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Adventure FAQs

Adventure Trips

Pre-trip meetings are informational sessions before a trip in which you meet other individuals going on the trip, review important safety information and trip logistics, and check out any equipment needed for the trip. Pre-trip meetings are held in the Adventure Program and are mandatory in order to participate on a trip.

 

Yes, you can register for a trip at the pre-trip meeting although it is not recommended as most of our trips are full before the pre-trip meeting. It is strongly recommended to register in advance to ensure that you have a spot on the trip.

 

Yes, each UMD participant is allowed to bring one non-UMD guest.

 

Transportation, equipment rental, camping fees, park entrance fees, and trained trip leaders are included in the cost of each trip. On trips of three days length or longer, backcountry meals are also included.

 

No, you cannot use personal transportation for adventure trips. It is required that you use the provided university transportation. Trips begin and end at the Adventure Program and transportation will depart from and return to the Adventure Program.

 

Adventure trips depart from and return to Lot SS2 by the Adventure Program, located in the lower level of the Eppley Recreation Center.

 

If University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) cancels the trip due to weather, lack of participants, or other circumstances, the participant will receive a full refund.

For a one or two day trip if the participant cancels their registration eight business days (defined as Monday - Friday when classes are in session) or more prior to the first day of the trip, a refund will be given, less a $10.00 processing fee. Cancellations made within seven business days prior to the first day of the trip will result in no refund. If you or the Adventure Program are able to find another individual to take your place on the trip two business days or more in advance of the trip, a refund will be given less a $10.00 processing fee.

For extended trips of three days length or longer, if the participant cancels their registration 13 business days or more prior to the first day of the trip a refund will be given, less a $10.00 processing fee. Cancellations made within 12 business days prior to the first day of the trip will result in no refund. If you or the Adventure Program are able to find another individual to take your place on the trip five business days or more in advance of the trip, a refund will be given less a $10.00 processing fee.

To cancel your trip and/or request a refund, complete the RecWell Adventure Program Trip Cancellation & Refund Request Form: go.umd.edu/adventuretripcancellation. The timestamp generated from the completion of this form will act as the official time of your cancellation / refund request. All refund requests must be made through this form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alex Gebhart at agebhart@umd.edu.

 

Gear Rental

Any current UMD student, faculty, staff, or RecWell member can rent gear from the Adventure Program.

 

The Adventure Program has its own entrance on the back side of the ERC by the climbing wall and challenge course. Come in through the Adventure Program entrance and you will see the Rental Desk on the right.

 

Yes, gear can be reserved up to two weeks in advance of the rental date. All reservations are subject to availability. Reservations must be made in person and must be paid for at the time of reservation. Reservations can also be made via the website but must be paid via phone within 48 hours of submitting the request.

 

Late returns are subject to a late fee. The standard daily rental rate will be charged for each day the equipment is late; after 10 days a replacement fee will be charged.

 

Yes, all equipment is inspected before it is rented out. Retail price + 10% will be charged for any lost or damaged gear beyond repair as determined by Adventure Program Professional Staff.

 

Our student employees can help you plan for a trip and select the right equipment. Visit our Trip Planning Assistance page for more information.

 

Any current UMD student, faculty, staff, or RecWell member.

 

The RecWell Bike Shop is located in Cole Fieldhouse, room #0249. The easiest way to access the RecWell Bike Shop is through the entrance at the top of Union Lane Parking Garage, next to the scooter and motorcycle parking, directly across Union Lane from the Stamp.

 

All service is free at the RecWell Bike Shop! However, unlike a traditional Bike Shop, we ask that you get involved in the repair process. Our student mechanics will work with you to learn about, fix, and maintain your bike.

 

No, you must stay with your bike at all times. If you need to leave your bike, you may lock your bike up outside at one of the public bike racks.

 

Yes, the RecWell Bike Shop has a limited supply of retail items for sale including tubes, tires, brake pads, cables, chains, light sets, helmets, U-locks, etc.

 

Yes, the RecWell Bike Shop rents hybrids and mountain bikes on a first-come, first-served basis on a daily, weekly, or semester basis. Policies and information are available on the Bike Shop page. 

 

  • Closed toe athletic shoes are required.
  • Water bottle and a snack for during your breaks.
    Rain gear - programs continue outdoors, rain or shine.  

DO NOT wear or bring:

  • Platform, heeled or slippery shoes.
  • Sandals, flip-flops or open-toe shoes.
  • Jewelry, large belt buckles or long earrings.
  • Dress clothing or clothes that cannot get dirty or sweaty.
  • Please do not bring any pets to the course.
  • Adhere to regulations.
  • Don’t proceed in any activity until instructed.
  • Follow all rules/instructions from staff.
  • Avoid stepping on props or equipment.
  • Don’t use chewing tobacco, cigarettes, alcohol or other drugs during the program.

In addition to groups from the UMD campus, public and private groups from the community are welcome. Each group needs a minimum of 10 participants in order to reserve a program and a maximum of 50/half-day or full-day. Recreational climbing can accommodate 50 participants/2 hours. However splitting up, or scheduling multiple days, can accommodate larger groups. Drop-ins are not permitted.

 

Taking risks in a supportive and safe atmosphere is vital to experiential education. Safety is the number one priority while participating in challenging activities. Ultimately you will decide upon your own level of risk taking utilizing the choose your challenge philosophy. Risks taken may be physical, emotional, social, or a combination. By taking risks, we learn more about ourselves and our interactions with others. Challenge Course programs strive to provide a safe environment in which to explore these challenges, however participation is ultimately at your own risk and your safety cannot be guaranteed.

 

In addition to our challenge course, groups can reserve our 55-foot climbing wall for recreational climbing. Recreational climbing wall rentals include basic equipment for participants as well as a staff led orientation to climbing. Our staff will also provide the necessary belaying and safety checks for climbers.

 

We operate day or night (with our huge stadium lights!) 7 days a week. There are a limited number of available reservations.  The first step is to fill out a program request form.  Once we have responded, answered any questions, and confirmed a time for your workshop, you will need to send payment and return a signed agreement to reserve your program date. Reservations are first come, first served based on when we receive both of these items and may be made up to 1 year in advance.

 

We can usually accommodate a group of up to 50 people and have a minimum group size of 6 people.  We do work with larger groups from time to time so please check in with the Coordinator for Challenge Course and Climbing Wall, Meghan Loughry, at mloughry@umd.edu if you have questions about accommodating larger groups.  For groups over 16 people, we will most likely have to split the group into smaller groups due to the nature of our activities.

 

In the case of light rain, we can still offer outdoor programming depending on the comfort level of the group.  In the case of heavy rain or severe weather, for groups up to 50 people, we have indoor space available and can still offer a team building workshop focusing on group goals and dynamics, similar to the low team elements outside.  We do not have indoor climbing facilities.  For larger groups, we may be able to secure indoor space for use during the program, but this is not guaranteed.  Please check in with the Coordinator for Challenge Course and Climbing Wall, Meghan Loughry, at mloughry@umd.edu about weather related concerns and possible rescheduling.

 

Some workshops may take place in an outdoor setting, which can present some inherent dangers.  Adventure activities can be physically demanding and may include running, jumping, being lifted, and lifting or spotting others.  The workshops can be mentally, socially, and emotionally challenging as well.  The workshop curriculums vary but may contain components from a combination of some or all of the following experiential education areas:  Ice-Breakers, Energizers, and Team Building and Problem Solving initiatives. However, no one will ever be forced to do something - we always operate with our choose your challenge philosophy, and can adapt activities to meet your group’s comfort level and needs.

 

It is conveniently located outside the Adventure Program, by the NW corner of the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC). Refer to https://transportation.umd.edu/parking for parking information. 

 

The educational philosophy of the Challenge Course is “Choose Your Challenge,” which means that we believe maximum benefit and learning occur when the level of participation by a group participant is freely chosen. Your facilitators will make every reasonable effort to teach the associated skills and safety procedures which help to create a supportive environment in which accepting challenges is encouraged. Your responsibility is to make appropriate choices regarding your participation in the activities, based on your understanding of the benefits to be gained, risks involved, and your personal health.

 

Payment for campus groups and non-campus groups should be in one lump sum sent in or collected from the group leader, rather than collected per individual.

Campus groups can provide a University KFS # on the agreement form.  When the workshop is complete, we can process this account to cover payment.  In addition, a campus group can make payment with a check made out to the University of Maryland or a major credit card.  Cash can also be used, but please use the exact amount.  

Non-campus affiliated groups can make payment with a check made out to the University of Maryland or a major credit card.  These groups require a 50% deposit to be made with the return of their signed program agreement.

 

Climbing Wall

Current students and RecWell members. Members can also sponsor non-members with our guest pass policy.

 

In addition to our challenge course, groups can reserve our 55-foot climbing wall for recreational climbing. Recreational climbing wall rentals include basic equipment for participants as well as a staff led orientation to climbing. Our staff will also provide the necessary belaying and safety checks for climbers.To reserve time at our wall, complete a challenge course program request form.

We can usually accommodate a group of up to 50 people and have a minimum group size of 10 people. We do work with larger groups from time to time so please check in with the Coordinator for Challenge Course and Climbing Wall, Meghan Loughry, at mloughry@umd.edu if you have questions about accommodating larger groups. For groups over 16 people, we will most likely have to split the group into smaller groups due to the nature of our activities.

 

In the case of light rain, we can still offer programming at the wall. In case of closure, please check the Adventure Program facebook page for notices.

 

It is conveniently located outside the Adventure Program, by the NW corner of the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC). Refer to https://transportation.umd.edu/parking for parking information.

 

Read and sign the digital Release and Informed Consent Agreement. This must be done on an annual basis. Participants under the age of 18 will need to fill out the Minor Release and Informed Consent Agreement and will need a parental or guardian signature on this form.

 

Use of the Climbing Wall and Bouldering Grotto is included in student fees and membership fees. Use of harnesses, climbing shoes, and helmets is included at no additional cost.

 

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