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

    September 29th – 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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    Fall Break West Virginia Multi-Adventure

    October 4th to 7th

    Trip Duration: 4 Days Thursday 10/4 @ 8:00am – Sunday 10/7 @ 8:00pm

    Cost: $350 Pottruck Member / $375 Non-Member

    Spend Fall Break in wild and wonderful West Virginia! This will be a high adventure trip that includes Rock Climbing @ Seneca Rock, Caving, Via Ferrata @ Nelson Rocks, and Hiking. No experience required. Price includes: Transportation, All necessary equipment, 3 meals, Professional guiding and instruction.

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    Rock Climbing @ Ralph Stover

    October 14th – Sunday

    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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    Rock Climbing @ Safe Harbor

    November 4th – Sunday

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

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

    Located along the banks of the Susquehanna River, the cliffs of Safe Harbor offer great climbing for all abilities. This man-made crag gives climbers an introduction into slab climbing, which rewards those with good footwork and balance. Safe Harbor’s riverside location often stays warm when the weather turns cool and is a great place to spot bald eagles. Price includes: Transportation, all necessary equipment and instruction.

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    Trip Logistics

  • 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.

     


    Backpacking Overnight @ the NJ Pine Barrens

    September 15th to 16th

    Trip Duration: 2 Days Saturday 9/15 @ 8:00am – Sunday 9/16 @ 6:00pm

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

    We will be exploring the beautiful forests and streams of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens for this great beginner trip. Learn the basics of backpacking, from how to pack your backpack, set-up camp, cook meals and travel through the forest while causing minimal impact. This trip is an overnight experience from Saturday 9/15 to Sunday, 9/16. No experience is required. Transportation, all necessary equipment, instruction, and guiding are included.

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    Day Hike @ Hawk Mountain

    September 30th – Sunday

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

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

    Fall is a great time of year for hiking and bird watching. This trip combines both in one great location. We will be hiking on the property of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, which offers great hiking with beautiful views and several locations to watch the Fall raptor migration. We will start the hike at the Hawk Mountain visitors center with a chance to see some birds of prey up close and personal before going on our hike. We will hike to one of the prominent over looks on Hawk Mountain that offers expansive views of the valley below and presents opportunities to see several species of raptors fly directly over head while they are migrating through the area. This trip is suited for hikers of all abilities.

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    Day Hike @ The Pinnacle

    October 13th – Saturday

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

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

    Hike to one of the best views of Eastern Pennsylvania! This day hike will visit the Pinnacle Rock overlook along the Appalachian trail. 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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    Hiking Weekend @ Shenandoah National Park

    October 26th to 28th

    Trip Duration: 3 Days Friday 10/26 @ 5:00pm – Sunday 10/28 @ 6:00pm

    Cost: $150 Pottruck Member / $175 Non-Member

    Explore Shenandoah National Park by hiking along portions of the Appalachian Trail, past waterfalls, or challenge yourself with a hike up Old Ragg Mountain. This trips utilizes a rustic, primitive cabin within the park to sleep in at night, while taking scenic day hikes during the day. No experience is required. Transportation, all necessary equipment, and guiding included.

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    Day Hike @ The Shades of Death Trail

    November 3rd – Saturday

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

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

    A perfectly named hike for the Halloween season, the Shades of Death Trail sounds more scary than it really is. Located in Hickory Run State Park, the hike travels along streams, through stands of giant rhododendron, and includes views of the Lehigh Gorge. No experience is necessary. Transportation, guiding and instruction is provided.

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    Trip Logistics

  • 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 Delaware River

    September 22nd- Saturday

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

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

    Enjoy paddling along the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border, down the Delaware River, through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Delaware Water Gap is a beautiful section of river with spectacular sites and wildlife viewing opportunities. Price Includes: Transportation, all necessary equipment, and instruction.

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    Trip Logistics

  • Zip-Lining

    Get off the ground and into the trees with one of our zip-lining adventures.  We will visit a variety of zip-line and challenge courses around the Philly area, the Poconos, or on one of our extended break trips.  Zip-line adventures typically occur at least 20-30 feet off of the ground.  These trips are not recommended for those with a severe fear of heights.

     

     


    Zip-Line Adventure @ Elmwood Park Zoo

    September 23rd- Sunday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 9:00am to 3:00pm

    Cost: $65 Pottruck Member / $75 Non-Member

    Looking for some high adventure. Join us on one of our zip-line adventures! We will be traveling to “Tree Top Adventures” in the Elmwood Park Zoo to challenge yourself at heights of 50ft in the air. We will be taking on the upper level course, which features over 20 games and 8 zip lines that transport guests over the bison exhibit. Venture out of the zoo over Stony Creek to enter the second portion of the course and finish with a 150 foot zip line back into the zoo. No experience is necessary. Price includes: Transportation, zip-line pass, zoo pass. You must be comfortable with heights.

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    Trip Logistics

  • 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.

     


    Fall Break West Virginia Multi-Adventure

    October 4th to 7th

    Trip Duration: 4 Days Thursday 10/4 @ 8:00am – Sunday 10/7 @ 8:00pm

    Cost: $350 Pottruck Member / $375 Non-Member

    Spend Fall Break in wild and wonderful West Virginia! This will be a high adventure trip that includes Rock Climbing @ Seneca Rocks, Caving, Via Ferrata @ Nelson Rocks, and Hiking. No experience required. Price includes: Transportation, All necessary equipment, 3 meals, Professional guiding and instruction.

    Register Online


    Trip Logistics

  • 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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