FOR THE GOAL OF SAFEGUARDING OUR COMMUNITY, THE STUDENT RECREATION CENTER IS CLOSED. ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING REOPENING WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN CSU RELEASES DETAILS ABOUT REOPENING CAMPUS. Relevant refunds are currently being processed for impacted members and will be contacted by fiscal staff when their refund is complete. This may take 4-8 weeks due to the volume of refunds. 

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Learn how to access accurate and reliable weather forecasts for hiking, snowshoeing, etc.

Find our online climbing resources and programs here!

Stay engaged with the outdoors!

Below are resources available for free at home or mobile. We have selectively chosen these resources from reliable and validated sources that honor our Campus Rec values. If any link below does not meet that criteria, or you find a problem with any listed resource, please contact rodney.ley@colostate.edu for immediate review. Stay safe and well.

  • NEMO Equipment Inc. is holding an “Adventure in Place” photo challenge. Check it out!
  • Do you read and understand Avalanche Forecast bulletins? Consider participating in this survey by Simon Fraser University in Canada.
  • Want to watch some great outdoor adventure films curated by a leading outdoor company? Check out this blog post from Outdoor Research. And lots of these films are FREE and short—they make a good study break.
  • Down time can mean time to really look over your equipment. You know, that jacket with three duct-tape patches. Check out some sustainable processes from the leader in wilderness education: NOLS.
  • For over 40 years the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, has been creating and touring with the finest international mountain culture films from around the world. In celebration of this new indoor ethic, the Banff Centre invites you to enjoy your own film festival right at home.
  • Looks like winter has finally retreated from the Northern Hemisphere; so time to think about putting that gear away for a few months. Check out these tips!
  • Enjoy this collection of great Stay-at-Home ideas from Colorado-based manufacturer Osprey Packs. BTW: the Outdoor Program in Campus Recreation exclusively uses Osprey packs! Check out these tips.
  • Colorado Avalanche Information Center is still providing backcountry forecasts. Should you chose to recreate, please do so in a responsible and sustainable manner. Learn more about avalanche safety!
  • Climbers take note! While outdoor climbing may be done responsibly, there are significant impacts to small mountain communities and search & rescue agencies. Check out this discussion from the American Alpine Club on the roles of responsible climbers.
  • Colorado’s 14ers will soon be snow free—but that never means they are people-free. Visit the premier non-profit organization committed to sustainable and safe use of these mountain treasures. Includes some great tips on gear, altitude sickness, etc. Check it out!
  • Who knows more about isolation than mountaineers trapped on a peak in Pakistan? Check out this resource from Outdoor Research.
  • Have you taken a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course? Need to refresh those knowledge bits? Take this WFA quiz from NOLS.
  • Also, the Outdoor Program’s Wilderness First Responder vendor, Wilderness Medicine of NOLS, has amended their recertification requirements in light of the COVID-19 situation. View the updated info here. 
  • Climbing Mount Everest from the Nepal side has been cancelled for Spring 2020, but you can still experience the trip virtually through Outside Magazine’s Everest Correspondent, Alan Arnette. Follow along at this blog spot.

Take a Trip

Venture out into Colorado’s backcountry with our experienced trip instructors

Fresh Film Fests

We host two film festivals each year, including the BANFF Centre Mountain Film Fest!

Climb On!

Our Climbing Wall offers bouldering, roped climbing, competitions, and more.

ColoRADo Adventures

Achieve your Rocky Mountain high with our Outdoor Program, which offers over 50 different guided trips, clinics, and events each semester. Learn to ski, rock climb, or snowshoe, or join a more advanced trip like backcountry skiing or ice climbing. Trip costs vary depending on the length and amount of planning needed, but you can be sure that all needed equipment items are included in the cost.

Want to experience #NEATure on your own? Get all the gear you need with the purchase of an outdoor gear rental pass. We offer tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, snowshoes, and more. In addition to gear rentals, the Outdoor Resource Room (located in the lobby of the Student Recreation Center) also provides guidebooks, maps, and advice from our staff of experienced outdoor enthusiasts to help you plan your next trip. We do live in ColoRADo, so take advantage!

2,155
participants in the Outdoor Program each year