Dolly Sods Backpacking


Precautions and Programming Impacts
In accordance with WVU procedures, AdventureWV is taking the following steps:

The Outdoor Recreation trips program is focused on getting people outside to explore new places, gain skills, meet new people, and have fun. A wide range of trips include beginner through advanced skill opportunities in backpacking, kayaking, climbing, camping, hiking, bicycling, skiing, and much more.

Day and Weekend Trips - Single-day trips include tours of local outdoor areas. Skills and safety instruction are an integral part of every trip so that participants can reduce the risks of the activity, participate actively in the trip, and go on their own trips in the future.

All Fall 2020 Trips are included as Fall Adventure Activities and are free for current students.   

Workshops are two hour sessions intended to teach basic skills for people who want to do outdoor adventure trips on their own.  These will be focused and "hands on".  The workshops are free, but registration is required.  Workshop titles - Ski Tuning, Bike Maintenance, Stove Use and Repair, Menus and Cooking, Bikepacking, Backpacking/Route Planning.  

The Mountains are Calling:  Using Nature to Promote Self-Care (partnership with the Carruth Center)

 September 15th, September 29th, October 13th, October 27th, November 10th all 5-6pm

As a student at WVU, you have access to some of the country's most beautiful natural resources. Come to this experiential workshop, hosted by the Carruth Center and Adventure WV, where we will learn by doing about how you can use nature to invest in your self-care and promote wellness. You will leave this workshop feeling peaceful, engaged, and excited about the ways you can connect with the natural world to enhance your own personal well-being. *We’ll be outside so dress for the weather!*

Cost: Free!

Online Registration   

Backpacking/Route Planning Workshop

September 1st | 5:30-7:30 PM

Do you want to participate in backpacking trips on your own, but need the nitty gritty details for how to plan and create a fun and organized trip? This workshop is for you.  We will go over basics, including:  gear, risk management, food and route planning.  

Cost: Free!

Online Registration

Bike Maintenance Workshop

September 16th & October 7th | 5:30-7:30 PM

This workshop will focus on basic knowledge and skills to maintain and fix common bicycle repairs. Topics will include: cleaning and lubing a bike, replacing/patching a tube, fixing a chain, and adjusting brakes and gears. Bring your own bike for practice.

Cost: Free!

Online Registration  

Ski & Snowboard Tuning Workshop

November 4th & 18th | 5:30-7:30 PM

This workshop will focus on how downhill skis and snowboards are tuned and how to maintain your own gear.  Focus will be on fixing damage to the base, sharpening and waxing.  Bring your own gear for practice.  Cost: Free!

Online Registration  

Seminars include travel to a local spot and focus on teaching basic skills of a specific activity.  These programs have a fee and are usually one half day in length.  Seminar Titles - Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Flatwater Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboard.


All Fall 2020 Seminars are included as Fall Adventure Activities and are free for current students.  

Registration can be done online through WVU GO or in person at the Outdoor Rec. Center (Located in the free zone of the Student Recreation Center).  The registration process includes reserving a spot on a trip/program, payment of the fee, a waiver and a personal information form.  The online process requires that you have a WVU ID and login capabilities. 

Who can Participate?

Current WVU students, faculty and staff as well as immediate family.  Any of these can sponsor one person to attend with them. Immediate family who do not have a WVU ID will have to register with a student or employee. 

The Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) for ORC Programs are applied to all participants. A qualified person should meet the general EEC for AWV as well as the EEC for the specific program activities and program areas. If an applicant does not meet specific criteria, AWV might be able to accommodate an applicant, but will not do so if it significantly alters the fundamental nature of the program activity, jeopardizes the health and safety of program participants or staff, or places an undue administrative or financial burden on WVU or Adventure WV. Requests for accommodations must be submitted in writing to Adventure WV. Please read the EEC Specifics prior to registration/participation.  

Payment Method

Students may pay through their STAR account (In person registration only). Others may pay with credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

Refund Policy

Refunds will only be given to those who give notice more than one week prior to the trip that they cannot attend. Extended trips that require more planning must be canceled 45 days in advance and may include a non-refundable deposit. A refund may be given after this time if a replacement can be found from the trip’s wait list.


Leaders for the ORC trips are students who have gone through an extensive outdoor leadership class and have worked as Adventure West Virginia leaders over the summer. If you are interested in becoming a leader, check out this Adventure West Virginia leader web page.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Overnight trips will include a pre-trip meeting on the Thursday before the trip is scheduled. This meeting is mandatory for trip participants. It will include valuable information, such as appropriate clothing, necessary gear, what food to bring, the trip plan, and any necessary paperwork. 

Trip Difficulty

Outdoor trips, by their nature, have risks associated with them. All risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the purpose and character of the trip or seminar.

The trip difficulty scale has been created to help participants choose the correct activity for their interests and needs.

Monongahela National Forest Affiliation

West Virginia University is a partner with the Monongahela National Forest . WVU is an equal opportunity employer.