MSU Denver

Adventures

Adventures are instructional, hard skills focused experiences that include new skills and review in challenging outdoor settings. Examples include rock climbing, ice climbing, trail running and more.

Adventure Leadership and Play

Adventure Leadership and Play (ALP) provides student leadership development and team-building for your group, club, class or office. Also, learn to facilitate team-building and participate in fun on-campus challenges. email Bryan for info at [email protected]

CityScape

Explore the urban setting and discover the beauty and grit of Denver including art, archeological and historical sites surrounding campus. Join students for mellow social walks in the city and on the trail.

Climbing Wall

Located in the fitness center, the climbing wall is open when the fitness center is open (Monday-Friday 7am-7pm). Stop by and check it out – we hope you will find it welcoming, interesting and challenging.

Rental Shop

Located in PE 002, the Outdoor Pursuits Center (OPC) provides a place to hang out and talk gear and adventure. The OPC is staffed by-students, for-students.

We are in the process of returning to full OPC operations this fall.
Summer Shop Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-2pm

  • Camping and Outdoor Gear: low cost options
  • Yard Games: no fee use when used on campus, low cost for off-campus use
  • Team-building equipment: no fee

Outdoor Pursuits Online

Welcome to the ever growing and evolving Outdoor Pursuits online resources page – OP Online. Included are close-by places to visit, resources and knowledge about safe travel in the back-country, outdoor skills and ways to engage and connected to the outdoors while staying safe.

OP Stories

Share your t-OP story!

Research and The Outdoors

Here at Outdoor Pursuits we are interested in better understanding the field of outdoor education and recreation including the physics of anchors, the value of participation and different leadership styles, to name a few.

We have tested many different anchor systems, load shares, releasable anchors, slings and knots. We have plans to do more of this type of failure testing. We have a few of our test videos on the Campus Recreation YouTube page here

GriGri “blocked” video here and here

As this page develops, we will include more information about our tests and share the results of others’ research.

Thanks for visiting. Please forward your reactions and suggestions to Bryan at [email protected].

Student Staff

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at Outdoor Pursuits

Please Email Bryan at [email protected] or visit the Outdoor Pursuits Center (OPC) to learn how to get involved in OP this spring semester, following University mandated pandemic protocols.

Scroll through our OP page to see what the program is all about – we employ students in all areas of OP.

Tips For a Successful Internship/Assistantship

Tips For Facilitating a Successful Internship/Assistantship

OP Individual Staff Meeting Plan
Pre-employment
Getting Started
Goal Setting Meeting
Semester Meetings
Meet to address concerns anytime
End of Employment Meeting

OP Group Meeting Plan
Campus Recreation semi annual In Service (August and January)
OP Semester Kickoff meetings
Spring Trip and Activity Planning (TAP) Meetings
End of Semester Wrap Meeting

Goal Setting
Employment at Outdoor Pursuits presents many opportunities and challenges. Most of us who work in outdoor education have a keen interest in developing new skills while improving our existing skills. To support outcomes related to these interests, OP includes a goals-driven element to our employment.

Student staff members, we ask that you develop a set of goals, discuss them with the Associate Director, share them with the group, write them down and use them to enrich the OP workplace and your experience.

More on goals coming soon, but for now, any goal can be considered – practical, measurable and attainable as well as aspirational and hard to measure.

Additional employment resources and assets to be placed here.

Questions? Contact Us

Bryan Ferguson,
Associate Director

303-615-1347
[email protected]

Location:
PE/Event Center, Suite 002
1255 10th Street
Denver, CO 80204