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    Break away from your day-to-day life and get ready for life-changing adventures with Poly Escapes.

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    Play outdoors with new friends, share incredible experiences on student-led outdoor trips...

  • climbing the rock wall


    tackle a route on the climbing wall or rent gear for your own adventure.

Past Trips

Where we've been last quarter!

  • Surf & Camp - Ventura
  • Yoga Camping Retreat - Big Sur
  • Backpacking - Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy
  • Surfing - Pismo Beach Surfing (April 14)
  • Trail Maintenance - Big Sur
  • Rock Climbing - Santa Barbara & Los Padres
  • Dog Friendly Day Hike - Big Falls SLO
  • Camping - Pinnacles National Monument
  • Backpacking - Emigrant Wilderness, Relief Reservoir
  • Sunrise Yoga - Madonna Peak
  • Backpacking - Yosemite National Park Illilouette Falls
  • Backpacking - John Muir Trail Hot Springs
  • Camping- Sequoia National Park
  • Backpacking - Sequoia National Park, Jennie Lakes
  • Backpacking - Yosemite National Park, Glacier Point
  • Lightweight/High Mileage Backpacking - Sequoia Nat'l Park, High Sierra Trail
  • Surfing - Pismo Beach Surfing (June 2nd)

Student-Led Trips

Trips are led by student Trip Leaders who have completed a required Co-Leader Training Program that typically takes 1.5-2 years to complete. Trip Leaders are certified in CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid, and many hold higher certifications such as Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT, and Swift Water Rescue.

Students who attend Poly Escapes trips are in good hands and always have a great time.

Equipment Rentals

Taking an outdoor adventure of your own and need a tent, sleeping bag or lantern? Poly Escapes has a large selection of outdoor equipment available for you to rent at low cost for a day, a weekend, or a week. You can also rent kayaks, wetsuits, surfboards, snowshoes, stoves, ice chests and much more. Rentals are available to Cal Poly students, faculty/staff, and the local community.

Trip participants receive a 50% discount on any rental gear needed for a trip. Register online or in person at Poly Escapes.

Advance reservations for rental equipment are recommended to ensure equipment availability for your adventure. Reservations and payment must be made in person at Poly Escapes, and payment is required at the time of reservation. Please review our Rental Policies and Rental Equipment List for prices and the extensive offering of outdoor rentals to make your personal adventure a success.

Climbing Park

The Poly Escapes outdoor climbing park at the Recreation Center is open to all skill levels whether you're a new climber or a seasoned climbing machine you can push your fitness level to new heights and meet new friends.

Visit the Poly Escapes office to check-in before you climb.

Climbing Park FAQs

Cal Poly Students and non-student Recreation Center members may climb for no additional cost.

The Climbing Park will be closed during inclement weather.


CALL US(805) 756-1287

Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sun.-Mon. Closed

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