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Want to make new friends, build a community and explore the wild side of Montana? Join the Outdoor Recreation Program on Expeditions MSU, a five-day, four-night journey to explore and engage with fellow incoming students as you experience the natural wonders of Montana. Student trip leaders will share some ways in which to maximize your MSU and Bozeman experience as you backpack in the Gallatin Range, explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, or retrace Lewis and Clark’s Canoe Journey on the Upper Missouri River. You will learn skills to help navigate both the wilderness and the college environment through a fun and challenging group experience.

This program is catered specifically to incoming first-year students and is designed to be an incredible community-building outdoor experience. Groups are purposely kept small: groups are made up of no more than ten students plus 2-3 trip leaders. No experience is necessary to participate. No matter what outdoor background you have, we encourage you to register, all you need is a positive attitude!

Block 7 Expeditions Trips are prior to the last summer on campus orientation. The total cost is $450 which includes all food, transportation, and gear. Scholarships are available for all of these programs.

Your expedition will take place from 12 pm on Saturday, August 17, to the afternoon (~3pm) on Wednesday, August 21. The Missouri River Canoe trip will finish closer to 5pm. This schedule has a few implications for orientation (see itinerary here): http://www.montana.edu/admissions/orientation/freshmen.html

If you are someone who needs to take a math placement exam on Wednesday, you will need to make this up at a later time/date. You can find out more about how to do this with your orientation leader.

"standard" move in to the dorms opens at 9am on Saturday, 8/17. If you would like to have time to get settled into your room before your expedition, we recommend that you contact residential life to arrange an early move in. To move in the night before your expedition costs $25. You can arrange this either by calling residential life: 406-994-2661 or via their website: https://www.montana.edu/reslife/

Program Offerings

Expeditions MSU - Backpacking in the Gallatin Range
2019 Summer Semester

2 spot(s) available
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Summary Dates Time Location Status
Sat, Aug 17 2019 at 12:00 PM until Wed, Aug 21 2019 at 7:00 PM Sat, Aug 17 2019 - Wed, Aug 21 2019 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM Outdoor Program Building

Each backpacking trip will have an amazing opportunity to work together as a team while traveling through remote areas of the Gallatin National Forest South of Bozeman. You can expect breathtaking views and plenty of time to connect with new friends as well as perfect your backcountry camping skills. Backpacking groups will be completely self-sufficient for five days, so participants should be prepared to carry a backpack of up to 50 pounds. You'll learn how to travel and camp responsibly in the backcountry and try for a summit attempts of one of the iconic local peaks in the region. You'll also have plenty of time for trail games and gourmet backcountry cooking! Your trip will conclude around 3pm on the 21st, so if you are someone who needs to take a math placement exam, you will need to make this up at a later time/date. You can find out more about how to do this with your orientation leader.

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Each backpacking trip will have an amazing opportunity to work together as a team while traveling through remote areas of the Gallatin National Forest South of Bozeman. You can expect breathtaking views and plenty of time to connect with new friends as well as perfect your backcountry camping skills. Backpacking groups will be completely self-sufficient for five days, so participants should be prepared to carry a backpack of up to 50 pounds. You'll learn how to travel and camp responsibly in the backcountry and try for a summit attempts of one of the iconic local peaks in the region. You'll also have plenty of time for trail games and gourmet backcountry cooking! Your trip will conclude around 3pm on the 21st, so if you are someone who needs to take a math placement exam, you will need to make this up at a later time/date. You can find out more about how to do this with your orientation leader.

Expeditions MSU - Canoe the Upper Missouri River
2019 Summer Semester

No Spots Available
Summary Dates Time Location Status
Sat, Aug 17 2019 at 9:00 AM until Wed, Aug 21 2019 at 7:00 PM Sat, Aug 17 2019 - Wed, Aug 21 2019 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Outdoor Program Building

Your group will head to the Upper Missouri River and follow in the footsteps and paddle strokes of the great explorers Lewis and Clark. Canoe camping allows you to access remote terrain without carrying everything for camp on your back! You'll eat well and enjoy lots of on and off water games and opportunities for reflection. Canoes also create a great opportunity to connect with someone over a long day of paddling together, and they demand some serious teamwork! You can expect to see lots of wildlife and there will be an opportunity for side hikes to stretch your legs during the day. You'll learn how to travel and camp responsibly in an important and historic river corridor. Please note that it is likely that this trip will return to campus later in the day (approx. 5pm) on the 21st. If you are planning on attending the August orientation prior to the start of school please be aware of this potential conflict and plan accordingly.

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Your group will head to the Upper Missouri River and follow in the footsteps and paddle strokes of the great explorers Lewis and Clark. Canoe camping allows you to access remote terrain without carrying everything for camp on your back! You'll eat well and enjoy lots of on and off water games and opportunities for reflection. Canoes also create a great opportunity to connect with someone over a long day of paddling together, and they demand some serious teamwork! You can expect to see lots of wildlife and there will be an opportunity for side hikes to stretch your legs during the day. You'll learn how to travel and camp responsibly in an important and historic river corridor. Please note that it is likely that this trip will return to campus later in the day (approx. 5pm) on the 21st. If you are planning on attending the August orientation prior to the start of school please be aware of this potential conflict and plan accordingly.


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