Girl smiles while climbing

Join us for a rocking day of climbing! Climbing trips go to various locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Most trips consist of ‘top rope’ climbing, and your instructors will set up climbs for any skill level. If you have never been climbing or if you are a pro looking for that next challenging climb, we will find a climb suitable for your skills and experience.

Trip Requirements

  • Attend a belay class at the Johns Hopkins Climbing Wall if you do not know how to belay or it has been a while since you last belayed.
  • Attend the pre-trip meeting. Your instructor will email you with pre-trip information.
  • Complete all required paperwork (See ‘Forms and Waivers’).
  • Meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria for the trip.
    • Travel over uneven, variable terrain, including flat, uphill and downhill.
    • If conditions become adverse, travel without stopping for breaks for one hour.
    • Carry personal and group gear required for the specific activity in a backpack.
    • Carry the minimum pack weight for at least two hours beyond the intended duration of the activity. Day trip approximately 15 lbs
    • Wear all required safety gear such as an approved harness and approved helmet.
    • Grip a rope firmly, grasp the rock face, and negotiate upwards on a climb.


How to Register

Outdoor trips are open to anyone affiliated with Johns Hopkins University including Hopkins students, staff, and faculty.

To register for a trip please do the following:

  1. View the upcoming trips on our ticket webpage Payment is accepted via cash, credit card or check and can be made online or in-person at the Experiential Education Base Camp behind the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center on the Homewood Campus.
  2. After payment has been received and processed, you will receive a confirmation email. Attached to that email will include any forms you may have to fill out and return the Wednesday before you leave on your trip.
  3. Contact Experiential Education with any questions regarding your trip, registration information, payment options or with any concerns. We are open 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. Friday’s during the semester and can be reached at 410-516-4417 or
  4. The week of your trip you will be notified by the instructors. Attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting the week of your trip to get the details on your trip. Your instructors will email you with the time, date and location of the meeting.

Cancellation Policy

If you are not able to go on a trip, you may cancel no later than seven days prior to the date of your trip to receive a refund. If you do not cancel your spot a week before the date of your trip, you will not receive a refund. If a trip is canceled due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, you will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a full refund.

Signup Policy

You will be able to purchase one participant spot per trip online. If you have a friend that wants to come along they will have to purchase their own spot. Please be considerate of others that may want to go on a trip and purchase what you know you will be able to attend.

What’s Included

  • Transportation (you must take the provided JHU transportation)
  • Activity-specific equipment
  • Basic instruction and coaching

What’s Not Included

  • Meals (unless it is an overnight trip)
  • Personal clothing for the activity

Forms and Waivers

To participate in an outdoor trip you are required to complete a medical form and trip waiver.

Once your order is processed, you will receive an email with any necessary paperwork. Please download and print the required paperwork for your trip and return it by email to or in-person at our office. Forms and waivers must be completed and returned by 5 p.m. EST on the Wednesday before your trip. After hours, please leave your paperwork in the office door dropbox. If you do not turn in your paperwork by 5 p.m. EST the Wednesday before your trip, you will be removed from the trip without a refund.

If you have already attended a trip this academic year you do not need to fill out a new medical form and instead need to stop by the Experiential Education Base Camp and resign your form, confirming that no information on your medical form has changed since last attending a trip. You must fill out a waiver for every type of trip you attend once a year.

What to Bring


  • Synthetic t-shirt
  • Synthetic shorts or pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Wool socks
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat with brim


  • Two 1-liter water bottles
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Sunglasses with lanyard
  • Extra glasses and/or contacts
  • Medication in waterproof bags
  • Camera (optional)
  • LUNCH!
  • Snacks, granola bars, cookies, etc.

Additional Clothing (Cold Weather Day Trips)

  • Long sleeve synthetic shirt
  • Long underwear tops and bottoms
  • Medium/Heavy weight wool or fleece sweater
  • Insulated jacket
  • Pair of synthetic gloves
  • Wool hat or beanie

Equipment Included for Climbing Trips

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay devices

Trip Schedule