Outdoor Adventure

The Outdoor Adventures program at ETSU has four main components: Open Climb, Adventure Trips, Equipment Rental and Team Building programs at the Basler Challenge Course.

Open Climb
The ETSU Campus Recreation Department operates two artificial rock-climbing facilities for ETSU students, staff, and faculty.   The outdoor climbing wall is  located at the Basler Challenge Course and an indoor wall located inside the Basler Center for Physical Activity.   There is open climb generally 6 days a week during the academic school year.   Open climb is held outdoors during the daylight hours with nice weather, otherwise open climb is held indoors.   

The program recognizes 4 levels for skills associated with climbing wall activities:
• 1st time climbers and climb only participants
• Outdoor wall top rope belay
• Indoor wall top rope belay
• Sport climb/belay on the indoor wall only.  

Outdoor Adventure Trips - “ Get out there!”
ETSU Campus Recreation Department provides a variety of outdoor activities, trips and skill clinics.  We are committed to providing enjoyable, challenging and affordable programs that allow participants to learn skills necessary to safely enjoy the outdoors.  Our goal is that these experiences will develop attitudes and behaviors that foster connectedness to the environment, the Earth and to one another.
Trip Philosophy – Activities are based on a common adventure philosophy – “to achieve an enjoyable and worthwhile experience while displaying the greatest respect for the environment.” The common adventure is a group experience and group effort.  Although non-structured “down-time” will be provided, individuals are expected to participate in all activities and at times may be asked to make group needs a priority over personal needs.
T.I.P.S.   – Trip Information and Planning Sessions (T.I.P.S.) prepare participants by familiarizing them with equipment, route descriptions, activity schedule, menu planning, skill development and other pertinent pre-trip planning and preparation activities.  Unless prior arrangements are made with the program coordinator, attendance at T.I.P.S.  is required for participants.
Code of Conduct – Participants in Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure activities are expected to adhere to and are subject to “Institutional Student Disciplinary Rules” as described in the SPECTRUM Student Handbook.   Trip participants are expected to act and serve as representatives of the university when activities take them off campus.
Outdoor Ethics – In order to minimize our impact on natural resources and fragile habitats, program activities will practice “Leave No Trace Principles and Ethics” for trip planning and decision-making.

Team Building – Basler Challenge Course
The Basler Challenge Course is a ropes course experience where mental and physical problem solving activities are designed to create group challenges in a safe and supportive environment.  Programs can range from one and a half hours to a full day.  Activities can include a variety of portable, prop-less and low ropes activities along with climbing activities such as the Alpine Tower and outdoor climbing tower.  High adrenaline activities such as the Giant Swing and Pamper Pole can also be included.  Goals of the challenge course experience are to: work together as a team, challenge and application of learning and observations, and have fun!

Photos from 2008 Spring Break trip to the Florida Everglades