• woman climbing bishop's peak


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

  • kayaking in Morro Bay


    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.

Featured Video

Winter 2015 Bishop's Peak Rock Climbing

Poly Escapes Videos

Poly Escapes offers about 20 low-cost trips per quarter with no experience necessary. Trips vary from one-day local journeys to full weekend excursions.

View a collection of videos from a few of our trips and on-campus events.

Morro Bay Kayaking

Bouldering Competition

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.

Featured Student

Julie L.

Poly Escapes Trip Leader


I went on an ice climbing trip in Lee Vining, California and I decided I needed to be a part of Poly Escapes.
woman ice climbing

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

Mon - Fri:Noon - 7 pm

Sat:Noon - 3 pm

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