Outdoor Adventures

The outdoor trips and workshops program offers a wide variety of land and water-based activities for the backcountry novice, the avid explorer, and everyone in between. Examples of our trips include rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, and more.

Our clinics offer students the opportunity to explore or enhance their skills in a wide array of topics including basic survival skills, backcountry cooking, wild edible plants, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.


What We Offer

Equipment Rentals

The Outpost, located at the indoor climbing wall in Wilson Recreation Center, offers outdoor rental equipment for checkout to Duke students, faculty/staff and affiliates. All equipment rentals are made on-line and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

See the full equipment list »

Leadership Training

The Outdoor Adventures Leadership Development Program is designed to teach Duke Students fundamental leadership skills through unique and inspiring wilderness experiences.  This is a year-long program for a team of 5-10 Duke University students to develop as strong leaders through a series of classroom and experienced based trainings. Email outdooradventures@duke.edu for more information.

Customized Adventures

Looking for something to do with your friends? Want to explore the parks of the Triangle and surrounding areas? Contact the Outdoor Adventure program to set up your own customized trip! The trip will be planned to the specific wishes of each group. Let us customize your next adventure whether it’s rock climbing at Pilot Mountain, paddling a local lake or river, or building camaraderie with co-workers or classmates.

Examples of Trip Options:

  • Rock Climbing at Pilot Mountain
  • Canoeing the Eno River
  • Standup Paddleboarding at Jordan Lake
  • Mountain Biking at Lake Crabtree
  • Teambuilding Retreat: Picnic and Canoeing at Falls Lake

PLEASE NOTE: These are examples of trips previously offered, we can adapt activity and location to suit your group. Contact us for example trip itineraries.

Minimum: 4 people
Maximum: 10 people (trip), 15 people (team building)

Pricing will vary, depending on size of the group, location of activity, length of the trip and number of meals provided.

Interested in an customized adventure? Please fill out this form! For more information please contact: Chris Hendricks chris.hendricks@duke.edu (919)681-2824