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SEPT. 14  (Sat)
(Beginner – Advanced)  CLIMBING @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: $22  //  Sign-up by:  Fri, Sept. 6  //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Sept 10 at 5 pm
Wall climbers, it’s time to try the “real thing”!  Kings Bluff is a great location for you to experience the fundamentals of rock climbing with our knowledgeable staff.  Some climbing experience is preferred, so try the wall first!  Shoe rental = $5.50 extra. Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 5 pm.

SEPT. 14  (Sat)
KAYAKING @ Harpeth River, TN
Cost: $33  //  Sign-up by:  Fri, Sept. 6  //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Sept 10 at 6 pm
This 6.4-mile trip is designed specifically for the beginner kayaker.   The nearby Harpeth River is a gentle, State Scenic River, and kayaking is a great opportunity to paddle your own boat.  All equipment is included in the trip fee.  Enjoy a day a on the river.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 4 pm.

SEPT. 15  (Sun)
HORSEBACK RIDING @ JuRo Ranch, Mt. Juliet, TN
Cost: $52  //  Sign-up by:  Fri, Sept. 6  //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wed, Sept. 11 at 5 pm
Located less than an hour away, the JuRo Stables will provide us with a 1.5 hour horseback ride.  We will ride on wooded trails, across creeks, and possibly to Percy Priest Lake. Check out their horses at www.jurostables.com.  After the ride, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at the lake before returning to VU.  The price includes a tip for the guide.   Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 2 pm.

SEPT. 20 – 21  (Fri.-Sat.)
WHITEWATER RAFTING & CAMPING @ Ocoee River, TN
Cost: $112  //  Sign-up by:  Fri, Sept. 6  //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Sept. 17 at 6 pm
Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids!  After camping out on Friday, we will be guided down the mighty Middle Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each.  No experience is necessary.  We’ll eat lunch and have a chance to shower before heading back.  Tip for your guide is included.  Estimated trip duration:  6 pm Fri. – 7 pm Sat.

SEPT. 21  (Sat)
TRAIL BUILDING @ Bells Bend Park, Nashville, TN
FREE!  //  Sign-up by:  Fri, Sept. 13  //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wed, Sept 18 at 5 pm
Bells Bend 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 new mountain biking trail in the park.  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.

SEPT. 21  (Sat)
WHITEWATER CANOEING @ Hiwassee River, TN
Cost: $60  /  Sign-up by:  Fri, Sept. 13  /  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Sept 17 at 5 pm
Beat the heat by joining the Outdoor Rec. team for a day of exciting rapid running on the Hiwassee, a state scenic river.  The 5.5 mile stretch of the Hiwassee is a fantastic introduction to WW Canoeing and offers a number of Class I – II+ rapids to test your paddling prowess.  Participants must be able to swim and canoeing experience is not required.  Estimated trip duration:  6 am – 10 pm.

SEPT. 22  (Sun)
CANOEING @ Duck River, TN
Cost: $33  /  Sign-up by:  Fri, Sept. 13  /  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wed, Sept 18 at 6 pm
The Duck River is a nice river with wooded banks and large, beautiful rock bluffs.   We will paddle a 7.6 mile stretch of the river, from Cortner Mill to the Hwy 41 bridge, just east of Shelbyville.  The mill provides a great place for swimming and playing in the water before we even start canoeing.  Beginners are welcome on this Class I river.  We may see . . . ducks!   Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 6 pm.

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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.

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Outdoor Recreation Hours:
Mon and Fri 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Tue, Wed, and Thu 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec