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Mountain Alliance Calendar Fall 2009 Date: th

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Sept. 4 Sept. 10th

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MA KICK OFF Hike and Swim

WHS Hunt Fish Falls

6:30-8pm 3:30-7:30pm

Sept. 12th Sept. 14th Sept. 17th Sept. 26th Sept. 27th Oct. 1st Oct. 3rd Oct. 4th Oct. 10th Oct. 12th Oct. 14th Oct. 15th Oct. 17th

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New River King Street WHS Elk Knob HallowayMnt. WHS Hound Ears Little Lost Cove Abington, VA King Street Auxiliary Gym Valle Crucis Valle Crucis

8am-3:30pm 3:30-5:45pm 6:30-8pm 8am-4pm 9am-2pm 6:30-8pm TBA 9-8pm 9-5pm 3:30-5:45pm TBA 3:30-7:30 11-6pm

Oct. 20th Oct. 25th Oct. 27th Oct. 29th Nov 3rd Nov. 9th Nov. 12th Nov. 14th Nov. 15th Nov. 21st Dec. 3rd Dec. 4th Dec. 14th

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New River Big Sweep Hospitality House Membership Meeting Elk Knob Trail Building Climbing at Halloway Membership Meeting Hound Ears Chili Cook Out Little Lost Cove Climbing Creeper Trail Biking Hospitality House CLIMBATHON Valle Country Fair Set Up Valle Fair Hike and Take Down Humane Society Disc Golf Trail Building Membership Meeting Humane Society Hospitality House Membership Meeting Hike and Grill Table Rock Rappel Robert’s Caving Membership Meeting Carols and wood at Mary’s Hospitality House

Greenway Ashe County Mountains To Sea WHS Greenway King Street WHS Price Park Table Rock Roberts Cave WHS Meat Camp, NC King Street

3:30-6:30pm 11am-5pm 3:30-7pm 6:30-8pm 3:30-6:30pm 3:30-5:45pm 6:30-8pm 9am-3pm 9am-8pm 9am-5pm 6:30-8pm 3:30-7pm 3:30-5:45pm

General Program and Trip Descriptions All trips meet at Watauga High School with the majority being suitable for a beginner. Specific trip details will be given at membership meetings call Mountain Alliance at 263-0383 or check out our website www.mountainalliance.org for more information.

Fall Fundraiser Climbathon: Huge night of fun, and climbing. Help us raise money to keep offering exciting opportunities for Mountain Alliance students. The event will be held on Wednesday October 14th in the Auxilliary gym at Watauga High School. Time: TBA


Mountain Alliance Fall 2009 Personal Outdoor Discover Series (PODS) What’s new at Mountain Alliance? This fall we are offering a new series of adventures! Each POD will be a series of workshops students will participate in to discover and learn the skills and techniques of each POD topic. Each POD is designed to accommodate students of all still levels. You will not want to miss out on this exciting new series! Backpacking 1: The Backpacking POD 1 will have 4 hiking trips leading up to a weekend backpacking excursion. Students will be instructed on the basics for planning and leading a hiking and backpacking trip. Information about the nearby environment, Leave No Trace ethics, and outdoor cooking skills will also be learned in this POD. The dates for the POD will be Tuesdays: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, and 10/6 with a Final Trip FridaySunday 10/9-11. Each trip date will include a hiking trip with a lesson plan. The Final Trip will be a 2 night backpacking trip.

Backpacking 2: The Backpacking POD 2 will have 4 hiking trips leading up to a weekend backpacking excursion. Students will be instructed on the basics for planning and leading a hiking and backpacking trip. Information about the nearby environment, Leave No Trace ethics, and outdoor cooking skills will also be learned in this POD. The dates for the POD will be Fridays: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9 with a Final Trip on 10/30-11/1. Each trip date will include a hiking trip with a lesson plan. The Final Trip will be a 2 night backpacking trip.

Biking: The Biking POD will explore both road and mountain biking in a 5 week course. Students will learn about the different parts of a bike, bike safety, bike repair and maintenance, and about the local Boone Bike Initiative. Each trip will consist of a bike ride and a lesson plan. The dates for this trip are Thursdays 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5 with a Final Trip TBD.

Climbing: The Climbing POD will be an introductory excursion into the world of Rock Climbing. Students will have three days of climbing at the Footsloggers Tower 9/24,10,8, and 10,29. Students will end the series with an overnight camping trip where they will climbing on real rock and learn to rappel! Students will choose between one of the following dates: 10/24-25 or 11/7-8.

Outdoor Photography: In this POD students will learn the ABC's of photography as it applies to an outdoor setting. Students will learn the in's and out's of their camera, what it takes to become confident in setting up great photos, how to use photoshop to make small modifications to their prints, and how to print and frame a finished product. After four weeks of learning the ropes, students will debut their final work in a gallery showing at Reid's Cafe as a part of the Boone Art Crawl. Get excited to take lots of amazing pictures and learn some really helpful photography skills. Dates for this event are Thursdays 9/17, 10/1, 10/22, and 11/5. The Reid’s Café presentation will take place Friday 11/6.

If you have any questions about the Personal Outdoor Discovery Series contact the Mountain Alliance office, 828-263-0383.


Student Calendar Fall 2009