Upenn Recreation

Outdoor Adventure Trips

Get out of the city and into nature with one of our Outdoor Adventures!  Studies have shown that spending time in the outdoors has significant physical health benefits, helps reduce stress, decreases anxiety, increases self-confidence and sharpens one’s focus.  Our trips are suited for all ability levels and are led by trained staff.  Transportation and all necessary equipment is provided for all trips.

Penn Outdoor Adventure trips will run in all weather conditions with the exception of dangerous conditions. Ending times of trips are approximated for your convenience, but please expect that times may vary due to traffic or unexpected delays. All trips will promptly begin at the climbing wall at the Pottruck Health & Fitness Center. Remember that wilderness trips take place away from modern amenities such as bathrooms, heaters, and grocery stores. Please plan accordingly.

Seasonal Offerings

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  • Outdoor Climbing 

    IMG_2155Whether you have never climbed before or you are an avid climber just looking to get outside, our outdoor climbing courses are for you.  We will be visiting some of the Philly areas best  local climbing destinations.  No experience is required and all necessary equipment is provided.  All courses are taught by an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor.


    Rock Climbing @ Ralph Stover

    June 9th – Saturday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 8:00am to 6:00pm

    Cost: $50 Pottruck Member / $60 Non-Member

    Overlooking Tohickon Creek is the “High Rocks” portion of Ralph Stover State Park. Challenge yourself on the cliffs that reach 80ft in height. Climbers of all abilities can enjoy this local gem. Price includes: Transportation, all necessary equipment and instruction.

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  • Hiking and Backpacking

    IMG_2177Day hikes stroll down lazy hills, along rivers, lakes, and swamps, scale steep ridges to gain gorgeous views of the valley below. Multi-day backpacking trips are designed to develop self-reliance in the participants; to keep you out of the school of hard knocks. Trips run on a wide range of trails including Appalachian Mountain trails.

     


    Day Hike @ Lehigh Gap

    April 16th – Saturday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 8:00am to 6:00pm

    Cost: $35 Pottruck Member / $45 Non-Member

    Hike to the top of Blue Mountain for some great views of the Lehigh Gap. This day hike will start at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center The hike will be long and can be steep, rocky and challenging at times, but the views from the top are well worth it. No experience is necessary. Transportation, guiding and instruction is provided.

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    Waterfall Day Hike @ Ricketts Glen

    July 22nd – Sunday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 8:00am to 6:00pm

    Cost: $40 Pottruck Member / $50 Non-Member

    Hike one of the most beautiful locations in Pennsylvania. We will be traveling to Ricketts Glen State Park in North Central, PA, which boasts 22 waterfalls, including the 94 foot high Ganoga Falls. This trip is suited for hikers of all abilities.

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  • Paddle Sports 

    IMG_2210Take your adventure off shore with our water-based paddle sports.  Join us for a variety of paddle sports, whether you prefer Stand Up Paddleboarding at the beach, canoeing or kayaking down a lazy stream, or challenging the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip, we have something for everyone.  Participants must be able to swim in order to register.

     


    Pack Rafting @ the Pine Barrens

    June 2nd- Saturday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 8:00am to 6:00pm

    Cost: $50 Pottruck Member / $60 Non-Member

    Enjoy a day of hiking and paddling in the pristine Pine Barrens of New Jersey. We will start the day with an approximately 3 mile hike on the easy, sandy terrain of the Mullica River Trail followed by a 4 mile leisurely paddle down the beautiful Mullica River. No experience necessary. Transportation, equipment, and instruction included.

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    Whitewater Rafting @ the Lehigh Gorge

    June 10th – Sunday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 8:00am to 8:00pm

    Cost: $85 Pottruck Member / $100 Non-Member

    Prepare to get wet as we will be rafting down the Lehigh Gorge on a dam release day that will ensure the best rafting of the year as we will see up to Class III rapids. We will be spending 3-5 hours on the river and each trip will be led by guides from Whitewater Challengers. You must be able to swim to participate on this trip as there is a high possibility that your raft will flip. No experience necessary.

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    Pack Rafting @ Blue Marsh Lake

    July 15th – Sunday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 8:00am to 6:00pm

    Cost: $50 Pottruck Member / $60 Non-Member

    Explore Blue Marsh Lake with a day of hiking and paddling. Beat the July heat by starting off with a 3-4 mile morning hike followed by a leisurely paddle around Blue Marsh Lake. No experience required. All necessary equipment, transportation and instruction provided.

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    Whitewater Rafting @ the Lehigh Gorge

    July 21st – Saturday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 8:00am to 8:00pm

    Cost: $85 Pottruck Member / $100 Non-Member

    Prepare to get wet as we will be rafting down the Lehigh Gorge on a dam release day that will ensure the best rafting of the year as we will see up to Class III rapids. We will be spending 3-5 hours on the river and each trip will be led by guides from Whitewater Challengers. You must be able to swim to participate on this trip as there is a high possibility that your raft will flip. No experience necessary.

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    Packrafting Weekend @ the Delaware Water Gap

    July 28th to July 29th

    Trip Duration: 2 Days Saturday 7/28 @ 8:00am – Sunday 7/29 @ 6:00pm

    Cost: $100 Pottruck Member / $125 Non-Member

    Spend an overnight paddling through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The trip will leave on Saturday morning where we will drive to our launch location and then have a half day of paddling to an island in the middle of the Delaware River where we will be camping for the evening. Sunday will be a full day of paddling approximately 10 miles before we leave the river and travel back to Penn. No experience required. All necessary camping and paddling equipment provided as well as transportation and instruction.

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  • Biking

    Choose pedal power for your next adventure with one of our biking trips.  We offer a variety of biking, from leisurely touring to hopping over roots and rocks on the trails with a mountain bike.  Biking is a great way to cover a lot of distance and see more in a short amount of time.  We rent bicycles from the destinations that we travel to.  Sorry, but you can’t bring your own trustee bike, as we do not have a way to transport it.

     


    Please Check Back at a Later Date – Trips run April through October


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  • Snow Sports

    PennRec StaffWhether you’re learning the slopes, or are a seasoned veteran, join us for a wintry experience on our Downhill Ski/Snowboard trips. Local trips ski at the various resorts in the Pocono Mountains. Opportunities are available for long weekend trips further into the northeast. The destinations we select offer a challenge for any level ski/snowboarder: from green to black diamond.

     


    Please Check Back at a Later Date – Trips run January through February


    Trip Logistics

    • Meet at the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center for all trips.
    • All participants will receive a pre-trip email.
  • Extended Trips

    Take an Adventure for your academic break.  The Outdoor Adventure program offers a variety of adventures during Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter breaks.  Trips range from 4 to 7 days long and usually require extended travel time.  The extended trips visit some of most scenic outdoor locations regionally and nationally and may encompass several activity areas during one trip.  Interest and/or pre-trip meetings are typically required to participate in an extended trip.

     


    Please Check Back at a Later Date – Trips run during Fall Break and Spring Break


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  • Wilderness First Aid Courses 

    If you spend any time in the outdoors, it is good to know what to do if things go wrong.  Our wilderness medicine courses are taught by professional instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS.  Choose from a 2-day (16 Hour) Wilderness First Aid Course or a 9-day (80 Hour) Wilderness First Responder Course.  These courses are great for everyone, whether you’re a weekend warrior or an outdoor professional.


    Please Check Back at a Later Date – Course offered every March


    Trip Logistics

    • All participants will receive a pre-course email.
  • Cancellation & Refund Policies 

    Penn Campus Recreation reserves the right to cancel any Outdoor Adventure trip due to weather, safety issues, or low enrollment.  Participants will receive notice of cancellation at least 24 hours before the adventure is due to depart.  In the event of a Penn Recreation cancellation, participants will receive a full refund of any fees paid.

    Day Trips

    If a participant withdraws from a day trip prior to 48 hours of the trip departure, a full refund will be given of any fees paid.  No refunds will be given if participant withdraws within 48 hours of the trip departure.

    Weekend Trips (2-3 days)

    If a participant withdraws from a weekend trip prior to 7 days before the trip departure, a full refund will be given of any fees paid.  A 50% refund of any fees paid will be given if withdraw occurs within 7-2 days prior to the trip departure.  No refunds will be given if withdraw occurs within 48 hours of the trip departure.

    Extended Trips (Longer than 3 days)

    If a participant withdraws from an extended trip prior to 14 days before the trip departure, a full refund will be given of any fees paid.  A 50% refund of any fees paid will be given if withdraw occurs within 14-7 days prior to the trip departure.  No refunds will be given if withdraw occurs within 7 days of trip departure.

 


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