Outdoor Adventure Program
What is the Outdoor Adventure Program?
The Outdoor Adventure Program serves VCU students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests by providing low-cost outdoor activity-based trips, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, canoeing, caving, hiking, backpacking and skiing.
Trip participants vary by activity and location. Most trips are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students with some staff and faculty. Most trips are designed to introduce beginners to an activity. Most require participants to be in good physical condition. Individuals interested in trips can sign up at the Outing Rental Center.
Become An OAP Trip Leader!
Each year the OAP offers Student Outdoor Leadership Experiences (SOLE). This 9-month long training is the foundation of the OAP trips program and is designed to provide opportunities for skill development, personal growth, and leadership experience for potential OAP student leaders. Using the outdoors as our classroom, participants will also gain a connection to the natural world and consider how to provide similar experiences on OAP trips. Those who take part in this course can expect professional training in group dynamics, teaching techniques, decision making, risk management, backcountry travel, technical skills and Leave No Trace principles. The training will take place over five weekends and ends with an 8-day expedition planned by the leaders themselves. This training will be both exciting and demanding.
We want individuals who are willing to make a commitment, not only to the program, but also to themselves. There is a significant time requirement associated with the SOLE program. Participants should be motivated and have fundamental leadership skills, physical ability, and some outdoor experience. Those who do stay with the program will be rewarded with an unforgettable experience that begins to lay the foundation for a future as an outdoor leader.
Applications are available at the Outing Rental Center and must be submitted by September 27, 2013.
Outdoor Adventure Program
VCU Outdoor Adventure Program
Outing Rental Center
130 S. Linden St.
Richmond, Va 23284-2029
Phone: (804) 828-6004
|Monday - Friday||11 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
Climbing Wall/Bouldering Wall
The Climbing Wall and Bouldering Wall are new parts of the Outdoor Adventure Program that can be used by Recreational Sports members. Anyone can climb with the supervision and belaying of the Climbing Wall staff. All necessary climbing equipment is available to be checked out for free for use at the wall. This is a chalk free climbing facility. Call 804.827.8747 for more information.
The Climbing Wall routes are periodically reset, courtesy of Peak Experiences.
Climbing Wall Hours
|Monday - Friday||12 pm. - 10 p.m.|
|Saturday||1 p.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Sunday||4 p.m. - 8 p.m.|
Bouldering Wall Hours
|Monday - Sunday||available during all open hours|