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  • Students paddling through the rapids on a Davidson Outdoors adventure

    Davidson Outdoors offers a variety of nature activities throughout the year including kayaking and canoeing, backpacking, rock and mountain climbing, and caving.

  • Boating in the Everglades

    Students lead all the trips offered by Davidson Outdoors.

  • Students participating in the Davidson Outdoors Challenge Course

    Student and administrative groups can take advantage of the challenge course for team building activities.

Davidson Outdoors

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Alvarez College Union

Box 7182
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Davidson Outdoors

Davidson Outdoors offers students, faculty, and staff a variety of outdoor activities and courses throughout the year. Davidson Outdoors trips are student run and include whitewater kayaking and canoeing, backpacking, rock and mountain climbing, and caving. Davidson Outdoors also offers weekly kayak rolling lessons, daily indoor climbing, and a group initiatives challenge course.

Students have participated in Davidson Outdoors trips that took them canoeing in the Everglades and on the Rio Grande, sailing off the Gulf Coast of Florida, hang gliding at the Outer Banks, sea kayaking off the Georgia coast and whitewater rafting in West Virginia, to name a few. Student trip leaders are trained and supervised by Davidson Outdoors staff.

Contact Ed Daugherty or Austin Langley at 704-894-2623 or visit the Davidson Outdoors office in the basement of Alvarez College Union to participate in any of the activities below.

Odyssey Pre-Orientation Program

First-year students can select from three Odyssey experiences that are designed to provide a unique, challenging, and fun transition to life at Davidson. The Odyssey is great way to meet your fellow students before classes begin.

Challenge Course

Growing out of the ropes tradition, Davidson Outdoors has developed a wonderful challenge course with high and low elements. Nestled in the woods beyond the college's cross-country trails, our course is designed for groups who want to get to know one another better, increase trust, identify skills of members in the group, develop an approach to problem solving, expand communication skills and improve creative thinking.

Indoor Climbing Wall

Located on the basement level of the Alvarez College Union, students learn what it takes to climb with confidence. Whether it's bouldering, rope climbing, or lead climbing, Davidson Outdoors staff will show you the footwork it takes to aim high.

Independent Trip Resources

Many resources are provided to assist with independent trips such as bicycle repair tools, equipment rental, map library and trip planning resource center.