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Outdoor rec: two tickets to paradise

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Team Schriever members gather during a Rec On rock climbing trip at Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 16, 2018. Rec On hosts a variety of outdoor events, including a Hot Air Balloon ride scheduled for April 14. (Courtesy photo)

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Airmen watch as other members of their group ascend a rock during a Rec On rock climbing trip at Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 16, 2018. Other Rec On events include hot air balloon rides, rafting trips and skydiving. (Courtesy photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Spring has sprung, and with the warmer weather comes plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the Colorado scenery.

Juliana Yim, director of outdoor recreation, information tickets and tours with the 50th Force Support Squadron, recently hosted a Rec On rock climbing trip March 16, where six Airmen had the opportunity to climb rock faces at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

“These trips are really nice for Airmen in the sense that we can offer all this stuff for a very discounted price,” she said. “The only problem is planning the trips and not filling them.”

Team Schriever members also visited Cave of the Winds March 30, where they were guided through a lantern tour, ropes course, climbing wall and other activities.

Alec Hanna, information technology specialist and mission support with the National Space Defense Center, frequents the outdoor recreation office, and attended the rock climbing trip.

“I was told I was pretty good at climbing, although I’ve only climbed in a gym,” he said.

The best part of the trip for Hanna was reaching the top of the climbs.

“It was windy and cold, but overcoming my fear of heights was the most challenging part,” he said.

Other upcoming Rec On trips include a sunrise hot air balloon ride, rafting, intermediate and advanced rock climbing and skydiving.

Additionally, Yim hopes to book a skeet and trap day for Airmen.

“It doesn’t matter if they’ve shot a gun before,” she said. “All experience levels are welcome and we will provide instruction by certified guides.”

Yim also hopes to take a trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and use the ODR/ITT’s new sand boards.

“We have the equipment and it’s paid for, so why not use it?” she said.

Yim’s planning a trip to a local reservoir where Airmen can bring their families and spend the day on the water and use the rec’s kayaks and paddleboards.

“We will provide transportation, but you can always just meet us there and leave when you want,” she added.

The ODR/ITT received a new toy hauler, and now has 16 campers available to rent for the spring.

“With a base our size, that number is huge,” Yim said.

Additionally, the outdoor recreation office purchased two new campers, which sleep five, and have bunk beds, extra storage for bicycles and a rack on the back for cooler or generator transport.

Dry camping, which means no bathrooms or water sources, was not very popular this year, but Yim hopes wet camping will draw more interest.

Wet camping opens May 1 and runs through the end of September, and provides an opportunity for Airmen to utilize new equipment the ODR/ITT has to offer.

The new equipment includes kayaks, fishing equipment, sleeping bags, tents, games for barbeques, grills, bounce houses, horseshoes and corn hole.

ODR/ITT will also have Sky Sox baseball open-ended tickets for sale, where guests can buy the ticket and pick the day, with no blackout dates.

 “As always, we’re open to hosting group activities,” she said. “We’re always willing to put things together for people.”

Airmen must register for Rec On events one week prior to the event, and if they need to cancel, they are encouraged to find a replacement.

For more information about events and equipment rental, call 567-6050, or visit the ODR/ITT in Building 300, Room 133.  

Upcoming Rec On events:

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride- April 14, $15

Skydiving- May

Skeet and trap- TBA

Overnight rafting- TBA

Sand Dunes National Park- TBA

Intermediate and advanced climbing- TBA

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