Outdoor Trips

When the weather is nice, the climbing team often takes a short trip to a local bouldering area, like the Sourlands or Witherspoon Woods. The Sourlands is a 20 minute drive from campus and has a wide variety of boulder problems. Witherspoon Woods is even closer. These trips are very beginner friendly since there are many easy boulder problems, and no special skills are required!

The climbing team also takes two trips a year to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky during our fall and spring breaks. The Red, as we call it, is a world-renowned sport climbing area about a 10-hour drive away. Its beautiful red and orange cliffs have all sorts of routes and difficulties, making it a great first exposure to outdoor lead climbing! An email is sent to the list-serv a couple of weeks before each break to help organize the trip, so make sure to sign up for our list-serv to stay up-to-date.

We also welcome members’ suggestions for new outdoor climbing destinations! Over past winter breaks, for instance, members have self-organized trips to winter climbing areas like Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas or El Potrero Chico in Monterrey, Mexico. We are always looking forward to the next trip!