Adventure Trips

To Register for any Trip:

Trips are open for all UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff, and community members, unless otherwise noted.

1. Fill out a 2019-2020 Medical Form or have a 2019-2020 Medical Form already on file with Venture.

To find the Medical Form on Niner Engage:

  1. Log in to Niner Engage using your NinerNet credentials.
  2. Search for Venture Outdoor Leadership and select the appropriate Organization.
  3. Click Venture Medical History Form 2019-2020 under the Forms section.

PLEASE NOTE: You only need to fill out this Medical Form once for the entire year.

2. Pay online or with cash or check in the Venture Office (225 Cone University Center).

*When you pay, you'll have the opportunity to list the trip(s) for which you're registering.

**Spaces on this trip are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Your registration is not complete until both steps are finished!

***Registration deadlines are (with rare exceptions) noon on Tuesday the week before the trip--this gives our University physician time to review your medical form.  

****You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Venture if/when your registration is approved, and the e-mail will include the trip waiver for you to read and sign.  

Pre-Trip Meeting Attendance Policy:

For trips with a pre-trip meeting, attendance at the meeting is required.  Registered participants who miss the pre-trip meeting will be taken off the trip roster and are not guaranteed a refund.  Please keep this in mind when making decisions about participation. 

Questions about trips or your registration status?  Reach out to us at

Fall 2019 Adventure Trips

Saturday, October 5 - Monday, October 7

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, October 1 5:30 - 7:00 PM

This trip is full.

UNC Charlotte students only! Make the most of your Fall Break getting outside and helping maintain beautiful natural spaces.  We’ll backpack on the iconic Appalachian Trail for two days of the trip and we’ll do a day of service with a local non-profit on the third day.  This trip is partially funded by a grant from the 49er Family Fund, so we’re able to offer it for an extremely affordable price to UNC Charlotte students. *Participants must provide their own mid/high-top backpacking boots (boot must cover ankle bone) in order to attend this trip*

Saturday, October 19

Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A
Cost (Students/Faculty & Staff/Community): $40/50/65

Rock climbing offers amazing opportunities to set goals, face fears and build community with your group.  Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, near Hiddenite, NC, offers roughly 60 climbing routes on a climbing crag that was developed out of a former quarry.  The difficulty ratings on the climbs vary from beginner to advanced, so there is something to challenge every climber regardless of skill level or experience.  


Sunday, October 27

Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A
Cost (Student/Faculty & Staff/Community): $25/40/55

The South Beyond 6,000 (SB6K) Challenge, organized by the Carolina Mountain Club, encourages hikers to scale the forty 6,000 foot peaks in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  Those who complete the SB6K Challenge earn a patch as well as the satisfaction of having hiked the tallest mountains in the Southeast. Over the next few years, Venture Outdoor Leadership will travel to each of the peaks that our Commercial Use Permit allows us to access.  

Because of the elevation and the remote location of these mountains, participants should know these hikes are inherently strenuous physically, often present extreme weather and other hazards, and typically take 8 or more hours to complete.  Beginners are welcome, just expect a challenging and rewarding day!


Saturday, November 2 - Sunday, November 3

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, October 29 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Cost (Students/Faculty & Staff/Community): $80/105/125

Learn and practice two outdoor adventure activities, backpacking and rock climbing, in one weekend.  On Saturday, we’ll start the adventure by driving up to the mountains, ascending the stunning Shortoff Mountain and camping at Chimney Gap.  After a short but stout ascent on Sunday, we’ll rock climb at the Chimneys before we finish our hike at Table Rock Mountain. *Participants must provide their own mid/high-top backpacking boots (boot must cover ankle bone) in order to attend this trip*

Saturday, November 9

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, November 5 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Cost (Students/Faculty & Staff/Community): $45/55/75

Acquaint yourself with the seemingly alien cave environment on this trip to Tawney’s Cave near Blacksburg, VA.  The cave remains at a constant temperature in the 50s (Fahrenheit) all year long, and contains an underground creek, as well as many formations, bats, and more.  You will get wet and muddy on this trip, experience total darkness, and work with your team to travel safely through the cave on this adventurous day trip.  


Male at top of mountainRock ClimbingHickers at Waterfall