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About Outdoor Pursuits (OP)

OP offers a collection of diverse, creative, outdoor experiential education adventures.  We will strive to get students outside, interact, disconnect, belong, release stress, and to explore the beautiful South Texas areas, from San Antonio’s small parks to the surrounding Hill Country. OP will provide outdoor and social experiences emphasizing environmental awareness, outdoor education, challenge, personal development, managed risk, a sense of community, and fun!

Every adventure is unique, but you can always expect that an OP trip will:

  • Provide an opportunity to develop new skills
  • Enhance appreciation of the wilderness
  • Teach how to adapt to new and challenging situations
  • Provide a change from "the everyday" routine
  • Create opportunities to build relationships

Some OP events will require you to leave a deposit in order to hold your spot.  Deposits will be returned to those who attend the event.  We can accept cash (please bring correct change) or check only.  

Please contact Kelly Blanco for information about this program.
 

Upcoming Activities

 

Caving - Saturday, Feb 28th

Caving

Much more than hands on. Get ready to get down and dirty. Experience a thrilling and physically demanding 3 to 4 hour excursion into one of the world's premier caverns. Climb, crawl, rappel, explore – with only the light of your helmet to guide you. This is not for the weak of heart. Once outfitted with caving gear you'll be lowered by rope through a 160-foot well shaft. Travel approximately one mile, going down to 230 feet below surface level to the Fault Room which features one of the longest soda straw formations in North America – 14 feet in length. It's no wonder that these Caverns have become one of the most popular attractions in Texas. Caving gear is provided.

Time

We will depart campus 7:00 am and return around 3:00 pm

Skill Level

The physical difficulty of this trip is moderate to hard, so students should be physically fit. There is a weight restriction of 250 lbs.

What to bring

Students should wear jeans and a t-shirt or long-sleeve shirt that may become stained or ruined. Hiking boots that provide good traction and ankle support are required. Students  should also bring a towel, a clean change of clothing and shoes. Shower and locker facilities are provided.

Cost

FREE

To sign up

THIS TRIP IS FULL. YOU MAY PUT YOUR NAME ON THE WAIT LIST.  You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Jan 21st. A $20 deposit is required to hold your spot. Please bring your deposit to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-Th 8am-7pm, F 8am-5pm, or Sat 9am-2pm.

Contact

Kelly Blanco

486-4010

kblanco@alamo.edu

 

Kayaking - Friday, March 27th

Come Kayak down the beautiful San Marcos River!  Explore nature as you navigate the river and relax. All of the equipment will be provided! So put some on some sunblock and relax on your kayak.

 

Skill level
Beginner - Experienced


Time
Depart campus at 7am, arrive back around 6pm


Suggestions on what to bring:
Swim attire, towel, change of clothes, water shoes, Sunglasses, snacks, and a water bottle.

Cost

FREE. A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.

To sign up

You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Feb 23rd. Please bring your deposit to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-TH 8am-7pm, Fridays 8am-5pm, or Sat 9am-2pm.

 
Contact  

Bianca Ramirez

bramirez154@alamo.edu

486-4526

Spring Break Trip - Grand Canyon: Falls of Havasupai - March 6th-10th

 

Do YOU want to do something for Spring Break?  Something a little on the wild side?  Something that brings you back to basics - no cell phones, iPads, traffic or lots of people?   Something that sort of tests you?

If you said yes to all of these then join NVC and Wildland Trekking for

3 days – 2 nights in the Grand Canyon For a hiking and camping experience of the world-renowned turquoise water and plunging falls of Havasupai. You can find details about the trip here http://www.wildlandtrekking.com/havasu-falls/havasupai-3-day.html but please address all questions to the NVC staff member listed below.

Cost  

$400 per person ($50 due at registration. Remainder can be broken into three payments) Registration begins on Jan 20th, deadline is Feb 6th, 2015.  THIS TRIP IS FULL. WE ARE TAKING NAMES FOR THE WAITLIST

Transportation, gear, and all meals are included!

Time of departure and return  

TBA

Skill level 

  Intermediate (Level 2).  Hiking up to 10 miles per day on unpaved trails, steep in sections, with increased trip hazards. Good physical fitness and regular exercise advised.

Other Requirements

  • You must be a currently enrolled NVC student in good standing
  • You must attend a Trip Orientation. Date and location TBA
  • You must attend a 10 mile hike prior to trip. Date and location TBA

To sign up and for more information, contact

Kelly Blanco

kblanco@alamo.edu

210-486-4010

Rock Climbing - Friday, April 24th

Climb with us at Enchanted Rock Park!

Classes are designed for those seeking high adventure! We’ll show you how to rock climb the summit with less risk and teach you skills that enable you to meet all future challenges with confidence. Rock Climbing tours build trust between individuals to become cohesive teams as they learn to belay each other and cheer each other on to high success.

No experience necessary! Rock-About’s system of guiding and coaching aids new and seasoned climbers toward complete success on the rock and future outdoor adventures.

Transportation and all equipment are provided.

Skill level
Beginner - Experienced


Time
Depart campus at 6am, arrive back around 7pm


Suggestions on what to bring:
Day pack, minimum 2 liters of water, sack lunch and snacks, sun protection, hiking boots or athletic shoes, camera, and dress in layers.

Cost

FREE. A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.

To sign up

THIS TRIP IS FULL - You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Feb 23rd. Please bring your deposit to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-TH 8am-7pm, Fridays 8am-5pm, or Sat 9am-2pm.

 
Contact  

Kelly Blanco kblanco@alamo.edu

486-4010

Horseback riding & more - Day at the Ranch - Friday, April 10th

Spend the day horseback riding, swimming, eating, listening to Cowboy stories, and a hay ride! It's a great way to relax. Bring your bathing suit and jump in the outdoor pool to cool off, or our indoor pool, which is heated in the cooler months. There is also a deck-covered outdoor jacuzzi to soothe sore muscles. And, there is a great play room with fun and games for kids of all ages. We will end the day around the campfire, roasting marshmallows!

What’s included:  

  • 2 Meals (lunch at noon, and dinner at 6 pm)
  • 2 Trail rides
  • Games on horseback in the arena
  • Learn to throw a lasso
  • Outdoor & Indoor heated pool for swimming
  • Western entertainment
  • Help feed the longhorn cattle
  • Hot Tub
  • Hay wagon ride (learn to drive the Belgian team)
  • Campfire and roasting marshmallows

Time

We will depart campus at 9am – return around 9pm.   Transportation is on your own but carpooling is encouraged.  If you carpool, please share the expense of gas!

Skill level

Available for all skills levels

What to bring

Camera, bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat for shade, snacks.

To sign up

You must be a current NVC student to participate.  Sign-up will begin March 23rd.  A $20 deposit is required to hold your spot.  Please bring your deposit to the Student Life office in HH 109.  Office hours M-TH 8am-7pm, F 8am-5pm, or Sat 9am-2pm. 

 Contact

Bianca Ramirez

486-4526

 bramirez154@alamo.edu

Zip Lining - Friday, April 17th

Wimberley Zip line Adventure

Have you ever being zip lining? If not, come out and glide through the air with us as we look over Wimberley Valley, during our experience we will be soaring over canyons and creeks through a series of 10 Zip lines. As we hike to each zip line we will be taught about the eco-system and the important role it plays in our communities.

Recommendations

Weight limits depend on body shape, we are limited to women at 200 lbs. and men at 250lbs maximum and a minimum of 70lbs.

Participants must be able to hike one half a mile through uneven and uphill terrain.

Participants must wear closed toed shoes and should wear long walking shorts, Capri or long pants. No extra baggy clothes, short-shorts, large jewelry or smoking allowed on tours. Long hair must be tied back.

Time

We will depart campus at 7:00 am and return around 6:00 pm

What to bring

Sunglasses, sunblock, camera and snacks

To sign up

You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin March 18th. A $20 deposit is required to hold your spot. Please bring your deposit to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-TH 8am-5pm, Fridays 8am-5pm, or Sat 9am-2pm.

 

Contact Info

Ruben Sanchez

486-4090

rsanchez15@alamo.edu

 

Windsurfing - Saturday, April 25th

Windsurfing-Corpus Christi 

Windsurfing is a water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. You use your body as a conduit for the natural force of the wind which propels the board. Unlike most other forms of sailing, windsurfing is most personal interaction with the water. A windsurfer is flooded with sensations the moment they step onto the board; the sound of the wind whirling into the sail and the churn of water splashing by, the feeling of chop a few inches below your feet, the spray of wave-mist against your skin, and the invisible tug of the wind against you.  

Time 

We will depart campus at 7:00am and return around 8pm.  Transportation is provided. 

Skill level 

  Available for all skills levels, must be able to swim. 

What to bring

Swim attire, towel, change of clothes, water shoes (optional), sunscreen, snacks, and water bottle.  

To sign up

You must be a current NVC student to participate.  Sign-up will begin April 1st.  A $20 deposit is required to hold your spot.  Please bring your deposit to the Student Life office in HH 109.  Office hours M-F 8am-5pm. 

Contact

Kelly Blanco  

486-4010 

   kblanco@alamo.edu

Chartered Fishing - Friday, May 1st

Bay Fishing

Come on out and enjoy a wonderful 5 hour fishing trip that will have you relaxed and excited to catch what the bay has to offer, this trip is available to all levels of people who consider themselves a fisherman. Reels, rods and bait will be provide so all you will need is some sunblock, sunglasses and a hat to stay cool.

Time

We will depart at 7:00 AM and return by 7:00 PM

What to bring

Sunglasses, camera, lunch and snack for the trip

Cost

FREE

To sign up

You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin April 1st. A $20 deposit is required to hold your spot. Please bring your deposit to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-Th 8am-7pm, F 8am-5pm, or Sat 9am-1pm.

 

Contact Info

Ruben Sanchez

486-4090

Rsanchez15@alamo.edu

 

Tough Mudder - Feb 6th - May 2nd or 3rd

Go from Couch Potato to Animal!

Student Life will provide the training to get you to the race and to finish strong!

We have two training schedules available:

MWF 6:30-7:30am

or

MWF 3:30-4:30pm

Orientation will be held on Friday, Feb 6th and training will begin on Feb 9th.

Registration will begin on Jan 20th, deadline is Feb 6th.  Total cost for training and race is $100, which can be made in payments. $25 is due at time of registration. The actual race day will be announced on Feb 9th.

More information about the race can be found here https://toughmudder.com/  

Contact Kelly Blanco kblanco@alamo.edu or Ruben Sanchez rsanchez15@alamo.edu for any questions. Or stop by and see us in HH 109.

Location

Student Life Center

Huisache Hall, room 109

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8am - 5pm

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Contacts

Marie Morgan, Director of Student Life
(210) 486-4009
mmorgan66@alamo.edu

Kelly Blanco, Coordinator
(210) 486-4010
kblanco@alamo.edu

Kim Pinder, Admin. Svcs. Specialist
(210) 486-4004
kpinder@alamo.edu

Bianca Ramirez, Sr. Activities Specialist
(210) 486-4526
bramirez154@alamo.edu