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Wilderness First Aid 1/8-1/9/2022 9am-5pm OEC Learn more
Outdoor Leadership Series 1/14-1/17/2022 TBD OEC Learn more
Wintergreen Ski/Snowboard Trip 1/23/2022 6am-11pm Wintergreen, VA Learn more
Hiking Stone Mountain 2/12/2022 7am-8pm Stone Mountain, NC Learn more
Climbing Anchor Workshop 2/13/2022 1:30-4:30pm OEC Learn more
Caving 1: Tawney’s Cave 2/19/2022 7am-8:30pm Blacksburg, VA Learn more
Grad: Sunset Hike 2/25/2022 4pm-8pm Saxapahaw, NC Learn more
Climbing 1: Rocky Face 2/26/2022 7am-8pm Taylorsville, NC Learn more
Spring Break: Everglades Sea-Kayaking 3/12-3/19/22 TBD Everglades, FL Learn more
Full Moon Canoe 3/25/2022 4:30pm-8pm Jordan Lake, NC Learn more
Hiking Stone Mountain 3/26/2022 7am-8pm Stone Mountain, NC Learn more
Grad: Hiking Stone Mountain 3/26/2022 7am-8pm Stone Mountain, NC Learn more
Climbing 2: Great Arch 4/2/2022 6am-8pm Stone Mountain, NC Learn more
Kayaking 1: Black River 4/9/2021 6am-8pm Ivanhoe, NC Learn more
Climbing Anchor Workshop 4/10/2022 1:30-4:30pm OEC Learn more
Grad: Sunset SUP 4/15/2022 5pm-9pm Jordan Lake, NC Learn more
Backpacking 1: Grayson Highlands 4/15-4/17/22 TBD Grayson Highlands, VA Learn more
Climbing 2: Pilot Mountain 4/24/2022 6am-8pm Pilot Mountain, NC Learn more
Full Moon Canoe 4/27/2022 6pm-9pm Jordan Lake, NC Learn more
Mindfulness Hike 4/28/2022 4:30-6:30pm OEC Learn more
Grad: Hike Occoneechee 4/29/2022 4:30pm-8pm Occoneechee, NC Learn more
Sunset SUP 4/30/2022 5pm-9pm Jordan Lake, NC Learn more
  • Outdoor Leadership Series: The Carolina Adventures Outdoor Leadership Series (OLS) is a weekend packed with experiential seminars, leadership discovery opportunities, an overnight campout with outdoor living skills sessions, challenge course participant day and more! Plus, it is the primary route of employment for Carolina Adventures’ Challenge Course and Expeditions programs. Learn more on Stay Active.
  • Everglades 2022: Not sure if this trip is for you? We’ll be holding info sessions on 1/13/22 and 2/10/22 in Fetzer Room 106 at 6pm. Feel free to stop by and say hello! Please contact afox@unc.edu for more information and general questions about the trip.
  • Outdoor Education Center: The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) is a Campus Recreation facility located conveniently close to campus and houses the Expeditions and Challenge Course programs. Learn more about the OEC and get walking or driving directions.
  • Scholarships: We’re proud to offer the Susan P. Cole Scholarship that covers up to half of the registration fee for all new students interested in participating in Carolina Compass that also have financial need. Learn more about Carolina Compass and the scholarship program.
    • Scholarships are available for some trips and activities for those that cannot pay the full amount. Please contact Daniel Linares (dlinares@unc.edu) or Ashley Fox (afox@unc.edu) for scholarship information or other questions.

Experiential Education

Our expeditions will be structured to require the group to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results. After presenting the necessary skills, our Instructors step back and allow the group to take ownership over their trip and learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes. The group must rely on one another; forcing leaders to emerge, individuals to collaborate, and participants to gain a greater understanding of themselves and others. Our Instructors are not guides, but fellow students who are passionate about sharing their experience, and trained to teach essential technical skills, ensure physical and emotional safety, and facilitate the learning process.

Registering for a Trip

You may register and pay with a credit card on Stay Active. To pay with cash or your One Card expense account, visit the Campus Rec Main Office (SRC 101).

Trip fee covers: Transportation, trip leader instruction, and activity-specific gear (this excludes personal clothing and footwear).

Difficulty Level: Expeditions can be physically demanding. For most trips, no previous experience is required. Trips are rated 1-5 based on perceived difficulty level. This can be viewed on the registration page on Stay Active. Trips are designated depending on exertion and potential for challenging weather conditions.

Pre-Trip Meeting: A mandatory pre-trip meeting for full day and multi-day trips will take place the week before the trip. Your trip leaders will be in touch with the exact date and location of your pre-trip meeting.

Waitlist: If a trip is full, we encourage you to enroll in the waitlist. Spots that open on the trip will be offered to the first person on the waitlist and so on. For more information or to be placed on a waitlist, email Ashley Fox at afox@unc.edu.

Weather, Emergencies & Refunds: Please review our Weather Guidelines. Our emergency action plan and trip leader training aligns with AEE industry standards for wilderness trips. Full refunds are provided if the trip is cancelled due to low enrollment or weather conditions. If you can no longer attend the trip, we only provide refunds if we are able to find someone to fill your spot. If this is the case, there is a $5.00 processing fee for the cancelled registration for trips costing up to $100 and a $10.00 processing fee for trips costing up to $200.

Outdoor Gear Rental

Interested in exploring on your own? We have all of the gear you will need to make your camping trip happen at an affordable rent. From tents and sleeping bags to stoves and paddle-boards. You can reserve your gear online at Stay Active and pick it up at the Rams Head Recreation Center.