Outdoor Adventures

“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.

Outdoor Adventures Info

OA Hours
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Outdoor Resources
Rental Center Location (map)

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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.

Weekend and Extended Trips

Description: Need a weekend away from campus life? Join our experienced staff as we explore the natural beauty of Texas with everything we need on our backs. Learn the basics of backpacking and living out of doors. Transportation, food, and equipment are provided.

Location: Lake Georgetown Recreation Area

Dates: Dec. 1 – 3

Register By: Nov. 29

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

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: Big Bend National Park is one of the most iconic and wild places in Texas. Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the beautiful canyons of the park. 1,500-ft. cliffs, the meandering Rio Grande, and the beautiful Chihuahuan desert will be the backdrop to a trip you won’t soon forget. Transportation, food, and equipment are provided.

Location: Big Bend National Park

Dates: Dec. 14 – 19

Register By: Dec. 7

Cost: $450 Rec members/$540 non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Day Trips

Description: Did you know Texas has surfing? Join our instructor team for a day away from campus to learn some great new skills and enjoy the beautiful Texas coast before the Fall chill cools it down. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Galveston, TX

Date: Sun., Oct. 1

Time: 7am – 7pm

Register By: Sept. 27

Cost: $59 Rec members/$71 non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: Explore the bays and flats along the Texas coast via sea kayak on this day away from campus. Our paddling instructors will take you on a day’s paddle just south of Galveston Island. Shore birds, sea life, and beautiful water are assured! Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: San Luis Pass County Park

Date: Sat., Oct. 14

Time: 7am – 7pm

Register By: Oct. 12

Cost: $59 Rec members/$71 non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: Join Outdoor Adventures on a relaxing hike through the piney woods of East Texas. Stubblefield is a short drive away, but the trails, plants, and wildlife feel like a whole other world. This trip includes lunch. Some RPTS students will be joining for a class trip. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Lonestar Trail, Stubblefield Recreation Area

Date: Sun., Oct. 15

Time: 7am – 7pm

Register By: Oct. 12

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

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: Enjoy an exciting and enjoyable day of paddling on a beautiful Texas river. Learn the basics of paddling both canoes and sit-on-top kayaks. River choice will be determined by weather and water flow levels closer to when the trip goes out. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: TBD

Date: Sun., Oct. 29

Time: 7am – 7pm

Register By: Oct. 26

Cost: $62 Rec members/$74 non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: Spend 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? Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Reimer’s Ranch, Travis County Park

Date: Sun., Nov. 5

Register By: Nov. 1

Cost: $59 Rec members/$71 non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: Spend 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? Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Reimer’s Ranch, Travis County Park

Date: Sun., Nov. 12

Time: 7am – 7pm

Register By: Nov. 9

Cost: $59 Rec members/$71 non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: Join Outdoor Adventures on a relaxing hike through the piney woods of East Texas. Huntsville State Park is a short drive away, but the trails, plants, and wildlife feel like a whole other world. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Huntsville State Park

Date: Sun., Nov. 19

Time: 7am – 7pm

Register By: Nov. 16

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

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

Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Certification Classes

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.

Location: PEAP Building, A&M Campus

Dates Offered:

  • Oct. 14 – 15; Register by Oct. 11
  • Nov. 18 – 19; Register by Nov. 15

Time: 8am – 5pm (16 hrs)

Cost: $273 Rec members/$324 non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

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 suggested. Lead climbing ability is preferred but not required. Full certification will be issued to everyone that meets all assessment criteria. Class size limit is 10.

Location: Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Date: Nov. 17 – 19

Time: 8am – 5pm (2), 1pm – 5pm (20 hrs)

Register By: Nov. 10

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

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: The 76-hour Wilderness First Responder certification is the recognized industry standard for people who work in remote environments in jobs that include wilderness guides and trip leaders, camp counselors, research expedition members, and search and rescue team members.

Location: A&M Campus & Brazos County, specific location TBD

Date: Jan. 6 – 15, 2018

Time: 8am – 6pm

Register By: Jan. 2, 2018

Cost: TBD

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Clinics

Description: Curious to start climbing, or develop your skills? Learn indoor climbing movement and technical skills on the TAMU climbing wall! Our certified instructors will teach you all you need to know to get started climbing at the ICF.

Location: Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Dates Offered: 

  • Sun. Sept. 24; Register by Sept. 21
  • Sun., Nov. 12; Register by Nov. 9

Time: 1pm – 5pm

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

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

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.

Location: Instructional Pool at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Dates Offered: 

  • Sun., Oct. 1; Register by Sept. 28
  • Sun., Nov. 5; Register by Nov. 2

Time: 5pm – 7pm

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

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: This clinic is for those looking to further develop their climbing skills by learning to lead climb (for indoor or outdoor skill acquisition). Prerequisite of toprope climbing skills check required.

Location: Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Date: Sun., Oct. 8

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Register By: Oct. 5

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

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Description: Learn the basics of mountain biking on one of our closest and most accessible local trails. Our instructors will teach you the basics of controlling your bike and learning to ride off road. Clinic will meet at Hensel Park, just off campus.

Location: Hensel Park, College Station, TX

Date: Sun., Dec. 3

Time: 9am – 1pm

Register By: Nov. 30

Cost: $20 Rec members/$24 non-members

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Competition

Description: The competiive climbing club is hosting their annual climbing competition at the Indoor Climbing Facility and Bouldering wall. Come join them for a fun day of challenging yourself and competing against others on new routes and boulder problems.

Location: Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Date: Sat., Oct. 21

Time: TBD

Register By: Oct. 19*

Cost: TBD

*Visit the ICF desk after 9/15/17 for more information on registration.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

Registration & General Info.

Registration

Participants may register by online at RecConnect, by phone, mail, fax or by stopping by either of our Outdoor Adventures locations. The Resource desk located adjacent to the Indoor Climbing Facility is available to members. The Outdoor Adventures Rental Center is located near the south entrance to the Student Recreation Center and is open to the public.

Hours for the OA Resource Desk and Rental Center can be found here.

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.

Students have multiple options to pay for their trips and large fees. The registration fee can be applied to the student’s fee account, which will then be paid to Student Business Services or can be paid using cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Required Paperwork

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

Extended Trips

OA offers Extended Trips during school breaks. These trips usually last from 4 to 10 days and typically consist of either multi-sport adventures or deeper wilderness experiences. Many extended trips venture to farther destinations, like national parks and other states, and include lodging, transportation, related equipment, and most food.

Students have multiple options to pay for their Extended Trip. The registration fee can be applied to the student’s fee account, which will then be paid to Student Business Services or we also accept most major credit cards, checks (with driver’s license, state issued identification card, or passport) and cash.

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

Fall 2017 Calendar of Events

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Galveston Island Surfing Day
Galveston Island Surfing Day
Oct 1 all-day
7am – 7pm. Join our instruction team for a day away from campus to learn some new skills, and enjoy the beautiful Texas coast. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided. Register by: 9/28/17 online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg, in person at Outdoor Adventures at the Rec Center, via phone at 979-845-4511 or 979-845-7035
Kayak Basics Clinic 5:00 pm
Kayak Basics Clinic @ Instructional Pool at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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. Register by: 9/21/17 online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg, in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec Center, or via phone at 979-845-4511 or 979-845-7035
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KINE Kayak Trip
KINE Kayak Trip
Oct 6 all-day
KINE Kayak class ONLY 7am – 8pm
First Friday Courteous Mass Ride 5:00 pm
First Friday Courteous Mass Ride @ to downtown Bryan from campus area
Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Coordinated by Bike 979 and College of Architecture’s Student Urban Planning Association, this free bike ride begins in College Station and proceeds to Downtown Bryan. Ride leaders explain bike etiquette, the law for bike riders, and teach techniques to help every rider have a more enjoyable ride. Find details on Facebook as each ride has[...]
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Lead Climbing Clinic 1:00 pm
Lead Climbing Clinic @ Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
For those looking to further develop their climbing skills by learning to lead climb; for indoor or outdoor skill acquisition. Prerequisite of toprope climbing skills check required. Register by: 9/21/17 online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg, in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec Center, or via phone at 979-845-4511 or 979-845-7035.
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Moody’s Island Sea Kayaking Day
Moody’s Island Sea Kayaking Day @ San Luis Pass County Park
Oct 14 all-day
7am-7pm. Explore the Texas bays via sea kayak as our paddling instructors will take you paddling just south of Galveston Island for a day away from campus. Shore birds, sea life and beautiful water are assured! Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided. Register by: 9/21/17 online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg, in person at Outdoor Adventures in the[...]
Wilderness First Aid Course 8:00 am
Wilderness First Aid Course
Oct 14 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Learn the basics of treating injury and illness in remote and backcountry locations. Be prepared to handle what comes your way with this 16 hour course taught by industry professionals. Register by: 9/21/17 online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg, in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec Center, or via phone at 979-845-4511 or 979-845-7035.
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Hiking Day Trip
Hiking Day Trip
Oct 15 all-day
7am – 7pm. Join Outdoor Adventures on a relaxing hike through the piney woods of East Texas for a new look on trails, wildlife, and plants. Some RPTS students will be joining for a class trip. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided. Register by: 9/21/17 online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg; in person at Outdoor Adventures in the[...]
Wilderness First Aid Course 8:00 am
Wilderness First Aid Course
Oct 15 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Learn the basics of treating injury and illness in remote and backcountry locations. Be prepared to handle what comes your way with this 16 hour course taught by industry professionals. Register by: 9/21/17 online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg, in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec Center, or via phone at 979-845-4511 or 979-845-7035.
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KINE Canoe Trip
KINE Canoe Trip
Oct 20 all-day
KINE Canoe Class Only 7am – 8pm
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BTHO Gravity Bouldering Competition
BTHO Gravity Bouldering Competition @ Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus
Oct 21 all-day
The competiive climbing club is hosting their annual climbing competition at the Indoor Climbing Facility and Bouldering wall. Come join them for a fun day of challenging yourself and competing against others on new routes and boulder problems. Visit the ICF desk after 9/15/17 for more information on registration.
KINE Canoe Trip
KINE Canoe Trip
Oct 21 all-day
KINE Canoe Class Only 7am – 8pm
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KINE Canoe Trip
KINE Canoe Trip
Oct 22 all-day
KINE Canoe Class Only 7am – 8pm
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KINE Climbing Day
KINE Climbing Day
Oct 27 all-day
KINE Class Only 7am – 8pm
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Texas River Paddling Day
Texas River Paddling Day
Oct 29 all-day
7am – 7pm. Enjoy an exciting day of paddling on a beautiful Texas River. Learn the basics of paddling canoes and sit on top kayaks. River choice will be determined by weather and water flow levels closer to when the trip goes out. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided. Register by: 9/21/17 online at bit.ly/OAOnlineReg,[...]
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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.

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.
 Camping Gear Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
4 Person Tent $13.00 $16.00
2 Person Tent $8.00 $9.75
Backpack Tent $8.00 $9.75
Sleeping Bag $6.00 $7.50
Sleeping Pad – Foam $3.00 $3.75
Sleeping Pad – Self Inflating $4.00 $5.00
Internal Frame Backpack $6.00 $7.50
Travel Pack $5.00 $6.00
Camp Kitchen (2 Person) $10.00 $12.00
Camp Kitchen (4 Person) $14.00 $17.00
1 – Burner Propane Stove* $4.00 $5.00
2 – Burner Propane Stove* $6.00 $7.50
Propane Grill* $5.00 $6.00
Lantern (Propane* or Rechargeable Electric) $4.00 $5.00
Cookset/Potset $3.00 $3.75
Water Cooler $5.00 $6.25
Ice Chest $5.00 $6.25
 Water Sports Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
Tandem Canoe $18.00 $22.50
Solo Canoe $15.00 $18.50
Kayak-Whitewater $17.00 $20.50
Tandem Kayak-Sit On Top $18.00 $22.50
Solo Kayak-Sit On Top $15.00 $18.50
Surf Board 8’4″ and 9’4″ $18.00 $21.75
Stand Up Paddleboard $20.00 $24.00
Additional Paddle $3.00 $3.75
Additional Lifejacket $3.00 $3.75
 Rock Climbing Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
Climbing Shoes $4.00 $5.00
Bouldering Pad $6.00 $7.50
 Yard Games and Sports Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
Tug O War Rope $4.00 $3.75
Croquet Set $2.00 $2.50
Disc Golf Set $2.00 $2.50
Bocce Ball Set $2.00 $2.50
Horseshoe Set $2.00 $2.50
Washers Set $2.00 $2.50
Corn Hole Set Coming Soon
Volleyball Set $10.00 $12.00
Softball Set (2 Bats, 2 Balls, 4 Bases, 5 Gloves, Catchers Mask) $6.00 $7.50
Flag Football Set (14 Flags, 14 Cones, 1 Football) $6.00 $7.50
Kickball Set (1 Kickball, 4 Bases) $2.00 $2.50
Football Flags (set of 7) $2.00 $2.50
Sport Jerseys (set of 7) $3.00 $3.75
Cones (set of 4) $1.00 $1.25
Volleyball Net $1.00 $1.25
Sports Balls (Chicago Ball/Football/Kickball/Soccer Ball/Softball/Volleyball) $1.00 $1.25
Softball Bat $1.00 $1.25
Softball Glove $1.00 $1.25
Softball Bases Set $1.00 $1.25
Softball Catcher Mask $1.00 $1.25
Frisbee $0.50 $0.75
Books and Maps Free Free

Outdoor Adventures Info

OA Hours
OA Forms
Outdoor Resources
Rental Center Location (map)

Join Our Team

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

Contact Us

 

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. University Students, Faculty, and Staff MUST use Maroon Link to complete online waivers.
Maroon Link Waivers

Forms are available for non-members 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.

Refund Policies

 

Trips & Clinics

General Trip Information

Indoor Climbing Facility

Outdoor Adventures Info

OA Hours
OA Forms
Outdoor Resources
Rental Center Location (map)

Join Our Team

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

Contact Us