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Dolly Sods Backpacking

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

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.

Day and Weekend Trips

Break and Extended

Our extended trips during Winter and Spring Break provide an experience that is unforgettable. A week of getting to know a new group of people, while exploring and learning skills, allows participants to forget about their school work or job and focus on the beautiful outdoor areas and exciting activities offered.

These trips are camping based. You will stay in tents every night and cook your food on camp stoves. Showers may be available at a few sites along the way.

Break and Extended Trips


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.



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.

Upcoming Trips TBA

Roll Sessions

Kayak Roll Sessions in the pool are coming back for the 2020-2021 season, this time at the Mylan Park Aquatic Center! There are sessions specifically for WVU students and sessions specifically for non-student community members. These sessions are a fun, low-stress way to break up the monotony of winter and learn or practice unique kayaking skills

Roll Sessions

Trip Difficulty Guide

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

Trip Difficulty Guide


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.    

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