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.

Current Offerings

Expand the tabs below to see upcoming trips and learn more about each activity.

  • 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.


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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.

     


    Not Currently Offered.  Please check back at a later date.


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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.

     


    Not Currently Offered.  Please check back at a later date.


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  • 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.

     

     


    Not Currently Offered.  Please check back at a later date.


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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.

     


    Not Currently Offered.  Please check back at a later date.


    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.

     


    Not Currently Offered.  Please check back at a later date.


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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 NOLS Wilderness Medicine.  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.

     


    Not Currently Offered.  Please check back at a later date.


    Trip Logistics

    • All participants will receive a pre-course email.
  • Custom Adventures

    Looking for a unique activity for your department, club, college house or any other university group? Create a custom outdoor adventure with the help of our staff.  We can offer a specialized outdoor adventure involving any of our regularly scheduled trips to meet the needs of your group.  Custom adventures can be scheduled at a time that works for you.  We run half-day and full-day trips within approximately 1-hour of Philadelphia.  We can accommodate groups between 5-20 people, depending on which activity you would like to participate in.  Pricing will vary depending on the number of participants, time and distance from campus.

    Activities Offered:

    • Hiking

    • Backpacking

    • Rock Climbing

    • Kayaking

    • Whitewater Rafting

    • Downhill Ski/Snowboarding

    • Snowshoeing

    • Zip-Lining

     

    To schedule a custom Outdoor Adventure for your group or for questions about offerings and pricing.  Please Contact:

     

  • FAQ’s

    1. Do I have to be a member of the Pottruck Fitness Center to attend an Outdoor Adventure Trip?
      • No.  Outdoor Adventure trips are open to any Penn community member or affiliate including: undergrad/grad students, faculty/staff, alumni, & hospital affiliates.  Pottruck members do receive a discount on trips.
    2. Can I bring someone that is not affiliated with Penn on an Outdoor Adventure?
      • Yes, Penn community members can bring a guest that is not affiliated with Penn. Family, friends, children, and spouses are welcome.
    3. Who typically attends the Outdoor Adventure trips?
      • The trips tend to be a mixture of undergrads, grads, and faculty staff. Usually approximately 50% of participants are graduate students in their mid to late 20’s with approximately 25% undergrads and 25% faculty/staff.
    4. How many people usually attend the Outdoor Adventure trips?
      • Most Outdoor Adventure trips have up to 10 people that attend. The downhill skiing trips have up to 50 people.
    5. What is included in the price of the Outdoor Adventure trips?
      • All trips include transportation, trained guides, instruction and all necessary equipment. Overnight trips usually include at least 1 meal.
    6. What do I need to bring on a typical Outdoor Adventure?
      • Typically, you just need to bring appropriate clothing/footwear, food and snacks for the day, water and a small backpack to carry your belongings. Weekend or extended trips may require you to bring your breakfast, lunch and snacks for the entire trip.
    7. Do you offer trips over academic breaks?
      • Yes, Penn Outdoor Adventures usually offers a Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break trip which are up to 6 days long and explore areas around the country.
    8. Can I rent outdoor equipment for my own personal adventures?
      • Yes, most Outdoor Adventure equipment is available for rent. Check the website for available items and pricing.
    9. How do I register for an Outdoor Adventure trip?
      • To register either use the online registration portal on the Penn Campus Recreation website, or you can visit or call the membership services office in the Pottruck Fitness Center.
    10. How do I find out what Outdoor Adventures are offered?
      • All upcoming Outdoor Adventure trips are listed on the “Outdoor Adventure” section of the Penn Campus Recreation website. We communicate via social media on Facebook and Instagram @Pennoutdooradventure.  There is also an Outdoor Adventure List-Serve, where you can receive emails about upcoming trips and events.

    For any questions not covered above, please contact:

     

  • 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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