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Mar 15  (Sat)
TRAIL BUILDING @ Bells Bend Park, Nashville, TN
Cost: *FREE!*  //  Sign-up by:  Wed, Feb. 26  //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wed, Mar 12 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.

MAR 16 (Sun)
CLIMBING @ Foster Falls, TN
** This trip is for Intermediate to Advanced Climbers **
Cost: $31  //  Sign-up by:  Wed, Feb. 26   //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Mar 11 at 5 pm

Come enjoy the early spring weather with a day of climbing at Foster Falls! Located near Jasper, TN, this climbing destination boasts a great concentration of quality routes to test your climbing prowess.  With a short approach hike, Foster Falls has a little bit to offer any person willing to push themselves in a vertical environment.  From face and crack climbs to tenuous slabs and overhanging pump fests, this trip will provide a great opportunity for those looking to take their climbing to the next level. Price includes food, transportation, and technical climbing equipment. Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 7 pm. Note:This is not a beginner trip. Participants should be able to comfortably 5.9 to really get the most out of this day.

MAR 22  (Sat)
BOULDERING @ Little Rock City, TN
** This trip is for Intermediate to Advanced Climbers **
Cost: $41 // Sign-up by:  Fri, Mar 14 // Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Mar 18 at 5 pm

Join the VU Outdoor Rec climbers for a day of ego-bruising, stone crushing, and awesomeness as we descend upon one of the east coast’s most renowned boulder fields, Little Rock City.  This field is home to the many notable boulder problems that could keep the most seasoned climbers busy for years.  Little Rock City is the location of the third and final leg of the country’s only outdoor climbing competition, the Triple Crown Bouldering Series.  We will spend the day testing the limits of our strength as well as our skin!  Price includes food, transportation, and technical climbing equipment.  Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra.  Space is limited to 8 people so don’t delay!!!  Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 7 pm.

MAR 29  (Sat)
** This trip is for Beginner Kayakers **
Cost: $75  //  Sign-up by:  Fri, Mar 21  //  Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Mar 25 at 5 pm

If the March showers bring us enough rain, then we’re off to paddle the beautiful waters of Clear Creek. This is a fantastic destination for beginner paddlers looking for something a bit more challenging than the Hiwassee. The consistent elevation drop and exciting turns through the boulders make for an exhilarating day on the river.  Experience is necessary and a solid roll is a must.  This trip is limited to the first 6 people who sign up.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am to 10 pm.

Note: There will be two pool sessions available to participants of this trip to work with kayak instructors on your roll prior to the trip.  Participation in at least one of these sessions is mandatory:  Wed. March 19 or Wed. March 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

MAR 30  (Sun)
HIKING @ Fiery Gizzard Trail, S.C.S.P, TN
Cost: $21  //  Sign-up by:  Fri, Mar 21  //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Mar 26 at 6 pm

This trip will involve hiking a 9.6-mile loop of the pretty difficult, yet rewarding Fiery Gizzard Trial.  Highlights will include cascading streams, waterfalls, and panoramic overlooks.  Hiking boots are advised for this very rocky trail.

Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 8 pm.


Jun  14 – 22, 2014 (Sat – Sun.)
ROCK CLIMBING & CAMPING @ Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
(Intermediate – Advanced)
Cost:  $810 + your airfare to and from Seattle, WA //  Sign-up by:  Fri, Mar 21  //  Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wed, Mar 26 at 5 pm

This coming summer the Outdoor Rec. team is headed to western Canada to spend a week climbing in what is considered the recreation capital of Canada.  We will fly into Seattle, WA, and drive 3.5 hours north to our campground at the foot of the Stawamus Chief (The second largest granite monolith in North America!).  Squamish boasts a myriad of climbing areas that range from single pitch sport and trad, to towering 2000+ ft. multipitch climbs, and world class bouldering.  Join our team as we venture north to this haven of granite to test our mettle on some of the globe’s best climbs!  Prior climbing experience is required and participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.7 slab, face, and crack climbs to get the most out of this experience.  More details are available at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec.

This trip is limited to 6 participants, SO DON’T DELAY TO SIGN UP!!! You will need a passport for this trip. Cost includes: vehicle transportation, food while camping, group equipment, climbing gear (except shoes), camping and entrance fees, lodging for the last night.  Cost does NOT include: Airfare to and from Seattle.  Participants must purchase their own tickets.  Specific travel times will be discussed at our first Pre-Trip meeting.


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.