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Come get outside with UAB Adventure Recreation! We will be offering a plethora of trip opportunities over the next 12 months. We will be doing everything from rafting down the Ocoee River to backpacking in the Sonoran Desert. There are trips for all experience and skill levels. All trips have food provided and two experienced guides to make sure that we have a fun and safe experience in the outdoors. If you have any questions about any of our trips, please feel free to reach out to our adventure recreation staff at the climbing wall or by giving us a call at 205-996-6994. If you are interested in joining us on any of our adventure rec activities sign up below to be contacted about our upcoming trips.

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Fall 22 Trip Line Up

Spelunking at Tumbling Rock - November 12

Spelunking at Tumbling Rock - November 12

Caving in North East Alabama. Caving at Tumbling rock is a great introduction to spelunking. This is an activity that will have you crawling through passages and an incredible opportunity to experience true darkness.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Monday, November 7th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Fackler, AL
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Thursday, September 1, 2022 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022
  • Pricing: Student : $40 I Member: $50 I Non-Member: $60
  • Registration Spots Available: 16 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 5
  • Trip Date(s): Saturday, November 12, 2022

Other important details: This is a strenuous activity which will result in being dirty and crawling through narrow spaces.

Ski Trip to Western North Carolina - December 12 - December 16

Ski Trip to Western North Carolina - December 12 - December 16

This is an all-inclusive ski trip to the mountains of western NC. The trip will cover ski rentals, lodging, transportation, two meals a day, and lift tickets. The trip leaders on this trip will be able to give instructions on how to snowboard. We will arrive in North Carolina on Monday collect our gear and have three full days of skiing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We will return Friday after returning our equipment.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Maggie Valley, NC
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Thursday, September 1, 2022 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2022
  • Pricing: Student : $1200 I Member: $1350 I Non-Member: $1500
  • Trip Date(s): Monday, December 12, 2022 to Friday, December 16, 2022
  • Registration Spots Available: 10 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 8

Other important details: Skiing is inherently dangerous and the conditions of the slopes will be unknown until the day of and can change at anytime.

 

Spring 23 Trip Line Up

Ski Trip to Western North Carolina - January 13 - January 16

Ski Trip to Western North Carolina - January 13 - January 16

This will be a fast-paced two days of skiing in the Appalachian Mountains. We will be on the mountain for two days and one night. Skiers and snowboarders of any skill level are welcome. We will provide food lodging, lift tickets, and rentals for the weekend.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Monday, January 9th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Maggie Valley, NC
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Saturday, October 1, 2022 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2022
  • Pricing: Student : $800 I Member: $1000 I Non-Member: $1200
  • Registration Spots Available: 16 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 8
  • Trip Date(s): Friday, January 13, 2023 to Monday, January 16, 2023

Other important details: Skiing is inherently dangerous and the conditions of the slopes will be unknown until the day of and can change at anytime.

Mountain Biking at Oak Mountain State Park - February 25

Mountain Biking at Oak Mountain State Park - February 25

This is an introduction to mountain biking that we will host at Oak Mountain State Park. We will provide you with all the equipment that you need to hit the trails. We will meet at UAB at the Rec center at 10 AM to get everyone ready and then head for Oak Mountain to hit some beginner trails and teach you the basics.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Monday, February 20th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Maggie Valley, NC
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Pricing: Student : $50 I Member: $60 I Non-Member: $75
  • Registration Spots Available: 8 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 5
  • Trip Date(s): Saturday, February 25, 2023

Other important details: Once the initial 8 spots are taken there is an opportunity to increase the group size but the cost will increase due to renting equipment from an outside vendor.

Climbing at Sandrock - March 4

Climbing at Sandrock - March 4

This will be an outdoor climbing trip to one of the local favorites. It coincides with the end of our fall learn to climb course so that we can offer our students the opportunity to use what they have learned outside. This trip is also open to any of our members and students at UAB regardless of if you took the course. Sandrock climbing trip takes place at Cherokee Rock Village which is located on top of a mountain overlooking a lake.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Friday, February 24th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Sandrock, AL
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Sunday, January 15, 2023 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Febraury 24, 2023
  • Pricing: Student : $50 I Member: $60 I Non-Member: $100
  • Registration Spots Available: 15 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 5
  • Trip Date(s): Saturday, March 4, 2023

Other important details: Climbing is inherently dangerous, we will set up multiple top ropes and for those who have taken the learn to climb course, we will offer them the opportunity to complete their first lead climb outdoors. If you have not taken our learn to climb course you may not lead routes. All climbs that we lead will than be available to top rope.

Backpacking in Tonto National Forest - March 11 - March 18

Backpacking in Tonto National Forest - March 11 - March 18

This will be a week of backpacking in the Tonto National Forest outside of Phoenix, AZ. Sonoran Desert cacti and flat lands slowly give way to the highlands of the Mogollon Rim. You will have the opportunity to experience this totally different environment and spend your nights under the clear skies of the Sonoran Desert accompanied by two guides who will help you prepare your meals and guide you through this desert. You will also have the opportunity to visit a cliff dwelling at Tonto National Monument.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Monday, Febuary 27th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Phoenix, AZ
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Friday, September 9, 2022 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Pricing: Student : $900 I Member: $1000 I Non-Member: $1100
  • Registration Spots Available: 10 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 8
  • Trip Date(s): Saturday, March 11, 2023 to Saturday, March 18, 2023

Other important details: This trip is intended for all skill levels please visit the adventure rec coordinator if you would like more details or are concerned about any physical requirements.

Backpacking Trip to Sipsey - April 14 - April 16

Backpacking Trip to Sipsey - April 14 - April 16

This is a backpacking trip to the Sipsey wilderness area. All food and gear are provided we will be backpacking Friday and Saturday Night and leaving the wilderness area on Sunday. Sipsey is the largest wilderness area in Alabama and the oldest east of the Mississippi River. We will also hike by one of the last stands of virgin forest in the state of Alabama. There are unique rock formations formed by the multiple rivers and streams that run through this area. There will be ample time to try your hand at fishing if you desire.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Monday, April 10th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Sipsey Wilderness Area
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2023
  • Pricing: Student : $150 I Member: $180 I Non-Member: $200
  • Registration Spots Available: 10 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 5
  • Trip Date(s): Friday, April 14, 2023 to Sunday, April 16, 2023
 

Summer 23 Trip Line Up

Whitewater Rafting and Camping at Chattooga River - May 19 - May 21

Whitewater Rafting and Camping at Chattooga River - May 19 - May 21

This will be a weekend camping and rafting on the Chattooga River. The Chattooga River holds a wild and scenic designation which protects the banks of the river which gives you the feeling of truly being in the wilderness. The river is consider to be one of the whitewater classics of the south east and will give you the opportunity to experience class IV rapids. We will camp in the nearby national forest and provide you with all the meals and camping equipment that you need.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Friday, May 12th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Mountain Rest, SC
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Saturday, February 25, 2023 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2023
  • Pricing: Student : $330 I Member: $350 I Non-Member: $415
  • Registration Spots Available: 18 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 8
  • Trip Date(s): Friday, May 19, 2023 to Sunday, May 21, 2023

Cahaba Canoe Float - June 24

Cahaba Canoe Float - June 24

Come Canoe the Cahaba River and see the Cahaba Lillies in their peak bloom. We will go to Bibb Couny and float a beautiful section of river through the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge. This will be an all day event feel free to bring your lunch and a fishing rod.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Friday, July 17th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): West Blocton, AL
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Sunday, April 30, 2023 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2023
  • Pricing: Student : $40 I Member: $50 I Non-Member: $60
  • Registration Spots Available: 18 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 5
  • Trip Date(s): Saturday, June 24, 2023

Yellowstone National Park - July 14 - July 24

Yellowstone National Park - July 14 - July 24

All-inclusive guided trip to Yellowstone National Park. Come spend 10 days with the UAB in America’s first national park. The wildlife and volcanic activity make it like no place on Earth. You will see elk, buffalo, antelope, and if you're lucky you may catch your first glimpse at a grizzly or grey wolf. Book your flight to Bozeman Montana where we will pick you up and take you to the park. All camping and park fees will be covered and we will hit all the hot spots in the park such as Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Must attend one of the two Mandatory pretrip meetings on Friday, July 7th or Tuesday, Jul 18 at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Yellowstone National Park
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2023
  • Pricing: Student : $950 I Member: $1050 I Non-Member: $1150
  • Registration Spots Available: 20 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 8
  • Trip Date(s): Friday, July 14, 2023 to Monday, July 24, 2023

Climbing at Sandrock - August 12

Climbing at Sandrock -  August 12

This will be an outdoor climbing trip to one of the local favorites. It coincides with the end of our fall learn to climb course so that we can offer our students the opportunity to use what they have learned outside. This trip is also open to any of our members and students at UAB regardless of if you took the course. Sandrock climbing trip takes place at Cherokee Rock Village which is located on top of a mountain overlooking a lake.

Mandatory pretrip meeting is Friday, August 4th at 6:00 PM at the University Rental Center located at the back of the Campus Rec Center

  • Location(s): Sandrock, AL
  • Registration dates: Registration will open on Friday, June 30, 2023 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2023
  • Pricing: Student : $50 I Member: $60 I Non-Member: $100
  • Registration Spots Available: 15 I Minimum Number of Enrollments to run the Trip: 5
  • Trip Date(s): Saturday, August 12, 2023

Other important details: Climbing is inherently dangerous, we will set up multiple top ropes and for those who have taken the learn to climb course, we will offer them the opportunity to complete their first lead climb outdoors. If you have not taken our learn to climb course you may not lead routes. All climbs that we lead will than be available to top rope.

 


Trip Difficulty Scale

Trip Difficulty Scale

Trip Suggestion Survey

Trip Difficulty Scale

Adventure Recreation trips are geared toward the beginner and intermediate participant. We will focus on teaching skills through experiential learning and foster a supportive and enjoyable environment. While all skills levels are welcome on any of our trips, this difficulty scale is used to provide an upfront idea of what to expect.

1 Mountain

1 Mountain = Beginners welcome! No previous experience needed.

2 Mountain

2 Mountains = Some previous experience recommended, but not necessary if you are up for the challenge.

3 Mountain

3 Mountains = Previous experience strongly recommended.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

All trips will vary in length. Specific logistical details and trip itineraries will be discussed in the pre-trip meeting. Trip locations and itineraries are subject to change.

Trips leaving on Friday will leave as soon as possible. A departure time will be agreed upon by the group during the pre-trip meeting to accommodate all participants CLASS schedules.

Trip Registration

Trip Registration

Trip Registration

Adventure Recreation trips fill up fast, so make sure you reserve your spot today! All of our trips are open to anybody who wants to go. You can register in person at in the Adventure Recreation Rental Center or at the Membership Desk, over the phone by calling 205-996-4913, online through our Membership Portal, or on our membership app.

Registration is only secured after full payment for the trip has been made. Partial deposits can only reserve a spot on the trip until it has completely filled with full-paying participants.


Trip Forms

Please complete and submit the below forms for each trip for which you are registering.

*Submission of these forms does not secure your spot on the trip. The trip registration fee must be paid in order to guarantee your spot.

  • Trip Refund

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    We will contact you using the phone number provided here to process your refund based on your provided preference day and time.

    Refunds can be processed during business hours Monday 9:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday– Thursday 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday between 8:00am-12:00pm

    Preference Example: Monday 9am, Tuesday 3:30pm
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  • UAB Adventure Recreation Health Questionnaire for Trip Participants

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Trip Cancellation Policy

Trip Cancellation Policy

Trip Cancellation Policy

University Recreation's Adventure Recreation reserves the right to cancel a trip or program due to inclement weather, natural disasters, or extenuating circumstances. In the event a trip or program must be cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered participants.

Trip Refund

Trip Refund

Trip Refund Policy

75% of payment will be refunded 14 days or more prior to trip departure. 50% of payment will be refunded 13-4 days prior to trip departure. NO refund will be granted less than 3 days prior to the trip departure.

Trip refund policy may vary on larger trips that require logistics to be secured in full in well in advance of the trip. Check with the Adventure Recreation staff if you feel like you may need a refund.

Trip Refund

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Preference Example: Monday 9am, Tuesday 3:30pm
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Custom Trips

Custom Trips

Adventure Recreation's Custom Trips

Our experienced staff will lead your group of ten or more on a fun adventure including: caving, canoeing, climbing & more! Custom trrip prices vary based on location, length and equipment needed. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

A custom trip request does not guarantee a custom trip. Dates and participant numbers depend on trip leader availability.

Our Adventure Recreation staff is happy to help you plan your next trip! Our staff can help discuss potential trip locations and ideas to help you go on your own adventures.

Customized Trip Request Form

Our experienced staff will lead your group on a fun adventure including caving, canoeing, climbing & more! Custom trip prices vary based on location, length and equipment needed. Please complete the information below to help us better understand your group’s needs. Allow at least 2-3 weeks from the date of your request before the requested trip. You will be contacted by an Adventure Recreation staff member within 24-48 hours after receipt of this form.

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Group size may the pricing of trips based on transportation, equipment, and staffing needs to accommodate.

Preferred Trip date(s)

Trips can be accommodated on all days of the week, pending trip leader availability. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks from the date of your request before the requested trip preferences
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Disability Accommodations

UAB University Recreation Commitment to Inclusivity

UAB University Recreation programs and events are designed to help students, faculty, and staff become involved in recreational activities regardless of age, gender, handicap, skill level, or past experience. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment and providing programs that support all members. Our expectation of the UAB community is to embrace an open-minded and respectful attitude toward individual differences of all participants.

Should you need any accommodations, please fill out the URec Programming Disability Accommodations Request Form.

Programming Disability Accommodation Request