Rock climbing with Western Carolina University’s outdoor program known as Base Camp Cullowhee

Western Carolina University has been voted the “Top Adventure College” in a Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine online readers’ poll, reflecting the popularity of, and pride in, local outdoor activities.

The contest began Feb. 25 and had regional colleges and universities meeting in head-to-head matchups in a 32-school bracket, with WCU and Lees-McRae College, last year’s titleholder, moving on to the championship final.

“Over a half-million votes poured in to Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s ‘Top Adventure’ contest — the most ever in its seven-year history,” said Will Harlan, BRO editor-in-chief. “Once again, Western Carolina rallied its students, faculty, staff and alumni to a decisive victory. WCU boasts a premier location for outdoor adventure — with world-class whitewater, climbing crags and hundreds of miles of trails in national parks and national forests surrounding campus. It also offers outstanding outdoor education and adventure opportunities, such as the university’s outdoor program known as Base Camp Cullowhee.

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Originally published Apr. 4, 2019.

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