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Outdoor Adventures Office

Anyone visiting the Mount is struck by the stunning natural beauty of our 1400 acre campus at the foot of the Catoctin Mountains. 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!

Location : the Underground, Lower McGowan
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
301-447-7437
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CRUX students in canoes

CRUX (Challenging Recreation. Unleashing Experience.), the Mount's Outdoor Adventures leadership 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.

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 1-day to 2-weeks in length, our trips are designed with the beginner in mind. The CRUX 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 and you can find them on the campus calendar, as a poster you can pick up in our office, on our Facebook page, and in the weekly all-student email, "CRUX Trail Maps." So stop by the Underground and sign up for one of our trips today!

Leadership and Development Program

Training Mount students to be outdoor instructors of the highest caliber and empowering them with real opportunities for personal growth - that is our CRUX Leadership Program.
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Challenge Course – Team Building Programs

Outdoor Adventures provides unique team building experiences for various organizations through our on-campus Challenge Course.The Challenge Course includes both high- and low-ropes courses and a zipline over our pond.
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Special Events

The Underground

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, magazines, and DVDs 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., so stop in and say hello! the-underground office for outdoor adventures