Outdoor Adventures is a program housed in the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness and serves the UNC Greensboro community with its three divisions: Adventure Trips, Rental & Trip Center (outdoor equipment rental) and indoor climbing wall. Outdoor Adventures strives to blend recreation and education to offer a quality outdoor experience for every participant.
Our mission is to promote healthy, active lifestyles through outdoor recreation activities for the UNC Greensboro community. We aspire to enhance our participants’ environmental awareness and technical outdoor skills while fostering a sense of community and encouraging positive relationships.
The Adventure Trips and Clinics Program provides opportunities for the UNC Greensboro community to participate and explore various outdoor recreation opportunities. Primarily, our trips venture all over the Southeast United States. Occasionally, we offer specialty trips that head to other domestic and international destinations.
The majority of the trips and clinics are designed for beginners, providing many opportunities to learn and participate in different outdoor activities in a safe and introductory environment. We offer trips and clinics in the following categories: Backpacking, Biking, Canoeing, Caving, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Coastal Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting. The current trip schedule is available here.
Adventure trips and clinics are led by student and professional staff members trained to provide each participant with a safe, enjoyable, and memorable outdoor adventure.
Heading out on a personal adventure? Outdoor Adventures has an abundance of resources to help you prepare. The Rental and Trip Center provides basic camping equipment at a low rental cost to UNC Greensboro community members. For a full list of rental items and prices, click here.
In addition to gear rental, our Resource Center has many free informational brochures and maps to assist in trip planning and discovering the best destination for your next outdoor excursion. Our well-informed and experienced staff can also advise you on any trip planning questions you may have.
UNC Greensboro’s indoor rock climbing facility provides a safe, exciting, and challenging climbing environment for a great range of skill levels. Climbing routes are set with different skill levels in mind so there is always something for everyone, whether it is your first time climbing or you are an advanced climber.
The climbing wall is free to all UNC Greensboro students and Kaplan Center members. Outdoor Adventures staff is on hand to show you the ropes! More information about the climbing wall is available by clicking here.
Outdoor Adventure FAQs
Will there be Adventure Trips?
Yes, click here to view our upcoming trips that will all take place in Greensboro. Transportation is still provided, but food is not. Registration for trips will take place at Outdoor Adventures during our open hours. If possible, card payment is preferred.
Can climbing or outdoor equipment be checked out?
Yes, Equipment for use at the climbing wall is still available and will be disinfected after each use. If you are interested in camping equipment rentals, we ask that you call ahead, or use the google form on our website to set up your reservation. To minimize contact, all equipment rentals will be picked up and dropped off at the garage entrance on Neal Street. Pre-Payment at the time of reservation is preferred, if possible.
Is the climbing wall open?
Yes. Beginning September 12th, the climbing wall will resume our regular hours. Monday through Friday, 11AM-9PM and 1-6PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Only 10 people are allowed in the climbing at once so patrons are encouraged to check the recwell website for updated counts.
How is the climbing wall disinfected/sanitized?
The climbing wall rope has protective coverings on the parts of the ropes that people come in contact with. Those coverings are sanitized after every use. Participants are required to wash their hands before and after every climb. The Climbing wall is separated into 3 daily rotations schemes. Each day this will change, which allows for the wall and holds to rest as well as provide climbers with enough space to social distance. Powdered chalk is no longer allowed at the wall and only staff are allowed to belay at this time. On top of that, the entire climbing area is sanitized regularly with disinfectant.
Do I need to wear a face covering while climbing?
Yes, a face covering is required to climb, boulder, or be in the climbing wall area.