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Campus Recreation

Division of Student Life and Enrollment

Outdoor Adventure

The ETSU Outdoor Adventure consists of the following programs and facilities: Team Building at the Basler Team Challenge & Aerial Adventure Course, Buc Bikes, Climbing, Adventure Trips, the Buccaneer Outdoor Adventure (BOA) / First-Year Experience program, and Equipment Rental.

Basler Team Challenge & Aerial Adventure Course 

The Basler Team Challenge and Aerial Adventure Course is a state of the art low and high ropes challenge course. The course offers a full range of ground-level team building initiatives, and a series of aerial challenges ranging from easy to difficult between 15 – 45 feet in the air.

Programs are available for the ETSU community, as well as for off-campus and corporate community groups. The Aerial Adventure Course is available during Open High Challenge Course hours for use by ETSU students, faculty, staff, and CPA patrons. A valid ETSU I.D. is required to participate in an Open High Challenge Course.

Outdoor Adventure offers four types of programs ranging from one to five (1-5) hours for organized groups. Course duration varies per size of group.Buc Bikes

The Buc Bikes program is a partnership with ETSU Sustainability to provide bike and cycling education to the campus community.  Borrow a bike for the day, rent a bike for a week or month, or get your bike repaired at the Buc Bike Shop or at a Bike Fix-it station.Climbing
Outdoor Adventure offers both outdoor and indoor climbing and bouldering opportunities. The 44 foot Outdoor Climbing Wall at the Basler Team Challenge & Aerial Adventure Course boasts climbing, rappelling, and bouldering for all skills levels!

The CPA is home to the Indoor Climbing Wall with multiple bouldering, top-rope, and lead climbing routes to enjoy. A valid ETSU I.D. is required to access both the indoor and outdoor climbing walls. Trips

Outdoor Adventure offers a variety of outdoor activities and trips. 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.Buccaneer Outdoor Adventure (BOA))
The BOA program is a unique outdoor experience for incoming freshmen and transfer students at East Tennessee State University. Participants explore the nearby scenic Appalachian Mountains and familiarize themselves with ETSU's campus through fun outdoor activities led by Outdoor Adventure staff.

The BOA mission is to provide first year freshman and incoming transfer students a unique transitional experience into the university setting with the opportunity to develop friendships, leadership skills, and an appreciation for outdoor recreation and Leave No Trace ethics.Equipment Rental  

Campus Recreation rents outdoor recreation equipment to ETSU students, faculty, and staff. Need any camping or backpacking equipment or want to rent a kayak or stand up paddle board?


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Fall Hours

Indoor Climbing Wall

August 26 - December 13

Monday - Thursday:
4pm - 10pm

4pm - 7pm 

 Aerial Adventure Course

Wednesdays & Thursdays
4:30pm & 5pm

Pre-register by 2pm on the day of the course!

Open until Fall Break.

Group Reservations

 The Challenge Course is open for group programming until Fall Break (later if weather permits, but is not guaranteed).

Submit a Reservation Request Form for group programming.

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