T-Bird Outdoor Connection

T-Bird Outdoor Connection

August 19-22, 2018

T-Bird Outdoor Connection (TOC) is designed for participants to create lasting friendships, connect to the SUU community, and appreciate the amazing places surrounding Cedar City. TOC provides the opportunity to learn and be inspired in natural landscapes through meaningful adventure. Your four-day adventure awaits!

Agenda of Events

August 19
Begin by first getting to know the surrounding area of Cedar City during the day and finish with camping up the road from the SUU Mountain center near Dixie National Forest at night.

August 20
During your second day, you will have the opportunity to explore Dixie National Forest. Activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and large group activities at and near Navajo Lake will be provided.

August 21
The third day you will divide into your designated group which is previously chosen during registration. Groups of 10 students with 2 leaders will travel to their destination and embark in a full day of activity. Choose any one of the 5 trips listed below.

August 22
On your fourth day, groups will have a half day to continue activity or explore nearby locations. Students will return to SUU campus where everyone will get together and end with our annual traditions and there will be an ice cream party and fruit bar provided. TOC will end in the afternoon whereupon students may return to their housing in time to prepare for Thunder-U. Thunder-U, a student directed orientation, will begin August 24th.

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Backpacking-Bryce Canyon National Park

Located in Southcentral Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is popular for its Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) and its stunning scenic drives. This trip offers backpacking into the backcountry on its Riggs Spring Loop Trail which is an 8.5-mile round trip. Staying overnight in the backcountry, you will experience some of the brightest stars and quietest of nights as the campground is amongst one of the most secluded locations the park offers.

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Strenuous

Experience Needed: None

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Canyoneering-Zion National Park

Located in Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park is native to massive sandstone cliffs with an array of unique hikes, plants, and animals. This trip offers hiking to and canyoneering down narrow slot canyons of the surrounding area. Experience route planning, thrilling descends as you rappel, and an increase in confidence as you and your group conquer majestic canyoneering locations throughout the Zion area. Camp overnight at the Watchman Campground which offers a scenery of tall sandstone cliffs that glow red and orange during the sunrise and sunset.

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Strenuous

Experience Needed: None, skills will be learned on trip.

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Rock Climbing-Snow Canyon State Park

Located in Southwestern Utah, Snow Canyon State Park offers gorgeous views of the red Navajo sandstone, vast sand dunes, and is surrounded by ancient lava flows. This trip offers sport climbing through short routes along the towering red sandstone walls, strategically planning your route, and immediate gratification of completing challenging routes. You will also get to experience Zion National Park as you camp overnight at the Watchman Campground which offers tall sandstone cliffs that glow red and orange during the sunrise and sunset.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Moderately Strenuous

Experience Needed: None, skills will be learned on trip.

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Caving and Peaking-Great Basin National Park

Located near the border of Nevada and Utah, Great Basin National Park is home to Bloomington Caves and Wheeler Peak. This trip offers the opportunity to hike up Wheeler Peak which is the second-tallest peak in Nevada reaching a summit elevation of 13,065. Explore world famous Bloomington Caves as you learn about folia, stalactites, and shields through a guided tour. And observe the brightest of stars in an IDA certified International Dark Sky Park as you stay overnight.

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Strenuous

Experience Needed: None

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Hiking-Cedar Breaks National Monument

Located 25 minutes east of Cedar City, UT, Cedar Breaks National Monument sits at over 10,000 feet and looks down into a deep geological amphitheater which is residence to red sandstone, Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion), and timeless bristlecone pines. This trip offers guided tours of Cedar Breaks, small trail hiking, caving, visiting a scenic waterfall, and the opportunity to have a ranger-led presentation on astronomy and the dark skies. During the overnight stay, observe the brightest of stars in an IDA certified International Dark Sky Park.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Experience Needed: None

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Please email suuoec@gmail.com  for more information, or register now!