Who goes on Outback trips and classes?

Outback's trips and classes are open to everyone; UCSD students, staff, faculty and the general community.  We provide adventure trips such as backpacking, camping, kayaking, surfing and rock climbing. Participants must be 18 years or older for any off campus trips, except on child specific programs or family trips where younger participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants can be under 18 for on campus classes and actiivities.

What is included in the trip?

  • Round trip transportation to and from the trip destination from Outback Adventures.
  • Trained and experienced guides
  • Instruction in the trip activity
  • All safety equipment
  • All group camping and trip equipment unless otherwise noted
  • Entrance, parking and camping fees
  • Food while camping (on trips longer than 1 day)
  • 50% rental discount at the Outback Rental Shop on any equipment you need for your trip. 50% rental discount does not apply to ski/snowboard rentals for Snow Trips.

What is not included in the trip?

  • Personal equipment needs such as sleeping bag, sleeping pad and clothing. Be sure to read your packing list. All trip/class participants receive a 50% discount for rental's through the Outback Rental Shop (except ski/snowboard rentals for Snow Trips.
  • Guaranteed perfect weather
  • Road Meals - on some trips, we often stop at a fast food restaurant (taco shops/In-N-Out) during the trip. Plan to budget money/$6-10 for this road meal stop.
  • Transportation for anyone under the age of 18

Is this going to be too hard?

All of our trips and classes are geared for beginners with no previous experience or skill, unless otherwise noted. Our trips are designed to expose you to new skills and introduce you to the diverse activities that you can enjoy in the outdoors. Some of our trips, however, are more physically demanding than others. All watersports participants must be able to swim proficiently. If you have questions about whether a trip will fit your physical abilities, please contact the Outdoor Leadership Coordinator at (858) 534-3534.

How do I register for Trips and Classes?

To sign up, register online, or drop by Outback Adventures or RIMAC during our business hours. Don’t miss out! Register early because programs fill quickly. Sorry, we are unable to take registrations over the phone. Note that the first price listed is for UCSD students and the next price is for all others.

Where do we meet for the trip?

All trips depart from Outback Adventures Rental Shop unless otherwise specified. On campus classes meet  at the location specified in the program description.

Do trips or classes ever cancel?

We plan for success. Outback Adventures staff create programs and prepare resources and logistics with our mission, customers, and goals of the specific trip in mind. We are disappointed when programs must be canceled, but it happens on occasion. Some of the reasons we need to cancel an trip are:

* predicted or prevailing unsafe weather conditions,
* insufficient sign-ups by the registration deadline,
* illness or injury among the guiding staff
* other circumstances beyond our control

What is the Cancellation/Refund Policy?

Please visit our Cancellation Policy page.

Are these trips dangerous?

While these trips are not dangerous, adventure travel has inherent risks of injury and/or death. These risks contribute to the "adventure" aspect of our trips. UCSD Outback Adventures and its employees assume no liability for any damages, loss, injury or death as a result of our trips. Some trips have a prerequisite fitness level, for which the participants are responsible. Any person participating in an Outback Adventures trip is personally responsible for his or her own safety.

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