Outdoor Recreation adventure trips return

Looking to explore the natural wonders of South Carolina and meet new people? Look no further than UofSC’s Outdoor Recreation team (ORec), which will be starting their adventure trips back up this February after almost a yearlong hiatus.

Carrie Armstrong, the new ORec director, has been working hard to bring the adventure trips back. The excursions explore natural areas of South Carolina and give students a glimpse of the local environment.

Some of the trips this spring include mountain biking at Harbison State Forest, bouldering at Rumbling Bald and canoeing on the Congaree River. While these excursions may sound advanced to some students, Armstrong urges beginners and students of all experience levels to register for the trips.

Armstrong co-leads the trips with her student staffers until they are skilled enough to lead the trips on their own. The trips are designed to be challenging, but mostly fun. “I think students should see what the state and the area has to offer,” Armstrong said. “I also think it is important for students to get away from technology and to step outside their comfort zones to grow as a person.”

“I started working for ORec my first semester freshman year and went through trip leader training that spring,” says senior Gillian Tosatto, the adventure trips manager. “The trips allowed me to check out places I hadn't been before and introduced me to a lot of really cool people.”

The registration fee for trips covers transportation and equipment. Students going on the trips should plan to bring a meal or money to purchase food.

To register and get more information about these upcoming trips and other services, visit the Outdoor Recreation website or stop by the office on the lower level of the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.

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