Spring Break 2011:
MAR 3 – 11, 2012 (Sat. – Sun.)
CANOE-CAMPING @ Buffalo National River, AR
Cost: $370 Sign-up by: Wed, Nov. 16. Pre-Trip Meeting: Wed, Nov. 30 at 5:30 PM
The Buffalo National River of northwest Arkansas is one of America’s finest free flowing rivers. This entire trip will be in the national park; the Buffalo was the first river named as a national river in the United States. We plan on paddling 62.8 miles in 7 days on this beautiful river. The first day will have some whitewater rapids, but the rest of the trip will be a moderate to easy Class 1 float. Massive limestone bluffs, waterfalls, and side hikes will add to the fun of this trip. We will camp every night on the river in either a developed campsite or along a more remote gravel bar. We will have one day of rest, where we will not pack up and paddle. We will be primarily paddling canoes, 2 people plus gear per boat. We will also have 2-3 long kayaks on the trip to give everyone the chance to paddle a kayak. Previous paddling experience is helpful, but not required. Participants must know how to swim. We will stay in a cheap hotel on the last night of the trip, in Conway, Arkansas. Participants are expected to attend two more Pre-Trip Meetings in 2012. Estimated trip duration: 7:00 AM Sat. to 4 PM Sun. For more info, please check our web at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec.
Cost includes van transportation, on-the-river food, hotel at the end of the trip, group camping equipment, river bags, paddling jackets, canoes, kayaks, and paddling gear. Space is limited to the first 12 people that sign up, so don’t delay.
DEC. 3 (Sat)
TRAIL MAINTENANCE & CLIMBING @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: FREE! Sign-up by: Fri, Nov. 18 Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Nov. 29 at 5 PM
Come join Vanderbilt Outdoor Rec and the Southeastern Climbers Coalition for a day of trail maintenance. We will travel to Clarksville to work on Middle Tennessee’s best rock climbing resource. Our goal is to repair sections of trail that have seen heavy use and help other sections that are eroding quickly. Expect to get dirty and have fun. Time and weather permitting, we will climb a couple routes at the end of the day. Estimated trip duration: 9 AM – 6 PM.
DEC. 3 (Saturday)
TRAIL BUILDING @ Beaman Park, Nashville, TN
Cost: FREE! Sign-up by: Fri, Nov. 18 Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Nov. 29 at 6:00 PM
Beaman Park is a relatively new park in Nashville that is being developed as a more natural park, rather than a “ball field park”. This time we will help build a trail that will loop back to the Nature Center from the boardwalk. Experienced trail volunteers and equipment will be provided to help us. Lunch is also provided, and hiking afterward is an option. Estimated trip duration: 8 AM – 3 PM.
To sign up for a trip, come to the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), located on 2600 Children’s Way, kind of behind the Student Rec. Center, and pay a deposit or the full amount of the trip. The ORC accepts cash, check, and the Vanderbilt Commodore Card. For more info on trips, workshops, and equipment rentals, check out the web at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec.
Outdoor Recreation Hours:
Mon and Fri 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Tue, Wed, and Thu 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.