UVA Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure

The University of Virginia is surrounded by natural beauty begging to be explored. We're here to help you get out there!

Outdoor Adventure

We offer instructional programs focusing on technique and equipment to help enthusiasts of all skills levels enjoy the outdoors. With our outdoor recreation trips, you don't have to worry about a thing. We provide the equipment and all the logistics so you just show up and enjoy yourself.

The Outdoor Adventure Program with IM-Rec Sports offers a wide variety of ways you can enjoy the outdoors. We have equipment you can rent, instructional programs, adventure trips and a 2,800 sq ft climbing center (opening soon!) as well as a community of outdoor enthusiasts eager to help you explore Virginia and beyond.

outdoor rec moved to SRC

Slaughter Climbing Center Opening Soon!

Bouldering is available to students and members with family bouldering events each semester.

If it's your first time climbing with us, start with a bouldering orientation.

Climbing shoes are available.

See a draft rendering of the new Climbing Center in 360°


Gear Rental

To help you get outdoors, we have all the gear you need to have a proper adventure. From hiking to camping to kayaking, we can set you up with the high-quality gear to make your trip amazing.

Reserving Equipment

You can walk-in and get gear, or you can call ahead and reserve what you need. Simply call 434-982-5101 and we'll set your gear aside for your adventure.


You can rent camping equipment anytime Slaughter Recreation Center is open. Boat rentals are available for pickup on Fridays between 3 & 6pm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much equipment can I rent?

Each person is allowed to rent two boats and enough camping equipment for four people.

Can I rent equipment if I am not an IM-Rec Member or UVA Student?

Yes, non-members can rent equipment at the standard rental rate.

If I make a reservation over the phone, can someone else pick up/return the equipment under my name?

It is best for the individual who rented the equipment to pick up and return the equipment to avoid any issues with lost or damaged equipment. However, if you need to return your equipment on time and are unable to do so yourself, you may have another return it for you.

What do I need to transport a canoe or kayak on my car?

No additional equipment is necessary to transport a canoe or kayak. They can be transported on cars with or without roof racks and we provide the cam straps and roof pads (for cars without roof racks). The Outdoor Adventure staff may assist you in securing the water craft on your car on Fridays between 3-6pm, but we take no responsibility for any damage that occurs once the boat is rented.

Outdoor Instruction

The two best things our Outdoor Instructional programs do are they get you up and running with the skills and confidence to venture out on your own and they connect you with other people with similar interests. Programs range from wilderness first aid to kayaking (beginner through advanced) to bouldering competitions.

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Challenge Course

The Poplar Ridge Challenge Course provides unique and engaging team building opportunities. We simulate your team's problem-solving and communication skills while helping you bond and build trust. The challenge course contains dozens of activities at ground level and six different team-oriented high ropes elements. Indoor programming options are also available. Programs typically run for either half-days (up to 4 hours) or full days (5-8 hours) and can typically be scheduled any day of the week year round.

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The University of Virginia's Cavalier Outdoor Adventure Retreat (COAR) is a unique three-day orientation, run by our Outdoor Adventure Program, that brings incoming first years on a camping trip to Shenandoah National Park. COAR attendees will get the chance to hike to waterfalls, enjoy scenic mountain views, stay in a primitive cabins or campgrounds and meet 10 of their closest friends. Each trip is comprised of 5 males, 5 females and is typically led by a male and female COAR Leader.

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