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 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

    October 23rd – Sunday

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

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

    Fall is undoubtedly the best time to go climbing outdoors.   Whether you have never climbed before or you are an avid climber just looking to get outside, this course is 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.

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    Rock Climbing – Safe Harbor

    November 5th – Saturday

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

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

    Fall is undoubtedly the best time to go climbing outdoors.   Whether you have never climbed before or you are an avid climber just looking to get outside, this course is 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.

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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 – Hawk Mountain

    October 2nd – 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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    Fall Break Backpacking – The Adirondacks

    October 6th – Thursday to October 9th – Sunday

    Trip Duration: 4 Days 7:00am,Thursday to 8:00pm, Sunday

    Cost: $250 Pottruck Member / $300 Non-Member

    The Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York are one of the most beautiful mountainous regions in the Eastern United States.  Fall Break will be a perfect time to see the mountain peaks in all of their glory of the changing fall foliage.  The trip will be 4 days and 3 nights of backpacking, camping and hiking through the high peaks region of the Adirondacks.  We will be hiking to summit of several of the alpine peaks, which will offer breath-taking views of the mountains.  Parts of the hike will be strenuous with some long, steep, uphill climbs.  No experience is required.  Transportation, all necessary equipment, instruction, and guiding are included.  There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on Monday October 3rd for all those registered.  

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    Full Moon Night Hike

    October 17th – 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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    Backpacking – The Old Loggers Path

    October 28th – Friday to October 30th – Sunday

    Trip Duration: 3 Days 5:00pm,Friday to 6:00pm, Sunday

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

    October is the best time to backpack in the Pennsylvania mountains.  Spend the weekend following the relics of the logging industry as we hike the Old Loggers Path during this 3-day, two night trip.  This trail passes through various forest types, scenic overlooks, the beautiful rock run natural area and even a ghost town.  Perfect for Halloween weekend!  No experience is required.  Transportation, all necessary equipment, instruction, and guiding are included.  There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on Monday October 24th for all those registered.  

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    Day Hike – High Rocks 

    November 6th – Sunday

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

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

    As the name implies, we will be hiking past and over some high rocks on our day hike to High Rocks State Park.  With the leaves off of the trees, there will sure to be a great view of the Delaware river valley from the top of the 100 ft cliffs.  The hike will also follow the beautiful Tohickon Creek.  This trip is suited for hikers of all abilities.

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    Full Moon Night Hike

    November 14th – 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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    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.

     


    Please Check Back in January – Trips run April through September


    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.

     


    Biking – The Lehigh Gorge

    October 1st – Saturday

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

    Cost: $75 Pottruck Member / $85 Non-Member

    Take a leisurely bike ride through one of the most beautiful places in Eastern Pennsylvania.  We will be riding bicycles approximately 25 miles through the Lehigh Gorge in the Pocono Mountains.  This bike ride travels along the Lehigh River on an abandoned rail road grade.  The views will be spectacular as this will be the prime time to view the leaves in their fall foliage.  No experience necessary.

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    Mountain Biking – The Allegripis Trails of Raystown Lake

    October 14th – Friday to October 16th – Sunday

    Trip Duration: 3 Days 5:00pm,Friday to 6:00pm, Sunday

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

    Join us as we visit one of the best mountain bike trail systems on the East Coast.  We will be spending 3-days and 2-nights exploring the Allegripis Trails at Raystown Lake in Central Pennsylvania.  The Allegripis Trails were built by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) specifically for mountain biking.  There is a variety of trails for beginners to experts.  Previous mountain biking experience is not required, but you must be comfortable riding a bicycle with gears. We will be camping and may even do a little hiking in the area. Transportation, mountain bikes, all necessary camping equipment, instruction, and guiding are included.  There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on Monday October 10th for all those registered.

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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 in December – 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 Backpacking – The Adirondacks

    October 6th – Thursday to October 9th – Sunday

    Trip Duration: 4 Days 7:00am,Thursday to 8:00pm, Sunday

    Cost: $250 Pottruck Member / $300 Non-Member

    The Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York are one of the most beautiful mountainous regions in the Eastern United States.  Fall Break will be a perfect time to see the mountain peaks in all of their glory of the changing fall foliage.  The trip will be 4 days and 3 nights of backpacking, camping and hiking through the high peaks region of the Adirondacks.  We will be hiking to summit of several of the alpine peaks, which will offer breath-taking views of the mountains.  Parts of the hike will be strenuous with some long, steep, uphill climbs.  No experience is required.  Transportation, all necessary equipment, instruction, and guiding are included.  There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on Monday October 3rd for all those registered.  

    Register Online


    Trip Logistics

  • 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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