Outdoor Programs

The Office of Outdoor Programs offers you the opportunity to participate in outdoor educational experiences. You will be educated on essential leadership skills and challenged to be an active participant in your environment and in your own life. 

The backcountry service learning experiences offer you the opportunity to perform trail maintenance work, improve rock climbing areas and really give of yourself by donating your time and energy to help ensure a quality wilderness environment for future generations to enjoy.

All Lees-McRae College rock climbing, hiking and backpacking programs taking place on National Forest Service Lands are authorized under a Special Use Permit by the Pisgah National Forest.

Upcoming Events


11th Annual REEL ROCK Film Tour

Friday, September 16
8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium

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Competition Climbing Team

This club offers students training sessions at the Lees-McRae College indoor rock climbing wall located in the Arthur Student Recreation Complex. Students who are serious about training for and competing in rock climbing events have the opportunity to travel to area climbing competitions and compete as a team. The LMC Competition Climbing Team also hosts a showing of the annual REEL ROCK Film Tour produced by Sender Films and Big Up Productions at Lees-McRae College as a fall fundraising event.

Service Learning

Adaptive Skiing

From January 19 – 23, volunteers from Lees-McRae College participated in the 34th Annual DSUSA Adaptive Learn to Ski event at Beech Mountain Resort. Students, staff and alumni assisted instructors and volunteers with many of the lessons for the more than 70 individuals with disabilities as they learned to ski and snowboard.

The Adaptive Learn to Ski Clinic at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort is the oldest clinic, being the first among many national clinics started by the DSUSA, otherwise known in history as National Handicap Sports. 

LMC Kids Climbing Team

This service learning club offers students the opportunity to practice their leadership skills as they coach and teach the sport of indoor rock climbing to a group of local kids. The kids practice with their coaches once a week during the spring and fall semesters at the Lees-McRae College rock climbing wall located in the Arthur Student Recreation Complex. The students complete each season by competing in a local rock climbing competition.