Given West Virginia’s unique geographic and cultural identity as the only state completely within the Appalachian region, our lifestyles, economic opportunity, education, and recreation are intimately linked with the outdoors. At Fairmont State University we offer many programs and opportunities for students to develop personal identity and an appreciation for West Virginia.

​The ORL program works closely with the Explorers' Club on campus. This collaboration provides an outlet for students to continue to experience outdoor recreation in a safe and organized manner. The Explorers' Club provides students with leadership opportunities, networking, skill development, and community service opportunities that help improve and increase recreation access in West Virginia.


Members of the Explorers' Club have access to outdoor gear rental.  The Club has rock climbing bouldering crash pads, rock climbing shoes, tents, stoves, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cook pots for very reasonal prices.  Please contact Jan Kiger at jan.kiger@fairmontstate.edu for information regarding rental of outdoor gear. 


The Club provides opportunities for many outdoor experiences.

  • Caving
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Ski  & Snowboard Trip
  • Hiking
  • Slacklining
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Community Service

Meetings take place early in the semester and are usually Tuesdays, 12:30-1pm.