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September 10, 2014
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Hogback Mountain Hike

UMW Outdoor Club enjoyed our first hike of the year on Sunday (9/7).  The 7.5 mile hike up to Hogback Overlook (elev. 3385 ft) was a great success! The weather could not have been more perfect, and we were lucky enough to see a black bear and a snake along the hike!

Thanks to everyone who came out!


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Trail Maintenance in Great Falls, MD

November 26, 2011 by outdoor

Last weekend the club travelled up to Great Falls National Park to assist UMW grad Nate Finney (’10) in some trail maintenance. Nate graduated from Mary Washington with a degree in geography and works for the park as their trails coordinator.

Check out some new photos from the trip!

(Photos courtesy of Shireen Hamdan)

Thanks to Nate for more photos.

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November 14, 2011
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C&O Canal Hike and Trail Maintenance, November 20th, 2011!

Hey everyone!

This Sunday, November 20th, 2011, the Outdoor Club is going to the C&O Canal National Park (the Great Falls, MD area) for some hiking and trail maintenance. We’ll be leaving Mary Wash at 9am and returning before 5pm. If you’re interested in going, sign up here and we’ll get back to you soon! Also, if you go on Sunday, remember to bring lunch, plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves! Hope to see you on Sunday and if you have any questions, email us at

Whether you are able to come or not, check out the NPS site for some general information on the C&O Canal. Its a great place to go anytime of the year!

October 2, 2011
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Rock Climbing

Get ready to rock climb this weekend! For those of you going please keep the following in mind:

  1. Comfortable Clothes: Your clothes should be comfortable enough to do a lot of moving in. Pants should be loose; sweats or tights or something that will allow you to step up high. Shorts should have long inseams so that they will stay under your harness. Lose fitting shirts or tank tops should be worn as well. All Clothing Will Get Dirty!
  2. Shoes: Your shoes will have an affect on your climbing performance. For climbing, try to pick a pair that fits very tight. Running shoes are bad because they have such a wide foot platform for stability. A pair that has a snug fit and are able to get dirty are the best choice. You may want to bring an extra pair, more hiking boot style, to wear for the approach to the crag.
  3. Food: Bring a lunch that you can hike in and eat at the crag, and a minimum of one quart of water – no glass please.
  4. Personal Gear: Camera, Lip balm, Sun screen, Insect repellent, Sun glasses, or anything else you may want to have in your pack for a day out.
  5. Warm Clothing: We do not teach climbing in the rain, but we do teach in the cool weather, so bring appropriate warm clothes in the event that the climate turns cold.
Here is a little information about our instructor Mike Robinson:
Mike Robinson has been involved with teaching various skills to youth since 1984.  He’s been teaching basic rock climbing for 13 years and has been teaching ice climbing for 9 years.  He’s climbed in the following places, Seneca, the New, Great Falls, other small areas in Va., The Gunks, Catskills, Adirondacks, New Hampshire, Vermont, Nevada(Red Rocks), California, and Wyoming and South Dakota.  He has over 100 hours of instruction by  AMGA guides in rock climbing, ice climbing, and self rescue.   Mike is an avid paddler, backpacker, skiier, snowboarder and snowshoer. (From the Virginia Outdoor Center)