Forget the gym, go backpacking!

Many students need a break from their studies as the semester comes to an end. A great way to escape the hustle and bustle is to take a weekend break to explore and experience new things in the area. Being located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountain National Park, WCU offers different recreational opportunities for students, including […]

Climbing competition takes over rec center

The 10th annual Rock and Rumble Bouldering Competition filled WCU’s Campus Recreation Center Feb. 18 as climbers from all over the Southeast gathered to compete. The atmosphere was lively and energetic as over 70 participants showed up for the event from seven different schools. There were two heats of competition in which competitors could choose to climb in […]

Landmark Learning gets a new and improved campus

This story was co-written with Jessica Wooten. Landmark Learning is a hands on school in Cullowhee, North Carolina that specializes in teaching and training people who work or want to work in the outdoor community. Landmark Learning has many different courses to choose from in the categories of water, medical and wilderness. Within these courses, you can […]

Hike WCU: a guide to Western North Carolina hiking

  HikeWCU has a range of hikes an hour or less from Cullowhee that are well worth your time. They range from hikes you can take your parents or little kids on to hikes that will challenge you and your adrenaline junkie friends both physically and mentally. (Be prepared to test your sense of direction and […]

Insight into the world of whitewater boat ridin’

When it comes to the winter, many students choose to stay inside and rarely feel the desire to venture out into the cold. Sophomore Michael Ferraro does not let the cold stop him from doing what he loves. The kayaking community around Western is relatively small but growing, and the kayakers around here are more than […]

Waterfalls of Panther Town Valley

A feature on the beautiful waterfalls from Panther Town Valley in North Carolina including a guide to water falls and on waterfall safety. Click the photo below to continue to the full story.