Outdoor Recreation provides opportunities for the Emory community to experience adventures in great outdoors. programs include adventure trips, equipment rentals, and a climbing arena in the WPEC. No experience is necessary to participate in outdoor programs.

The climbing wall is located on the 1st floor of the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WPEC) adjacent to the basketball arena. The wall includes a variety of challenges including corners and overhangs. Access to climb at the wall is free to all Emory students and WPEC members. The minimum age to climb is 5 years old.
No experience is necessary. Staff are available to provide instruction and belay. Skill clinics are offered and encouraged help to build self-reliance.
Spring 2024 Hours of Operation (beginning 1/23):

Tues, Wed, Fri:




*Climbing wall will close on March 9 for Spring Break and will re-open on March 19

Group size 

Students, Campus Life, Student Orgs 

Emory University Departments 

Member Private Events and Birthday Parties 

1-10 people 


(2 climbing wall staff provided) 




11-20 people 


(4 climbing wall staff provided) 




The climbing wall is available to the Emory University community for private party reservations. All climbing wall policies apply to private party reservations. 

Review our policies here: Policies | Emory University | Atlanta GA 

Reservations are only scheduled during WPEC open hours, but outside of regular climbing wall open hours. We cannot accommodate groups during climbing wall open hours. Review our current open hours under the Climbing Wall dropdown section above.  

Only climbing wall staff and Emory belay certified patrons are permitted to belay. Any patron within a private party wishing to belay during their event must be certified before the event time. No belay tests will be performed during a private party reservation.   

Minimum climber age: 5 

Maximum group size: 20 

Adult sized harnesses and climbing shoes are available. Child sized harnesses are available but we do not have child sized shoes. 

If you have a larger group that you would like to bring to the wall, contact to see if we can accommodate your group. 


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You can search and register for upcoming trips and clinics on your MyRecWell portal under the Outdoor Recreation tab

Registration for clinics and special events closes 24 hours before start time.
Registration for trips closes Tuesday before departure date (unless otherwise indicated).

A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held for all multi-day trips. If unable to attend a pre-trip meeting, you must contact Kristin Sliger at in advance to schedule a make-up meeting. 

Interested in becoming a trip leader? Contact

Questions about the type of trip? View our Level of Challenge and Remoteness Scale (click here)

Cancellation, No-Show, and Refund Policies

No-Show Policy:
A “3 strikes, you’re out” policy will be enforced for all trips. If a participant no-shows on the day of departure or cancels less than 10 days before the departure date of a trip for a total of three times, that participant will no longer be permitted to register for trips. Trips tend to have a long waitlist and we want to make sure spots are available to those who will show up to participate. A reminder of this policy will be sent to anyone who has accumulated 2 late cancellations and no-shows.

Refund Policy:
Participants will receive a full refund if they cancel more than 10 days before the trip date. Individuals may receive a full refund if the program is cancelled by RecWell and Outdoor Emory. No refunds will be provided if a participant cancels less than 10 days prior to the trip departure date or for no-shows. No refunds will be given for deposits on break trips or other trips that allow for a deposit. Money paid toward the trip balance is not refundable after the date of the pre-trip meeting. Payment deadlines must be met or trip spot and all payments will be forfeited. 



Group Size  

Student Organizations and Campus Life  

Emory University Departments  

External Organizations 

1-15 participants  




16-30 participants  




31-45 participants  




46-60 participants  




61+ participants  

Contact for pricing  



Whether you are looking to add fun into a meeting or meet specific goals, we now offer programming catered to you and your group’s needs. Strengthen your group’s sense of community through the use of icebreakers, games, and teambuilding activities.

Requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance of your preferred event date. Please fill out the request form here with as much detail as possible to help us better understand your group's goals. We will contact you within 2 business days after receipt of the request form to discuss. Program confirmation is subject to staff availability.

Contact Outdoor Recreation staff at for more information or to discuss how these programs can best serve your group.

Outdoor Equipment rentals are available for current Emory University students and members of the WPEC or SAAC. Equipment must be picked up and returned at the Emory Adventure Center during open hours of operation. 

The Emory Adventure Center is located on the 2nd floor of the WPEC in racquetball court #5. Rental requests may be made up to 7 days in advance. 

Outdoor Equipment Rental Request Form Here

Questions? Contact: 

Item daily (Thurs-Fri) weekend (Fri-Mon) week (Fri-Fri) limit per renter replacement cost
Tent (2-Person) $6/$8 $12/$16 $30/$40 2 $200 
Tent (4-Person) $8/$11 $16/$22 $40/$55 2 $400 
Tent (6-Person) $10/$13 $20/$26 $50/$65 2 $480 
Sleeping Bag (20 degree) $5/$7 $10/$14 $25/$35 3 $75 
Sleeping Pad (closed cell foam) $2/$3 $4/$6 $10/$15 3 $35 
Stove - Backpacking (Pocket Rocket) *Fuel Not Included $3/$4 $6/$8 $15/$20 2 $50 
Stove (2-Burner) *Fuel Not Included $4/$6 $8/$12 $20/$30 2 $160 
Cooler (48qt or 70qt) $2/$3 $4/$6 $10/$15 2 $50 
Backpacking pack (65L) $4/$6 $8/$12 $20/$30 2 $250 
Day Pack (30L) $3/$4 $6/$8 $15/$20 2 $120 
Hammock (double) $2/$3 $4/$6 $10/$15 2 $55 
Headlamp $3/$4 $6/$8 $15/$20 3 $50 
Bouldering Crash Pad $5/$7 $10/$14 $25/$35 2 $160 
Climbing Helmet $2/$3 $4/$6 $10/$15 3 $60 
Stand Up Paddle Board *includes PFD, Paddle, Leash, pump, and travel pack $16/$20 $32/$40 $80/$100 2 SUP: $900   
Pump: $45          
PFD: $75            
Paddle: $120   
Travel Pack: $160  Leash: $50
Emory Recreation and Wellness advises Outdoor Emory, Emory University's student-run outdoors club, which hosts events, offers outdoor equipment rental and subsidizes outdoor trips. To connect with Outdoor Emory, visit their page on The Hub.

Contact Us

26 Eagle Row. Atlanta, Georgia 30322 USA

404.727.6551 (WPEC Member Services Office)

404.712.2431 (SAAC Member Services Desk)