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
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.

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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.

Summer 2019: Venture Camps

An Alternative Orientation Camp Experience for Incoming Students

Venture: Base Camp

Venture: Base Camp is for any and all incoming students to the Texas A&M University system! This fun-filled opportunity is a new Aggie tradition set in San Marcos, Texas for 5 days of outdoor activities. Learn and participate in Aggie culture and traditions while meeting new friends who share the same love of the outdoors as you do! No prior outdoor recreation experience is required; however, a willingness to be an active participant and a team player is very important.

Date: July 15 – 19

Location: Hill Country, TX

Venture: Backpack

Venture: Backpack will deliver an unforgettable entrance into the Texas A&M family for incoming students through the beautiful landscapes of the the Gila Wilderness. Students will travel in a small group led by student trip leaders who facilitate activities and discussions about life at Texas A&M. No prior backpacking experience is required, but a willingness to be an active participant and a team player is very important.

Date: Aug. 7 – 15

Location: Gila Wilderness, NM

Click HERE for more information or to register for either camp.

  • Call 979-845-4511 for questions.
  • Check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete Outdoor Adventures program 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.

Generic Packing List

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.

Outdoor Adventures has created custom-designed programs and private programs for many special events. You can rent the climbing wall for a birthday party or a welcome event. You can reserve a private clinic for you and your friends to learn more climbing techniques. Or your student organization or class can have Outdoor Adventures plan, organize and lead your next leadership retreat—we’ll even provide the food— for your Custom Adventure. If you are interested in learning more, or have any questions, contact:

Jason Kurten | 979-862-1999 | jkurten@rec.tamu.edu 

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

  • Prices listed are daily rates. One-day rentals are due the next business day. Click here to see our rates.
  • Discounts are automatically calculated on extended rentals: 7+ days – 10%, 14+ days – 15%, and 21+ days – 20%.
  • Reservations are available and encouraged to guarantee your preferred equipment is available, especially in high-demand periods. The user must pay the total balance of the equipment rental upon reservation.
  • Refund Policy –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
Camp Chair $2.00 $2.50
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* $6.00 $7.50
Lantern (Propane* or Rechargeable Electric) $4.00 $5.00
Cook Set/Pot Set $3.00 $3.75
Water/Beverage Cooler $5.00 $6.25
Ice Chest $5.00 $6.25

Propane is not included with stoves.

All canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards include paddles and lifejackets. Whitewater kayaks also include helmets and sprayskirts. Tie-down straps also available.

 Water Sports Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
Tandem Canoe $18.00 $22.50
Solo Canoe $15.00 $18.50
Tandem Kayak-Sit On Top $18.00 $22.50
Solo Kayak-Sit On Top $15.00 $18.50
Kayak-Whitewater $17.00 $20.50
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 $5.00
Cricket Set $4.00 $5.00
Croquet Set $2.00 $2.50
Disc Golf Set $2.00 $2.50
Corn Hole Set (regulation size, foldable w/ handles) $6.00 $7.50
Bocce Ball Set $2.00 $2.50
Horseshoe Set $2.00 $2.50
Washers Set $2.00 $2.50
Kickball Set (1 Kickball, 4 Bases) $2.00 $2.50
Volleyball Set (Net, poles, ropes, boundary, and ball) $10.00 $12.00
Volleyball Net $1.00 $1.25
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
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
Sports Balls (Football/Kickball/Soccer Ball/Softball/Volleyball) $1.00 $1.25
Softball Glove $1.00 $1.25
Softball Catcher Mask $1.00 $1.25
Softball Bat $1.00 $1.25
Softball Bases Set $1.00 $1.25
Frisbee $0.50 $0.75
Books and Maps Free for up to 2 weeks Free for up to 2 weeks

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

  • Equipment Rental: The user must pay the total balance of the equipment rental upon reservation.  The user must cancel equipment at least 48 hours prior to 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.
  • Rain Checks: We do not offer refunds due to weather. For rentals, our policy is to provide a rain check. We will hold the contract for the duration of the current semester. Customers may then redeem their contract on a more agreeable date within the same semester.
  • Trips and Clinics: Trip cancellations due to weather or lack of sign ups (trips being cancelled by OA) will be issued a 100% refund.  Cancellations made by the customer at least 3 days prior to the trip leaving will receive an 80% refund of the total price.  No refund can be made to customers who cancel after this time. All refunds will be issued to the payment type used initially. All checks will be mailed by the Fiscal Department to the address shown on the registration form.  A refund may take up to six weeks to process.

Trips & Clinics

General Trip Information

Indoor Climbing Facility

Request a private lesson, trip, or program

Private and Semi-private lessons can be done for one or two individuals to learn a variety of skills including paddling, biking, backpacking, or climbing. Each session is 1.5 hours long and scheduled with your assigned instructor. Complete this form to submit your request and our staff will contact you to match you with the best instructor for your request.

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

The ICF is available for Reservation for private events including birthday parties, Girl and Boy Scout groups, Corp Units, and student organizations. This is a great option for groups larger than 5 people that would like to climb together without becoming registered climbers. Sessions last from 2.5 to 3 hours and are normally scheduled when the Wall is closed for business. More details HERE

Utilize all the resources of Outdoor Adventures to create an event for your group. Consider a day trip paddling a Texas river, or a multi-day trip to build leadership and group cohesion. Whatever your goals, contact us to help you. We can do everything from purchasing food and securing permits to driving and providing specialized equipment. Contact us to start planning your Custom Adventure today.

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