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 lead 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.

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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 – Safe Harbor

    March 26th – 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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    Rock Climbing – Ralph Stover

    April 22nd – 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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    Rock Climbing – Ralph Stover

    April 28th – Friday (Reading Days)

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

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

    Take a break during “Reading Days” and hang out with Penn Outdoor Adventures on a great rock climbing trip. 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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    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.


    Shenandoah Hiking Weekend

    March 31st-Friday to April 2nd-Sunday

    Trip Duration: 3 Days – Friday, March 31st: 5:00pm to Sunday, April 2nd: 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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    Backpacking the Mid-State Trail

    April 7th-Friday to April 9th-Sunday

    Trip Duration: 3 Days – Friday, April 7th: 5:00pm to Sunday, April 9th: 6:00pm

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

    Spring is in the air and April is a great time to spend the weekend outside. Join us as we backpack a portion of the Mid-State Trail in central Pennsylvania. The Mid-State trail travels through various forest types and passes through beautiful stands of old growth forests, rhododendron tunnels and scenic overlooks. No experience is required. Transportation, all necessary equipment, instruction, and guiding are included. There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on April 3rd for all those registered.

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    Full Moon Night Hike

    April 10th – Monday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day 6:00pm to 10:00pm

    Cost: $25 Pottruck Member / $35 Non-Member

    Come howl at the moon as we explore the beauty of hiking at night.  The full moon night hike will visit local hiking destinations and offer spectacular views of the night sky.  No experience is necessary and headlamps are provided.

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    North Carolina Backpacking

    April 16th (Tuesday) to April 20th (Saturday)

    Trip Duration: 5 Days

    Cost: $300 Pottruck Member / $325 Non-Member

    Start your summer off with a backpacking trip to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina! Join us as we spend 4 days backpacking, camping, and hiking through the lInville Gorge Wilderness in the Pisgah National Forest. No experience required. All necessary equipment, transportation, guiding, instruction and a portion of meals will be 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 – Delaware River

    April 23rd – Sunday

    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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    Pack Rafting – Skuylkill River

    April 27th – Thursday (Reading Days)

    Trip Duration: 1 Day   9:00am to 4:00pm

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

    Take a break during Reading Days and join us as we explore our local urban water way. We will be throwing our Pack Rafts in our backpacks and taking the SEPTA regional rail upstream to get on the river. After a casual paddle back to center city, we will take-out at boat house row and walk back to campus. Price includes: Regional rail ticket, all necessary equipment and instruction.

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    Trip Logistics

  • 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 in March – Trips run April through October


    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.

     


    Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding – Blue Mountain Resort

    February 126h – Sunday

    Trip Duration: 1 Day   2:00pm to 11:00pm

    Cost: $50 Pottruck Member & Non-Member (Additional costs for rentals & lessons)

    Join us for a night ski/snowboard as we head to Blue Mountain for some carving under the lights. Blue Mountain boasts the highest vertical and longest slopes in Pennsylvania with 39 trails for all ability levels. Price includes: Charter bus transportation and lift pass.

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    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.

     


    North Carolina Backpacking

    April 16th (Tuesday) to April 20th (Saturday)

    Trip Duration: 5 Days

    Cost: $300 Pottruck Member / $325 Non-Member

    Start your summer off with a backpacking trip to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina! Join us as we spend 4 days backpacking, camping, and hiking through the lInville Gorge Wilderness in the Pisgah National Forest. No experience required. All necessary equipment, transportation, guiding, instruction and a portion of meals will be provided.

    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.


    None at this time.  Please check back in the Fall.


    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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