Are you ready for adventure?

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 Picture of girl smiling while wearing a hiking backpack.

West Georgia Outdoors (WGO) offers various outdoor offerings throughout each semester that provide students, faculty and staff with outdoor recreational experiences that focus on adventure, challenge and growth. 

Try a different kind of workout and climb to new heights at our Climbing Wall as well as a variety of climbing clinics and challenges.

Join other UWG members on adventure trips all over Georgia where gear, instruction, and activity are all included in the price.

Want to go on your own adventure but need help planning the logistics of the trip? We got you covered with our do-it-yourself trip PDF outlines.

Rent all the gear you need to make your own adventures successful through our WGO Rental Center.

Learn practical skills and best practices for when you go on your own outdoor excursions with our outdoor workshops.

Experience a taste of what the outdoors offer with our variety of WGO special events throughout the semester.

Specific questions or requests can be emailed to urec@westga.edu

Climbing Wall

West Georgia Outdoors' (WGO) Climbing Wall offers UWG students, faculty, staff an alternative way to exercise and socialize for FREE. Located in the Campus Center, the Climbing Wall measures 48 feet tall and can be used by climbers of all skill levels (no experience necessary). We provide climbing shoes and all equipment necessary

Spring 2022 Hours of Operations

  • Monday - Thursday: 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday: CLOSED

More details can be found on the Climbing Wall page. Email urec@westga.edu for questions.

WGO Adventure Trips

Caving at the Cumberland Caverns - McMinnville, TN

Join WGO on an overnight caving trip where you will get to explore the great wonders of the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee.

Trip Information

  • Date of Trip: Saturday, March 5 - Sunday, March 6, 2022
  • Students: $75
  • Faculty/Staff: $85
  • Register by: Friday, Feb. 11 at myrec.westga.edu
  • Trip includes: Gear, travel, instruction, activity

Hike & Yoga at Arabia Mountain - Lithonia, GA

Enjoy this scenic trek with WGO for a beautiful day of restoring and renewing our mind and bodies while hiking and practicing yoga at Arabia Mountain in Lithonia, Georgia.

Trip Information

  • Date of Trip: Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • Students: $10
  • Faculty/Staff: $12
  • Register by: Monday, March 28 at myrec.westga.edu
  • Trip includes: Gear, travel, instruction, activity

Whitewater Rafting the Ocoee River - Cooperhill, TN

Take on riding the rapids and enjoying being out on the Ocoee River in Cooperhill, Tennessee with WGO for this whitewater rafting weekend adventure.

Trip Information

  • Date of Trip: Friday, April 8 - Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • Students: $55
  • Faculty/Staff: $65
  • Register by: Friday, March 18 at myrec.westga.edu
  • Trip includes: Gear, travel, instruction, activity

Lake Day at John Tanner

Take advantage of this glorious weather and come enjoy a day out at John Tanner lake this Saturday, April 23. University transportation is required. Register for a transportation time slot at myrec.westga.edu by April 20 at 11:59 p.m. in order to attend. Snacks will be provided but participants are encouraged to eat lunch prior to attending.

University transportation is required for this event. Accommodation requests can be sent to urec@westga.edu.

Trip Information

  • Date of Trip: Saturday, April 23 2021
  • Cost: Free for students
  • Registration by: Wednesday, April 20 at myrec.westga.edu

Register for all trips at myrec.westga.edu. For questions or concerns, please email urec@westga.edu.

Do-It-Yourself Trips

Our WGO staff have created a variety of do-it-yourself (DIY) outdoor trip PDFs that outline everything you need to know to go on your own adventure.

The outdoor workshop series will help equip you for any successful outdoor adventure. You’ll learn everything from safety, shelter, nutrition, trip planning, and much more. Participants will be able to put all of the skills and knowledge they learn from the previous workshops into practice by coaching individuals on how to create their very own adventure through a capstone workshop (information about this final workshop will be provided to participants directly). These participants will be awarded a certificate of completion for attending at least 3 workshop events and completing the capstone workshop.

Climbing Workshops

Learn how to challenge yourself to climb new heights through our three workshops that will teach you the basics of climbing, bouldering, and belaying.

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 5-6 p.m. | Free | Climbing Wall
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 5-6 p.m. | Free | Climbing Wall
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 5-6 p.m. | Free | Climbing Wall

Wilderness Safety, Personal Care, and First Aid Tabling

Wilderness safety is critical to enjoying a successful outdoor adventure. Come learn important safety skills in areas such as first aid, personal care, animal, plant safety, and many more. This is designed to give you an overview of the essential safety skills for a successful wilderness adventure.

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Packing Your Pack/Gear Tabling

When you are out in the wilderness, you want to make sure you have everything that you need, while also balancing the amount of weight and gear that you have to carry. Learn the different types of equipment and gear that can be used for different kinds of trips as well as how to pack and bring that equipment along with you on your adventure. You’ll walk away from this workshop with the necessary tools to pick the correct gear for your adventure. 

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sheltering & Sleeping Tabling

Sleeping outdoors is a lot different than sleeping inside. Come learn about one of the most critical components of outdoor survival and experience: shelter and sleeping gear. A night under the stars can be one of the best or one of the worst experiences and it comes down to choosing the right shelter and sleeping gear. 

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fire Making & Safety Tabling

Taking in the comforting glow and warmth of a campfire is one of the best experiences of being outdoors. This workshop will teach you how to safely build and manage a campfire and also learn about some of the other warmth and light options available when camping.

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Backcountry Cooking & Nutrition Tabling

Come learn the A-Z process on how to prepare and cook meals on your outdoor adventure. You’ll learn how to pack and prepare meals, cook with camp stoves and other equipment, how to clean up after to avoid unwanted threats from animals and the environment, and how to locate, filter, and store water. Nutrition is critical to a successful outdoor adventure and after completing this workshop you’ll have the necessary skills to fuel your adventure.

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please email wgo@westga.edu.

Toasty & Tasty

There is no better way to start the semester than the comfort of being toasty while drinking tasty hot cocoa from a mug you made and enjoying the peace and warmth of making s'mores in a firepit. This event is in collaboration with the Center for Student Involvement and Inclusion.

Event Information

  • Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (drop-by)
  • Location: Campus Center Back Patio
  • Registration: no need for registration
  • Cost: Free for all students, faculty, staff

For more information, please email urec@westga.edu.

Climb Across America: El Capitan

Challenge yourself in a new way this spring by participating in the Climb Across America: El Capitan climbing challenge in which you will climb 3,000 vertical feet throughout the semester. This is the same vertical height as if you climbed El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Receive prizes at different milestones along your climbing journey.

Event Information

  • Challenge begins: Monday, January 31, 2022
  • Challenge ends: Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Cost: Free for students, faculty, staff
  • Sign up in person at the Climbing Wall.

For more information, contact urec@westga.edu or stop by the Climbing Wall.

Nutritious Trail Mix and Infused Water Wellness Series

This event is aimed towards educating participants on easy and nutritious snacks including trail mix and infused water as well as healthier options you can find at the grocery store to better fuel your body.

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
  • Location: Outside Campus Center
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • No registration, just drop by
  • FREE for students, faculty, staff

For more information, please email urec@westga.edu.

Rental Center

For excursions big and small, West Georgia Outdoors offers equipment at low cost for UWG students, faculty, and staff. Our staff can also assist you in the planning and logistics of your very own adventures. The WGO Rental Center is located on the second floor of the Campus Center across the hallway from the back courts.

WGO Rental Center Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

If you are needing assistance outside of these hours, please email urec@westga.edu to set up an appointment. More details and itemized prices can be found at the WGO Rentals page.