Mountain Challenge to host outdoor adventure festival Sept. 23

Mountain Challenge to host outdoor adventure festival Sept. 23

Sept. 7, 2012
Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration for Mountain Challenge, the public is invited to attend an outdoor adventure festival on Sun., Sept. 23 from 1 until 4 p.m.

“Outdoor Adventure: A Celebration of Human-Powered Activity” will be held at Crawford House on the Maryville College campus and is intended to highlight local providers of outdoor activities, outdoor equipment and local advocacy groups for the outdoors. The event is hosted by Mountain Challenge, Little River Trading Company and Cycology Bicycles.

“We thought this would be a great way to emphasize the importance of people being active and the importance of people being outside,” said Bruce Guillaume, director of Mountain Challenge.

During the festival, the Alpine Tower and Mountain Challenge climbing cave will be open for general use. Music will be provided by “The Deep End Band,” a local Southern rock/country band, which includes MC student Aaron Tracy. A renewable energy forum will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Thaw Hall, Room 216.

At 1:15 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium, attendees are invited to a screening of the documentary “Play Again,” which follows six screen-addicted teenagers on their first wilderness adventure and shows the consequences of a childhood removed from nature.

A renewable energy forum will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. in Thaw Hall, Room 216. Harvey Abouelata, president of ARiES Energy, a renewable energy consulting firm in Knoxville, and Warren Nevad, municipal management consultant at the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Services (MTAS), will present during the forum. James Talley, mayor of Ducktown, Tenn., and member the Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council (TREEDC) Group, will help facilitate the forum. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit Maryville College’s renewable energy projects, including the solar array; solar thermal and LEED® certification work at Crawford House championed by Mountain Challenge; the Solar Dok® solar-powered picnic tables near Bartlett Hall; the MC biomass steam plant easily seen from the Clayton Center plaza; and the electric car charging stations in the Clayton Center parking lot.

The documentary “Happy” will be shown at 3:15 p.m. in Lawson Auditorium. The film explores different aspects of happiness and what individuals can do to maximize happiness in their lives.

Several vendors will be in attendance to highlight their products and services, including the Foothills Striders, Runners Market, Eagle Rock Camp and Retreat Center, Little River Trading Company, Cycology Bicycles, Blount County Parks and Recreation, the Smoky Mountain Sugarlands Visitor Center, Big Frog Expeditions, Camp Wesley Woods, Blount BEneFITs, Foothills Land Conservancy, Tennessee Wilderness Campaign, Roane State Community College, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Aramark, Vienna Coffee House and Silver Spoon Express.

In the event of rain, the festival will be moved to the Alumni Gymnasium on the Maryville College campus.

Founded in 1987, Mountain Challenge is the oldest outdoor team building company in the East Tennessee region. Mountain Challenge provides corporate development, team-building and outdoor activities for Maryville College students, as well as groups and organizations from fields such as health care, advertising, manufacturing, food service, banking and government.

For more information about Mountain Challenge, please visit the program's website. For more information about the outdoor adventure festival, please contact Guillaume at 865.981.8126 or

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.