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Names of Basic Rock Climbing Holds and How to Use Different Types

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The rock climbing tower at Refreshing Mountain offers a physical challenge with the reward of spectacular views at the top. While rock climbing, you will use handholds and footholds to push and pull your body to the top. Our visitors are beginners just getting introduced to the sport… so to help them get started, here…

Learn Archery in 6 Simple Steps

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Learn Archery In 6 Simple Steps Archery, a centuries-old method of hunting and sport, is an extremely popular activity for both children and adults. That is one of the reasons we offer archery as an outdoor activity at Refreshing Mountain. Whether done competitively or for recreation, archery uses strength, aim, and concentration to shoot an…

5 Outdoor Activities You “Have To Do” At Refreshing Mountain

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At Refreshing Mountain, families are surrounded by nature, while they rest, recharge, and reconnect. With so many activities available, it can be hard to choose what to try first. Here are the top 5 outdoor family activities you just HAVE to try during your stay. 1. Ziplining The zipline canopy tours at Refreshing Mountain are one…

Does Rock Climbing Work Out Every Muscle?

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You may have watched the popular TV show Ninja Warrior and wondered how they get so physically fit! How on earth did they get those muscles? If you do watch the show, you probably already know that many of these super athletes are rock climbers. Perhaps watching rock climbers in action looks appealing, but you can’t imagine…

Team Building Activities for School Field Trips

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For an exhilarating, unique, and successful way to supplement your traditional indoor classroom activities with a completely-different curriculum that includes team building activities and encourages independent decision-making (all while in the great outdoors) consider a school field trip to Refreshing Mountain. Refreshing Mountain is a retreat and outdoor adventure center with an 80-acre property in Lancaster,…

Why Choose Lancaster, PA for Your Next School Field Trip Destination?

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School is back and you may be looking at planning for the 2015-16 school year. A great way for children to learn, explore and have fun, is to schedule some great school field trips. Lancaster, PA has a variety of options from building team skills to learning more about the world around us. You don’t have to travel far to provide…

Family Activities for Teenagers

If you’re looking to have some good connection time with your teenage children, perhaps it’s time to arrange an outing to enjoy some family activities designed to test your skills while rebuilding relationships. Refreshing Mountain is an 80-acre retreat situated in the gorgeous Pennsylvania countryside where groups of all kinds go to take advantage of a wide variety of…

Introducing Nature Programs at Refreshing Mountain

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Refreshing Mountain is blessed with a beautiful property complete with woods, a pond and open areas.  It was only a matter of time before Nature Studies would join the other activity options offered to retreats, school groups, and families. The focus of the new nature program is hands on learning and good stewardship of God’s creation. Both kids…

Refreshing Mountain Expands Family Outdoor Attractions in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

In order to continue offering unique, experiential programs to a wide array of visitors, Refreshing Mountain Retreat & Adventure Center has increased its product offering with new activities and nature programs. Already known for its adrenaline-pumping zipline tours, visitors to Refreshing Mountain can now enjoy packages that include geocaching, archery and slingshot, pony rides, climbing tower,…

New Outdoor Exploration Package at Refreshing Mountain

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“What other things can we do while we’re here at Refreshing Mountain?” This is a question we often hear from our zipline and family cabin rental customers.  We’ve always offered a number of activities for larger groups, but we’ve recently expanded our on-site activity options for individuals, couples, families and smaller groups.  Beginning in April 2015,…