On April 13, you can take a day trip to the Eno River where you’ll break free from the stress of school and enjoy yoga and hiking in the relaxing wilderness.
Two other kayaking trips will take place this month. If you are looking for a short expedition, you can attend the day trip to Rhode’s Pond (just an hour’s drive from campus) for black swamp water paddling complete with Spanish Moss. Last, another weekend-long kayaking trip will be held April 19 through April 21 at Brown’s Island, at North Carolina’s Cape Lookout National Seashore.
To register, go to the Campus Recreation Office located in 101 Student Recreation Center. The fee includes transportation, food and equipment. You can pay with cash or your One Card. To check for available spaces call (919)843-7529. If you have additional questions, contact David Yeargan at email@example.com.
To learn more about each trip, fee and activity level, click here.