The Mountain Challenge takes students outdoors. Area mountains, lakes, rivers, and woods provide the setting. The seasons, each one distinct in its own right, provide the agenda. In the fall and winter it may be panoramic views of changing leaves high in the mountains or cold mountain mornings shared with fellow travelers over hot drinks. Spring and summer may bring trips to appreciate the wildlife and beautiful plant life of the mountains. The agenda might include hiking, rock climbing, canoeing on one of the beautiful mountain lakes, or climbing the Alpine Tower. Whatever the situation, the Mountain Challenge program is a chance to face challenges head on, to struggle through some difficult and unfamiliar tasks, and to experience the thrill of achievement. The Mountain Challenge program is an opportunity for people to explore the self while exploring the outdoors.

Many of the events in the Mountain Challenge program require neither experience nor special equipment. The only requirements for these events are a willingness to try new experiences and a commitment to do ones best. Some events in the program do require experience and/or proper equipment. Experience can be gained through participation in other program events, and the College will supply needed equipment. Interested persons may sign up for Mountain Challenge trips at Crawford House.

Students who participate in five different Mountain Challenge events may register to receive one (1) hour of PHR activity credit. Up to three (3) hours of PHR credit can be earned through Mountain Challenge and can fulfill the College experiential education requirement.

Various Mountain Challenge activities include:

  • Alpine Tower
  • Bicycle Trips
  • Canoe Trips
  • Caving
  • Hiking
  • Map and Compass
  • Mountain Trips and Expeditions
  • Outdoor or Environmentally related service projects
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing and Rappelling
  • Ropes Courses

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