About Collier Lilly

Collier Cobb Lilly was a rising junior at Davidson College when he was killed in an automobile accident in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he was employed for the summer. Collier completed an NC Outward Bound course as a recent high school graduate in 1985. The experience ignited in him a deep appreciation for the outdoors and a passion for outdoor adventure. NCOBS challenged Collier in unexpected ways , inspiring him to reach for bigger goals than he had ever imagined.

In memory of Collier, the proceeds from The Collier Lilly Ride for NC Outward Bound School will be given to North Carolina Outward Bound School. Since 1967, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) has delivered challenging wilderness adventures that teach more than just outdoor skills. Upholding the same ideals and goals as the first Outward Bound school established in 1941s in Britain, every NCOBS course is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently, step outside their comfort zones and travel in spectacular wilderness areas.


Currently more than 39% of our students receive scholarships or financial aid each year. Our impacts are measurable and lasting, whether for military veterans, youth, struggling teens or inner city high schoolers. In one recent study about the impact of NCOBS wilderness courses all of the more than 200 NCOBS participants surveyed reported significant improvements in leadership, character development and environmental awareness. You can donate now to our scholarship program: https://www.ncobs.org/giving/donate