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Our trips can take you anywhere: dogsledding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, spelunking in North Carolina, backpacking the Grand Canyon, paddling the Huron River, and more. Whether you want to take off for a couple of hours, a day or a week, let us handle the details—like food, transportation, logistics, trip leaders, and outdoor equipment—while you take in the great outdoors.

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Upper Peninsula Dogsledding (Maize):
Jan 13 – 16

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Dates

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm – Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Price

$400 by Monday, January 9, 2017

What’s Included

  • Transportation and Accommodations
  • All Group Gear
  • Snowshoes
  • Meals
  • Trip Leaders
  • Dogsledding Instruction

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Fulfill one of those lifetime goals you never knew about and come dogsledding in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula this MLK weekend! Fly down wooded trails led by a team of professional dogs and experience the true spirit of winter recreation! We will then visit the amazing Eben Ice Caves plus as many other magnificent ice structures as time will allow. Snowshoes will be provided as we hike through endless white woods of the the northern mitten. Cozy cabins, hot chocolate, good friends, and warm blankets also provided. No experience is required!

Day 1: We will leave Ann Arbor in the afternoon on Friday and make our way across the bridge to Wetmore, Michigan. We will be stopping for dinner along the way before arriving at our warm cabins for the night!

Day 2: Today we will take to the trails with Husky Haven and dogsled through the beautiful winter landscapes of Hiawatha National Forest.

Day 3: After a nice, hot breakfast, we will head out into the snow! Today, we get to explore the beautiful Eben Ice Caves by snowshoe and explore the other wintry landscapes of the UP. We’ll have a nice dinner back at the cabin, and go for a snowshoe hike under the stars.

Day 4: Reluctantly, today we return to the southern mitt, where the snow is not as white, and the memories of sled dogs will linger until next year.

Upper Peninsula Dogsledding (Blue)
Jan 13 – 16

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Dates

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:00pm – Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:00pm

Price

$400 by Monday, January 9

What’s Included

  • Transportation and Accommodations
  • All Group Gear
  • Snowshoes
  • Meals
  • Trip Leaders
  • Dogsledding Instruction

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Fulfill one of those lifetime goals you never knew about and come dogsledding in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula this MLK weekend! Fly down wooded trails led by a team of professional dogs and experience the true spirit of winter recreation! We will then visit the amazing Eben Ice Caves plus as many other magnificent ice structures as time will allow. Snowshoes will be provided as we hike through endless white woods of the the northern mitten. Cozy cabins, hot chocolate, good friends, and warm blankets also provided. No experience is required!

Day 1: We will leave Ann Arbor in the afternoon on Friday and make our way across the bridge to Wetmore, Michigan. We will be stopping for dinner along the way before arriving at our warm cabins for the night!

Day 2: Today we will take to the trails with Husky Haven and dogsled through the beautiful winter landscapes of Hiawatha National Forest.

Day 3: After a nice, hot breakfast, we will head out into the snow! Today, we get to explore the beautiful Eben Ice Caves by snowshoe and explore the other wintry landscapes of the UP. We’ll have a nice dinner back at the cabin, and go for a snowshoe hike under the stars.

Day 4: Reluctantly, today we return to the southern mitt, where the snow is not as white, and the memories of sled dogs will linger until next year.

Peabody Ice Climbing
Jan 22

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Dates

Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price

$75 by Monday, January 16

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All ice climbing gear
  • Snacks and warm beverages
  • Trip Leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? Have you ever wanted to scale a wall of ice? If so, come ice climbing with Outdoor Adventures this winter! Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located less than an hour north of Ann Arbor and provides a wonderful setting for beginner and advanced ice climbers alike. This unique outdoor experience will definitely get the adrenaline pumping! How else are you supposed to stay warm on a chilly January day?

After meeting at the Rental Center in the morning, we will head about 45 minutes north to Peabody’s Ice Climbing Club in Fenton, MI. After a little instruction and time getting used to ice climbing equipment and technique, we will try our hand at climbing the amazing ice structures!

Cross Country Ski and Dark Sky Park
Jan 27 – 29

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Dates

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm – Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Price

$225

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear and XC Skis
  • XC Ski Boots
  • Trip Leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries
  • Pillow (Optional)

About this Trip

What a beautiful time of year to be in Michigan! Whether you’re from here, or from out of state, you aren’t a true Michigander until you’ve spend a weekend cross country skiing in Northern Michigan’s pristine native forests. Not to mention our International Dark Sky Park, which offers a spectacular views of the northern sky. Join us for this trip featuring a cozy cabin at U‑M’s Biostation, star gazing with the Ann Arbor Library Telescopes, hot cocoa, and the peace and quiet only the forest can offer.

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

January 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

Peabody Ice Climbing
Feb 5

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Dates

Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price

$75 by Monday, January 30

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All ice climbing gear
  • Ice climbing instruction
  • Snacks and warm beverages
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? Have you ever wanted to scale a wall of ice? If so, come ice climbing with Outdoor Adventures this winter! Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located less than an hour north of Ann Arbor and provides a wonderful setting for beginner and advanced ice climbers alike. This unique outdoor experience will definitely get the adrenaline pumping! How else are you supposed to stay warm on a chilly February day?

Itinerary: After meeting at the OA Rental Center in the morning, we will head about 45 minutes north to Peabody’s Ice Climbing Club in Fenton, MI. After a little instruction and time getting used to ice climbing equipment and technique, we will try our hand at climbing the amazing ice structures!

Be sure to dress for climbing in Michigan’s lovely winter weather!

Peabody Ice Climbing
Feb 12

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Dates

Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price

$75 by Monday, February 6

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All ice climbing gear
  • Ice climbing instruction
  • Snacks and warm beverages
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? Have you ever wanted to scale a wall of ice? If so, come ice climbing with Outdoor Adventures this winter! Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located less than an hour north of Ann Arbor and provides a wonderful setting for beginner and advanced ice climbers alike. This unique outdoor experience will definitely get the adrenaline pumping! How else are you supposed to stay warm on a chilly February day?

After meeting at the OA Rental Center in the morning, we will head about 45 minutes north to Peabody’s Ice Climbing Club in Fenton, MI. After a little instruction and time getting used to ice climbing equipment and technique, we will try our hand at climbing the amazing ice structures!

Be sure to dress for climbing in Michigan’s lovely winter weather!

Ice Fest 2017 & Cross-Country Skiing
Feb 17 – 19

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Dates

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm – Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Price

$300

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear including tents and stoves
  • Sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads available if needed
  • Meals
  • Trip leaders
  • Ice gear
  • XC skis

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

We’re so lucky to have Munising in our state—it’s an excellent ice climbing destination! Ice Fest is a once per year festival designed to get the community involved. Here, we’ll get to try out some state-of-the-art gear and spend a day trying them out on “The Curtains,” a large sheet icefall that exists in the vicinity of Pictured Rocks. We’ll spend the night in a cozy cabin with hot chocolate, and then take our skis out the following morning to cross country ski on some of the Pictured Rocks trails. Hope you can make it!

Spring Break: Great Smokey Mountains Caving and Backpacking
Feb 25 – Mar 4

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Dates

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 9:00 am – Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Price

$550 by Tuesday, February 13, 2017

What’s Included

  • All transportation
  • Group gear including tents and stoves
  • All climbing gear, sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads
  • Meals
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Y’all will have an incredible journey if you join our Spring Break southern adventure of caving and backpacking in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina! Start off Break the right way with a day of exploration in Mammoth Caves, KY, and don’t worry, the caves will be nice and warm for you, no matter how much snow is on the ground! From there, we will travel south through Tennessee and North Carolina, eventually ending up hiking on a section of the legendary, 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail. The southern Appalachian Mountains provide a plethora of backpacking opportunities, and will certainly bring out your adventurous side!

Spring Break: Carlsbad Caverns and Guadelupe Mountain Peak Summit
Feb 25 – Mar 4

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Dates

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 12 noon – Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 12 noon

Price

$650

What’s Included

  • Transportation after arriving into El Paso Airport (ELP)
  • Group gear including tents and stoves
  • All personal camping gear, sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads
  • Meals
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Flight to El Paso, TX
  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Join us for this incredible trip designed for those looking for a true adventure! The trip will be split into two parts: Part 1 will be spent hiking and summiting Texas’ highest peak, Guadalupe Mountain. Here we will experience raw nature: high elevation, breathtaking views, high winds, and beautiful, beautiful scenery. This two-day trip entails camping at the Peak Backcountry Campground, and an early rise to make it to the peak for sunrise. Once we’ve made it down, we’ll head northeast for Part 2 in the beautiful Carlsbad Caverns, where we will spend a few days squeezing through passages and seeing wild cave cathedral rooms by nothing but the light of our headlamps. Join us for this incredible trip of major highs and major lows.

  • Day 1: Saturday will be spent picking everyone up and driving up to White Sands National monument to roam around for the day. Then we will drive to Guadalupe.
  • Day 2: Trek to peak camp on Guadalupe Peak
  • Day 3: Trek back down and rest for the day or do short day hikes
  • Day 4: Day hikes in Guadalupe/cave tour
  • Day 5: One cave tour, day hike
  • Day 6: One cave tour, day hike
  • Day 7: Fly Out

Snow at the peak is possible, and temperatures at the base will be between 40°F to 60°F. Dress accordingly.

Spring Break: Winter Multi-Sport Adventure
Feb 26 – Mar 3

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Dates

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 8:00 am – Friday, March 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Price

$600

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group Gear including tents and stoves
  • Sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads available if needed
  • Meals
  • Trip Leaders
  • All activity costs
  • XC skis

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

The nice thing about living in a cold weather state is that people get really creative with what to do when there’s snow on the ground. This trip is designed to explore the wildest examples. Join us for a five day trip through the snowy landscape of Michigan. We’ll head up to Muskegon to try our hand at an Olympic sport: Luge. We’ll then head north to do a day of Fat Tire Biking on the snow of Boyne Highlands. We’ll stick around there for a second day to do some cross country skiing, too. Finally, we’ll hit the Upper Peninsula to meet up with our program Iditarod dog sledding contact. She’ll hook us up with her dog teams and we’ll fly down the trails for a day. This is going to be a wild trip… hope you can make it!

Huron River Paddle
Mar 25

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Dates

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 9:00am to 6:00pm

Price

$55 by March 21

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear
  • Canoes
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Good To Know

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

We will meet at Outdoor Adventures early Sunday morning and head north to the mighty Huron. The length of our paddle can be adjusted to the skills and ambitions of the group. We will stop on the side of the river for a rustic lunch before continuing to campus. We will be picked up and return to the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center in the evening.

Grand Ledge Climbing
Mar 26

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Dates

Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Price

$50 by Wednesday, March 22

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All climbing gear
  • Climbing instruction
  • Snacks
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Good To Know

There is no mandatory pre-trip meeting for this trip. Participants will receive an email with necessary information.

About this Trip

Whether you’re a seasoned sport climber or don’t know what a figure eight follow through knot is, this is a great opportunity to get climbing on real rock! Grand Ledge is a unique geologic anomaly in the Lower Peninsula in that there is exposed rock! Thirty-five foot cliffs are a great way to hone skills or try out top-roping for the first time.

Intro to Camping
Mar 31 – Apr 1

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Dates

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm – Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Price

$65 by March 27

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries
  • Pillow (Optional)

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

There is no pre-trip meeting. Participants will receive an email with necessary information.

About this Trip

Want to break into the art of camping, but don’t know where to start? Then this is just the trip for you! Outdoor Adventures will be running a “Half Over” practical teaching camp experience for those looking to get away from the city lights for the night. We’ll cook a camp meal, make s’mores over the fire, set up tents and show you how to follow the “Leave No Trace” mentality. All equipment will be demonstrated by our trip leaders, so you can feel confident using it. At the end of the night, you can decide to either stay the night in the tent, or shuttle back to your home to sleep. Come join us!

Sleeping Bear Dunes Backpacking
Mar 31 – Apr 2

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Dates

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:00pm – Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 6:00pm

Price

$200 by Monday, March 27, 2017

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear including tents and stoves
  • Sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads available if needed
  • Meals
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center

About this Trip

Spend a weekend hiking the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted America’s #1 most beautiful place! The park was established for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena on the shores of Lake Michigan. We’ll spend the first night camping right inside the park before hitting the trail on Saturday morning. On Saturday, we will cover around 8 miles of trail and set up camp, spending the evening exploring the dunes. taking in the sights, cooking a spectacular dinner, and hanging out around a cozy fire. Sunday morning we will pack up camp and hike back to the vans.

Grand Ledge Climbing
Apr 2

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Dates

Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Price

$50 by Wednesday, March 29

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All climbing gear
  • Climbing instruction
  • Snacks
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

There is no pre-trip meeting. Participants will receive an email with necessary information.

About this Trip

Whether you’re a seasoned sport climber or don’t even know what a figure eight follow through knot is, this is a great opportunity to get climbing on real rock! Grand Ledge is a unique geologic anomaly in the Lower Peninsula in that there is exposed rock! Thirty-five foot cliffs are a great way to hone skills or try out top-roping for the first time.


How to Sign Up

  1. Browse upcoming adventures to find one you’d like to attend.
  2. Register for the trip on our online store. You will be asked a few questions to complete the reservation.
  3. Look for an email confirmation upon reservation. Later on, we’ll also send along info like packing lists, trip logistics and a few forms that we’ll want you to complete and send back ASAP.
  4. If your trip has one, attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting. This meeting is held a few days in advance of each trip so we can talk together about trip details, logistics and our agenda.
  5. Arrive at the Rental Center on the day of your trip and have a great time on your adventure!

Your fee includes all adventure gear like tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, camp stoves, kayaks, etc. It also includes meals and snacks, and we’ll take care of getting you from U‑M to the adventure site and back.

Generally, you only need to bring trip-appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries and money for meals on the road.


First Ascent

The First Ascent program provides incoming U‑M freshmen with an opportunity to connect with fellow freshmen in small groups for camping, hiking, paddling and exploring the state’s natural areas. Casual campfire discussions are led by upper-level undergrads or grad students and center around the transition to college and all things U‑M. The goal of First Ascent is to help participants grow in self-esteem, self-reliance and confidence—and to have a great time!

All gear is provided. No experience is necessary.

We’ve worked with University Housing to coordinate our First Ascent trips with move-in. If your trip starts in late August and ends on an official move-in date, you can move your belongings in to your room before the trip begins.


Classes

Our classes are a great way to get experience and certification in several topic areas. You can sign up for any class through our online store—if you want to pay by cash or check, stop by the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center during normal hours.

Wilderness First Aid

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Dates

Friday, January 20, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price

$200

What’s Included

  • Three-year WFA Certification
  • Professional instruction
  • Learning materials

Good to Know

  • You will get dirty! Wear appropriate clothing.
  • An informational packet will be sent to you prior to the course commencement with specifics of what to bring and where to go.

Camping & Backpacking Rentals

We rent affordable gear for camping trips, parties and events. All U‑M students, employees and the Ann Arbor community are welcome to rent. Visit us at our Rental Center to rent, or reserve your equipment in advance over the phone for $5 more!

To pick up your equipment, be 18 years or older and bring a photo ID. Please review our rental policies before you rent.

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Backpacks
  • Osprey and Kelty Backpacks (65 L – 90 L)
    • $15 for one day
    • $4 per additional day
  • Pack Raincover
    • $3 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
Camping Goods
  • Coleman Chest Cooler (54 qt.)
    • $9 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Coleman Chest Cooler (100 qt.)
    • $11 for one day
    • $3 per additional day
  • Dromedary Bags (various sizes)
    • $1 – $4 per day, depending on size
  • LED Headlamp
    • $5 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
      • Note: 2 or 3 AAA batteries not included.
  • Nylon Tarp (4′ × 8′, 10′ × 10′ and 10′ × 12′)
    • $7 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
  • Water Jug (2, 3, and 5 gallons)
    • $5 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
Camping Tents
  • Kelty Trail Ridge (2 person)
    • $24 for one day
    • $5 per additional day
  • Kelty Trail Ridge (3 person)
    • $24 for one day
    • $5 per additional day
  • Kelty Trail Ridge (4 or 6 person)
    • $26 for one day
    • $7 per additional day
  • Marmot Limelight Tent (4 person)
    • $26 for one day
    • $7 per additional day
  • Nylon Tarp (4′ × 8′, 10′ × 10′ and 10′ × 12′)
    • $7 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
Canoes & Kayaks
  • Perception Swifty 1-Person Kayak Package
    • $28 for one day
    • $9 per additional day
  • Perception Acadia 2-Person Kayak Package
    • $35 for one day
    • $12 per additional day
      • Note: Includes child seat
  • We-no-nah Prospector 15 Canoe Package
    • $35 for one day
    • $12 per additional day
  • Dry Bags (various sizes)
    • $1 – 5 per day, depending on size
  • Seal Line Boundary Dry Pack
    • $13 for one day
    • $3 per additional day
Event Tents
  • E-Z-Up Pop-Up Tent (10′ × 10′)
    • $22 for one day
    • $6 per additional day
  • REI Screen House
    • $22 for one day
    • $6 per additional day
Outdoor Cooking
  • Bank’s Fry Bake (small or large)
    • $7 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
  • Coleman 2-Burner Propane Stove
    • $9 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
      • Note: does not include fuel
  • MSR Alpine Cook Set
    • $6 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • MSR Fuel Bottle (30 and 32 oz.)
    • $2 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
      • Note: does not include fuel
  • MSR Whisperlite International
    • $13 for one day
    • $3 per additional day
      • Note: does not include fuel
Sleeping Bags & Pads
  • Sleeping Bag, 20°F with stuff sack (regular, long, large)
    • $11 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
      • Fleece liner which adds 10° – 15° available at no extra cost
  • Compression Stuff Sack
    • $3 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
  • RidgeRest Foam Sleeping Pad
    • $3 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
  • Therm-A-Rest Inflatable Sleeping Pad
    • $8 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
Snowshoes & Skis
  • Adult Nordic Ski Package
    • $21 for one day
    • $6 per additional day
      • Includes boots and poles
  • Atlas 10 Series Aluminum Snowshoes
    • $13 for one day
    • $3 per additional day
  • Atlas Youth Aluminum Snowshoes
    • $8 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Nordic Skis
    • $11 for one day
    • $6 per additional day
  • Nordic Ski Boots
    • $7 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Nordic Ski Poles
    • $3 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
Sporting Goods & Yard Games
  • Backpacking Guitar
    • $10 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Bocce Ball or Croquet Set
    • $12 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Dodgeball Set
    • $12 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Flag Football or Horseshoe Set
    • $12 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Frisbees
    • $2 for one day
    • $1 per additional day
  • Frisbee Target Game
    • $10 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Innova Disc Golf Discs and Carrying Case
    • $8 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Kickball Set
    • $15 for one day
    • $3 per additional day
  • Sack Race
    • $12 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Softball Set
    • $12 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Tug-O-War Rope
    • $12 for one day
    • $2 per additional day
  • Volleyball Set
    • $15 for one day
    • $3 per additional day

Come in to our Rental Center on foot and leave by bike!

  • One Day Rental: $12 for the first day, $5 each additional day
  • Weekend Rental: $17
  • Semester Rental: $85

We’re always looking for enthusiastic and adventurous people to help plan and lead our trips. If you’re interested in becoming an Outdoor Adventures Trip Leader, or if you just want to learn some new outdoor skills, come to our Michigan Outdoor Leadership Semester (MOLS) workshops. Taught by our staff, these workshops will instruct you on a variety of topics and are the first step in training to be a trip leader.

All classes are free and take place at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Topics include:

  • Backpacking 101
  • Maps/Compasses
  • Navigation, Tarps Knots, Survival
  • Backcountry Cooking
  • Risk Management
  • Group Dynamics and Leadership

Policies

Trip Refunds

Refunds for Outdoor Adventure trips are given only for the following circumstances:

  1. You can find someone to take your place on the trip.
  2. You have a documented medical emergency and must cancel.
  3. There is an active wait list for the trip and we are able to fill your spot.

Equipment Rentals

Renters must be 18 years or older.

Rental equipment reservations, pick-ups, and returns can only be done during Rental Center business hours or by a scheduled appointment.

Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. No rainchecks will be issued.

We charge a $5 convenience fee for equipment reserved in advance over the phone. You’ll still need to come pick up your equipment during Outdoor Adventures Rental Center business hours.

University departments, organizations, or student groups may use their internal accounting numbers to reserve and rent equipment. In addition to providing a shortcode, U‑M departments, organizations, or student groups must also provide a credit card number to complete a reservation or rental contract. U‑M Purchasing Cards may not be used.

Canceling a Rental

Renters will not incur a cancellation fee if they cancel their reservations at least 24 hours in advance of the reserved rental date. Renters will be charged for the total cost for reservations cancelled with less than a days’ notice or failure to pick-up reserved equipment. Cancellations must be made by telephone or in person during Rental Center business hours. Renters cannot cancel a reservation by leaving phone message.

Refunds will be issued only to the person reserving the equipment. There are no cash refunds. Refunds to credit cards can take up to four weeks. Refund checks take 8 – 10 weeks to process.

Picking Up Equipment

Renters must present a driver’s license, picture ID, or Mcard when checking out equipment.

Renters are required to provide a credit card number at the time of reservation and rental. Payment of the total rental fee is required at the time of pick-up. By providing credit card information and reserving and/or taking the equipment, renters authorize the University to charge any fees, and other amounts due from the reservation and/or rental of the equipment.

Renters must test all equipment before leaving to ensure everything is in working order. It is the renter’s responsibility to check all equipment for damage or missing parts prior to leaving the Rental Center.

If for some reason the Rental Center cannot provide equipment reserved by the renter, the renter will receive a coupon for an equal valued rental at a future date. The University shall have no further liability for failure to provide equipment on the reserved date.

Reserved equipment not picked up on the reserved rental date will be checked out on a first come, first serve basis on the following day. There will be a full rental charge for reserved equipment not picked up on the reserved rental date.

Renters must sign a Rental Center Contract prior to checking out the equipment. All other arrangements must be approved by the Rental Center Manager.

Returning Equipment

Renters must properly clean, dry, and pack the equipment prior to its return. If returned equipment is not clean, dry, and properly packed, a $10 cleaning fee for a single item rental or $25 cleaning fee for multiple items will be charged to clean, dry, and pack the equipment.

If renters do not return the equipment during business hours on the scheduled return date or on the pre-arranged appointment date, they will be charged the daily rental fee for each item rented each day late until the equipment is returned including days when the rental center is closed.

Renters will pay to replace, at the Director’s discretion, equipment or similar equipment at its current retail value if:

  1. the equipment is not returned to the Rental Center during business hours and it is damaged, lost, or stolen;
  2. the equipment is damaged, lost, or stolen while in the renter’s possession; or
  3. the equipment is returned to the Rental Center during nonbusiness hours and is damaged, lost, or stolen.

Lost or stolen Blue Bikes will be paid at a depreciated value. The bikes depreciate at a rate of 10% per year.

The University reserves the right to inspect the equipment up to 3 business days after its return and to charge the renter’s credit card for any improper cleaning, drying, packing, or missing parts or damage found at that time. Notice of the charges will be conveyed to the renter via telephone and a receipt will be provided upon request.

The University reserves the right to refuse to rent equipment to renters in the future if they abuse equipment or violate the terms of these policies or the rental contract.

The University reserves the right to place a hold on student accounts and/or University records of any student who fails to pay any fees or other amounts due under a Rental Center Contract or these policies.

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