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.

We work to provide programs and activities for all students, faculty and staff of MSU Denver, including online students. Participants are welcome to meet on campus or at the trailhead/activity location. Email [email protected] to register in advance and reserve your spot.

Adventure Leadership and Play

Summer Seminar is forming – call for more information
Call 303.615.1499
Visit PE 002
Email [email protected]

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


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. Email us at [email protected] or visit us in PE 002 to schedule an event or learn more.

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.

Rental Gear Price List

Shop Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-2pm
Contact us via email – [email protected]

 – Camping and outdoor gear is available at low cost to members

– Yard games are free for on-campus use and low cost for off-campus use

– Teambuilding equipment is available at no charge for members

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 backcountry, outdoor skills and ways to engage and connected to the outdoors while staying safe.

OP Stories

Share your 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
Getting Started
Goal Setting Meeting
Semester Meetings – end of semester evaluation and next discussion (required)
Meet to address concerns anytime
End of Employment Meeting

OP Group Meeting Plan
Campus Recreation semiannual 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.

For more information about student employment at MSU Denver, please visit the Student Employment Portal

Questions? Contact Us

Bryan Ferguson,
Associate Director

[email protected]

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