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 2019-2020 academic year. Pre-registration is required; spaces are limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are offering the following trips this year:

Note: All return times are subject to change due to group pace, traffic, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Registration Information for All Trips

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 2019-20 year.

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

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Billy Goat Trail Day Hike

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, 7:45am-4:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center 30 minutes prior to event begin time.

There are three sections to the Billy Goat Trail (A,B,and C) which will give us access to the C&O Canal tow path and beautiful views of the Potomac. There are many variations to this hike so distance can change based on weather conditions and group mood, but plan on an approximately 9 mile hike. The trail has very few hills, but can be quite rugged along Section A along the riverside cliffs.

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 7:45am. We will drive to the trail, hike, eat lunch along the trail, and return to campus around 3-4pm.
Registration: Register for the Billy Goat Trail Day Hike here. Registration opens on September 3 and closes September 17 at noon.
Please see registration information for all trips, including our cancellation and waitlist policy.

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Canoeing

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, Time: 7:30am-6:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center 30 minutes prior to event begin time. 

Come see the world from a different perspective out on the water. Join us for a day of canoeing on a local river. We frequently see Bald Eagles and lots of other wildlife. This is a great introduction to some of the beautiful paddling in our region. Depending on water levels and weather we will paddle either on the Shenandoah River or the Occoquan River.

Cost: Free
What to wear: weather appropriate clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Secure footwear: sneakers, water shoes, or sandals with heel straps are fine. Flip flops/thongs are not acceptable
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 7:30am.
Registration: Register for the canoeing trip here. Registration opens on October 1 and closes October 11 at noon.
Please see registration information for all trips, including our cancellation and waitlist policy.

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Old Rag Hike

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, 7:30am-7:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center 30 minutes prior to event begin time. 

One of the most popular hikes in Virginia, Old Rag is a moderately difficult 9-mile, 5-6 hour hike that offers spectacular views of the Shenandoah Mountains both at the summit and along the way. It’s a must do for any Virginia hiker and covers everything from shaded forest trails to summit rock scrambling.

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 7:30am. We will drive to Old Rag, hike, eat lunch along the trail, and return to campus around 7:00pm. Transportation will be provided between campus and Old Rag.
Registration: TBA
Please see registration information for all trips, including our cancellation and waitlist policy.

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Great Falls Rock Climbing

Date: Saturday, Mar. 28, 2020, 7:30am-4:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center 30 minutes prior to event begin time.

Come out to Great Falls with us and learn a new outdoor skill! We will teach you the basics of rock climbing from how to put on a harness and tie in, to how to belay and the basics of climbing movement. Whether you’re an old pro or a total beginner, come join our experienced instructors for a day of climbing along the Potomac.

Cost: Free
What to wear: weather appropriate clothing that allows you to move and climb as well as 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 7:30am. We will drive to the park, hike out to the climbing spot, climb and eat lunch at the crag, and return to campus around 3-4pm.
Registration: TBA
Please see registration information for all trips, including our cancellation and waitlist policy.