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.

Fall Trip Schedule

August 31  First Year SUP Trip
September 1 Internationals Stone Mountain Hike
September 6 Sunset SUP and Supper
September 7 Diversity Appreciation Hike
September 13 Grad/Professional SUP Trip
September 15 Outdoor Rec Fest at the OEC
September 21 Black River Kayak
September 28 New Hope Creek Hike & Splash
September 29 Anchor Building at the OEC
October 6 Cape Fear River Kayak
October 16-19 Fall Break Backpacking at Mt. Mitchell
October 26 Anchor Workshop at the OEC
October 27 Caving at Tawney’s Cave
November 2 Adventure Climbing: Stone Mountain multi-pitch
November 9 Grad/Professional Student Hike at Hanging Rock
November 10 Tiger Rescue & Paddling Trip
November 15 Full Moon Paddle
November 16 Climbing at Pilot Mountain

Registering for a Trip

You may register and pay with a credit card online, or pay with cash or your One Card expense account by visiting the Campus Rec Main Office (SRC 101).

The fee includes transportation, food, and equipment. Payment is required at the time of registration and is non-refundable unless the program is cancelled. A trip may be cancelled if we do not have a minimum of 5 participants by the day of the pre-trip meeting or due to inclement weather.

If you register and later cannot make the trip you will not be given a refund unless someone on the waiting list is available to take your place.

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 paddleboards. 

You can reserve your gear online at our stayactive.unc.edu page and pick it up at the Rams Head Recreation Center.

Activity Level

No previous experience is required to participate in our programs, however, wilderness travel can be physically demanding. At the pre-trip meeting, the group plans their route taking into account each participant’s fitness level to ensure suitable intensity levels for everyone.

Typically, kayaking trips paddle 4-5 hours per day and backpacking trips cover about 10 miles per day with packs weighing 30-45 lbs. Day hiking trips cover 5-7 miles. Rock climbing trips allow the most flexibility in terms of exertion level (everyone selects the level of difficulty and number of climbs they complete). Trips are designated depending on activity level and potential for challenging weather conditions.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Trips longer than a half-day have mandatory pre-trip meetings the before they depart where we plan our route, pack food, prepare gear and decide departure and return times. All food, transportation and equipment are included; participants only provide their clothing.

Pre-trip meetings for day trips last about one hour and overnight trip meetings last about an hour and a half.