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Oct. 10, 2007

Touch the Earth announces upcoming adventure trips

The Touch the Earth Outdoor Recreation and Education Program at the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services has announced its 2007-08 Adventure Trips, where travelers experience natural wonders while kayaking, rock climbing snowshoeing, hiking, rafting or backpacking.

Touch the Earth has provided outdoor recreation and education programs for more than three decades. The goal of Touch the Earth, through experienced-based learning, is to facilitate safe outdoor recreation that is educational and promotes the environment.

Registration has started for the trips at the Outdoor Rental Center in the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex at 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive, off of Mormon Trek Boulevard in Iowa City.

The 2007-08 trips include:

-- Red River Gorge, Ky., Nov. 17-21, 2007, climbing the sandstone cliffs of the Red River Gorge. Climbing routes will be selected to meet each participant's skills, experience and goals.

-- Yellowstone National Park, Jan. 5-13, 2008. Participants will explore the north side of the park's Mammoth Area on cross-country skis or snowshoes, and listen to wolves and watch the bison and elk. After a week in the cold weather, travelers will relax in the "Boiling River," a natural hot spring that flows from the famous Mammoth Hot Springs.

--Sea Kayaking Florida's Coastland, Jan. 5-13, 2008. Travel to the warm waters of the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park area, which has thousands of mangrove islands with sandy beaches. Kayakers can enjoy bird watching while paddling alongside dolphins.

--Moab Adventure Trip, Utah, March 15-25, 2008. This spring break trip includes whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, camping in the desert, mountain biking the Slick Rock Trails, and hiking throughout Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.

-Paddling the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield, Wis., June 23- 29, 2008. Kayakers will explore the sea caves and sandy beaches of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands, gaining skills and experience while living out of kayaks and camping on the islands for the week.

--Colorado Backpacking Service Trip, July 19-27, 2008. Touch the Earth will lead travelers up 14,420-foot Mt. Harvard, the third-highest peak in Colorado. The week starts with whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. The rest of the week will be spent in the Colligate Peaks wilderness on an environmental service project involving trail maintenance and vegetation restoration.

The trips are open to everyone, including UI students, faculty, staff and the public. All the trips take place during university holiday breaks, such as Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer breaks.

Each trip has a mandatory pre-trip meeting and the price of the trip includes transportation, most meals, camping fees, permits, and equipment rental. For prices and more details about the trips, see or contact the Outdoor Rental Center at 319-384-1225.

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dave Patton, Recreational Services, 319-384-1223,; Molly Gable, Recreational Services, 319-384-1223,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,