UA Outdoor Recreation Promotes Adventure
The Outdoor Recreation staff provides trips, rentals and rock climbing classes to the UA community.
By Katherine Welch
The University of Alabama’s Outdoor Recreation is a branch of student life that provides students with the opportunity to seek adventure.
The outdoor recreation staff offers a wide range of services to students. Guided trips are provided throughout the semester to promote outdoor actives. The trips provide participants a basic knowledge of activities. Each trip includes the gear needed, guides and transportation to and from the destination.
“Outdoor Rec really cares about getting the community outside, so we encourage anyone whether they have experience or not to go on our trips,” said Emily Shady, Outdoor Recreation staff.
Some of the trips have included sunset paddle boarding, mountain biking, camp cooking clinics, swimming with manatees and more. The costs vary depending on the length and extent of the trip.
Students, faculty, and staff also have the opportunity to rent equipment from the outdoor recreation center. Among these rentals is a program known as BamaBikes. BamaBikes helps to promote a cost-effective alternative way to commute around campus. Rentals are $10 a month for beach cruisers, and $15 for single speed bikes. Outdoor Recreation also offers a full-service bike shop at the Student Recreation Center for personal bikes that need repairs.
Along with bikes, the outdoor rec offers a wide variety of other rentals at a reasonable price for most outdoor adventure needs. These include tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, cookware, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and more.
“It takes my mind off of the stress of school,” said Jacob Fagan, Outdoor Recreation staff. “It is an outlet for you to get to know other UA students who appreciate nature and spontaneous adventures.”
Outdoor Recreation also oversees multiple climbing rock locations on campus. The Student Recreation Center offers a bouldering climbing wall, while The Witt Center Climbing Wall offers bouldering, top rope and lead climbing. Both walls require a membership, but only the Witt Center Climbing wall requires a belay class and ability test to purchase a membership.
“One of my favorite parts about working for outdoor rec is the T-town pull down competition,” Fagin said. “It’s a rock climbing event that’s held at the Witt Center every year where teams come from all over to compete.”
Shady said Outdoor Rec’s goal is to foster greater appreciation for the outdoors.
“We hope that if we can get people outside that they’ll want to go on their own adventures after,” Shady said.
For more information about Outdoor Recreation, or to sign up for trips and clinics click here.