Trips & Clinics

The Adventure Recreation program leads exciting trips every year that highlight some of the greatest outdoor attractions and activities. With national trips to the Smokies and Grand Canyon to local adventures here in West Virginia, there’s a trip to suit every adventurer! Check out our Spring 2022 trips & clinics list of events below and get ready to sign-up for your next adventure!

Instructional Clinic Descriptions

Tuesdays: February 1 – March 29, 2022

Members:  $8 per day

Non-Member:  $15 per day

Join the Marshall Rec Center for Kayak Roll Clinics on Tuesday Evenings. These clinics are designed to provide a space for people to practice kayak skills that they are working on. Instructors will work to meet each participant where they are at in their progression. Rolling a kayak is a fundamental safety skill for anyone looking to take their paddling to the next level. Whether you have never sat in a kayak or are a seasoned paddler, these clinics are for you.

No experience is necessary, but you must be comfortable in and under the water. You will need comfortable swimwear, towel, and goggles. You may bring your own clean boat and gear, or we will provide the boats, boat skirts and paddles.

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Thursday February 10, 4 pm – 7 pm

Thursday March 10, 4 pm – 7 pm

Thursday April 14, 4 pm – 7 pm

Members: $15

Non-members: $25

Take the next step in your climbing skills and learn to Lead Climb. This clinic will cover safety and the fundamentals of lead climbing on our indoor wall so you can transfer these skills and knowledge to the outdoor setting. Skills learned will be tying knots, clipping, and belaying for sport climbing. Lead climbing is a semi-advanced technique, and comfort with the essentials of climbing is needed. Prior experience with belaying or completing the Belay skills clinic is required.

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Thursday February 24, 7 pm – 9 pm

Members: $10

Non-members: $15

Have you been wanting to learn how to climb at the wall, but you’re not sure where to start? Our Adventure Rec staff is here to help! Come climb with experienced climbers to learn about the techniques of doing routes, different terminology, and gain the skills to meet your climbing goals!

This includes a climbing harness and shoe rental.

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Thursday March 24, 7 pm – 9 pm

Members: $10

Non-members: $15

Try the basics of rappelling down the rock wall. You’ll learn the basic set-up of rappelling and get to control your descent down the rock wall.

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Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 3 pm – 9 pm

Spring 2022 Semester (January 2 – April 29)

Members: $8

This two-hour clinic provides the novice climber with knowledge and skills to safely climb, belay, and boulder. After initial instruction participants will practice their skills before taking a final skills and knowledge exam. This training and certification are necessary for individuals to climb for free (not including cost of shoe rental) and to belay others at the wall. This certification must be renewed every 4 months. Belay clinics are scheduled Monday, Tuesday or Thursdays from 3 pm – 9 pm. Registration is required and can be done in person or online. Initial cost for clinic is $8 which includes shoe rental, subsequent recertification is free.

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Special Event Descriptions

Tuesday February 1 from 6 pm – 9 pm

FREE

Come climb after dark! We’re going to turn off the lights, give you a headlamp, and let the fun begin!

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Tuesday, February 15 from 6 pm – 9 pm

We invite women of all identities to join us for a fun night of climbing at the Marshall Rock Wall. Whether you are an experienced climber, or totally new to the sport, come by for a night of community, climbing tips, and tricks, and fun with our amazing group of Marshall Rock Wall women! This event is FREE to all participants, and all instruction and equipment is included. Please pre-register as space is limited.

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Thursday, February 17 from 3 pm – 9 pm

FREE

Start a new relationship (with climbing!) this Valentine’s Day! Buy one get one free try climbs and climbing shoes all day!

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Tuesday, March 8 from 6 pm – 9 pm

FREE

We invite women of all identities to join us on International Women’s Day. Whether you are an experienced climber, or totally new to the sport, come by for a night of community, climbing tips, and tricks, and fun with our amazing group of Marshall Rock Wall women! This event is FREE to all participants, and all instruction and equipment is included. Please pre-register as space is limited.

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Tuesday March 29 from 6 pm – 9 pm

Members: Free

See how many crates you can stack and climb without knocking them all down. This unique event will test your balance and technique challenging you unlike other climbing activities.

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Day Trip Descriptions

Saturday, February 26 from 12 pm – 5 pm

Pre-trip Meeting: Thursday, February 24 at 5 pm

Member: $15

Nonmember: $20

Have you always wanted to try hiking but never knew where or how to start? Join Marshall’s Adventure Recreation through Kanawha State Forest. Kanawha State Forest is located just outside of Charleston, WV. This area was used for coal mining and logging until the late 1930’s when it was purchased by the West Virginia Conservation Commission. It draws folks from all over for its rich hardwood forest known as “Cove” forests here in Appalachia, mossy rock outcroppings, and bird diversity!

We will leave from Marshall University at 12pm and we will hike the Teaberry Rock Trail to CCC Snipe Trail for a 4-mile loop! Depending on time and comfort level, we may be able to make it to some other scenic trails in the park! Late February can have range of weather conditions from ice storms and low temperatures to breezy mild days. Please keep an eye on the weather and dress appropriately. Hiking in colder temperatures means you’ll want to stay hydrated, bring plenty of snacks, and have plenty of layers to put on and take off. Staying warm and dry is key in any outdoor scenario.

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Sunday, March 26 from 12 pm – 5 pm 

Pre-trip Meeting: Thursday, March 24 at 5 pm

Member: $15

Nonmember: $20

Have you always wanted to try hiking but never knew where or how to start? This Spring join Marshall’s Adventure Recreation on a hike to Carter Caves State Resort Park! Carter Caves is home to incredible rock formations such as natural bridges, arches, and (you guessed it) CAVES! We will be hiking the 3.5-mile Three Bridges Trail Loop where we will get to see some of these features. Depending on time and comfort level, we may be able to make it some of the other scenic areas in the park.

March can sometimes have some chilly temperatures so please keep an eye on the weather and dress appropriately. Hiking in colder temperatures means you’ll want to stay hydrated, bring plenty of snacks, and have plenty of layers to put on and take off. Staying warm and dry is key in any outdoor scenario.

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Sunday, April 3

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, March 31 at 5 pm

Rates coming soon! 

There is no better way to spend the day than rafting down the New River Gorge and at this price you can’t pass up the opportunity!

The section we will travel will have moderate to difficult rapids and splashy waves.  There will be plenty of action-packed whitewater excitement along with calm pools to admire the beauty of the gorge. Lunch is provided. We are unable to provide transportation down to the river. Details on when and where to go as well as what to bring will be given at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Registration is required and the deadline for registration is March 31.

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Evening Trip Descriptions

Friday, March 4 from 3 pm – 6 pm

Member: Free

Nonmember: $10

Have you been wanting to get into hiking but haven’t known where to start, who to go with, how to go alone, or what to bring? If so, then this hike is perfect for you. Join us at Barboursville Park for a nice hike around the woods where you can ask experienced female identifying hikers about their experiences outside and maybe even find some new friends to hike with! Please bring water, snacks, and weather appropriate clothing for the hike.

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Wednesday, March 23 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Member: $15

Nonmember: $25

Join us for a peaceful evening paddle at Beech Fork State Park.

Paddle with us and learn the basics of canoeing or kayaking while enjoying an evening on the lake. We’ll meet at 6pm at the boat ramp, or 5:30 at the Rec if you are riding in the van, and paddle until 8pm or sunset! Please bring water, snacks, and appropriate clothes (long sleeve pants and shirt for bug protection) and footwear for paddling, and we’ll provide canoes, paddles, PFD’s, and instruction.

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Wednesday, April 13 from 5 pm – 8 pm

Member: $15

Nonmember: $25

Join us for a peaceful evening paddle at Grayson Lake. Paddle with us and learn the basics of canoeing or kayaking while enjoying an evening on the lake. We’ll meet at 6pm at the boat ramp, or 5pm at the rec if you are riding in the van, and paddle until 8pm or sunset! Please bring water, snacks, and appropriate clothes (long sleeve pants and shirt for bug protection) and footwear for paddling, and we’ll provide canoes, paddles, PFD’s, and instruction.

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Weekend Trip Descriptions

Friday, February 4 – Sunday, February 6

Pre-trip Meeting: Tuesday, February 1 at 5 pm

Member: $130

Nonmember: $160

*Pay upon arrival for lift ticket and rental price*

WE ARE…going on a skiing trip! Join us February 4-6 for a weekend getaway at Canaan Valley Resort. Canaan Valley offers up to 47 different ski/snowboard trails for all people of all experience levels!

What we provide: Transportation and lodging are provided. We have reserved a cabin on-site at Canaan that has a wood-burning fireplace, furnished kitchen, and internet service.

What we don’t provide: Lift tickets, rentals, and personal food items are not provided.

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Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10

Pre-trip Meeting: Tuesday, April 5 at 5 pm

Member: $65

Nonmember: $80

Do you want to hike some of West Virginia’s highest peaks? Join Marshall’s Adventure Recreation on a weekend full of camping and hiking in some of West Virginia’s most scenic locations. This part of West Virginia is known for gorgeous scenery and amazing hikes. Take it all in with us this weekend in the area around Seneca Rocks. Seneca is close to Spruce knob, Dolly Sods, Cranberry Glades, and Black-water Falls making it a great place to set up camp. Not a single second, whether it’s from traveling or hiking, is without a gorgeous view. Yokum’s is known for its diverse community of campers ranging from trad climbers, fly-fishing anglers, hikers, and locals! If you’re someone who’s new to the state and wants to see what really makes it Wild and Wonderful, we hope you will come along.

Transportation, camping fees, and meals will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and other personal camping gear, however the MRC will provide all necessary equipment. Registration is required and can be one online.

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For more information about Adventure Recreation, please contact:


Cindi Tscherne
Associate Director of Programs
Email: tscherne@marshall.edu
Telephone: 304-696-6759