The Outpost – Gear Rentals

Rental Requests

>Please click here to submit an on-line equipment rental request

Welcome to the Outpost, Duke’s go-to spot for the outdoor adventure enthusiasts!

Outdoor rental equipment is available for checkout to university students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. A rental agreement and liability waiver are required for every rental.

The Outpost has moved! It is now located at the Climbing Wall and is run by the Outdoor Adventures program.

All gear requests are now made online! Requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow at least 2 business days for your request to be processed.  Once your request has been reviewed by our staff you will receive a rental confirmation email giving you the details of what we have available.

Summer 2016 Hours: (effective May 18-June 30)

Monday -Thursday: 5:00-8:00 PM
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Equipment Rates

Item 1-3 Days 4-7days
2-person $10 $15
4-person $12 $18
6-person $14 $20
Sleeping Bags:
Mummy Bag $6 $10
Non-Mummy Bag $6 $10
Fleece Bag $3 $6
Sleeping Pads:
Foam Pads $2 $5
2 Burner Stove
(Includes 1 can of fuel)
$8 $12
Cook Set $3 $5
Internal Frame $8 $12
(Includes 1 set of batteries)
$4 $7
(Includes 1 set of batteries)
$3 $5
Camping Chairs:
Crazy Creek $3 $5
Rock Climbing Bouldering Pads:
Extra Large (5″) $10 $15
Large (3.5″) $8 $12
Ice Chests/Coolers:
Large (70 qt – 100 cans) $7 $10
Small (28 qt – 40 cans) $4 $7
Canoe (3 seater) $25 $45
Stand Up Paddleboard (11’4 & 10’4) $25 $45
Dry Bag (Small) $4 $7

*Canoe and Paddleboard rentals include paddles and life jackets.
** OA will provide straps and pads to tie canoes and paddleboards to vehicles but it is the renters responsibility to porperly secure all paddling equipment for transportation.

Outdoor Equipment Rental Policies

Please read and understand the following Equipment Rental Program policies to ensure that your rental process runs smoothly

Duke University assumes no responsibility for accidents or injuries resulting from the use of rented equipment.


Payment must be paid in full at the time of pick-up. We currently only accept FLEX, cash or check. Returned checks will be assessed a $50 fee. Checks can be made payable to Duke University. No credit or refund will be given for items rented and not used or those items returned early.


Every renter is required to leave a $20 dirty/damaged/wet deposit at the time of the rental.  If the equipment is returned on time, dry, clean and undamaged, the full deposit will be returned.  If the equipment is returned wet, dirty or damaged, the renter will lose the entire deposit and may be subject to additional cleaning and repair fees. $20 deposit must be cash or check only.


All gear must be returned in good condition and clean. All pieces of equipment must be checked back in with an Outdoor Adventures staff member. Anyone leaving equipment unattended will lose all future rental privileges.

Please treat the equipment with care so others may fully enjoy it. Renters who return dirty gear will be charged a cleaning fee. For equipment that is damaged, lost, or stolen, a replacement cost will be assessed and charged to the renter.

Damaged Equipment

The renter will incur additional charges if repairs to the wet, dirty or damaged equipment cost more than $20. If equipment is lost or is damaged beyond repair, the full retail value of the item and shipping costs will be charged to the renter.

Late Fee

The renter will be charged daily rental rate, per item, per day for late equipment until the equipment is returned. The renter will be charged for the full retail price of the equipment if it is not returned within three (3) weeks of the scheduled due date.

All fees due to the rental center must be paid within two weeks of the date the renter is notified.  After two weeks, the renter will lose the deposit.  If charges equal more than $20, the renter will be charged for the balance.  The renter’s student account will be charged if payment is not made prior to the end of the semester.

All fees and deposits must be paid by cash (exact change only), FLEX or check made payable to Duke University.

Missing Equipment

The current retail price will be charged for equipment lost or stolen.

The Outpost does not offer equipment insurance.

Group Rentals

One person may not rent equipment for an entire group. Each individual may rent equipment for up to two people. All items must be picked up and returned at one time. Items cannot be issued or returned in shifts.

Contact with any questions you may have.