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Outdoor Action Newsletter: January 2014 - June 2014

40 years of Outdoor Adventure 1974–2014 Climbers

Outdoor Action Indoor Climbing Wall

The top rope climbing room is 32 feet high and 66 feet across with 12 belay stations. It incorporates the latest in climbing wall technology with both vertical and overhanging sections as well as a roof and three artificial cracks. Climbers of all abilities are welcome. Experienced instructors will be on hand to teach skills and assist in solving particular climbing routes. OA will provide harness and climbing shoes. The Climbing Wall will be open only to students, faculty, and staff of Princeton University and PUID required. The Climbing Wall is open throughout the academic year except during breaks, reading period and final exams. Visit the OA Climbing page for open hours, location of the Climbing Wall, classes, and more information. Climbing Wall location: inside the southeast column of the Football Stadium, 2nd level.

Climbing Wall - Open Hours

Semester open hours (starting Monday, February 3)
  • Mondays: 4:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Wednesdays: 8:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Thursdays: 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

  • Fridays: 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Climbing is FREE for Princeton University students, faculty and staff. PU ID required.

First Aid & CPRCPR manikin

    CPR (with AED training) for victims of all ages including infants

    This CPR class (also known as BLS (Basic Life Support) Healthcare Providers Course) teaches the skills of CPR for victims of all ages including infants

    Instruction covers ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen; use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and relief of foreign body airway obstruction in responsive and nonresponsive victims. This course is designed for healthcare providers such as lifeguards, parents, athletic trainers, physicians, nurses, and EMTs. Wilderness EMT’s and Wilderness First Responders are also required to be certified at the BLS level. Course fee includes course manual and certification good for 2 years: $50 for students; $65 faculty and staff. Sign up at the OA TripStore.



HEART (Health Education & Rescue Training)First Aid sim
Wilderness First Aid course

This intensive course covers patient examination and evaluation, body systems and anatomy, wound care, splinting, environmental emergencies, and backcountry medicine. Hands-on simulations provide first-hand training in treating patients. This is an excellent course taught by experienced Wilderness First Responders and Emergency Medical Tenchnicians and is highly recommended to anyone traveling in the outdoors. Successful completion of the WFA and CPR courses fulfills the First Aid requirements for OA Leader Training (other first aid courses do as well, contact the OA Office for more information.) WFA course fee: $105 students, $130 faculty/staff. Sign up at the OA TripStore.

Course requirement: CPR certification (must be completed prior to starting HEART Wilderness First Aid)


  • MONDAYS: Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 24, 31 and April 7, 14, 21 - 7 PM - 10:30 PM; or
  • TUESDAYS: Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 - 7 PM - 10:30 PM; or
  • FRIDAYS: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7, 28, and April 4, 11, 18, 25 - 2:30 PM - 6 PM; or
  • FAST TRACK SPRING BREAK:1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesday, March 18 – Sunday, March 23. Sign up for CPR separately.

OA Leader Training Program Frosh Trip photo

How Do I Become An OA Leader?

OA Leaders are role models and mentors for more than 60 percent of the incoming class. The leadership skills used on the trail are the same ones the OA Leaders bring back to campus as leaders of student organizations, athletic teams, and clubs. We have trained over 300 OA Leaders (on campus now) making Outdoor Action the largest leadership group at Princeton. Become part of this special Princeton experience and train to become an OA Leader! Visit the OA Leaders webpage for details.
OA's Leader Training Program is considered one of the most comprehensive in the nation and has been used as a model by schools across the country. In the Leader Training Program participants develop skills in leadership, group facilitation, outdoor safety, first aid, and valuable wilderness travel skills. Don't consider yourself outdoorsy? You don't need to have any previous outdoor experience to become an OA Leader. We provide all the training you need to learn to lead and facilitate groups in the outdoors. We are looking for a diverse group of students, graduate students and staff who can provide leadership for incoming students. Upon successful completion of the program you are eligible to apply to lead OA trips.

For detailed information regarding the OA Leader Training Program, requirements and course descriptions, visit: OA Leader Training Program and Requirements

Leader Training RequirementsOA Leaders

To see the dates/times for the training sessions below, visit the OA Leader Training Schedule.

To register for any of the Leader Training sessions visit the OA TripStore

First Aid requirements:

  • HeartSaver CPR with AED
  • HEART Wilderness First Aid
  • HEART Epinephrine training session

Outdoor Skills requirements:

  • Technical Skills Training Course (includes Leave No Trace training session)
  • Managing Safety in the Backcountry workshop

Facilitating Group Communication:

  • Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop Part 1
  • Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop Part 2

Leader Training Trip:

  • Leader Training Trips are 6-day outdoor skills experiences offered during Intersession in January and in May after final exams.


How Do I Sign up?

Sign-ups for trips and courses are on the OA Tripstore on the Web. Students are billed to their University account. Faculty and staff must pay by check. If you have any questions, please call the OA Office.

OA Web Site:
OA Tripstore Sign-ups:
OA Office: Dillon Court West, 8-6230

OA Equipment Room: Outdoor Action has an extensive supply of backpacking and camping equipment that is available for rental (backpacks, sleeping bags, stoves, cooking gear, tents, etc.) if you are interested in running your own trip. Any member of the campus community may rent equipment (PUID required). Rental costs are minimal. Outdoor Action's Equipment Room (ER) is located at 350 Alexander Street and is open for equipment rental throughout the semester (with the exception of school breaks and final exams). For more information check out the OA Equipment Rental Brochure. Please call 8-6417 or 8-6230 for information.

This newsletter is published each semester to provide information about Outdoor Action's upcoming trips and programs. The Outdoor Action Program (OA) is Princeton University's outdoor experiential education program administered by the Princeton-Blairstown Center.