Thursday, March 31, 2011

Are you Ready for an Adventure?

TMI is getting ready for an exciting and adventurous summer and so should you! We are proud to host the Mountain Adventures Summer Camp once again. Join us for one, two, or three weeks of summer camp in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia! We will raft the rivers, climb the peaks, hike through the spruce forests, and gaze at the stars in our astronomical observatory. Throughout all these activities campers will make lifelong friendships and reconnect with the outdoors.

2011 Summer Camp Dates:

Week One: June 20th-June 26th

Week Two: June 27th-July 3rd

Week Three: July 4th-July 10th

Summer Camp at a Glance:
  • Our unique round buildings (yurts) set back in the forest, make for an ideal location to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Our adventures include whitewater rafting, backpacking, canoeing, hiking, orienteering, ropes courses, rock climbing, and much more!
  • This is a co-ed summer camp for ages 12-17
  • Our "challenge by choice" model leads to increased self-confidence
  • With some of the darkest skies in the eastern U.S., our location is ideal for stargazing with our observatory
  • Small group sizes allow our campers to thrive in a world of friendship and fun
  • Safety is our first responsibility - all of our instructors are certified Wilderness First Responders.
Please visit our summer camp webpage for more information:

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

TMI to Host Training Camp for High School Runners

This summer The Mountain Institute will host the 2011 Spruce Mountain Running Camp. The camp, organized by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners, will take place from July 3-9 at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Over the week you will thoroughly explore the area, running, hiking and camping on the trails.

The staff is made up of expert runners, coaches and experienced wilderness guides. You’ll learn about running, trail stewardship, the botany and history of the area and yourself over the seven days and six nights of this camp. This camp is designed as an early season boost for your cross country system, but the actual running won’t be the hard part. You’ll be challenged in many ways and will become a better runner for it.

Come join us for a week of running in the woods this summer, in a truly special place.

For complete information including registration forms and scholarship information, visit

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring Cleaning

With programming beginning in mid-April, this is the time of year that staff begin cleaning, fixing odds & ends, and shoveling away the last of the snow-piles that block the doors. This spring we've embarked on a massive cleaning effort like never before. Walls are being scrubbed, chimneys are being cleaned, and buildings are being renovated. Chris, to the right, is scrubbing down the hard-to-reach places in the shower barn. Our new, well-drawn water system is in place & new urinals have been installed in the shower barn. Next week, a group of students from Nazareth College will be coming to help with various projects, including painting the Earth Shelter.

The snow is all but gone here, with a few piles still hiding out in the shadier places on the mountain - the north facing slopes & in the thick spruce woods. Days are sunny, nights are frigid, and maple sap is flowing prodigiously. Returning staff will trickle in one-by-one as the maples bud until all the little yurts are filled. New staff will join us at the end of March and school courses will begin shortly thereafter. This spring promises to be a busy one, and we're starting the year off with everything in top shape.