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Rental Center

Planning an outdoor adventure? Venture Out’s comprehensive outdoor equipment rental center guarantees quality gear at an unbeatable rate. We have a great selection of rental camping gear including sleeping bags, ground pads, backpacks, canoes, stoves, outdoor games, and more! For rental equipment, reservations are available 30 days in advance and are recommended for busy weekends. For longer reservation timeframes, please contact Venture Out management for arrangements. Reservations are not required; however equipment is rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Rental fees are required at the time of the reservation.

Reserving Equipment

Equipment rental is available to Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff. To rent equipment you must be at least 18 years old and present appropriate forms of identification. Our equipment is rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance of use. Reservations can be made either in person or over the phone. Payment is required at time of pick up, not reservation. We do not refund rental fees due to unexpected weather, non-use, or changes in the renter’s usage plans.

Holiday Closures

Holiday rental rate will include the full daily rate for pick up date and return date. Any holiday that the rental center is officially closed will be considered a free rental day.

Check Out and Pickup Procedures

You are responsible for inspecting all equipment carefully and to bring any missing or damaged equipment to a Venture Out staff member’s attention, before 6:00 pm of the date that the item was rented. Make sure any discrepancies are noted on the rental agreement. Failure to note any discrepancies may result in a fee for damaged or missing equipment. If needed, please ask a Venture Out staff member for assistance with inspection and/or instruction on how to properly set-up the equipment.

Canoes: It generally takes 30-45 minutes to check out canoes. Please consider this as you make your reservation. Deviation from this time may result in delays as equipment may not yet be prepared. Canoe rentals are typically not made past 4:30 pm. Please call the rental center to arrange a pick-up/drop-off time.

Check-In Procedures

Equipment must be returned within 15 minutes before closing. Returns later than the 15 minutes prior to closing may incur a late fee. You will be charged up to the cost to replace such equipment that is returned dirty, damaged, or missing.

Late Fees: Late charges are assessed daily at the one day rental rate. To avoid late fees, return all parts to your equipment on time.

Cleaning Charges

Cleaning fees will be assessed if you return equipment that is deemed excessively wet or dirty by the rental attendants. You have the option to clean the equipment before returning it. If the rental equipment is deemed excessively dirty there will be a $5.00- $10.00 cleanup fee.

Lost or Destroyed Replacement Charges

If equipment is lost, destroyed, or damaged to the point it is deemed ruined by the Venture Out rental center, you will be charged to replace the item. You will be charged the replacement price value and not its depreciated value.

Equipment Liability Statement

"I agree that the equipment being checked out to me is in good condition and I will be financially responsible for any loss or damage while it is in my possession. I understand that I have a responsibility and the opportunity to inspect the equipment for damage or missing parts at the Venture Out Rental Center." "I agree that if the equipment is lost or destroyed while in my possession, I will pay replacement price value and not depreciated value." "I agree to pay any and all late fines for equipment not returned within the designated check-out period on my rental agreement." Late fines are charged daily at the one day rental rate. "I agree to pay any and all cleaning charges for equipment that is deemed excessively dirty by the Venture Out rental center." "I agree to release the Venture Out rental center, Virginia Tech, and Student Engagement and Campus Life, its agents, and employees from any and all liability for damages and personal injury to myself or any person or property, whether in contract or in tort, resulting from negligence in selection, adjustment, instruction of use, and/or any maintenance of this equipment, accepting myself the full responsibility for any and all damages or injury of any kind which may result."