Recreation

UWild Adventures

Live curiously. Experience adventure. Be wild.

Being wild is experiencing life outside of your comfort zone. To push and believe that you can accomplish something previously thought impossible, or never thought of at all. Engaging in adventure is connecting to your wild side, and enriching your human experience. The raw, natural landscape drives your curiosity to understand the unknown, pushes your willpower to take one step further than you have before, and inspires you to think larger than yourself.

Come join us in any way that works for you; whether that’s a class, trip, renting gear, climbing at the Crags, paddling at the Waterfront, or joining a club. Everyone needs some time outdoors, and we’re here to help make that happen.

UWild Programs

UWild Classes

Education

We offer courses in Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, White Water Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, and more.

WFA

Wilderness Medicine Courses

We offers a series of course including Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid and more.

UWild Clubs

Clubs

Join one of the various student clubs associated with UWild Adventures (Climbing Club and the University Kayak Club (UKC)).

Trips

Trips

From single day rock climbing trips to multi-day bike tours. We are here to help you experience all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

UWild Places

Crags

Crags Climbing Center

Located in IMA Building

Gear Garage

Located in Waterfront Activity Center

In collaboration with First Year Programs, UWild (pronounced U-Wild) hosts a number of adventures for incoming University of Washington students.

Who participates in First-Year Adventures?

These trips are ideal for the incoming student looking to meet others with an adventuresome spirit, learn a new skill, or apply skills in a new area, all while experiencing the amazing wilderness areas around our beautiful state.

Inclusion is at the core of our mission and values. We want all students to have the opportunity to experience Washington’s wild and beautiful spaces. UWild offers a limited number of partial and full scholarships. Please contact Bryan Anderson at bryana7@uw.edu for more details.

Who Leads First Year Adventures?

Most trips are led by fellow UW students trained in wilderness education. These educators will guide you through the development of outdoor skills, provide insights on their experience as a UW student and introduce campus resources.

Schedule of Adventures

UWild’s First Year Adventures align with summer A&O sessions. We design these adventures to provide flexibility for participation either before or after an A&O session.

 

Registration for Current UWild Classes and Trips

To view a list of our current offerings or to register for UWilds Classes and Trips trips, visit us online at reg.recreation.uw.edu or in person at any of the following campus locations:

  • IMA Member Services (in the lobby) during open hours
  • Crags Climbing Center during open hours
  • Gear Garage during open hours

Register Here


Work for UWild

For more information and to apply, please visit the employment page, or contact a UWild Program Manager.


UWild Adventures and Crags Classes Refund Policies

On-Campus Only Activities, and Classes

  • On-campus Activities meet only on-campus and do not require group travel to off-campus locations. These classes may meet indoors or outdoors.
  • Drops must be completed at least 48 hours prior to the start time. Failure to do so will result in a 100% loss of the registration fee.
  • Failure to attend an activity results in a 100% loss of the registration fee.

Off-Campus Activities, Classes, and Trips

  • Off-campus activities are defined as any activities that leave campus. Off-campus activities may have an on-campus information session or instructional meetings.
  • Drops made 14-8 days prior to the activity results in a 50% loss of the registration fee.
  • Drops made 7 or fewer days prior to the activity results in a 100% loss of the registration fee.
  • Failure to attend an activity results in a 100% loss of registration fee.
  • Attendance at pre-trip meetings, instructional sessions, or informational sessions is mandatory for participation in off-campus activities prior to an outing.
  • Partial refunds will be given if the outdoor portion of a class is canceled due to weather.

General Refund Policies

  • Classes meeting for multiple sessions, no refunds are issued after the first session.
  • For any course that meets for multiple sessions, attendance to the first class is mandatory.
  • Refunds are only processed in-person at the Climbing Center, Waterfront Activities Center, or IMA Member Services. Please check our website for available hours. If you paid by credit card or Husky card, you will need to bring your card so that we can credit your account. If you paid by check, we will need to verify your address so a check can be mailed to you within approximately four weeks.

Contact Us

The Crags Climbing Center
206.616.7229
recclimb@uw.edu

Nathan Page
Climbing Program Manager
206.616.1143
Email

Bryan Anderson
Field Program Manager
206.616.2083
Email

The Gear Garage
206.685.6767
garage@uw.edu

Rod Smith
Waterfront Manager
206.685.7518
Email

Matt Jensen
Associate Director
206.616.2083
Email

Questions About Accessibility?

We encourage you to participate in classes, personal training, intramurals, rec clubs, or UWild Adventures. Please contact Member Services, (206) 543-4590 for more information.

The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests.  Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

Request Disability Services Office

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at:

Request Disability Resources for Students

Or the Disability Resources for Students Office at:

UW Recreation does not provide accident/medical coverage for participants. It is recommended that participants obtain their own personal coverage. Students may obtain additional information on student accident/sickness insurance by contacting:

Student Insurance Office
Room 459 Schmitz Hall
(206) 543-6202
stdins@uw.edu