Tarleton State University’s Outdoor Pursuits offers a wide range of ways for students and faculty to stay involved and stay active.
Located inside the Tarleton Recreational Sports Center, the Outdoor Pursuits division of Rec Sports is comprised of several areas.
Rachel McDonald, the trip manager for Outdoor Pursuits, feels that many students do not know exactly what Outdoor Pursuits consists of.
“I want people to know we are a very cheap service that promotes students going outdoors and finding their own adventure,” said McDonald.
There are three main areas that make up Outdoor pursuits: the rock climbing wall, the challenge courses and the Outdoor Pursuits Center.
The indoor rock climbing wall, located in the Rec Center, is up to 35 feet tall. The climbing difficulty varies from beginner to advanced. Experienced staff members are there during all hours of operation to lead clinics on climbing and technique.
Recreational climbing is free to all Rec Center members and Tarleton students. Rental of the wall is also available for classes, organizations and groups.
The Tarleton Challenge Course is a combination of activities that promotes group and personal growth, team building, communication and trust. The course is located on East Collins Street, right next to the University farm. It offers the chance to utilize nine high elements and twelve low elements which include a zip line, trust fall and a 14 foot wall.
The Outdoor Pursuits Center is located downstairs in the Rec Center, past the locker rooms. They have camping equipment that students and faculty can rent for either a weekend or a week.
Equipment varies anywhere from tents and sleeping bags to kayaks and canoes. Prices start as low as $8 and go as high as $55 depending on what equipment is rented and for how long.
Outdoor Pursuits also offers multiple adventure trips and socials throughout the semester that are open to anyone in the Tarleton community.
All socials are free and include events such as a cooking clinic and an ice cream social. Trips vary in price, ranging from $15 per person up to $50, depending on how long the trip is and what takes place during each trip.
The next scheduled trip is the couple’s river trip, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13.
“The river trip is a full day of both canoeing and kayaking,” said McDonald.
The cost of the couple’s river trip is $15 per person and takes place in Glen Rose. Participants are responsible for their own transportation but will have the opportunity to carpool with one another.
There will be a pre-trip meeting on Wednesday where participants can decide if they want to either canoe or kayak.
“If the spots fill up for the Feb. 13 trip, we will have an overflow trip on Sunday, Feb. 14. There are 17 spots open for Sunday. This trip is identical to the first,” said McDonald.
Anyone looking to participate can sign up at the Outdoor Pursuits Checkout Center located in the Rec Center. “Spots for both days tend to fill up fast,” McDonald said.
“It almost always fills completely up, so the turnout is great,” said McDonald.
Some of the other trips being held this semester are a spring break trip in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, a camping trip in Colorado Bend, Texas and a P-Hallow Trip in Mineral Wells.
The next social will be a Dutch oven cooking clinic on Feb. 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Dining Hall.
For more information regarding the rock wall, challenge courses, equipment rental or any upcoming socials or trips, visit www.tarleton.edu/recsports/OutdoorPursuits or stop by the Outdoor Pursuits Checkout Center.