Cornell Tree Climbing Institute

Hiking Courses

Outside your door lie some of the most beautiful and interesting areas in the Northeast. Come hike with us as we visit Ithaca's spectacular gorges and watch the landscape transform as hte seasons unfold. You will start with moderate hikes and focus on familiarizing yourself with the surrounding countryside. We will share our knowledge of the nearby 'hot spots' and teach the outdoor skills necessary to enjoy a day of hiking in any Northeastern forest. You'll have a great time learning skills, natural history, local human history, and exploring the particular pleasures and puzzles of the place where you live. A typical course will cover planning and packing for a hike, dressing for the outdoors, reading maps, compass use, outdoor safety, first aid, on- and off-trail travel, minimum-impact concerns, equipment selection, and natural history of the area.

AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2015 :

Day Hiking - FR
Start Date - Fri Apr 10
Day hiking classes provide students with an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural areas around Ithaca. Learn some basic navigation and hiking skills while you make new friends.

Day Hiking - SA
Start Date - Sat Apr 11
Day hiking classes provide students with an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural areas around Ithaca. Learn some basic navigation and hiking skills while you make new friends.

Geocaching
Start Date - Sun Mar 15
This class will introduce students to Geocaching, no expereince is necessary. Students should come to class prepared to be outside for the entire class length.

Outdoor Adventure
Start Date - Fri Apr 10
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Classes will spend a day canoeing, a day rockclimbing, a day hiking trip, and then tops it all off overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

Outdoor Birding Basics
Start Date - Tue Mar 24
Outdoor Birding basics is an introductory birding class offered by COE and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. No experience is necessarry, come enjoy the spring migration of birds that pass through central NY.

Outdoor Tai Chi
Start Date - Tue Mar 24
Enjoy the outdoors? Interested in learning Tai Chi? This class, an introduction to Tai chi will combine both of these elements. The class will occur on locations in and around campus, transportation is provided with the class. No previous experience necessary.

Outdoor Yoga
Start Date - Wed Mar 25
Enjoy the outdoors? Interested in Yoga? this class an introduction to Yoga combines Yoga and the Outdoors. Classes will be held at various locations on and off campus, transportation is provided with the class. No previous experience necessary.

Snowshoeing & Winter Travel - SA
Start Date - Mon Jan 26
Snowshoeing and winter travel, depending on the current weather conditions this class will explore snowshoeing or winter hiking. Be prepared for beautiful winter scenery and cold temperatures. Hope for snow!

Snowshoeing & Winter Travel- FR
Start Date - Fri Jan 30
Snowshoeing and winter travel, depending on the current weather conditions this class will explore snowshoeing or winter hiking. Be prepared for beautiful winter scenery and cold temperatures. Hope for snow!

Trail Running Section 1
Start Date - Fri Mar 13
This class will get you out on the spectacular local trails, provide training tips, teach you how to navigate in the woods, and run you over hill and dale, through forests, fields, and mudpits.

Trail Running Section 3
Start Date - Tue Apr 7
This class will get you out on the spectacular local trails, provide training tips, teach you how to navigate in the woods, and run you over hill and dale, through forests, fields, and mudpits.

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AVAILABLE FOR FALL 2015 :

Circus Class
Start Date - Mon Sep 14
This class, an introduction to basic circus skills will teach students the basics of juggling, manipulation of props (Flower sticks, Diablo, Hula hoop, Plates, Balancing) basic tumbling and flexibility and coordination. No prior experience is needed.

Day Hiking - Afternoon Adventures
Start Date - Fri Sep 18
Day hiking classes provide students with an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural areas around Ithaca. Learn some basic navigation and hiking skills while you make new friends.

Day Hiking - Gorgeous Gorges
Start Date - Sat Sep 26
This class gets students off of campus to enjoy some of the beautiful state and national parks in the Ithaca area. Enjoy scenic waterfalls and geological formations, don't forget to bring your camera and your sense of adventure.

Day Hiking Saturday
Start Date - Sat Sep 5
Day hiking classes provide students with an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural areas around Ithaca. Learn some basic navigation and hiking skills while you make new friends.

Geocaching
Start Date - Sun Oct 18
This class will introduce students to Geocaching, no expereince is necessary. Students should come to class prepared to be outside for the entire class length.

Outdoor Adventure
Start Date - Fri Sep 4
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Classes will spend a day canoeing, a day rockclimbing, a day hiking trip, and then tops it all off overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

Outdoor Tai Chi
Start Date - Thu Sep 3
Enjoy the outdoors? Interested in learning Tai Chi? This class, an introduction to Tai chi will combine both of these elements. The class will occur on locations in and around campus, transportation is provided with the class. No previous experience necessary.

Outdoor Yoga
Start Date - Mon Sep 14
Enjoy the outdoors? Interested in Yoga? this class an introduction to Yoga combines Yoga and the Outdoors. Classes will be held at various locations on and off campus, transportation is provided with the class. No previous experience necessary.

Trail Running - Section 1
Start Date - Tue Sep 8
This class will get you out on the spectacular local trails, provide training tips, teach you how to navigate in the woods, and run you over hill and dale, through forests, fields, and mudpits.

Trail Running - Section 2
Start Date - Wed Sep 9
This class will get you out on the spectacular local trails, provide training tips, teach you how to navigate in the woods, and run you over hill and dale, through forests, fields, and mudpits.

Trail Running - Section 3
Start Date - Fri Sep 11
This class will get you out on the spectacular local trails, provide training tips, teach you how to navigate in the woods, and run you over hill and dale, through forests, fields, and mudpits.

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