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outdoor adventures

anyone visiting the mount is struck by the stunning natural beauty of our 1,500-acre campus at the foot of the catoctin mountain. right in our backyard, we have magnificent appalachian forests, meandering trails, rugged cliffs, gorgeous rivers and sparkling caves - and these wild and wonderful places serve as the playground (and classroom) for our top-notch outdoor adventures program!

the mount's outdoor adventures program provides an extensive range of opportunities for you to explore the mount's unique and picturesque setting among the foothills of the blue ridge mountains ... and beyond. world class whitewater, pristine wilderness, meandering streams, breathtaking vistas, expansive trail networks and magnificent cliffs are all nearby ready for you to enjoy and appreciate.

location: the underground
lower mcgowan
hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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the mount distance challenge

the mount distance challenge is a way to challenge yourself, your friends or your coworkers. since it happens over the course of an entire month, it is a great way to start or reinforce a regular exercise routine. to participate, you’ll have to get outside and get moving and that’s great for anyone’s mental and physical health! walk, hike or run your way to your distance goal!

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outdoor adventures leadership students in canoes

banff centre mountain film festival

banff_logo.jpgthe outdoor adventures program is a proud annual host of the banff mountain film festival's world tour. this incredible night of short films celebrates adventure sports and mountain culture.

these short films range from amazing feats of endurance and athletic prowess to touching stories of world travel and cultural engagement. for nine years outdoor adventures has hosted the world tour on our campus and shown the films in knott auditorium. come join us and celebrate adventure. there is even a raffle with a chance to win some awesome outdoor gear.

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our activities and services

you didn't come to the mount just to keep doing the things you've always done, right? take a step outside your comfort zone and try something new with outdoor adventures! you'll make new friends, see beautiful places, and quite possibly find a side of yourself you didn't know was there!

trips and expeditions

ranging from one day to two weeks in length, our trips are designed with the beginner in mind. the outdoor adventures leaders will give you all the instruction you need to have a safe, engaging experience. whether you want to go rock climbing, canoeing, caving, whitewater rafting, backpacking, hiking, kayaking or snowshoeing, we have the trip for you! many students find that one day of adventure isn't enough and choose to take the plunge and join us on one of our incredible expeditions. these extended trips allow an opportunity for a deeper exploration of the outdoors and of yourself! whether you are surfing with us in costa rica, caving in the wilds of west virginia, backpacking on the appalachian trail, or exploring the mayan jungle in belize, an expedition with outdoor adventures creates mount memories that you will never, ever forget.

we offer trips nearly every weekend. to see what we offer, search the campus calendar, pick up a schedule in our office, check us out on social media, and be sure to check your email for updates on current trips. so stop by the underground and sign up for one of our trips today!

outdoor leadership program

training mount students to be outdoor instructors of the highest caliber and empowering them with real opportunities for personal growth - that is our outdoor adventures leadership program.

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special events

we love hosting events that become annual favorites on campus and in our community.

four trails

did you know the mount has four hiking trails adjactrails-pic.jpgent to campus?

the trail network begins off the paved road at the top of the cemetery. from this point the trails are marked with 2” x 6” blazes painted on trees. the mountain is generally steep at the bottom and the top with gentler terrain in the middle. in general, the steepest terrain is on the walk through the campus to mary and then on to the trailhead at the top of the cemetery. to get back to the trailhead, follow any of the blue marked trails downhill.

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visit us at the underground

the-underground office for outdoor adventures

the underground is the outdoor adventures office and the hub of our hard-working program! this is the place to come to sign up for any trip with outdoor adventures. we have an extensive library of adventure books available for reading or viewing in the office to help in planning your next trip.

the underground's office hours are monday through friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., during the fall and spring semesters, so stop in and say hello!