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The really great outdoors

Summer break may be over, but getting outside during the fall semester is just beginning with UNCG Outdoor Adventures. With more than adventure trips and events there is something for everyone during the Fall 2011 semester.

Outdoor Adventure trips are not just for students. The are open to UNCG faculty and staff. In addition, you can bring a guest that is not affiliated with UNCG. So if you have a sibling, spouse, or friend that you want to take on a trip, sign them up too and enjoy an adventure together (limit one per trip).

Their trips are a great value. You can spend an entire day rock climbing at Pilot Mountain for $40 or spend Labor Day Weekend sea kayaking at the Outer Banks for $140. Trip costs include transportation, equipment, instruction, camping/lodging fees and, if you’re on an overnight trip, you get meals covered as well.

If you don’t have the time to get on a weekend trip, there are also weekday programs like moonlight canoeing at Lake Brandt, stargazing at the 3-College Observatory, and night hikes at the Piedmont Environmental Center.

The trips are led by professional staff and UNCG student leaders who are trained to provide a safe and memorable outdoor adventure.

A complete list of trips and full descriptions can be found on the Outdoor Adventures web site or by stopping in the Rental & Trip Center Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. Outdoor Adventures is located on the east side of the Student Recreation Center. Register early to secure your spot.

In addition to the great trip opportunities, Outdoor Adventures also operates The Edge indoor climbing wall, Monday-Friday, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday,s 1-5 p.m.. Faculty and staff must be Student Recreation Center (SRC) members to use the climbing facility. Weekends at the SRC are family days so bring a child, spouse/lifemate in for a climb. Guest fees are waived on the weekends for immediate family members. Children must be at least 8 years of age and properly fit into a climbing harness.

Finally, if you are gearing up for you own personal outdoor adventure, the Rental & Trip Center offers plenty of camping and outdoor equipment at a low rental cost. While you’re in there, pick up free maps and handouts on all the great North Carolina outdoor recreation destinations.

Visit campusrec.uncg.edu/programs/outdoor, email uncg_oa@uncg.edu or call 334-4030