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Outdoor Adventures

We are Penn State’s base camp for adventure and offer a wide range of services and opportunities for indoor and outdoor adventure to students, faculty/staff, and organizations/businesses. Whether you are looking for climbing opportunities, equipment rental, team building and challenge courses,  or outdoor trips, we are the program for you.

Indoor Climbing

We have two incredible indoor climbing walls in the Intramural Building. Both walls are accessible by climbers of all ability levels.

The Climbing Wall stands at over 40 feet with 16 climbing lanes capable of top rope and lead climbing. This wall offers recreational climbing opportunities for all climbers, regardless of experience or ability. Eldorado Climbing Walls designed the wall to feature up to 64 routes, two climbable crack systems, a rappel ledge, and a customized area for teaching anchor building. Access to the wall is FREE (included with the student fee) for all students during open rec hours. Lead climbing and additional hours are available with the purchase of a Climbing Wall All-Access Pass ($30.00/semester; $75/annually). ("All-Access Pass" can be purchased at pennstatecampusrec.org under the "Membership" icon.)

The Bouldering Wall is located down the hallway from the climbing wall and offers an additional space for unroped climbing. The bouldering wall is a great place for beginner and advanced climbers to challenge themselves and work on improving climbing technique. Use of the 14-foot-tall bouldering wall is also FREE for students (included with the student recreation fee) during all open hours of the IM Building. All you need is a pair of climbing shoes and a bouldering orientation from one of our staff and you’re ready to go.

Rental & Resource Center

Our center is the hub for all Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure programs. Our office is located in the IM Building and staffed with knowledgeable students and professional staff who are able to assist with equipment rental, checking out resources, and providing information and advice on anything adventure related. 

Our Equipment Rental service offers discounted prices for students on backpacking/camping, paddling, rock climbing, caving, fishing, and scuba equipment. Reservation requests can be made submitted online, by phone, or in-person. We recommend that requests be submitted at least 24 hours in advance for best service. You can also stop by our office in the IM Building for pricing information.

The Resource Library contains a large inventory of guidebooks, field guides, maps, educational/instructional books, adventure novels, biographies, and videos. Resources can be checked on for FREE for up to two weeks at a time. Stop by our office and take a look.

Employment

Working for Campus Recreation provides students the opportunity to grow as leaders, gain valuable professional skills, and work in an exciting environment alongside professional staff who are passionate about student development. Check out our position descriptions on our Student Employment page and apply online at jobs.psu.edu.

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