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Outdoor Adventures

Whether you want to go on a day hike or brave white water rapids, Outdoor Adventures can provide the equipment and skills you need. Out trips are open to students, faculty, staff and the community for a discounted price. Our trained and certified staff will ensure that you have a safe and fun time on your adventure. We work with your schedule and provide all the transportation as well as all the gear that you may need. So if you are looking to check something off your bucket-list, stop by the Recreation and Wellness Center Outdoor Adventures Office.


Feb. 10-11 - Ski/Snowboard at Winter Place ($60)
Feb. 24 - L'escalade Climbing Day Trip ($10) | registration deadline - Tuesday, Feb. 20
March 10 - Climbing at Marshall Day Trip ($5) | registration deadline - March 6
March 17-24 - Might 5 Spring Break Trip
April 14 - Carter Caves Day Trip ($10) | registration deadline - April 10
April 28 - RRG Underground Hayak/Hike ($25) | registration deadline - April 14


Jan. 31 - Make Your Own Trail Mix
Feb. 14 - Bouldering
Feb. 28 - Campfire Cooking
March 7 - Survival Skills
March 28 - Hike Around the Lake
April 11 - Introduction to Fishing


Challenge Course

The Challenge Course is located right in front of the Recreation and Wellness Center and is open to Students, Faculty, Staff and the Community.  This multi-level ropes course is comprised of both Low and High elements, which are designed to enhance your groups trust, teamwork leadership, communication and problem solving skills.  However, our highly trained facilitators have the ability to tailor learning outcomes to your specific needs. Take the opportunity to come and climb on the Challenge Course without prior scheduling for a group during Open Climb dates.  Bring friends, family or come by yourself for an unforgettable experience.

The Challenge Course costs $5 per person, per hour. There is a 2-hour minimum for groups wishing to use both the high and low elements, as one facilitator is required for each.

To register, contact Jason Hilton at 606-783-2270 at least two weeks in advance. You must also complete a reservation request form and waiver & health disclosure form. If you plan on having food or beverages available, you must contact Classic Fare Catering at 606-783-2797 or 606-783-2017.

Equipment rental 

The Outdoor Rental Center is located inside the Recreation and Wellness Center and provides Students, Faculty, Staff and community members the opportunity to rent equipment for your own personal outdoor use.  Whether you are hoping to go backpacking for a week or just lounge around in a hammock for a day, we have everything you need. View our rental price list for a complete explanation of equipment pricing and then stop by the office and pick up what you need. 

Equipment can be reserved in advance by calling the Outdoor Adventures rental center at 606-783-2083. Full payment is due at time of reservation. We also welcome walk-up rentals on a first come, first served basis during rental center open hours.


Skill Workshops & Clinics    

Our short workshops and clinics provide students, faculty, staff and community members opportunities to learn a new skill or improve their existing skills. These workshops can be personalized for your specific group - focusing on what YOU need to know. 

Past workshops have included:
  • Backcountry cooking
  • Land navigation
  • Minimizing outdoor impact
  • Knot-tying
Contact Jason Hilton at 606-783-2270 for more information.


Support Our Program

Can’t attend one of our great trips or workshops but want to help support the Outdoor Adventures program? You can give to Outdoor Adventures through the MSU Foundation. Simply select "other" from the "Designation" drop-down and type "Outdoor Adventures" into the text box.

Your donation will be used to directly improve the Outdoor Adventures program, funding capital projects, gear purchases, travel expenses and staff certifications that directly impact MSU students and continue to build our program for years to come.

For more information contact the MSU Foundation at 877-690-4483 or

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