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Adventure Trips & Events

North Georgia Outdoor Pursuits hosts a variety of trips and events throughout the year. Check out this semester’s offerings below! When you decide on the trip/event you want to join us on, click the “Register Now” button under the trip/event to start your adventure!

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Spring 2019 Trips & Events
January 14 - April 19, 2019

Join us at the Rec Center Indoor Climbing Wall as we challenge our fitness goals! We will be hosting two week workout challenges every other week during the  Spring 2019 semester. The workouts are designed to improve climbing technique and endurance. Even if you've never climbed before or don't climb, this is a great way to push your limits. We will be offering all challenges at a beginner, intermediate and advanced level.

Challenge #1: New Year's Resolution, January 14 - 25
Challenge #2: Get Boulder, February 4 - 15
Challenge #3: Time for Technique, February 25 - March 8
Challenge #4: Crunch Time, March 18 - 29
Challenge #5: Summit All Up, April 8 - 19

No Registration Required

This is a FREE event!
February 22, 2019

Outdoor Pursuits' Annual Cosmic Climb is a neon lit night. Whether you are working on your New Year's resolution or are one of our regulars at the wall, come put your skills to the test on our 10' Bouldering Wall and Rock Wall. No climbing experience is needed to come out to this event; only a positive attitude, a little bit of arm strength, and an open mind.

This is a FREE event!

March 9 - 11, 2019

If you've never been backpacking before, or you would like to improve your skills, this trip is for you! Join Outdoor Pursuits as we spend the first three days of Spring Break backpacking with two of our trip leaders while learning the essentials. All necessary backpacking gear will be provided and our experienced Trip Leaders will be teaching you the basics prior to and throughout the entire trip. The price also includes transportation and most of your food. Maximum participants for this trip is 10.

This trip is intended for individuals who have very little to no prior backpacking experience.

Note: All overnight trips will have sleeping arrangements separated by gender and participants may be required to share tents or beds. Please email with any further concerns about lodging.

Student: $30
Employee/Alumni: $50
Non-Affiliate: $70

Pricing for the Spring Break Trip: Beginner's Backpacking is effective through 3/11/19 and is subject to change without prior notice.
March 18 - 22, 2019

Each year, the Outdoor Pursuits department within Recreational Sports hosts a Photo Contest. This year the contest will run from March 18 - 22, 2019. There are multiple categories to submit personal photographs from your own life experiences! As part of the contest rules, you may only submit one picture per category so be sure to select your most enticing and captivating picture of your original work for submission. All entries must be submitted to; pictures submitted will be posted to the North Georgia Outdoor Pursuits Instagram page with a hashtag related to their respective categorical photo. At the end of the event, the photo with the most likes in each category will win. How successful your picture performs is up to you; you're welcome to share our page and your photo however you please. You may enter multiple categories, just one photo per category for a maximum of six photos. 

The winner of each category will receive a prize from one of our amazing sponsors!  

This is a FREE event!


“Into the Wild”
A photograph of any natural scenery.

“Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!”
A photograph of personal pets or wild animals in a natural setting.

“Foot Fetish”
A photograph of feet or shoes taken in a natural setting.

“Greek Goes Green”
A photograph of you using, wearing, or otherwise displaying your Greek affiliation in a natural setting.

“Stuck on Nature”
A photograph of you using, wearing, or otherwise displaying one of the five official Outdoor Pursuits Go Far, Get Dirty, Get Wet, Hang Out, or Get High stickers in a natural setting.

“Good Eats & Appalachian Treats”
A photograph of you preparing or eating a meal in a natural setting.

Visit our Instagram page, @ungoutdoorpursuits, to see photo submissions from last year.

For additional inquiries about Contest rules and regulations, you may contact contest staff at

Students from all UNG campuses are invited to participate in this event.

March 22 - 24, 2019

Travel down with us to beautiful Savannah, GA for a three-day weekend full of adventure, during what is deemed as the perfect time of season! Explore Skidaway and Tybee Island as we kayak on the waters of the Georgia coast, only stopping to camp and enjoy the views. Transportation, lodging and meals are provided. Maximum participants for this trip is 10.

Note: All overnight trips will have sleeping arrangements separated by gender and participants may be required to share tents or beds. Please email with any further concerns about lodging.

Registration will remain open until the trip is full.

Student: $90
Employee/Alumni: $140
Non-Affiliate: $190

Pricing for the Kayaking & Camping Trip is effective through 3/24/19 and is subject to change without prior notice.
April 10, 2019 - 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Put your camp stove cooking skills to the test with NGOP's rendition of Food Network's "Chopped"! Gather a team of 3 and create your best camp stove dish. Once registered, we will let you know what "mystery" ingredients you must use in your dish. In addition to the provided ingredients, your team will be allowed to bring up to 5 uncooked ingredients of your choice to complete your dish. Our judges will critique your team's dish on things like taste, presentation, use of ingredients, and more. 

Good luck and bon appétit!

Max Participants: 6 teams of 3 people

Registration is required.

Email with the following information to register your team:

  1. Team Name
  2. Team Members, emails and 900#s

You will receive a confirmation email once your team has been registered. 

May 18, 2019

Did you miss your chance to jump out of a perfectly good airplane with us in the fall?

Come experience the thrill of a lifetime and join us on our Summer Skydiving trip to mark this adventure off your bucket list. We’ll be skydiving with Skydive Monroe. The cost of skydiving and transportation are included in the price. Additional costs may incur if you would like pictures or video of your flight. Maximum participants for this trip is 10.

Registration is closed.

excited people ready to skydive monroe
parachuting out of a plane

Student: $150
Employee/Alumni: $200
Non-Affiliate: $250

Pricing for the Skydiving Trip is effective through 5/19/19 and is subject to change without prior notice.

Previous Trips & Events

Rec it Out


Come hang out with the Rec staff and experience all the fun and adventurous elements at Pine Valley during our annual Rec It Out event! We’ll open up daring elements on the course, have intramural games to compete in, a fitness challenge, and tubing down the river! Earn points for completing tasks and win a grand prize if you win!

Shuttles will be picking up and dropping off at the mouth of the drill field for a free ride to Pine Valley!

This is a FREE event!

Howl-O-Ween Swing


Join us for our family-friendly Annual Howl-O-Ween Swing to benefit TLC Humane Society! 

Puppies, rides, raffles, a bouncy house, pumpkin carving, costumes, camp stove classes, and MORE!

This is a FREE event!


Thunderhead Summit Challenge


Can YOU reach the summit? Come and challenge yourself with the Rec Center Climbing Wall’s 3rd Annual Thunderhead Summit Challenge, where participants strive to climb a vertical mile.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never climbed before or if you’re a seasoned climber: this challenge is for everyone! Reach any of the five levels and get a prize. Be one to reach the Thunderhead level and receive all level prizes PLUS a free T-shirt!

Level 1: Tallulah Gorge (30 total climbs)

Level 2: Lookout Mountain (72 total climbs)

Level 3: Yonah Mountain (96 total climbs)

Level 4: Blood Mountain (135 total climbs)

Level 5: Thunderhead Mountain (160 total climbs)

Other prizes may include the first male and first female to complete the challenge, the male and female with the farthest total climbs, etc.

Come to the Climbing Wall during open hours (Monday-Thursday 3pm-8pm, Friday 1pm-4pm) and join the Challenge!

This is a FREE event!

Spring Break Trip


Join us on what might be the sweetest Spring Break deal you’ve seen! We’re headed down to Crystal River, Florida to swim with manatees and do some sea kayaking! On top of that, we’re throwing in a service aspect to give back to the local community. We’ll be staying at Holder Mine Campground and have running water, a bathhouse, and electricity, so bring your tent and your flippers! The price includes: swimming with manatees, sea kayaking, lodging, transportation, and some meals.

Cost Varies

Zorbs n' S'mores


We’ve got Zorbs and we’ve got S’mores! Fuel up with a s’more, then put yourself in a giant bubble and learn some Zorb Games. We’ve got music, vendors, an equipment showcase, and a cooking class to accompany all of your favorite event needs.

This is a FREE event!

Cosmic Climb


Looking for the perfect trail run? Join us as we partner with Dahlonega Mountain Sports (DMS) to host a 5K around Dahlonega’s Lake Zwerner. Follow the looping trail around the lake and through the woods to enjoy amazing lake and mountain views. This race is great for beginner and experienced trail runners, and dogs on leashes are more than welcome to come and run/walk with you. 


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