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2013 Five College Outdoor Festival!

The Five College Outdoor Festival is a yearly celebration of outdoor sports, wild places, and the spirit of adventure. Our goal is to inspire the Five College and western Massachusetts community to engage in human-powered outdoor recreation.

Activities at the festival, in celebration of our 12th year, include an adventure race, pancake brunch, climbing competition, kayaking in the pool with Zoar Outdoor, and the Telluride Mountain Film On Tour! A silent auction and a raffle will be held during the day to raise money for Whole Children in Hadley, MA and the Western Massachusetts Climbers Coalition (WMCC).

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Questions? Contact Clemencia Caporale at or 413.559.5536.

2013 Schedule: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Race: 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
All Conditions, All Fun Adventure Race: Free event

Compete in a fun and challenging adventure race around the Hampshire College campus. Navigate from point to point on the Hampshire campus. Includes a mystery event! Map and compass skills are not required, but may be helpful! Singles and teams from the Five Colleges and community are welcome. A special prize will be awarded to the top-scoring college. All participants must provide their own gear.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Robert Crown Center, Hampshire College. Open to any high school or college student 16 years* or older. Must sign waiver and have proof of insurance.

$5.00 donation for the charities appreciated.

You can find the race rules here.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Try a Kayak with Zoar Outdoor
Robert Crown Center pool
Expert instruction from the professional instructors of Zoar Outdoor. Zoar will be bringing many new 2012 kayaks for folks to try out! $5.00 donation for the WMCC and Whole Children. Open to any high school or college student 16* or older. Must sign waiver and have proof of insurance.
11 a.m. Martial Arts Demonstration with Sam Kanner
Robert Crown Center Playing Floor
A short introduction to Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Kyudo and Iaido!
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Pancake Brunch
Robert Crown Center
Costs $4.00 - Free to race, climbing competition, and kayaking participants.
1-4 p.m. Climbing Competition
Robert Crown Center
$5.00 donation to benefit the WMCC
Open to any high school or college student 16* or older. Must have your own shoes, harness, and belay device. Must sign waiver and have proof of insurance.
TBD Silent Auction
7-10 p.m. Telluride Mountain Film On Tour
Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College

An action-packed 3-hour adventure film series. Come enjoy great short movies and raise money for a good cause with the always popular intermission raffle!

$10.00 Admission (1 raffle ticket included). Additional tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For online reservations:
$5.00 for Hampshire, Smith, Amherst, and Mount Holyoke students with valid school ID.

* Students ages 16-17 must present proof of health insurance and have a parent or guardian present during their particiation at the festival.

All competitors must sign a waiver and present proof of health insurance.


2013 Five College Outdoor Festival Sponsors: $200.00 or more in cash, merchandise, or services.

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Valley Advocate, Hampshire College Dean of Students OfficeHampshire College Office of Campus Leadership Activities, Mt. Holyoke Outing Club, Smith College Outing Club, Amherst College Outing Club, Hampshire College Climbers Coalition, Whole Children, Zoar Outdoor, Bueno y Sano, Five College Lecture Fund.


Contact Us

Outdoor Program / Recreational Athletics
Robert Crown Center
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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