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Adventure Trips

Outdoor Pursuits offers a number of adventure trips each semester to regional destinations.

Fall 2019 Adventure Trips

Outdoor Pursuits offers day, weekend, and semester break trips. For a full listing of trip details, dates and costs, please visit RecShop.

Old Man’s to Ash Cave Hike

Saturday, September 14
Spend the day exploring the wilds surrounding OHIO including these two beautiful caves.

Medicinal Plant Hike

Saturday, September 14
Learn about the local flora and their medicinal properties on this light hike through the local wilderness.

Seneca Creek Backpacking

September 27–29, November 8–10
Explore the mountains of West Virginia and build backpacking skills during a weekend trip into the wild!

Cheat River Canoe Trip

October 4–6
Spend the weekend paddling down one of West Virginia’s most scenic rivers.

Woman paddling on a canoe

Grayson Highlands Backpacking

October 4–6, October 18–20
Explore one of the most exciting and beautiful sections of the Appalachian Trail full of lush meadows, dense forests, and wild ponies.

Students backpacking looking at a view from a mountain


October 11–13

The Adventure Learning Program for Success (ALPS) is a transition adventure experience offered exclusively to freshmen and sophomore students. Join a group of fellow freshmen and sophomores for a weekend of camping and adventure at Lake Vesuvius.

ALPS weekend programs are offered every fall semester and costs just $25! This fee includes meals, transportation and camping equipment rentals. All freshmen and sophomore Ohio University students are welcome and no prior experience is necessary.

Our next ALPS trip will be October 11–13.

More information can be found at RecShop.

Red River Gorge Backpacking

October 11–13
Spend the weekend exploring Kentucky’s backcountry with other Bobcats.

Fall Day Hike

October 19
See the beautiful colors of fall at one of our local parks.

Grandma Gatewood Hike

October 27
Follow in the footsteps of Grandma Gatewood, a famous hiker from Ohio. She is famous for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail at the age of 75.

Girl hanging from a tree branch

Winter Break Trips

Everglades Canoeing

January 3-11
Come explore the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States before gearing up for the Spring semester.

Family Weekend Programs

Stargazing & Campfire

Spend an evening enjoying a campfire under the stars

Parents Weekend: September 20 & 21
Dads Weekend: November 1 & 2

Day Hike

Hike Conkles Hollow in the Hocking Hills

Parents Weekend: September 21 & 22
Dads Weekend: November 2 & 3


Climb a 40-foot tower and fly down the 300-foot zipline

Parents Weekend: September 21 & 22
Dads Weekend: November 2 & 3

Registration Information

Register for trips on RecShop. You may also register in person at the Outdoor Pursuits service desk in Ping Center during regular operating hours.

If you are registering online:

  1. Log in to RecShop using your MyOhio login, or create an account if you are not an OHIO student.
  2. Click on the courses link and follow the instructions.
  3. Once you have completed the transaction, download your confirmation receipt.
  4. Outdoor Pursuits will email you 5-7 days before the trip with details.

Note: If you are trying to register multiple people, you will need to click on your username at the top right of the page in RecShop, then scroll down and add dependents. After that, go through the entire process and then click "continue shopping" and select the rest of your dependents.

Questions? Contact Zack Young, Trips & Clinics Graduate Assistant, at (740) 597-1484 or zy814119@ohio.edu.

Adventure Reservations

Outdoor Pursuits can plan custom hiking, paddling, climbing, backpacking or other adventures to meet your needs. Extended events away from the local area vary. Contact Judd Walker, Assistant Director of Outdoor Pursuits at (740) 593-9928 to make a proposal.

Required Forms

Assumption of Risk Form [PDF]
Medical Information Form [PDF]

Refund Policy

Due to the intensive planning and various expenses associated with each adventure trip, no refunds will be given for cancellations made within fourteen days of the trip date, unless the trip is canceled by Outdoor Pursuits.