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Today's topic: We rank the Top 40 schools where you can hit the books AND the backcountry. Your assignment: Rappel off that ivory tower and take our cram course on America's most adrenaline-friendly colleges. You'll come for your B.A. (Bachelor of Adventure) and want to stay for life.

1 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA CRUZ, Santa Cruz, California

Getting stoked for Steamers Lane


2 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, Boulder, Colorado

3 MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE, Middlebury, Vermont

4 WARREN WILSON COLLEGE, Asheville, North Carolina

5 MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, Bozeman, Montana

6 SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

7 DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, Hanover, New Hampshire

8 UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Virginia

9 NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY, Flagstaff, Arizona

10 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa City, Iowa

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