Outdoor Adventures & Rock Climbing

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

Outdoor Adventures at Texas A&M University provides the Texas A&M and B/CS community with access to the outdoors. We offer a wide range of trips and classes, a large selection of outdoor gear to rent, an indoor rock climbing facility, and other resources to get you in touch with the world around you.

Registration & General Information

Registration

Participants may register by phone, mail, fax or by stopping by Outdoor Adventures (located adjacent to the Penberthy Rec Sports Complex) in person. Activities have enrollment limits and fill up quickly.

Payment

Outdoor Adventures accepts cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Two price rates are offered: currently-enrolled students and Rec Sports members pay a reduced rate, while non-members and the general public pay the regular rate.

Required Paperwork

Registration will not be accepted unless the following items are completed and turned in at the time of registration:

Extended Trips

Payment plans are available for the larger expeditions. Participants registering for an extended trip (longer than a weekend) have the option of paying a down payment at the time of registration with the remaining balance due by the close of registration date.

Trip Information Sheets

Upon registering you will receive a detailed trip information sheet that includes pre-trip orientation meeting schedule, refund and cancellation information, location descriptions, a basic gear list and general information.

Trip Policies

  • Trips are open on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Depending on the trip, participation is usually limited to 5 – 10 participants
  • Minimum numbers will vary depending upon the trip (minimum number of participants is usually required for a trip or activity to “make”)

Trip Skill and Physical Exertion Levels

The majority of Outdoor Adventures activities are offered to beginning-level participants with no prior experience in the activity. If an activity requires prior experience and/or instruction and mastery of basic skills in order to participate, this information will be included in the specific activity description.

All Outdoor Adventures activities require a minimum level of physical exertion and fitness. Those activities requiring a higher degree of physical exertion and fitness and/or taking place in remote areas over an extended period of time will be detailed in the specific activity description.

Trip Guides

Outdoor Adventures staff members come from all walks of life and have traveled locally, regionally, nationally as well as internationally. They have a genuine love for the outdoors, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, varied outdoor experiences, the ability to work with diverse groups of people, and a dedication to continued improvement of outdoor skills. Our trip guides are committed to making every outdoor adventure the best experience possible for each participant.

Custom Adventures

KINE 199 Rock Climbing days, KINE Canoeing trips, RPTS Paddle days, small group private climbing orientation classes, organization leadership retreat activities and more. Call today to book a date for your group! 979-845-4511.

KINE Description: This is the applied field based portion of a KINE 199 activity course.  It is the culmination of the previous weeks of the course.  Course fee is included in the student’s tuition and they do not pay extra to go on the trip.

KINE Rock Climbing Day

  • Sept. 30 | Oct. 7 | Oct. 21 | Oct. 28

KINE Canoeing Day

  • Oct. 14 | Oct. 15 | Oct. 16

KINE Kayaking Day

  • Oct. 7

RPTS Description: Kayaking/Canoeing on the San Jacinto River near Stubblefield Recreation Area NFS

RPTS Paddling Day

  • Sept. 17 | Sept. 18

RPTS 476 Wilderness First Aid

  • Oct. 15 – 16

Outdoor Adventures News

OA Hours

Upcoming Events

See the OA Trips & Programs tab on this page or check out the Fall 2016 Rec Sports Guide for a complete schedule of events!

Need a Job?

If you’re looking for part-time, student employment and love the outdoors, check out our job openings on the employment page.

Contact Us

OA Trips & Programs

We change our program offerings every semester, so we can offer something for everyone! Register for trips and classes at the Outdoor Adventures Resource Desk or online at recconnect.tamu.edu.

Classes

Date:

  • Monday – Friday, 4pm & 7pm
  • Saturday – Sunday, As Needed

Register By: 15 minutes prior

Cost: $6 for Rec members/$8.50 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Date: Any Day

Register By: Any Time

Cost (1 Session): $18 for Rec members/$22 for non-members

Cost (3 Sessions): $52 for Rec members/$65 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Kickstarts

Description: Learn indoor climbing movement and technical skill for the indoor environment.

Date: Sept. 25, 1pm – 5pm

Register By: Sept. 22

Cost: $26 for Rec members/$31 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Description: For those looking to further develop their basic climbing skills. Prerequisite of a toprope climbing skills check required.

Date: Oct. 2, 1pm – 5pm

Register By: Sept. 29

Cost: $30 for Rec members/$36 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Description: Whitewater kayaking is exciting, but requires some technical skill to get started. This clinic will introduce some of those skills including: basic strokes, wet exits and kayak rolls.

Date: Oct. 9, 4pm – 6pm

Register By: Oct. 6

Cost: $23 for Rec members/$27 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Description: Learn indoor climbing movement and technical skill for the indoor environment.

Date: Nov. 5, 9am – 1pm

Register By: Nov. 3

Cost: $26 for Rec members/$31 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Description: Whitewater kayaking is exciting, but requires some technical skill to get started.  This clinic will introduce some of those skills including: basic strokes, wet exits and kayak rolls.

Date: Nov. 13, 4pm – 6pm

Register By: Nov. 10

Cost: $23 for Rec members/$27 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Trainings

Description: Learn the basics of how to treat injury and illness in remote and backcountry locations. Whether you are working or playing, bad things can happen.  Be prepared to handle what comes your way with this 16 hour course taught by industry professionals.

Date: Oct. 22 – 23, 8am – 5pm

Register By: Oct. 19

Cost: $227 for Rec members/$273 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Description: Designed for experienced climbers who want to become instructors for an indoor climbing facility. This 20-hour training covers the basics of risk management, observation and intervention skills and focuses on providing quality instruction of climbing skills. 5.8 climbing ability is required along with committed climbing experience over the past several months. Lead climbing ability is preferred but not required. Full certification will be issued to everyone  that meets all assessment criteria. Class size limit is 12.

Date: Sept. 16 – 18

Times:

  • Friday: 1pm – 5pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 5pm

Register By: Sept. 9

Cost: $150 for Rec members/$180 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Description: Get ready to hone your skills and test them in one of the most beautiful places in Texas. This course taught throughout the Fall semester is intended to train attendees on Outdoor Leader technical skills, wild land management history, trip leading interpersonal skills and general outdoor living skills. The classroom sessions will meet on TBD Tuesday nights starting in October.  Meeting times will be finalized with the course participants in the Fall. The course will culminate in a trip to Big Bend National Park where participants will hike and paddle through the high desert of Far West Texas, a stunning outdoor setting that will test your leadership and outdoor skills. This is the perfect course to take as a precursor to applying to work as a trip staff member at Outdoor Adventures or for anyone wanting to learn and apply leadership skills in a novel environment. Course participants must be able to attend the majority of classroom sessions as well as to attend the trip, pre-trip prep and post trip debrief (December 15-23).

Date: Tuesdays, 7pm

Register By: Oct. 3

Cost: $156 for Rec members/$187 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Day Trips

Description: A nice Spring day in the Hill Country climbing some of the finest limestone on the planet.  Get introduced to the sport of rock climbing through this awesome day away from campus.  This day trip is for beginners, so what are you waiting for?

Date: Oct. 23, 7am

Register By: Oct. 19

Cost: $58 for Rec members/$69 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Description: The San Marcos River is one of the most beautiful rivers in Texas.  This day away will navigate the upper stretches of this Texas icon while teaching you the basics of canoeing and kayaking along the way.

Date: Nov. 6, 7am

Register By: Nov. 2

Cost: $54 for Rec members/$64 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Weekend Trips

Description: Join Outdoor Adventures on a beginner level paddling adventure close to A&M. We will paddle a local river into Fort Parker Lake and then take out at the State Park. There we will camp one night and return home the following day after some additional time on the water. If you are new to camping or to paddling, this introductory trip will give you a simple introduction.

Date: Oct. 1 – 2, 7am

Register By: Sept. 28

Cost: $117 for Rec members/$140 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Description: The Pineywoods of Texas hold a hidden beauty all their own. Join Outdoor Adventures staff as they hike a section of a classic Texas Backpacking trail for a weekend. Learn the basics of living out of a backpack and hiking with our experienced staff.

Date: Nov. 18 – 20, 3pm

Register By: Nov. 16

Cost: $160 for Rec members/$192 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

Extended Trips

Description: Kick off your new year the right way by exploring and paddling one of the Nation’s most wild and scenic rivers. We’ll head to the wilds of Far West Texas and Big Bend National Park to paddle the canyons of the Rio Grande. During the day, we’ll be navigating the water in canoes, while at night we’ll be sleeping under the stars and enjoying the peaceful remoteness of this amazing place. Our biggest fear is that you won’t want to come back for Spring classes! Space is limited in this amazing trip so be sure to sign up before December to reserve your spot!

Date: Jan. 11 – 15

Register By: Jan. 4

Cost: $432 for Rec members/$518 for non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.

See Calendar of Events below or view the Summer 2016 Rec Sports Guide for complete schedule information. Registration can be completed online at https://recconnect.tamu.edu.

Fall 2016 Calendar of Events

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First Friday Courteous Mass Ride @ to downtown Bryan from campus area
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Rent Outdoor Equipment

The Rental Center is where you want to come to rent the gear to get you outside and keep you comfortable.

The Basics

  • We offer a full line of camping gear including tents, sleeping bags and stuff to cook with. In addition, we rent outdoor sports equipment and watercraft including canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards.
  • Equipment can be rented by anyone! Students, staff, faculty and the general public are welcomed.
  • Renting equipment from us is much like renting a vehicle. Once you take possession of it, you are responsible for bringing it back clean and in good order.
  • Any cleaning or damage incurred will result in a fee being assessed.
  • You will be asked to sign a contract to take the equipment out.
  • Please allow additional time, when you return your gear, to check it in with us. This will include setting up and inspecting tents.

Rental Center Info

Prices

  • Rental Equipment Price List
  • Refund Policy – The user must pay the total balance of the equipment rental upon reservation. The user must cancel equipment rental at least 48 hours prior to the checkout time or no rental fees paid will be refunded. No credit or refund will be issued for items rented but not used or for early return.

Indoor Climbing Facility (ICF)

What are you waiting on? Come and climb with us!

The Basics

  • The ICF is open 7 days a week during the regular semester (with the exception of holidays).
  • If you know how to belay, you only need a skills check to get started.
  • Skills checks are renewed each semester and are performed whenever the ICF is open for business.
  • If you have never climbed before, you’ll need to sign up for one of our classes to get you started.
  • Our orientation classes are taught at 6:30pm daily and need no prior sign up.
  • If you don’t own your own equipment, you can rent ours.
  • The Bouldering Wall is open any time the building is. You only need to drop by one of the desks in the Rec Center to sign a waiver and watch an informational video to get started.
  • A complimentary wristband will be issued to you once you are cleared to boulder. Boulderers need to show this wristband while using the bouldering facility.
  • Rules and regulations for the climbing facilities can be found here. (make this a link to the regulations page)

Prices for Climbing

Orientation Class & Skills Check

  • Lead Climbing Check (in addition to skills check): $6 members; $8.50 non-members
  • Skills Check:* $6 members; $8.50 non-members
  • Orientation Class and Skills Check: $6 members; $8.50 non-members

*Skills checks require a patron to complete the following set without mistakes and prompting:

  • wearing a harness
  • basic climbing commands
  • tying-in using figure 8 follow through know with an appropriate tail length
  • belaying correctly using a tube-style friction device
  • proper pad placement and spotting of a boulderer

One-Time Climb & Climbing Passes

  • One-Time Climb: $5 members; $5 non-members
  • Unlimited Climbing/Annual: $131 members; $154 non-members
  • Unlimited Climbing/1 Semester: $43 members; $48 non-members
  • Day Pass (not including gear): $6 members; $8.50 non-members

Gear Rental

  • Shoes Only: $3/day
  • Harness Only: $3/day
  • Belay Device Only: $1/day
  • Chalk Bag Only: $1/day
  • Gear Package (shoes, harness, belay, chalk bag): $6/day
  • Unlimited Climbing Gear Rental Pass: $40

**All passes are good for one semester and expire approximately one week before the start of each new semester.

***No refunds on unused punch cards or passes.

Reserve the ICF

The ICF is available for reservation for private events including birthday parties, Girl and Boy Scout groups, Corp Units and student organizations. Contact Jason Kurten at jkurten@rec.tamu.edu for more details.

Reserving the ICF is the perfect option for groups larger than 5 people that would like to climb together without becoming registered climbers. These private group sessions last from 2-1/2 to 3 hours and are normally set up when the wall is closed for business.

Reservation Prices

  • Texas A&M Affiliated Groups: $15/person
  • Non-affiliated Groups: $18/person
  • Large Groups (25+ people): $175/hour (minimum 2 hours)

Deposits

  • 5 – 25 people: $50
  • 25+ people: $100

ICF Reservation Form and Waiver

See the Forms tab on this page to download.

One-On-One Climbing Lessons

If one on one time with one of our instructors is something you desire, we can set that up. Simply check with the Outdoor Adventures Resource Desk personnel to get started. Our experienced staff can start you off from scratch or build on your existing climbing skill set.

Prices

  • 1 Session (1.5 hours): $18 members; $22 non-members
  • 3 Sessions (1.5 hours each): $52 members; $65 non-members

Youth Climber’s Club (YCC)

For a small monthly fee, we will allow a parent and child team to come in and use the ICF on a limited basis. Parents will be instructed on how to safely belay their child. Kids ages 14 and up will be allowed to belay for one another after receiving belay training. All gear rental is included in the price and if you have an extra child, or if the parent wants to climb, we can add that on.

YCC Climbing Times

  • Tuesdays: 5pm – 10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm – 6pm

YCC Prices

  • Monthly with Equipment: $80/month
  • Climbing Parent Adds: $20/month
  • Additional Child with Equipment: $64/month

Indoor Climbing Facility Info

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Waivers & Forms

Each person who registers for a clinic, trip or event must have a Participant Waiver and Hold Harmless Form completed and filed with Outdoor Adventures. Forms are available at Outdoor Adventures, the climbing wall or downloaded from the links below. All participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian fill out and sign their waivers. No one without a completed waiver will be allowed to participate.

Indoor Climbing Facility

Trips & Clinics

General Trip Information

 

Outdoor Resources

Outdoor Adventures serves as an information resource on outdoor activities, locations and equipment.

Information is available on Texas parks and recreation areas, Texas rivers, lakes, rock climbing areas, hiking trails, fishing areas and a wide variety of activities such as backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and wilderness camping.

The Outdoor Adventures staff is available to answer questions and assist customers with personal trip planning. For additional information, please visit the following sites:

  • Leave No Trace
    For information on the principles of responsible outdoor recreation.