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The Adventure Rec program took students on a white water rafting trip on Sept. 19 and 20.


December 7, 2015

Adventure Rec offers students chance to step out of the city

You can burn your calories and tone your muscles on a treadmill — but not all workouts need to be done at the gym. Entering its third year this semester, Adventure Rec at Cleveland State University offers programs that take members out of the locker room and into nature.

“Adventure Rec provides opportunities that you might not be able to do in a city setting,” Mike Baldino, graduate assistant for Adventure Rec, said. “Outdoor recreation has a lot of value and brings you out of your comfort zone.”

Some of the outings that Adventure Rec has gone on this semester include white water rafting, paddle boarding, hiking and rock climbing. Baldino said his favorite trip this semester was in September at the

Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania, where the group went white water rafting.

“It was my first trip with Adventure Rec,” Baldino said. “We went hiking in the park [too] and it was a beautiful change of scenery.”

According to Baldino, even though this is the program’s third year, some outings and clinics have been canceled because of lack of interest. Some of their field trips have been successful and he hopes to see more trips have that outcome next semester.

“I want this program to continue,” Baldino said. “It has potential and interest is building off of our previous trips.”

Adventure Rec isn’t just for students — according to Baldino, the program is available to students, faculty, staff, public members of the Rec Center and those who don’t have Rec Center affiliation. A lot of the trips don’t have a pre-requisite or prior experience requirement — but the more involved, overnight trips do require attendees to show up to an informational and training session at the Rec Center, which include teaching attendees the skills needed for the trip.

According to Baldino, some of the trips Adventure Rec is planning for next year include kayaking, overnight ski trips, yoga hikes, backpacking and spelunking, which is the exploration of wild cave systems.

“We just want to get students outside,” Baldino said. “Adventure Rec provides opportunities that could really enrich their college experience.”

Those who are interested in attending trips next semester can sign up online at or on campus via a customer service representative in the pro Shop at the Rec Center. Costs for these trips typically are based upon the details of the outing, but are all-inclusive, including gear, transport and housing.


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