What is West Georgia Outdoors?

West Georgia Outdoors (WGO) is a part of University Recreation, managing and supporting  a climbing wall, a rental center, and an adventure trip program with the help of professional and student staff members. The community of WGO seeks to provide experiences for students, faculty, and staff through outdoor recreational activities. West Georgia Outdoors strives to provide adventures, challenges and growth by allowing patrons to push their personal limits and step out of their comfort zone through safe and exhilarating experiences.  

West Georgia Outdoors prides itself in providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff where no previous experience is necessary to participate. The goal is to allow anyone to get outside in a fun and welcoming environment on whatever level they are comfortable with. By providing these opportunities, WGO seeks to lay the foundation for others to live a life with a better understanding of outdoor recreation as a whole.

Why do we "Adventure West?" 

Adventure West for Challenge. Whether it is reaching the summit of a mountain or learning to ride a bike, we doubt only our limits.

Adventure West for Growth. From participating on a hiking trip to leading a Spring Break trip, everyone involved will develop essential skills to make this world a better place.

We Adventure West. When we walk across the stage at graduation, we leave West Georgia with memories, experiences, and unparalleled friendships you can’t get in the classroom.

We are West Georgia Outdoors, and we Adventure West.

  • Adventure Trips
  • Climbing Wall
  • West Georgia Outdoors
  • ELEMENTS 2017
  • Adventure Trips

    **Registration will open Spring 2018

    Spring 2018 Adventure Trips 

    Trip Location Registration Deadline Date(s) of Trip Student Price Faculty/Staff Price
    Backpacking Trip
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
    February 23
    March 2-4
    $55
    $66
    Yoga and Hike Trip
    Cheaha State Park, AL
    March 7
    March 10
    $15
    $18
    Alternative Spring Break Trip
    Appalachian Trail
    March 2
    March 16-25
    TBA
    TBA
    Rock Climbing Trip
    Palisades Park and Horse Pens 40, AL
    March 23
    March 30-April 1
    $55
    $66
    Greenbelt Bike Ride
    Carrollton, GA
    April 4
    April 7
    $5
    $6
    Day Hike
    Tallulah Gorge State Park, GA
    April 4
    April 8
    $12
    $15
    Intro to Mountain Biking
    Little Tallapoosa Park, Carrollton, GA
    April 6
    April 14
    $10
    $12
    River Clean-Up
    Local GA River - Exact location TBA
    April 11
    April 15
    $10
    $12
    Whitewater Rafting Trip
    Outdoor Adventure Rafting, TN
    April 20
    April 27-28
    $55
    $66

    Spring 2018 Adventure Trips 

    • Trip: Backpacking Trip
      Location:

      Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

      Registration Deadline:
      February 23

      Date(s) of Trip:
      March 2-4

      Student Price:
      $55

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      $66

    • Trip:

      Yoga and Hike Trip

      Location:
      Cheaha State Park, AL

      Registration Deadline:
      March 7

      Date(s) of Trip:
      March 10

      Student Price:
      $15

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      $18

    • Trip:

      Alternative Spring Break Trip

      Location:
      Appalachian Trail

      Registration Deadline:
      March 2

      Date(s) of Trip:
      March 16-25

      Student Price:
      TBA

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      TBA

    • Trip:

      Rock Climbing Trip

      Location:
      Palisades Park and Horse Pens 40, AL

      Registration Deadline:
      March 23

      Date(s) of Trip:
      March 30-April 1

      Student Price:
      $55

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      $66

    • Trip:

      Greenbelt Bike Ride

      Location:
      Carrollton, GA

      Registration Deadline: April 4
      Date(s) of Trip:
      April 7

      Student Price:
      $5

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      $6

    • Trip:

      Day Hike

      Location:
      Tallulah Gorge State Park, GA

      Registration Deadline:
      April 4

      Date(s) of Trip:
      April 8

      Student Price:
      $12

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      $15

    • Trip:

      Intro to Mountain Biking

      Location:
      Little Tallapoosa Park, Carrollton, GA

      Registration Deadline:
      April 6

      Date(s) of Trip:
      April 14

      Student Price:
      $10

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      $12

    • Trip:

      River Clean-Up

      Location:
      Local GA River - Exact location TBA

      Registration Deadline:
      April 11

      Date(s) of Trip:
      April 15

      Student Price:
      $10

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      $12

    • Trip:

      Whitewater Rafting Trip

      Location:
      Outdoor Adventure Rafting, TN

      Registration Deadline:
      April 20

      Date(s) of Trip:
      April 27-28

      Student Price:
      $55

      Faculty/Staff Price:
      $66

    How to Register

    Online/by credit card: go to myrec.westga.edu and click on “courses/trips”.  From there, select “West Georgia Outdoors” (on the left side) and the trip you want (in the drop down menu).  Click “Register Now” and follow the prompts. 

    In Person/by cash or check: Come visit West Georgia Outdoors (WGO) in the Campus Center during our open hours and one of our friendly staff can help assist you with registration. Please bring exact cash or a check for in-person payments. 

    Refund Policy

    All trip registrations close one week before the start date of the trip or event.  Trip registration will be open until midnight.  In the event of a trip cancellation due to weather or enrollment, a full refund will be issued to all previously registered participants. All registrants are subject to a full refund if it is requested before five (5) days before trip departure.  In order to receive a full refund, participants must email wgo@westga.edu.

    Any requests made after five (5) days before trip departure will not receive a refund and will forfeit their trip payment.  Questions may be directed to wgo@westga.edu or 678-839-0660.

    Want more information or to give feedback? Follow us on Instagram (@wgoutdoors) or email us at wgo@westga.edu.

     

     
  • Climbing Wall

    West Georgia Outdoors' Climbing Wall offers UWG students and UREC members 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). Climbers have the option to boulder, top rope, or lead climb. 

    Fall HOURS

    Monday - Thursday: 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday: CLOSED
    Sunday: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    For more information, please contact wgo@westga.edu. Visit our hours of operations page for holiday and special hours.

  • West Georgia Outdoors

    Want to create your own adventure? For excursions big and small, our West Georgia Outdoors offers equipment at low cost for UWG students and UREC members. Check out our complete list of rental items and prices, or make an appointment at wgo@westga.edu or 678-839-0660 for more information. 

    West Georgia Outdoors Hours

    Monday - Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.*
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
    *If you are needing services outside of these hours, please contact wgo@westga.edu to set up an appointment.

    Where is West Georgia Outdoors? 

    Located on the second floor of the Campus Center (in the back gym), West Georgia Outdoors is the hub for all things outdoor-related. Stop by with any questions, to say hi, or to take a study break!

    How does renting equipment work? 

    Equipment can be reserved up to one week in advance, for your convenience. Stop by West Georgia Outdoors or call us during our operating hours to place your reservation. Checking out equipment can be done on the spot as well! All you need is an ID, to know what you want, and payment for the rental (cash or check). We can rent equipment out for one day, or up to one week!*

    Please feel free to contact our West Georgia Outdoors center at 678-839-5359 or at wgo@westga.edu

    *Please note that late fees apply. Failure to return equipment after three days will result in a replacement cost, as well as a hold on your university account. 

    Equipment Rental Semester Sales:

    Bike Package: Helmet, bike, lock ($5/day)

    bikepackageimageSolo Paddle Package: Kayak, SUP, life jacket, paddle ($8/day)

    solopaddlepackageWith-a-friend water package: Canoe, 2 life jackets, 2 paddles ($12/day)

    friendwaterpackageCamping-for-two package: 2-person tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 sleeping pads, 2 headlamps ($15/day)

    campingfortwopackage

     

    For more information, please contact wgo@westga.edu. Visit our hours of operations page for holiday and special hours.

  • ELEMENTS 2017

      West Georgia Outdoors presents Elements, a new student outdoor program

    Elements, New Student Outdoor Program, is an outdoor adventure experience for new incoming freshmen to the University of West Georgia.  Students will embark on a 5-day/4-night adventure before the start of the fall semester in some of the Southeast’s most scenic outdoor destinations.  Activities could include backpacking, canoeing, rafting, climbing, and zip lining.  Each trip will have several fun and exciting components throughout to keep the groups engaged and challenged.  Groups will consist of nine student participants and two outdoor program instructors in order to create a family like atmosphere.  By the end of the week, participants and leaders will have the opportunity to get to know other incoming freshmen, form new friendships, create lasting memories, and discover new outdoor experiences before their West Georgia journey begins.

    JULY 31 - AUGUST 5, 2017

    $150 (Price includes food, transportation, guides, permits, equipment and swag)

    APPLICATION DEADLINE - FRIDAY, JULY 7th by 5:00 P.M. 


    Benefits of Program

    Multiple days of outdoor adventure (Backpacking, Canoeing, Camping, Rafting)
    Move into Residence Hall early
    Establish friendships before first day of classes

    Schedule of Activities (times subject to change)
    July 31 / Move into Res Hall (12-5pm) / Pre-Trip Banquet 6pm / Evening Activity / Pre-Trip Meeting
    August 1 / Leave for Trip Destinations
    August 2-4 / Backpack, Camp, Swim, Explore, Raft, Zip Line
    August 5 / Return to UWG by Noon / Debrief / Equipment Return

    For more information, please email wgo@westga.edu

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