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Student Life Recreational Sports' Outdoor Adventure Center welcomes first-year students to campus with multi-day outdoor adventures designed to help new students connect with each other and prepare for life as Buckeyes. Students may select from different adventures based on their interest and comfort in the outdoors. No prior experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. Each program contains a specifically designed curriculum to prepare students for the challenges they will face on campus and will provide leadership opportunities while in the field to help them on day one. All programs are run with the support of trained student leaders whose goal is to make students feel connected and excited about starting their Ohio State journey.


Wilderness Welcome: Dolly Sodds Backpacking
On this trip, first-year students will backpack a section of trail in Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in West Virginia. Participants will have a chance to focus on developing backcountry and leadership skills while connecting with nature, other first-year students and Ohio State. Student leaders will provide guidance on how to set up tents and cook in the backcountry. This trip is appropriate for novice and experienced backpackers looking for a true backcountry experience. This trip is also available for 1 academic credit. Email adventure@osu.edu to inquire about enrolling for academic credit.

This is a backcountry trip: Participants on this trip will sleep in tents with no access to showers, running water, or other modern amenities. Trip leaders will teach participants how to dispose of waste properly by following Leave No Trace ethics.

What's included: Trip fee includes all meals, transportation, trip leader instruction and activity-specific gear rental (excludes personal clothing and footwear). Students with financial need, such as Pell eligibility, may apply for a scholarship to reduce program cost. Please email adventure.osu.edu for details.

August 18–21
Cost:
$200
Capacity: 8 students
Register online


Wilderness Welcome: Rock Climbing Red River Gorge
On this trip, first-year students will climb at the Red River Gorge, one of the premier climbing destinations in the eastern United States. Participants on this trip will experience front-country camping and climbing in the Daniel Boone National Forest and surrounding area. Participants will learn skill progression, equipment selection, terminology and potential risks as foundational skills for climbing. Material will include knot tying, use of belay devices, and risk management around the climbing site. Student leaders will help develop the leadership skills of first-year students.

This is a front-country trip: Participants on this trip will have access to running water and other modern amenities, though shower access will be limited.

What's included: Trip fee includes all meals, transportation, trip leader instruction and activity-specific gear rental (excludes personal clothing and footwear). Students with financial need, such as Pell eligibility, may apply for a scholarship to reduce program cost. Please email adventure.osu.edu for details.

August 18–21
Cost:
$215
Capacity: 8 students
Register online