Week 1: Whitewater and Climbing Week June 15-22, 2019

New This Year!


Join Emory & Henry Outdoor Program for a brand new summer program experience. This year we are combining our paddling and climbing weeks into one! This program will be an introduction to high adventure sports including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), rafting, and rock climbing. 



The essence of summer fun is playing in creeks, rivers, and lakes, and the E&H Summer Adventure Program introduces participants to the next level with whitewater kayaking, stand up paddling, and rafting. The SW VA region is blessed with pristine lakes and rivers, Hungry Mother Lake, and the Holston, Nolichucky, and French Broad rivers are all close by.

Participants will engage the fundamental safety concepts and practices associated with all paddle sports in the comfort of the campus pool and on local lakes — then head out for more instruction and excitement on river trips.

The Emory & Henry Outdoor Program has a fleet of Jackson whitewater kayaks and Stand-Up Paddle Boards by Hala, Imagine, Corran SUP, and Liquid Logic.


Bouldering & Rock Climbing

Climbing is the perfect combination of problem solving, physical exertion, and fun, and the E&H Summer Adventure Program offers participants the appropriate fundamentals for a safe and successful climbing experience. Climb On!

The premiere bouldering opportunities that exist in Grayson Highlands State Park are less than an hour away from campus, and the Backbone Rock and Hidden Valley climbing areas are minutes away and offer fun and challenging climbs in beautiful settings.

The week will begin with a focus on climbing basics, and participants will practice basic skills on the Outdoor Program’s 50ft. climbing tower and brand new indoor bouldering crag. Once the fundamentals have been established, it’s all about getting to the rock!

Participants will engage the following skills and topics:

  • Leave-No-Trace Backcountry Ethics
  • Group Dynamics
  • Appropriate gear choices and proper fit
  • Risk Assessment: Terrain Considerations, Weather, Route Choices, Protections Climbs, etc.
  • Top rope climbing
  • Bouldering
  • Kayaking
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding(SUP)
  • Rafting