The Climbing Wall and Outdoor Gear Rental will be closing early at 5:30 p.m. on May 6, 2021 for a staff event. Regular hours will begin May 7th.

A photo displaying the various gear available for check-out from the CSU Outdoor Resource Room, including a sleeping bag, ice ax, sleeping pad, bear canister, hiking poles, and more

Didn’t bring your tent, sleeping bag, or backpack from home?  Always wanted to try snowshoeing?  Need a hammock for some outdoor, social distancing?!  We got you covered!  The Outdoor Gear Rental (OGR) at the Student Recreation Center offers students and current members the opportunity to rent and use a variety of outdoor recreation equipment items commonly needed in our Colorado backyard!

General Overview

The Outdoor Gear Rental (OGR) in the Student Recreation Center offers current members a variety of commonly used outdoor recreation equipment items to rent such as sleeping bags, tents, backpacking, snowshoes, and more.

View the Outdoor Gear Rental Process Flowchart

Membership & Pass Required

Current Student Recreation Center members can purchase a Semester Pass to rent items from the Outdoor Gear Rental during the duration of the Semester Pass. Members must maintain both a current Student Recreation Center membership and Outdoor Gear Rental (OGR) Semester Pass in order to rent equipment at the time of their appointment.

Spring 2021 Semester Pass

Online sales of the Spring 2021 OGR Semester Pass can be purchased here. The Spring 2021 OGR Semester Pass is valid until May 15th, 2021.

Appointments Required

Pass holders/renters are responsible for scheduling both rental and return appointments for their equipment.  Late arrivals, arriving at a different time, and no-shows will not be accepted.  Cancelations of appointments are available up to 1-day in advance online.  Appointments may be made up to 30 days in advance of the appointment date.

Appointments can be made here under the Programs area.

Student Recreation Center – Facility Access Reservations

Due to current capacity restrictions, reservations to enter the facility and use the Student Recreation Center, Climbing Wall, or Pool are required. Outdoor Gear Rental appointments are scheduled during these reservation times but are not valid for facility access. For more information on making a facility access reservation click here

Reservations Unavailable, First Come-First Served, and Equipment Requests

The Outdoor Gear Rental (OGR) does not accept reservations for rental equipment.  Equipment is rented “as-is” on a first-come, first-served basis. Renters can request and indicate what kind of equipment they would like to rent from the OGR when making the rental appointment.  This can increase the chances that the renter receives the opportunity to rent and use the equipment they are seeking.

Rental Period

The Rental Period begins on the Date of Rental specified on the Outdoor Gear Rental Contract.  Appointments to return equipment must be made on or before the date listed on the contract.  The standard Rental Period is 7 days unless otherwise noted on the contract.  Renters have the Rental Period to both use and return the equipment to the Student Recreation Center.  Any equipment returned after the due date is subject to late fees.

Cleaning, Late, & Replacement/Repair Fees

Renters are responsible for returning all equipment back to the Outdoor Gear Rental (OGR) in the condition it was received as indicated on the contract. CLEANING FEES – If equipment is returned dirty, soiled, stained, contaminated, muddy, etc., the renter will be assessed at minimum, $5 cleaning fee. LATE FEES ARE $5 PER DAY, PER ITEM. Once the equipment is late more than 7 days, the renter will be charged the full value of the equipment. REPLACEMENT, and REPAIR FEES, and all other associated costs will be charged to the renter with documentation and are subject to billing through CSU Accounts Receivable and are subject to regulations concerning overdue accounts.

Renter Equipment Quantity 

All Renters are eligible to rent up to six (6) – single equipment items (example: one tent, one sleeping bag…) at a time for the Rental Period as indicated on the Outdoor Gear Rental Contract.  Student Recreation Center Members may purchase one additional Semester Pass to rent a maximum of two single equipment items (example: two tents, two sleeping bags, etc.) at a time for the Rental Period as indicated on the Outdoor Gear Rental Contract.

Refund Policy

The Outdoor Gear Rental (OGR) Semester Pass is non-refundable unless approved by the Assistant Director – Outdoor Programs.  Refund requests can be submitted in accordance with Campus Recreation refund policies and procedures.

Questions & Inquiries

Questions and inquiries regarding Outdoor Gear Rental (OGR) can be directed to or by calling 970-491-1669 during our hours of operation.


  • Backpacks-Osprey Escalante 70+ liters
  • Synthetic Sleeping Bags (0rating)
  • Ridgerest Sleeping Pads
  • 2 and 4-Person Tents (Kelty & Big Agnes)
  • Bear Proof Canister
  • Peregrine Refuge Hammocks
  • Black Diamond Astro Headlamp


  • Pieps DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon
  • Black Diamond Avalanche Shovel
  • Black Diamond Avalanche Probes
  • MSR Evo Snowshoes
  • Black Diamond Trekking Poles
  • Kahtoola Micro-spikes


  • Black Diamond Serac Crampons (strap-on)
  • Black Diamond Raven Ice Axes
  • Evolv Rock Climbing Shoes (sizes 5-14)
  • Crash Pads-assorted types
  • Rock Climbing Helmets – Black Diamond Half Dome
  • Backpack – Osprey Kestrel 28 Liter


CSU Campus Recreation does not provide technical training for avalanche gear. We strongly recommend you receive formal training from a certified agency, before traveling in backcountry terrain.

The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education offers multiple courses throughout the winter in various parts of Colorado. Note: We will provide this information as a service to the renters on a case-by-case basis.

We also recommend to always check out the weather and avalanche forecast for the region you will be traveling to. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has detailed information, forecasts, and maps to help keep you safe in the backcountry.

For questions or concerns or for disability-related accommodations, contact the Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs – Andy Nelson  (970) 491-0964.