Spring 2015 Trips

Registering for a trip is easy! Just come to the Adventure Recreation Center (ARC) in 133A White Building. Bring your PSU ID, health insurance information, and cash payment. (Print and bring the completed Waiver Form below to expedite your registration process.)

Trips are ALL-INCLUSIVE! Transportation, gear, equipment, food, and lodging is covered in the trip cost.

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Winter Break Trip: Laurel Highlands Winter Backpacking and Downhill Skiing

*Registration Open!
January 6-9, 2015 - Student: $125.00      Affiliate: $515.00
This trip features 3 days of on the Laurel Highlands Trail, 1 day of skiing at Hidden Valley ski resort. The Laurel Highlands trail is a 70 Mile hiking trail that stretches from Ohiopyle State Park to Laurel Ridge State Park. This trip will likely cover only 15-20 miles of the trail. Known for its rolling hills and stunning scenic beauty, the Laurel Highlands is an excellent choice for winter backpackers, hikers, and snowshoers. The trail features 3-walled Adirondack shelters, making it a comfortable option for those who are new to winter backpacking. The trip will conclude with a day of downhill skiing at Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley ski resort, located to the South East of Pittsburgh, features 25 trails catering to beginners and skilled skiers alike.

Learn to Ski/Snowboard: Tussey Mountain

*Registration Opens 1/12/15
January 22, 2015 - Student: $22.00     Affiliate: $107.00
Always wanted to learn how to ski? Well, now is your chance through this awesome weekday opportunity with Adventure Rec and Tussey Mountain! Tussey is State College’s hometown ski area, with nine runs ranging from beginner to expert level. This Thursday night trip is designed for 1st-time or beginner skiers and snowboarders and includes equipment rental, a lesson taught by qualified PSIA instructors, and a lift pass.

Rock Climbing: Milton Rock Gym

*Registration Opens 1/12/15
January 24, 2015 - Student: $16 Affiliate: $90
Milton Rock Gym is the area’s best indoor rock gym! Get out of the cold and come experience all that MRG has to offer including professional instruction, top roping, and bouldering. From first time climbers to experienced pebble wrestlers, MRG and Adventure Rec have something to offer everyone on this awesome day trip!

Hiking: Ricketts Glen

*Registration Opens 1/12/15
January 24, 2015- Student: $14 Affiliate: $58
This hike is perfect for the adventurous day hiker looking for a winter challenge! Ricketts Glen is known for its stunning natural beauty and abundance of waterfalls. This winter hike offers the opportunity to try out crampons on the icy trail conditions while taking in the incredible sites of this beautiful state park.

Intermediate Ski/Snowboard- Tussey Mountain

*Registration Opens 1/12/15
February 1, 2015 - Student: $33 Affiliate: $132
This full-day ski trip is for skiers and snowboarders with some experience to enjoy a great day on the slopes! Tussey Mountain is State College’s hometown ski area, located only 15 minutes from campus, with nine runs ranging from green circle to black diamond. This trip will include equipment rental (if needed), lift pass, and an optional 1-hour lesson taught by Tussey’s PSIA instructors.

Ice Fishing - Black Moshannon

*Registration Opens 1/19/15
February 7, 2015 - Student: $15 Affiliate: $69
This is a unique opportunity to learn and enjoy a classic winter activity. You’ll be traveling to nearby Black Moshannon State Park for a thrilling time on a frozen lake. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to fishing, this trip is sure to be a great time!

Learn to Ski/Snowboard II: Tussey Mountain

*Registration Opens 1/19/15
February 12th 2015 - Student: $22.00     Affiliate: $107.00
Always wanted to learn how to ski? Well, now is your chance through this awesome weekday opportunity with Adventure Rec and Tussey Mountain! Tussey is State College’s hometown ski area, with nine runs ranging from beginner to expert level. This Thursday night trip is designed for 1st-time or beginner skiers and snowboarders and includes equipment rental, a lesson taught by qualified PSIA instructors, and a lift pass.

Winter Adventure: Stone Valley Recreation Area

*Registration Opens 1/19/15
February 13th-15th 2015 - Student: $57 Affiliate: $253
If you want winter exploration but heated cabins are more of your lodging style, our Stone Valley Winter Adventure is the trip for you! While the weather conditions will make the final call, trip activities could include cross-country skiing, ice skating, winter hiking, and rock climbing. This weekend is sure to be a good mix of excitement, escape, and cozy winter relaxation.

Rock Climbing: Milton Rock Gym

*Registration Opens 1/19/15
February 15th 2015 - Student: $16 Affiliate: $90
Milton Rock Gym is the area’s best indoor rock gym! Get out of the cold and come experience all that MRG has to offer including professional instruction, top roping, and bouldering. From first time climbers to experienced pebble wrestlers, MRG and Adventure Rec have something to offer everyone on this awesome day trip!

Caving: Coonscat Cave

*Registration Opens 1/19/15
February 21st 2015 - Student: $12 Affiliate: $59
Coonscat cave is located in nearby Pine Grove Mills and offers opportunities to scramble around on rocks, twist and squeeze your body through tight underground passages, and observe impressive cave formations. Come take advantage of this opportunity to challenge your senses by exploring the underground world in this local gem. Participants of any experience level are welcome to come spend a few hours with us on this unique trip!

Hiking: Bear Meadows

*Registration Opens 2/2/15
March 1st 2015 - Student $8 Affiliate: $41
Bear Meadows Natural Area is located within Rothrock State Forest and features some stunning old growth forest and a bog known for wild blueberries and black bears! This half-day hike is great for participants of all ability levels to get out and explore the local trails.

Spring Break Backpacking: Bartram Trail, GA

*Registration Opens 2/2/15
March 7th-13th 2015 - Student: $138 Affiliate $557
Looking to get out of State College and head south over Spring Break? This trip features 5 days of backpacking on the Bartram trail in Georgia and is sure to give you the experience of a lifetime! This trip will take you on gorgeous trails to the highest point in Georgia, through Rhododendron thickets, past stunning waterfalls, and finish along the Wild & Scenic Chatooga River. Novice and experienced backpackers alike will enjoy this memorable trip.

Caving: Hipple Cave

*Registration Opens 2/16/15
March 21st 2015 - Student: $16 Affiliate: $78
Ever wonder what it’s like to go caving? Come join us and find out by challenging your senses and exploring an underground world! Hipple Cave is a great beginner cave where you can observe stalactites, flowstone, and other cave geology including spectacular features such as the “Fish Market”, “Pillar of Salt”, and “Palm Tree”. It’s also great for those with some experience who want to scramble, squeeze, and shimmy through smaller side passages to explore all that Hipple has to offer.

Hiking: Shingletown Gap

*Registration Opens 2/16/15
March 22nd 2015 - Student: $7 Affiliate: $89
Located only 10 minutes from campus Shingletown Gap is a local favorite among the staff at Adventure Rec. This area is part of Rothrock State Forest and features dense foliage, flowing water, and exquisite natural beauty. Come enjoy a half day of adventure that you will soon want to repeat!

Backpacking: Old Logger's Path

*Registration Opens 2/16/15
March 27th-29th 2015 - Student: $56 Affiliate: $263
Located in the heart of the Loyalsock State Forest, this hike is one of the best in PA. Starting in Masten Pa, a ghost town, this trail encounters Rock Run, one of PA’s most beautiful streams, gorgeous vistas, and impressive geology. The trail is well marked with plenty of water and is great for both beginners and experienced hikers.

Rock Climbing/ Rappelling: Chickies Rock

*Registration Opens 2/16/15
March 28th 2015 - Student: $14 Affiliate: $96
Join us at Chickies Rock to take your climbing experience to a whole new level and feel what it’s like to climb and rappel on an 85-foot limestone rock face! This massive outcropping, located south of Harrisburg, PA, features breathtaking views of the Susquehanna River from the top. There are challenges for climbers of all ability levels on this full-day excursion.

Rock & Raft: New River Gorge, WV

*Registration Opens 3/16/15
April 10th-12th 2015 - Student: $87 Affiliate: $456
Brace yourself for a truly awesome weekend and two incredible days of high-adventure fun on this action-packed favorite! The six-hour drive to the scenic New River Gorge is well-worth the trek as participants will spend the first day whitewater rafting on the class III-IV rapids of the New River. The second day will be spent climbing at the mecca that is the NRG.

Caving - Hipple Cave

*Registration Opens 3/16/15
April 11th 2015 - Student: $16 Affiliate: $78
Ever wonder what it’s like to go caving? Come join us and find out by challenging your senses and exploring an underground world! Hipple Cave is a great beginner cave where you can observe stalactites, flowstone, and other cave geology including spectacular features such as the “Fish Market”, “Pillar of Salt”, and “Palm Tree”. It’s also great for those with some experience who want to scramble, squeeze, and shimmy through smaller side passages to explore all that Hipple has to offer.

High Ropes Course (At NIGHT!): Vertical Adventures, Stone Valley

*Registration Opens 3/16/15
April 17th 2015 - Student: $6 Affiliate: $59
Embark on a different kind of night life that promotes individual challenge and team building. Vertical Adventures operates PSU’s very own high-ropes course at Stone Valley Recreation Area. The Odyssey Course features two levels of off-the-ground challenges for groups to accomplish. Finish of the experience by exiting the top platform onto a 100 foot zip-line!

White Water Rafting: Cheat River

*Registration Opens 3/30/15
April 18th 2015 - Student: $30 Affiliate: $180
Come rafting with us on the exhilarating class III-IV rapids of the beautiful Cheat Canyon! You will embark on an intense ride through rapids such as ‘Big Nasty’, ‘High Falls’, and ‘Coliseum’, but still have time to enjoy the scenery as the river flows through pristine wilderness of West Virginia. Sign up and you’ll quickly find out why this is one of our Spring day-trip favorites!

White Water Rafting: Cheat River

*Registration Opens 3/30/15
April 18th 2015 - Student: $30 Affiliate: $180
Come rafting with us on the exhilarating class III-IV rapids of the beautiful Cheat Canyon! You will embark on an intense ride through rapids such as ‘Big Nasty’, ‘High Falls’, and ‘Coliseum’, but still have time to enjoy the scenery as the river flows through pristine wilderness of West Virginia. Sign up and you’ll quickly find out why this is one of our Spring day-trip favorites!

Rock Climbing: Milton Rock Gym

*Registration Opens 3/30/15
April 26th 2015 - Student: $16 Affiliate: $90
Milton Rock Gym is the area’s best indoor rock gym! Get out of the cold and come experience all that MRG has to offer including professional instruction, top roping, and bouldering. From first time climbers to experienced pebble wrestlers, MRG and Adventure Rec have something to offer everyone on this awesome day trip!






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