TOO Highlands
The Tech Outdoor Adventures Highlands program is new for 2017. This trip will take students to the Seneca Rocks area of north-central West Virginia (about four hours from campus) to enjoy some of the high country adventures of West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. Planned activities include hiking, rock climbing, a three-day backpacking trip and a local service project. 

Here is a sample agenda (please note that locations, activities and schedule may change due to weather conditions, group needs or other unforeseen circumstances):

Sample Agenda

Day 1 – Check-In, Meet and Greet – Program check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Tech Adventures office at 704 South Kanawha Street. Students and their guests will meet university officials, participate in a campus tour and join in a family lunch at WVU Tech’s Beckley campus. After lunch, families will depart and there will be a trip briefing and equipment check. The group will pack program vehicles, travel to the Seneca Rocks area and set up their campsite. At camp, the group will set up tents and kitchen then cook dinner. This camp will be home for the first three nights.

Day 2 – The group will travel to nearby Nelson Rocks for half a day of introductory rock climbing. In the afternoon, the group will participate in a local service project. Camping will be at Seneca in the “shadows” of Seneca Rocks.

Day 3 – The group will return to Nelson Rocks to experience the Via Ferrata, a European-inspired ladder and cable bridge climbing route up and around Nelson Rocks. This is rated as one of the top adventure activities in the mid-Atlantic. In the afternoon, the group will do a hike and possibly swim in a local river or stream if the weather allows.

Days 4 & 5 – The group will pack-up camp and transition to backpacking mode. The morning will be spent packing packs and distributing group equipment and food. The group will then travel to the trailhead and begin their three-day, on-trail trip. This is a beginner backpacking trip and is a great way to experience West Virginia backcountry. Trails are rugged with some steep sections and water crossings, but that is all part of the fun and challenge. Campsites will be primitive with a focus on leaving no trace of your stay and group cooking will be on single-burner camp stoves.

Day 6 – The group will hike back to the van and then head back to WVU Tech. Once in Beckley, the group will clean up program equipment and debrief the adventure. The program will wrap up around 4 p.m.

Trip Dates
Only one session of TOO-Highlands us available this year with a 10 participant limit:

TOO-Highlands Session 1: July 9 – 14