Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures

After our inaugural year, Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures has become one of Graduate Student Life’s signature initiatives. Graduate Student Life and Mason Recreation: Outdoor Adventures, with generous sponsorship from Mason’s Parents’ Fund, have partnered to bring four outdoor adventures for the 2017-2018 academic year. This year, all trips are being funded in full by the Parents’ Fund, in an attempt to facilitate more adventures for as many Mason graduate students as possible. Pre-registration is required; spaces are limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are offering the following trips this year:

Registration Information for All Trips

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Mason’s Parents’ Fund, we are able to offer Graduate Outdoor Adventures at no cost to Mason graduate students in 2017-18. However, due to limited capacity and expected demand, we ask that you register for the event only if you are sure that you will be able to attend and participate. Also remember, each student can only reserve ONE TICKET, trips are not open to guests and tickets should be reserved by each student wishing to attend. Tickets are non-transferable. Students’ ID will be verified and Graduate Student Life will be checking to see that each student is currently enrolled in a graduate program and taking classes this term at Mason.

Cancellation and Waitlist Policy: To accommodate as many interested Mason graduate students as possible, a waitlist will begin once a trip fills. If a registered student cancels their registration by 5:00pm on the Wednesday before the event, their space will be offered to the next student(s) on the waitlist.

Any students canceling their registration with less than 72 hours notice will not be eligible to participate in future Graduate Outdoor Adventure trips during the 2017-18 year.

Health Insurance: Proof of health insurance coverage is required to participate on all Graduate Life Outdoor Adventure trips.

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Shenandoah Canoeing

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 7:30am-4:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center 30 minutes prior to event begin time. 

Come join us on a beautiful easy paddle on the Shenandoah River. This 10-mile paddle is a great introduction to river canoeing. We will stop for lunch on the river with an opportunity to swim by a waterfall, if time and weather allows. Along the way, keep an eye out for the local wildlife, including bald eagles.

Cost: FREE
What to wear: Weather-appropriate clothing, bathing suit, and secure water shoes (NO FLIP FLOPS)
What to bring: Bathing suit, towel, 2 bottles of water, lunch/snacks, water shoes (can be rented from us), sunscreen, hat, change of clothes, daypack to put it all in
When/Where: Meet at Skyline Fitness Center on the Fairfax Campus at 7:30am. We will drive to Berry’s Boat Ramp and paddle down the Shenandoah, stopping for lunch along the way. We will take out at Locke’s Landing and return to campus around 4pm.
Registration: Register online now for the Shenandoah Canoeing trip. Registration ends on Sept. 20 at noon. Please see registration information for all trips, including our cancellation and waitlist policy.

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Billy Goat Trail Hike

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 8:00am-4:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center 30 minutes prior to event begin time. 

Come join us on a hike along the cliff-top Billy Goat Trail in Potomac, Maryland! Just a short distance away from Mason, this is a great introduction to hiking trips with Outdoor Adventures and a great way to see the natural beauty just a short drive from campus. The hike has minimal elevation change (very little up and downhill) but is quite rocky and rugged in spots, requiring the use of your hands for some scrambles. The hike will be between 5-7 miles depending on the group’s wishes and timing. Be sure to bring your camera!

Cost: FREE
What to wear: Weather appropriate clothing and good walking or hiking shoes (closed-toed sneakers or boots)
What to bring: A daypack containing ID, 2 water bottles, lunch, sunscreen, rain jacket and any other layers you might need
When/Where: Meet at Skyline Fitness Center on the Fairfax Campus at 8am. We will drive to the trail, hike, eat lunch along the trail, and return to campus around 3-4pm.
Registration: Register online now for the Billy Goat Trail hiking trip. Registration ends October 11 at noon. Please see registration information for all trips, including our cancellation and waitlist policy.

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Great Falls Rock Climbing

Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018, 7:45am-4:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center 30 minutes prior to event begin time.

Great Falls offers some of the closest climbing to campus. We welcome all levels of climbers and encourage those with no experience to come out and learn. This is a great area whether it’s your first time climbing outside or you’re a trad master. All necessary climbing equipment is provided.

Cost: FREE
What to wear: Weather appropriate clothing that you can comfortably climb in and good walking or hiking shoes (closed-toed sneakers or boots).
What to bring: A daypack containing ID, 2 water bottles, lunch, sunscreen, rain jacket and any other layers you might need. If you have your own climbing shoes, harness, and helmet you may bring them but they must be inspected and approved by the trip leader in order to use on our trips.
When/Where: We will meet at Skyline Fitness Center at 7:45am and drive to Great Falls. After a day of climbing we will return to campus between 3 and 4pm.
Registration: Coming soon and ends February 28.

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Stand-Up Paddleboarding at Fountainhead

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018, 8:00am-5:00pm
Session 1: 8:00am-2:00pm
Session 2: 11:30am-5:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center 30 minutes prior to event begin time.

Ever wanted to try your hand at Stand-Up Paddleboarding? Now is your chance! Join us for a trip to Fountainhead on the Occoquan River to test out our SUPs. Take a break from homework and head out on the water with us! We will offer two different sessions of paddleboarding, a morning and an afternoon session with both groups meeting up for lunch.

Cost: FREE
What to wear: Weather appropriate clothing, bathing suit, and secure water shoes (NO FLIP FLOPS)
What to bring: Bathing suit, towel, 2 bottles of water, lunch/snacks, water shoes (can be rented from us), sunscreen, hat, change of clothes, daypack to put it all in
When/Where: The morning session will meet at Skyline Fitness Center at 8am. From here we will drive to Fountainhead through lunch. After a morning of paddleboarding and lunch on the shore will arrive back at Mason between between 1-2pm. The afternoon session will meet at Skyline Fitness Center at 11:30am. From Skyline we will drive out to Fountainhead and eat lunch with the morning crew before swapping gear and heading out on the water for the afternoon. We will arrive back at Mason between 4-5pm.
Registration: Coming soon and ends April 18.