UWild Adventures

Live Curiously. Be Wild.

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

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


We offer courses for all styles of adventure and all skill levels of adventurers.


Wilderness Medicine Courses

We offer a series of courses including Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid.


Monthly and quarterly commuter bike rentals. See how a bike fits in your life!



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 Climbing Center

Located in IMA Building

Gear Garage

Located in Waterfront Activities 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 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 UW students 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 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.

Wilderness Educator & Adventure Leadership program

Apply Here

UWild Adventures’ Wilderness Educator program is the first step on the trail to becoming a trip leader and instructor. 

This course covers essential skills that every wilderness instructor, guide, and trip leader must develop – 

  • backcountry decision-making, 
  • risk mitigation and management, 
  • leave no trace ethics, 
  • group development and management, 
  • sporting and living skills. 

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

The Gear Garage

Boat Rentals

General Questions Regarding Classes and Trips


Nathan Page
Program Manager
(Climbing Programs, Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Educator, & the Crags Climbing Center)

Bryan Anderson
Program Manager
(Paddling Programs, First Year Adventures, Wilderness Educator, & the Gear Garage)

Rod Smith
Waterfront Manager/Harbor Master
(Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Gear Garage, & Waterfront Events)

Matt Jensen
Associate Director

Questions About Accessibility?

The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. UW Recreation encourages everyone to participate in our department offerings; please contact us at (206) 543-4590 or at for more information on how to get involved. 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