Hiking & Backpacking
Hiking trips go to a variety of locations throughout Pennsylvania! All of our hiking trips will be posted on the main Haverford Outdoors Club Calendar. All trips are totally free, with transportation included! Signups are coming very soon. We also encourage everyone to learn more about leading a hiking trip.
Every fall and spring break we lead multiple backpacking trips! Trips differ in both difficulty and length, ranging from very beginner to friendly to very intense! Trips usually last around 3-5 days and vary in terms of where they are scheduled in spring break. All trips will be totally free with all food, lodging, (most) gear, and transport included. There is no previous experience needed for rock climbing or backpacking trips.
If you're interested in coming on a trip fill out the form and stay tuned for more information. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns!
Regardless of whether you're a beginner or a pro, we have opportunities for everyone to get involved! Gear is always included, trips are always free, and there's usually one every week! Check out all our different trips and contact us anytime with any questions.
Free climb is from 3:15-7:00 p.m. (almost) every Saturday! This event is open to ALL SKILL LEVELS, even those who have never climbed before. All gear and transportation is included and it's totally free.
Open indoor free climbs consist of us going to an indoor rock climbing gym near Philly and bouldering. Bouldering is basically just climbing around on rocks that are super low to the ground so you can jump on and off the climb whenever you want, it's super chill! If you already know how to top rope, you can also take a test and enjoy the view from the top!
Before you come for the first time, fill out this waver! It'll make everyone's life a lot easier!
The trip is totally free and all gear is included. You don't need any prior rock climbing experience to come. We will head out at 10 am and drive an hour to Birdsboro Climbing Quarry. From there, it's a 15 minute hike (along a weird old road) in to the actual Quarry. There are two small river crossing that you can either walk across or use a cable bridge. We'll spend the day hanging out and doing a bunch of climbing, returning at around 6-6:30ish. It's a great place to learn outdoor rope and skills, such as belaying and lead climbing. Routes vary in difficult and height, but are usually about 40-70 feet with grades from 5.5 (very easy, great for those who have never climbed before) to high 5.13's.
What to Bring
- Comfortable hiking/walking shoes
- River crossing shoes (optional)
- Rock climbing gear (optional if you have it)
- Water bottles
- Sweatshirts, hats, other warm layers. (it's often shady and about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of PA so plan accordingly)
- A lunch (if you can't get one, no worries, email Max and we'll working something out)
- A good book, sketch pad, camp chair, hammock, Frisbee, other fun things.
This semester, we plan on offering multiple skiing trips. Trips dates and locations are still TBD based on interest. Food, lodging, rentals, and lift tickets will be covered. You will need to bring your own clothes and gloves (boots are included in rentals). You do not need experience to attend this trip, but there will not be lessons. You will be responsible for your own safety.
If you're interested in coming skiing with us, please fill out the Fall 2018 Skiing Interest Form—just indicate preliminary interest!