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Backpacking

Backpacking involves carrying all your food and equipment on your back and hiking to a site accessible only by foot. Usually there are many rewards for the hiker enroute to the campsite. Our trail groups are generally 8-12 people. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in backpacking. Group equipment, such as tents, stoves, cooking gear, is included in the trip price. Generally, no experience is necessary, only enthusiasm!  

Upcoming Trips

BACKPACKING
OCTOBER 13-16 (Thursday – Sunday)  FALL BREAK
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Cost: $155
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 30

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, 10/5 at 5:00 pm at the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

It’s a relatively long drive, but this park is worth it! Plan on backpacking 5-7 miles-a-day of up, down, and around the beautiful, colorful, Great Smoky Mountains. Specific trails have not yet been determined, but plan on car-camping Thursday night and then backpacking Friday –early Sunday. Hiking boots are advised. Estimated trip duration: 9 am Thurs. – 6 pm Sun.

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BACKPACKING

NOVEMBER 5-6  (Saturday – Sunday)

The Great Stone Door at Savage Gulf, South Cumberland State Park, TN
Cost: $63
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 28

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.   Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 7/12 at 5:00 pm at the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Savage Gulf, home to the Great Stone Door, is a great place to go backpacking. On Saturday, we will hike to and through the door enroute to a trail on the bottom of the gorge, camping at the Alum Gap campsite. On Sunday a side hike to a pair of waterfalls and panoramic overlooks is a great way to start the day! Expect to hike 5 – 6 miles a day on moderately difficult trails. This trip is designed for the experienced backpacker or the ambitious beginner. The trails are rocky (and challenging) in places, and easy in other places. Overall,the reward is well worth the effort. Estimated trip duration: 7 am Sat. –6 pm Sun.

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Spring Break 2017:  March 4 – 12, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

BACKPACKING
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Cost= $1,135

Sign up by: Wednesday, Nov. 16

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

3.  $200 Registration Fee is required.  The rest can be paid in up to three payments.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:00 pm.

2017 marks our 20th trip to the canyon since 1992.  We are flying to Phoenix and then riding a charter bus to the canyon.     We are planning on two hiking groups, both of which will hike a 25 – 40 mile trail the entire week, depending on permits.  Needless to say, the Grand Canyon is incredibly beautiful, awesome and spectacular.  Designed for the experienced backpacker, we will allow enthusiastic beginners on this trip.   Everyone who goes must be in good physical shape by the time we leave. Participants are expected to attend one of two all day Training Sessions on a Saturday in 2017.  This will involve a Pre-Canyon Hike and a meeting following the hike.  Dates for the Training Sessions are still TBD and will run from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Note:  This trip will not be offered again until March 2019.   Estimate trip duration:  6:30 am Sat. to 7 pm Sun.

Cost includes ALL transportation, in-canyon food, hotel on both ends of the trip, group equipment, permits, camping and entrance fees.  Space is limited to the first 18 people that sign up, so don’t delay.

Coming soon, a colorful PDF . . .

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Spring Break 2017: March 4-11, 2017 (Saturday – Saturday)

BACKPACKING
Savage Gulf, South Cumberland State Park, TN

Cost= $235
Sign-up by:  Wednesday, Nov. 16

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.


 

South Cumberland State Park is home to the Great Stone Door, numerous waterfalls and spectacular overlooks. It is located about 120 miles SE of Nashville on the Cumberland Plateau. We will go backpacking from Saturday to Saturday, and we will cover 49 miles, checking out all three arms of the gulf. For most days, we will be hiking 6-8 miles a day. Temperatures can be in the 50’s to 70’s during the day, and 30’s to 50’s overnight. This trip is designed for both experienced and beginner backpackers. We will go on a local training hike before the trip. Estimate trip duration: 11 am Sat.3/4 to 5 pm Sat. 3/11.

COST INCLUDES: transportation via a 12 passenger van, “while backpacking” food, group equipment, permits, and camping fees.

Everyone who goes should be in good physical shape by the time we leave.

Participants are expected to attend one of two all day sessions on a Saturday in 2017.  This will involve a Pre-Savage Gulf Training Hike and a meeting following the hike.  Expected duration:  7:30 am to 5:00 pm, but specific dates are yet to be determined.

Space is limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so don’t delay!

Please contact Linda Rosenkranz, VU ORP Director, at (615) 343-7898 or via email at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions regarding this trip.
 

 

 

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Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during ORC rental hours. This is also where the Pre-Trip Meeting takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.

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