Climbing Weekend at Jackson Falls in southern Illinois
This is a great weekend to be grateful for the wonderful places to recreate. Join us for the Thanksgiving break as we travel down to the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois for some climbing, camping, and exploring. This location sports some of the best climbing routes in the area and has beautiful scenery and great atmosphere to enjoy nature. The registration includes leadership, climbing and camping equipment, transportation, and all meals.
Date(s) and Time(s): 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30
Registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $100.00 / Faculty, Staff and Community $125.00 by Nov. 21
Mandatory Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Nov. 24 at 9:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room
Camp and Cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA
Let’s get down and dirty! Explore the caves on your hands and knees in the Raccoon Creek Valley of Iowa located two hours west of DeKalb. Beyond the astonishing caverns and crevasses, the park is home to a restored prairie and six miles of trails that access the 16 limestone caves. Great sights include the “Natural Bridge”, the 17-ton “Balanced Rock”, the 1100’ “Dancehall Cave” and the infamous “Wye” cave. This trip is known to fill up fast so do not wait to sign up and you can find out what makes Wye cave so infamous. Included in the registration fee are leadership, equipment (caving helmet with headlamp and pads), camping gear (tent, sleeping bag and pad), all meals, and park permits.