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UTOP overview

East Tennessee is the perfect outdoor adventure setting, and UT is right in the middle of it. We’re here to help you pick up new skills, see awesome places, and make friends in the process. Follow us on Instagram (@utoutdoor) for programming, information, and inspiration in the meantime!


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Access a large selection of outdoor rental equipment, our full service bike shop, plus an extensive library of books, maps, and videos.

Equipment Rentals.

Bike Shop

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Choose from a variety of afternoon, all-day, weekend, and weeklong outdoor adventure trips or sign up for one of our free clinics.

Adventure Trip Calendar.

Weekly Clinics

Climbing Wall 

Boulder, lead climb, or top rope on 6,000 square feet of indoor climbing wall. Free equipment use. New routes put up each week to keep things fresh.

Check Out The Vol Wall

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Take your group outside to enjoy the amazing land in TN and the surrounding region. We can help you, from renting great gear and assisting in planning your own group adventure, to taking your group on a custom adventure trip with our highly trained staff.

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What’s a “UTOP”?

The University of Tennessee Outdoor Pursuits, UTOP for short, is your go to for all things outdoor adventure recreation here at UT. We strive to achieve our mission to provide the university community with outdoor adventure, recreation, and education in all we offer. Programs are inclusive to people of all backgrounds and abilities and contribute to the holistic well-being and academic experience of the university.

Our values form the basis of how we work with you and what we offer you. We strive to pursue these values with excellence, professionalism, and always while having fun.

Values include:

  • Safety and Health ~ Skills Acquisition ~ Community
  • Environmental Stewardship and Leadership
  • Personal Growth and Well-being