The Outing Club

Get Outdoors!

Named by Money magazine as one of the 10 best colleges for people who love the outdoors, W&L's Outing Club provides opportunities for beginning and veteran adventurers alike.

Students are offered a variety of outdoor activities and classes through the club, including backpacking, back-campus trail exploring, fly fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, skiing and outdoor cooking.

Right in W&L's backyard, the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains provide a scenic playground for hikers, cyclists, climbers, paddlers and fly fishers. W&L students lead most of the activities and are encouraged to suggest their own ideas to plan and partake in. Trips vary in length from day hikes to 10-day trips held during February and Spring break, to international and post-graduation trips. Equipment and trip-planning resources are available to all Outing Club members who want to do their own trips.

Incoming first-year students can choose to hike the nearby Appalachian Trail during a pre-orientation trip — for many, that is the introduction to four years of adventure.

Follow Us on Instagram


Adventures Aplenty

Many students' first adventure with the Outing Club happens during their first week on campus ⁠— on the Appalachian Adventure trip during pre-orientation.

Appalachian Adventure, which takes students on a four-night hike of the Appalachian Trail, is the most popular pre-orientation trip at W&L.

In the Great Outdoors

The surrounding area provides a scenic playground for hikers, cyclists, climbers, paddlers and fly fishers — and the Outing Club does it all all.


Celebrating Spring: Outing Club’s Top Five Hikes

Spring Term and Alumni Weekend reunions are the perfect times to experience the outdoors that hug Washington and Lee.

Continue Reading

Meet Emma Scott ‘26

Scott’s passion for the environment carries over from the classroom to opportunities on campus and beyond.

Continue Reading

Meet Sydney Fleming ’27

The first-year student says the Outing Club and W&L's proximity to great hiking and kayaking spots were a big draw.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Peter Grajzl

Peter Grajzl is the John F. Hendon Professor of Economics.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Mauricio Betancourt

Mauricio Betancourt is an assistant professor of environmental studies.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Michael Rhodes

Michael Rhodes is the manager of copying services.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Anna Billias

Anna Billias is a lecturer in music and collaborative pianist.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Bryan Snyder ’95

Bryan Snyder ’95 is the head volleyball coach and associate director of athletics for finance.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Sascha Goluboff

Sascha Goluboff is a professor of cultural anthropology and serves as director for both the Community-Based Learning program and the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Ryan Connell

Ryan Connell is the athletics broadcaster and athletics multimedia creative specialist.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Susan Wager

Susan Wager is the assistant director of the Lenfest Center.

Continue Reading

Meet a Colleague: Meghan Ferguson

Meghan Ferguson serves as the financial aid coordinator for the university.

Continue Reading