Equipment Rentals

Equipment rentals are currently unavailable.


Who can rent?

Outdoor gear rentals are only available to GVSU students, faculty, & staff.

What can you rent?

A variety of basic gear for hiking & camping is offered.  Items in the inventory include but are not limited to:

  • Tents (2-3 person)/ Hammocks
  • Sleeping Bags (15-40 deg.) & Sleeping Pads
  • Backpacks (internal frame)
  • Snowshoes

With the health and safety of the GVSU community top of mind, outdoor equipment reservations and rentals are currently unavailable. This is a fluid situation and more information will be coming out as it is shared with us. GVSU will be adhering to CDC guidelines and directions from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Practice social distancing, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and visit regularly for updates.


Reservations are not required to rent gear.  However, they are a smart way to ensure the specific gear you need is available when you need it.  Here's what you should know:

  • Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance.
  • It is strongly recommended that reservations be made at least 48 hours in advance.
  • A deposit equal to each item's 1-day rate may be required to hold your reservation.
  • Cancellation Policy: Reservations cancelled at least 48 hours in advance will receive a full deposit refund.  Reservations cancelled 24-48 hours will receive 1/2 deposit refund.  Reservations cancelled less than 24 hours before the date of pickup are not eligible for a deposit refund.


Equipment is stored and may be rented from the Climbing Center (B170 Fieldhouse).

Walk-in rentals are encouraged to take place during the Climbing Center's regular hours of operation.  Renters wishing to pick-up or drop-off of equipment outside of the regular hours of operation should make prior arrangements with Joe Bitely, Campus Recreation Assistant Director at least 48 hours in advance.

Responsibilities & Expectations

All renters are responsible for:

  • Inspecting their equipment before leaving the OAC.
  • Returning their equipment on time.
  • Returning each item in the condition it was rented.
  • Accepting all risks and responsibility for any and all claims for damages and injuries suffered while using the rented equipment.

Miscellaneous Fees

  • Repair - Fees for damage deemed to not have been caused by normal use will be assessed for all parts and labor required to fix or replace the item (depending on the extent of the damage).
  • Replacement - Fees for items lost, stolen, or not returned after 14 days will be assessed for the full cost of the replacement plus labor.  If the exact item cannot be found or is no longer available on the market, a similar item will be substituted.
  • Late - Fees for items not returned on the agreed upon date will be assessed at each item's 1-3 day rate for each day that each item is past due.
  • Cleaning - A $10 fee will be assessed for each item that requires cleaning or drying before being returned to storage.  Exception: Due to specific laundering requirements, please do not wash or dry the sleeping bags.