Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures

Graduate Outdoor Adventures 2021-2022

To view our Graduate Outdoor Adventures trips from 2020-2021, click here.

Great Falls Climbing Trip

Join Graduate Student Life and Outdoor Adventures on Friday, September 10th from 7:30am-3pm for our first adventure of the Fall 2021 semester! Join us for a day of rock climbing along the Potomac River at Great Falls. We will be climbing along the riverside cliffs with options for different experience levels. No experience is necessary for this introduction to outdoor climbing. We will meet at the Fairfax campus at 7:30am to ready equipment for the day, heading out to the crag shortly after. We will eat lunch at the cliff and return to campus in the early afternoon. Please wear clothes that you can comfortably climb in and that are appropriate for the weather. Be sure to bring your mask, ID, nonperishable lunch, snacks, and water – you will be climbing with all these belongings, so the fewer things you bring, the better! 

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.
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 2020-21 year.

Register here. There are limited spaces on this trip.

If you have any questions, please contact Nikita Thadani at

Billy Goat Trail Hike

Sunday, Oct. 17, 10am-3pm

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 10am. We will drive to the trail, hike, eat lunch along the trail, and return to campus around 3-4pm.
Registration: Registration opens on October 4 and closes October 12 at noon.