A group of GT students backpacking.

Backpacking is one of the best ways to surround yourself in the beauty and tranquility of nature. It provides opportunity to challenge yourself physically and to connect with others on a deeper level. Stressed out from the rigors of school? Find a little peace along a mountain stream or watching the sun set from your perch on a mountain top.  

Whether a beginner or an advanced backpacker, we have options for you. Even if you have never set foot in the woods, we can help you learn basic skills to successfully backpack in the wilderness. Along the trail, you’ll pass through awe-inspiring spots most people seldom see.   

Day Hikes

Regular - $20

Date: Trip: Registration Opens:
Feb 10 Day Hike A   January 10
Mar 2 Day Hike B   February 2
Mar 30 Day Hike C   Feb 29



Regular - $55

Dates: Trip: Registration Opens:
Feb 17-18 Beg. ON A   January 17
Mar 9-10 Beg. ON B   February 9
Apr 6-7 Beg. ON C   Mar 6
Apr 13-14 Int. ON A    Mar 13


Additional Trip Information


While we do not often cancel trips, it does happen occasionally--most often due to inclement weather. If we cancel a trip due to poor weather or some other factor, you are entitled to a full refund. If you cancel your registration at least 7 days before the trip, you are entitled to a credit that can be applied to future trips or rentals. The only exception is if you are graduating at the end of that semester and then we will authorize a refund. To cancel your registration, email the Wilderness Outpost at outdoorrec@crc.gatech.edu. Refunds are not given if you fail to show-up for your trip.

What is Provided

We provide staff expertise, specialty equipment, pre-trip planning, transportation, and oversight. Campsite reservations, etc. are included in the trip fee.

What to Bring

We’ll provide a "What to Bring" list so participants are prepared for factors such as weather and physical activity, but typically, participants should NOT need to purchase any equipment in order to participate. ORGT does not provide food on weekend IP trips, including overnights. Participants are responsible for bringing their own food and snacks, as well as money to purchase breakfast and/or dinner if they want to eat out along the way. We usually stop at a fast-food restaurant on the way out of town and an inexpensive sit-down restaurant on the way back to campus.

Group Sizes

Adventure trips typically involve 8-12 participants and 3-5 supporting ORGT staff. Group sizes vary depending on the specific sport and trip logistics.


Parking is available only in the two specially marked drives behind the CRC for participants who are: a) picking up gear, b) attending pre-trip orientations, or c) participating on ORGT trips. Drivers must pick up a temporary ORGT parking pass inside at the Wilderness Outpost and display it in their window to avoid getting ticketed. Parking is limited.

Pre-Trip Orientation

A mandatory pre-trip orientation, also referred to as a ‘classroom session’, is a part of every adventure trip. Required sessions take place earlier in the week of trip departure and are usually two hours long. If a participant misses the pre-trip session and does not contact Wilderness Outpost or the trip leader, they cannot attend the trip and they are not eligible for a refund. Pre-trip sessions typically take place within ORGT’s space in the CRC.


Transportation in University-owned or arranged vehicles is provided as part of every trip. Participants are not allowed to drive themselves to program destinations.

Travel Distance and Time

Most trips are 2-3 hours of campus. Both day and overnight trips leave ORGT around 8:00 a.m. Exact return times vary, but the trip leader will inform you of the general schedule in advance. Trips typically return before 10:00 p.m.