Wilskills Experience 2011 for Transfer Students

Get to know your fellow students on an outdoor excursion – August 14th-18th

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Vanderbilt’s Wilderness Skills course is proud to host an outdoor adventure during the week before transfer move-in! Experience the outdoors with 3 days of rock climbing, white water paddling, hiking, and good old-fashioned camaraderie. No experience or special equipment needed! We will provide transportation, food, instruction, and all necessary gear for our adventure into the wilds of the Southeast. All we ask is that you come ready to learn new things, meet new people, and challenge yourself!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! Space is limited, so register now.
The fee of $125.00 will cover all of your expenses for the five days of outdoor adventures. You will receive payment instructions once you register. Your place will be confirmed only when payment is received.

About the 2011 Wilskills Experience

How long will we be gone?
Transfer students who sign up for the Wilskills Experience will be allowed an early move-in date: Sunday, August 14th, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. We will leave as soon as all participants have moved in. Participants will receive special instructions regarding move-in. We will return to Vanderbilt before noon on August 18th.

Where will we go?
The trip will comprise one day each of climbing, whitewater paddling, and hiking. Each destination is within 1.5 hours from Chattanooga, TN, so we will camp each night near the city. We’ll climb at Foster Falls, one of the Southeast’s premier crags for both beginner and hardcore climbers! The Hiwassee River is a splashy, yet forgiving whitewater run and is the perfect site for our paddling day. Finally, we will hike in and camp within a backcountry loop somewhere between Chattanooga and Nashville on the fourth day.

What if I’ve never climbed/paddled/hiked/been outside?
No experience? No worries! The WilSkills Experience will be lots of fun, of course, but the excursion is also aimed at arming participants with the skills needed to paddle, climb, and backpack! We encourage people of all experience levels to participate.

What will I need to bring?
You + Smiles! Other than that, you will be responsible for your own clothes, shoes, and toiletries. While you are encouraged to bring any personal equipment that you already have, there is no need to buy anything special for the weekend. If you lack something, say, hiking boots, just let us know and we’ll find a pair you can borrow at no charge!

What is this WilSkills course, anyways?
You will get a pre-orientation preview of the full course. Wilderness Skills is an entirely student-run course that is offered each semester and is open to all current Vanderbilt students. The course is designed to integrate academic study with practical experience in the wilderness. It utilizes the classroom and the environment, combining lectures, films, and discussions with trips to Tennessee’s bountiful surrounding areas. The trips are designed to teach the basic techniques of backpacking, rock climbing, and whitewater paddling. Visit http://studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/wilskills for more information!

If this doesn’t cut it, feel free to contact mitchell.stocky@vanderbilt.edu!

Got questions?

Sandy Stahl
Associate Dean of Students
Office of the Dean of Students


For questions regarding Academics and Registering for classes

Cindy Young
Assistant Director
Special Art Initiatives


For questions regarding Transfer Orientation Schedule and Programs

Katie Garcia
Program Coordinator
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


For questions regarding Transfer Orientation Schedule and Programs

T.J. Jourian
Program Coordinator
Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex Life


For questions regarding ConnectDores

Jason Jakubowski
Housing and Residential Education


For questions regarding Housing