Rice Outdoor Programs and Education (R.O.P.E.)

Welcome to Rice Outdoor Programs and Education (R.O.P.E.), your source for outdoor adventures at Rice! In addition to organizing numerous weekend excursions throughout the semester, ROPE also offers low-cost equipment rentals and resources to support your personal outdoor pursuits. The mission of ROPE is to provide physical, mental, educational, and social growth to the Rice University community by using outdoor education techniques in a natural, safe, and enjoyable environment.

Outdoor Adventure Center (O.A.C.)

The O.A.C. is your one stop shop for outdoor equipment rentals and information about R.O.P.E. trips, trainings and clinics, special events, and resources that you can use to plan your next outing. Stop by today!

Equipment Rentals

Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center (O.A.C.) where you can rent top of the line equipment for a variety of recreational activities including camping, backpacking, surfing and kayaking. We have knowledgeable staff on hand as well as other resources including guidebooks, instructional videos, and maps that can help you plan your next adventure. Are you ready to rent?
Rental service is currently only available to recreation center members.

Outdoor Trips and Registration

Whether you are new to the area or have lived in Texas your entire life let R.O.P.E. guide your next outdoor adventure. R.O.P.E. offers a variety of trips each semester that are designed for all experience levels. All trip registrations include transportation, meals, equipment rentals, and guided instruction by our skilled Outdoor Trip Leaders. Just Choose, Register, and Go!


Friday Night Climb  

Looking for something to jazz up your Friday evenings? R.O.P.E sponsors Friday night indoor climbing trips to Texas Rock Gym! Bouldering and top-rope climbing are available, and all skill levels are welcome and accommodated.

Trainings and Clinics

Join the R.O.P.E. staff as they provide information for beginner outdoor enthusiasts to expert adventurers on various topics including: wilderness first aid, Leave No Trace environmental ethics, rock climbing, basic camping skills, backcountry cooking and more.

Become a Trip Leader

Join our dynamic team of volunteer trip leaders. We hire student trip leaders each fall who participate in a 1-year training process which includes leadership, group development, environmental ethics, wilderness first aid, and technical skills in a variety of outdoor activities. You will have the opportunity to lead Rice students, faculty and staff on various trips including rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking, sailing, caving, and more.