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Aug. 26, 2011

Touch the Earth announces upcoming adventure trips

Touch the Earth Outdoor Recreation and Education Program at the University of Iowa Recreational Services has announced its 2011-2012 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.

The trips are open to everyone, including UI students, faculty, staff and the public. Each trip has a mandatory pre-trip meeting, held at the Outdoor Rental Center. Meeting times and dates vary by trip.

The 2011-2012 trips include:

--Canoeing the Maquoketa River, Monday, Sept. 5 (day trip) and Saturday, April 7 to Sunday, April 8, 2012. This is a day or overnight experience to canoe and camp along the scenic Maquoketa River, a remote, wild and scenic adventure for people of all abilities.

--Moonlight canoeing, Friday, Sept. 9 to Saturday, Sept. 10. Want to get out of Iowa City? Join Recreational Services for the night to canoe by moonlight on the Maquoketa River. This trip offers the opportunity to see majestic limestone cliffs bordering the river, making it one of Iowa's most scenic canoeing adventures.

--Wilderness Survival Camping, Saturday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 2. Participants will learn to build a shelter, start a fire without matches, cook over the fire, navigate without a map or compass during this trip, while meeting new people and camping out in the wilderness.

--Climbing Red Rocks Nev., Tuesday, Jan. 3, to Saturday Jan. 14, 2012. This trip will be climbing Nevada's famous Red Rocks outside Las Vegas. The group's climbs will be tailored to each participant's experience and abilities. Previous climbing experience is required to participate on this winter getaway to the desert.

--Paddling Everglades National Park, Saturday, Jan. 7 to Saturday, Jan. 15, 2012. Travelers will go to the south end of Florida's west coast and spend a week paddling in the warm waters of the 10,000 Islands area. The group will enjoy the scenery of thousands of mangrove islands with sandy beaches, and improve their sea kayaking skills throughout the week as they paddle, camp and soak up the sun as well as enjoy bird watching while paddling alongside dolphins. No experience needed.

--Moab Multi-Sport Trip, Saturday, March 10 to Sunday, March 18, 2012. This spring break trip is a group expedition to the outdoor adventure capital of Moab, Utah. Travelers will white water raft along the historical Colorado River, camp in the magical desert, mountain bike the amazing slick rock trails, hike throughout Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and feast on good food while enjoying the amazing climate of the desert Southwest.

--Whitewater Kayaking, Thursday, May 17 to Saturday, May 19, 2012. Tailored for people who have participated in the kayak rolling series, this trip is designed to build upon the skills learned in the pool and apply them to the white waters of the St. Francis River in Missouri.

--Paddling Apostle Islands, Monday, June 25 to Sunday, July 1, 2012. Join Touch the Earth to explore the sea-caves and sandy beaches of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands. No previous experience is needed for this unique adventure trip paddling and camping on this wonderful national lakeshore.

--Hiking Colorado 14ers, Saturday, July 21 to Saturday, July 28, 2012. This trip begins with white water rafting the famous Arkansas River. The adventure continues into the backcountry to hike some of Colorado's tallest (14,000 foot or more) and most beautiful peaks and involves travel, camping and exploration of the great Rocky Mountains on this weeklong adventure.

Registration has started for the trips at the Outdoor Rental Center in the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive, off Mormon Trek Boulevard in Iowa City, as well as the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, 309 S. Madison St, Iowa City, and the Field House, 225 South Grand, Iowa City.

Contact Dave Patton, for trip details and specific questions. 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, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dave Patton, Recreational Services,, University News Services, 319-384-0012, Writer: Allison Burns