Upenn Recreation

Outdoor Adventure Trips

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 Recreation 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.

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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.

     

     

    Waterfall Day Hike to Ricketts Glen

    Trip Departs: Saturday July 25 @ 8 AM – 6 PM

    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. Registration is available online and in Membership Services.

    Price: $35 for Members & $45 for Non-members

     

    Backpacking the West Rim Trail

    Trip Departs: Friday July 31 @ 5 PM – Sunday August 2  @ 6 PM

    Take a weekend hike along the West Rim Trail in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  This trail is great for all abilities, whether it is your first time backpacking or you’re a seasoned veteran.  The views along the hike are not to be missed.  No experience is necessary.  All necessary equipment and a meal on Saturday night will be provided.  A mandatory pre-trip meeting on Monday 7/27  is scheduled to discuss the details and logistics of the trip. Registration is available online and in Membership Services.

    Price: $75 for Members & $100 for Non-members

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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 white water rafting trip, we have something for everyone.  Participants must be able to swim in order to register.

    SUP & Canoe Paddling Weekend

    Trip Departs: Saturday July 11 @ 11 AM – Sunday July 12 @ 6 PM

    Spend the weekend on the water with this overnight trip that combines Stand Up Paddleboarding, camping, and canoeing on some of Delaware’s best waterways.  Enjoy a sunset Stand Up Paddleboarding excursion on Saturday evening followed by camping at Trap Pond state park.  On Sunday we will take to the canoes to paddle through the scenic cypress swamps of Trap Pond.  This is sure to be an action-packed weekend.  Travel, SUP & canoe rentals, campsite rental, camping equipment, professional instruction, and guides included.  Must be able to swim to participate.  Registration is available online and in Membership Services.

    Price: $125 Members & $150 Non-members

     

    Canoeing the NJ Pine Barrens

    Trip Departs: Sunday July 26 @ 8 AM – 6 PM

    Enjoy paddling down a lazy stream through one of the most beautiful areas of New Jersey.  We will be canoeing down the Batsto River in the NJ Pine Barrens.  This is a great course for all abilities.  Travel, instruction, boat rental, and guides will be provide.  No experience necessary.  Participants must be able to swim.  Registration is available online and in Membership Services.

    Price: $65 Members & $75 Non-members

    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.

     

     

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  • Cancellation & Refund Policies 

    Penn 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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Today’s Hours

Friday July 31, 2015

  • Pottruck Center 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Membership Services 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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