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Campus Recreation

Student Affairs

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 Climb hours for use by ETSU students, faculty, staff, and CPA patrons. A valid ETSU I.D. is required to participate in Open Climb.

Outdoor Adventure offers four types of programs ranging from one to five (1-5) hours for organized groups.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.

The ETSUs Outdoor Adventure program offers indoor / outdoor climbing and bouldering opportunities.  The impressive new 44 foot Outdoor Tower 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 that has multiple route 40 foot climbing routes to enjoy with bouldering availability.  A valid ETSU I.D. is required to participate in Open Climb. 


The ETSU Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure (OA) program offers a variety of outdoor activities, trips, and skill clinics.  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 new freshman at East Tennessee State University. The scenic Appalachian Mountains, as well as ETSU's campus, will be explored via fun outdoor activities led by Campus Recreation staff.  The BOA mission is to provide first year freshman 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.  The objectives of the BOA program are to help students gain confidence, build relationships, explore the East Tennessee geographic region while engaging in outdoor activities, and establish a special connection to ETSU. 

Equipment Rental  

The ETSU Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure (OA) program 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?

ETSU was honored as a Top Adventure School by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

Fall Hours

Indoor Climbing Wall

Monday - Thursday:
4pm - 10pm

4pm - 7pm

Saturday - Sunday

Outdoor Climbing Wall

Closed until Spring

Aerial Adventure Course

Available by reservation.

Please see Challenge Course website for details.

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