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

Indoor Climbing Wall

The climbing wall stands at 35 feet tall and is available for Recreation Members to use at no additional cost! All equipment including climbing shoes, harnesses and belay devices are available for use at no cost. No climbing experience is necessary.

More about the Climbing Wall »

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 »


Outdoor Trips are open to all students and faculty/staff. We offer many outdoor activities including stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, camping and hiking. No experience is necessary!

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Skills Workshops

We offer a variety of weekly skills workshops to teach you the basic of the outdoors including belay classes, lead climbing classes, and free kayak clinics.

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Adaptive Climbing

The mission of Duke Adaptive Climbing is to provide rock climbing opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the triangle area. Opportunities to learn to rock climb are available to ambulatory and non-ambulatory teens, adults and children ages 6 and up. Duke Adaptive Climbing is a volunteer driven program that works to create a welcoming and fully inclusive environment to learn the sport of rock climbing. 

Adaptive Climbing Clinics »

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