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Things are different. Please check our beatCOVID page to see where you can exercise, swim, climb, explore and compete safely this fall.

WELCOME Class of 2024! You have some amazing opportunities at your fingertips. Get oriented to on-Grounds recreation.

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. However, our most valuable benefit is our community of outdoor enthusiasts eager to help you explore Virginia and beyond.

Slaughter Climbing Center

Slaughter is the home of our Climbing Center with over 2,000 square feet of climbing surface. This is THE place to be for everyone who enjoys climbing. See you at the wall!

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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

COVID UPDATE

Outdoor equipment rentals have resumed! To reserve your adventure gear, simply email outdooradventure@virginia.edu. We will work with you to set up a time to pick up what you need curbside from Slaughter Rec Center. 

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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.

What happens if Slaughter Rec Center is closed when I need to return equipment?

During periods when Slaughter Recreation Center is closed for breaks or holidays, renters will need to return gear the next day Slaughter is open. The charge will be based on the number of days of the trip instead of when the gear is returned.

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.

What happens if I need to cancel my reservation?

Refunds for cancelled reservations are permitted until the day the reservation begins.

Adventures & 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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Really helpful in preparing me both mentally and physically. Many thanks to You...forward to our next trip.

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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COAR

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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