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Outdoor Action Newsletter

Fall - Winter 2004

30 years of Outdoor Adventure - 1974 - 2004

What is Outdoor Action?

Welcome to the winter edition of the OA Newsletter. The Outdoor Action Program (OA) offers trips and courses throughout the academic year to Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff in a variety of outdoor activities. OA trips are led by students or staff who have gone through an extensive Leader Training Program. If you are interested in becoming an OA Leader, see the back of the newsletter for details about the OA Leader Training Program schedule for this semester.

Rock Climbing

Introduction to Rock Climbing Course

If you are interested in learning to rock climb, this 3-week course will teach you all the essential techniques of climbing, including tying in, belaying and specific climbing techniques like weight shifting, stemming, and laybacks. The course will meet at OA’s indoor Climbing Wall in the Armory. There will be a field trip to the Philadelphia Rock Gym at the end of the course. Fee: Students $70, faculty/staff $95, OA Leaders $40. Sign up at the OA TripStore.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8 - 10 p.m.
Dates: 11/9, 11/11, 11/16, 11/17, 11/30, 12/2
Indoor Field Trip: Sun. 12/5, 9-5 p.m.

Climbing Wall

Climbing WallThe Climbing Wall is an indoor rock climbing practice facility located in the Armory next to the football stadium. Climbers of all abilities are welcome. Experienced instructors are on hand to teach skills and assist in solving particular climbing routes. OA provides harness and climbing shoes. The Climbing Wall is open only to students, faculty, and staff of Princeton University. PUID required. Children of members of the University community may climb with a parent present. The Climbing Wall is open throughout the academic year except during breaks and final exams. Sign up at the OA TripStore.

Climbing Wall Open Hours

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 4:30 -6:30 p.m.
Monday & Wednesday, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Groups can schedule Wall Sessions on Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM by appointment. To schedule or for other available times contact aglotzba@princeton.edu or ktkang@princeton.edu

Climbing Wall Fees


KayakingBeginners Kayaking Eskimo Roll Class

Winter is an excellent time to learn to Eskimo Roll in a warm pool. The Eskimo Roll is the act of righting a kayak if you flip and is an essential skill for many forms of kayaking. This Beginner’s Class will teach the Eskimo Roll and basic kayaking strokes. No previous kayaking experience required. Course fee: students $55, faculty/staff $70. Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m or 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Dates: Sundays: Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5. Location: Dillon Pool.Sign up at the OA TripStore.


Blairstown Woodcutter’s Community Service Day

Spend a beautiful fall day at the Princeton-Blairstown Center during Woodcutter’s Weekend on a community service project with Princeton University folks and members of the local community. Service projects include splitting and stacking wood, tree planting and trail maintenance. The center is located in northwestern New Jersey near the Appalachian Trail and Delaware Water Gap.You can come up just for the day on Saturday, Nov. 20, or for one or two nights. Lodging and meals are included at no cost. For more information contact Michele Kelly at 609-258-3340 or email: mmkelly@princeton.edu. Sign up at the OA TripStore.

First Aid Training

Adult CPR Courses

You should always be prepared to give CPR or rescue breathing. This American Heart Association course will teach you to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in adults. Course fee: $16. Location: Frist Campus Center, Room 307. Sign up at the OA TripStore. Dates:

Winter Workshops

Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding: Altitude, Attitude, Equipment, and Injuries

Downhill, Telemark of Cross-country Skiing or snowboarding safely in the mountains requires significant preparation and knowledge. This workshop will help you understand about cold weather, high altitude and severe weather conditions. We will focus how to stay warm in outdoor winter sports and what sorts of gear you should bring with you. We’ll include basic first aid information about how to recognize and treat cold-related injuries like hypothermia, frostnip, and frostbite. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. - 9: 30 p.m., Robertson Hall, Bowl 1. FREE

How Do I Sign up?

Sign-ups for trips and courses are on the OA Tripstore on the Web. Students are billed to their University account. Faculty and staff must pay by check. If you have any questions, please call the OA Office.

OA Web Site: www.princeton.edu/~oa/
OA Tripstore Sign-ups: https://oa.princeton.edu/tripstore/
OA Office: 350 Alexander Street, 8-3552
OA Equipment Room: The Armory, 8-6417 open Tues. & Thurs 7:30 - 9:30 PM for Equipment Rental

This newsletter is published each semester to provide information about Outdoor Action’s upcoming trips and programs. The Outdoor Action Program (OA) is Princeton University’s outdoor experiential education program administered by the Princeton-Blairstown Center. For more details on OA activities see the OA Web Site.

Intersession Events

First Aid TrainingWilderness First Responder Course

This 80-hour advanced first aid (WFR) course, taught by Wilderness Medical Associates, is specifically designed to emphasize the wilderness context - remote locations, severe environments, and simple improvised equipment. The course will cover patient examination and evaluation, body systems and anatomy, trauma care, environmental emergencies, splints, wilderness rescue, and backcountry medicine. This course meets 10 hours each day with morning lectures and afternoon skills practice including simulated rescues, daily quizzes and a final exam. Be prepared for some awesome outdoor first aid simulations! People who succesfully complete this course receive a three-year certification and are eligible to teach wilderness first aid on campus. The course will be held at the beautiful Princeton-Blairstown Center in northern New Jersey so you can get away from campus and enjoy the winter scenery. Fee: OA Leaders $300, students $400, faculty/staff $500 fee includes the course, transportation, food and lodging.

Dates: Sat. 1/22/05 - Sun. 1/30/05

Cross-country skiingVermont Cross-country Skiing Trip

There is no better place in the east for cross-country skiing than Vermont. All levels of skiers are welcome from beginner to advanced; no previous skiing experience is required. Beginners will be taught the fundamentals of in-track cross-country skiing while experienced skiers can be off skiing on their own. Guests will stay in a rustic house in Rochester, Vermont, cooking their own meals, and skiing at some of the finest cross-country ski touring centers in the east. Trip fee includes transportation, meals, lodging, ski equipment, and trail fees. There is a $35 discount if you have your own skis. Fee: OA Leaders $195, students $225, faculty/staff $300.

Dates: Sun. 1/23/05 - Thurs. 1/27/05

OA Leader Training Program

Leader TrainingHow Do I Become An OA Leader?

Are you interested in leading a Frosh Trip for the Class of 2009 or leading other OA Trips during the year? Complete your Leader Training this spring! OA’s Leader Training Program is considered one of the most comprehensive in the nation and has been used as a model by schools across the country. In the Leader Training Program participants develop skills in leadership, group facilitation, outdoor safety, first aid, and valuable wilderness travel skills. Don’t consider yourself outdoorsy? You don’t need to have any previous outdoor experience to become an OA Leader. We provide all the training you need to learn to lead and facilitate groups in the outdoors. We are looking for a diverse group of students, graduate students and staff who can provide leadership for incoming students. Upon successful completion of the program you are eligible to apply to lead OA trips.

OA Leader Training Open House

Stop in at our Open House and learn how to become involved with Outdoor Action. The first portion of the Open House will review the requirements and guidelines for those interested in becoming an OA Leader. Join us! Wednesday, Nov. 10, 9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Frist 302

OA Leader Training Requirements

Over the past year Outdoor Action has been working on expanding the Leader Training Program. The goal is to provide leaders-in-training with all of the skills needed to effectively lead their own trips in the wilderness as well as lead Frosh Trips. We have developed a series of workshops to teach you all the essential skills of outdoor leadership. Below are the training requirements to become an Outdoor Action Leader. Many of these trainings are offered multiple times to allow flexibility to fit into your schedule.

• HEART Wilderness First Aid and CPR Training

HEART (Health Education and Rescue Training)Wilderness First Aid is an intensive course that covers patient examination and evaluation, body systems and anatomy, wound care, splinting, environmental emergencies, and backcountry medicine. Hands-on simulations provide first-hand training in treating patients. This is an excellent course taught by experienced Wilderness First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians and is highly recommended to anyone traveling in the outdoors. Adult CPR certification by American Heart Association and American Safety & Health Institute Wilderness First Aid certification is included for all those who successfully complete the course. This class fulfills the First Aid requirement for OA Leader Training (other first aid courses do as well, contact the OA Office for more information.) Fee: $89 leaders-in-training, $100 students, $120 faculty/staff.

*Section C (Monday class, 7:30 - 10:30 PM)
First Aid Classes: Mondays - 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, Wed. 12/1 – Jadwin A07
Final Exam: Mon. 12/6

• Facilitator’s Workshop

Facilitating positive group interaction and teamwork requires excellent listening and observation skills and a set of activities and techniques to guide people through personal growth and development. This workshop will train OA leaders and others who work with groups in specific techniques for effective team building and group facilitation through fun games and activities.. This is a hands-on, experiential workshop. Be prepared to have fun!

Sunday, 11/14/2004 - 1:00 - 7:00 PM, Frist Multipurpose Room

• Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop

One of the greatest challenges of being a group leader is learning how to lead and motivate a group, and how to use group experiences to promote self-exploration and learning. This workshop is designed to teach OA leaders and others how to effectively lead groups. This is a hands-on, experiential based workshop so be prepared to be active.

Sunday, 11/21/2004 - 1:00 - 7:00 PM, Frist Multipurpose Room

• Leader Training Course

Leading a group on a backcountry trip requires extensive training in wilderness camping skills. The Leader Training Course (LTC) is designed to teach all the wilderness skills necessary to lead multi-day backpacking trips. The course meets one evening a week and includes workshops on route planning, equipment preparation, wilderness travel techniques, map and compass, outdoor cooking, and minimal impact camping. Trip participants will learn how to run a wilderness trip by planning all aspects of the trip, including route, food, and equipment. Participants are required to attend all classes. The text for the course will be the Backpacker’s Field Manual, written by Rick Curtis, Director of Outdoor Action.

Section B – Tuesdays, 7:30-10:30 PM, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7 - Jadwin A07
And a map & compass field class Friday, 11/19 3:30 - 5:30 PM or Saturday, 11/20 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Section C – Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30 PM, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8 - Jadwin A07
And a map & compass field class Friday, 11/19 3:30 - 5:30 PM or Saturday, 11/20 1:00 - 3:00 PM

• Leader Training Trips

The final part of OA Leader Training is the Leader Training Trip, a 6-day backpacking trip which pulls together all of the skills you have been learning all semester. During the trip participants will be Leaders-of-the-day and in charge of the group practicing skills. Trips: OA offers trips over Intersession in January and “Dead Week” after finals in May. The Intersession trip will be traveling to a warm location (to be determined). The extra travel time will mean that the trip will take up all of Intersession.


Sunday, 1/22/2005 - Saturday, 1/29/2005

"Dead Week"

• Mini-Van Driver Training

OA Leaders are strongly encouraged to become authorized van drivers. You must complete an online course and quiz on driving mini-vans. Drivers must also complete a 30-minute road test. To gain access to the online course and schedule a road test see the Public Safety Web Site (http://web.princeton.edu/sites/publicsafety/FleetSafety.htm).