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Our Corner of Vermont
The Northeast Kingdom is known far and wide as a mecca for outdoor recreation activities… and it all starts right here on our campus. Facilities for the active set include:
Is it raining outside? Temperature too cold to even buckle on your snowboard? Fear not! The Gravity Well is ready to swallow you whole and make you ready to take on the world. The Gravity Well is an indoor rock climbing center that gives students a sheltered experience when the weather outside gets nasty—or anytime. Come and check out our inset crack systems, Heuco Holes, layback corners, and whatever else our wall staff can come up with to get your pump on.
The College’s brand new 6,000 square foot skate park was manufactured and designed by American Ramp Company (ARC). ARC describes itself as the world’s largest skatepark provider, with over 1400 parks in place around the globe. Lyndon’s park features bank ramps, quarter-pipes, grind rails, grind ledges, grind boxes, stairs, wedges and flats, a spine, a pyramid section, and a planter. It is located just east of the Stonehenge residence halls and features a great view of Burke Mountain.
LSAP runs both our low and high courses on campus, pushing people through the complexities of having fun, maximizing “edge work,” improving interpersonal skills, and pushing personal limits. Young and old have come and gotten harnessed up to give it a go. So should you!
Winding through the woods and open fields of our 175-acre campus, the disc golf course offers challenges for all levels of play. With a growing population of throwers both on campus and visiting from around the community, there’s no shortage of players to learn from or throw with. With our new concrete tee-pads—a first for any course in Vermont—we have been stepping up our game in this fast growing sport.
The water fountain in the pond in the center of the campus interior runs year ‘round, resulting in a column of ice and snow that reaches 35 feet in height during the depths of winter. When conditions allow you can practice your ice-climbing moves on Wednesday afternoons. Novices can get instruction, words of encouragement, and equipment from the College’s ever-enthusiastic adventure coordinator.
The Lyndon State Adventure Program (LSAP)
Jamie Struck is the College’s full-time adventure coordinator—a position you’re not likely to find at many colleges! The LSAP is responsible for managing all these great on-campus adventure facilities, hosting day activities around the area, and leading overnight excursions further afield on weekends and breaks.
The Sweet Spots...
What can you do within minutes of the LSC campus? Have a hankerin’ to go bike riding? You’re 10 minutes from the best mountain bike riding in the COUNTRY: Kingdom Trails. Designed and developed by LSC grads, naturally, and now with lift-serviced terrain on Burke Mountain.
Need to scratch a vertical itch? Harness up, grab some friends, and head out to Wheeler Mountain for some of the best hidden gem rock climbing. Also home to a great short hike for the less vertically inclined.
Start the morning paddling Lake Willoughby—considered by many to be Vermont’s most beautiful lake. If you’re feeling a little sporty paddle the Passumpsic River as it winds through Lyndonville, just down the hill. Feeling sportier? Want to get your white water on? Launch your boat in the Moose River and ride through some excellent drops outside of Saint Johnsbury right after a rain storm or in early Spring.
Wintertime? Excellent! Burke Mountain keeps staring us down from across the valley. That means 2,000 vertical feet of great skiing and riding just 10 minutes away. More excitement can be found on the cliffs of Mount Pisgah where world-renowned ice climbing can be had. Back country skiing abounds in the hills around campus as do XC ski trails, snowshoe trails, and miles and miles of snowmobile trails.
All this no more than 30 minutes from your front step. If it can be done and it’s outdoor fun, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in our backyard.
Jamie Struck, Adventure Programs Coordinator