Each semester youth are given many opportunities to participate in engaging activities in the community and great outdoors. Below is a sampling of Mountain Alliance outings for a given year. Most of the outings are geared to a beginner and all equipment is provided. Check out the Mountain Alliance Blog page for past stories from some of these outings.
Hike and Swim: This popular warm weather activity takes students on a energizing day hike into Pisgah National Forest where a refreshing swim awaits.
Elk Knob Trail Creation: This trip works on an ongoing project at Elk Knob State park that was begun more than 2 years ago. Students have been working to create a new trail for visitors to the park.
Hospitality House: This trip is one of the longest standing service offerings Mountain Alliance has been involved in. Each month students travel to Boone’s homeless shelter and prepare a meal for 30-40 individuals.
Rock Climbing: Students learn the basics of belaying and climbing while gaining confidence and compassion for others.
Caving: This is one of our most popular cold weather outing. Students love to explore and discover the dark and muddy passages of undeveloped caves in our area. A great team work and exciting activity.
Overnight Backpacking: Youth learn to cook, camp and enjoy the outdoors using “Leave No Trace” ethics carrying their supplies and equipment on their backs for a wilderness adventure.
Spring Break Trips: These week long trips change each year and have included; Service trips to Washington, DC, rebuilding homes on the gulf coast (last four years), backpacking in Great Smoky Natational Park, Skiing in Colorado, and Biking on the Outerbanks