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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:  Sorry, this trip is FULL!

E-mail  to outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu to get on the waiting list.

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 8-10 miles-a-day of up, down, and around the beautiful, colorful, Great Smoky Mountains. Plan on car-camping Thursday night and then backpacking 26.7 miles Friday – Sunday. This is a challenging hike, but it will be very rewarding.  Hiking boots are advised. Space is limited to the first 6 people who sign  up.  Estimated trip duration: 9 am Thurs. – 6 pm Sun.

 

 

 

 

 

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BACKPACKING

NOVEMBER 5-6  (Saturday – Sunday)

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

TO SIGN UP: Sorry, this trip is FULL!

E-mail  to outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu to get on the waiting list.

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, 11/1 at 6:00 pm at the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Savage Gulf is a great place for beginner backpacking.  We will meet at the ORC at 7 am on Saturday to finish packing the group food and gear.  Then we will drive to the South Cumberland State Park and begin backpacking the 9.5 miles to our campsite.  We will stop at Savage Falls  and numerous overlooks along the North Rim trail of Savage Gulf.  On Sunday, plan on an easy but 9.1 mile hike out through the woods.  Hiking boots are recommended.  This trip is a great trip for beginners and favorite among hikers, so don’t hesitate to try it out!   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. Sorry, this trip is full.

E-mail  to outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu to get on the waiting list.

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 Sat. 1/21 and Sat. 2/4 from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Note:  This trip will not be offered again until March 2019.   Estimate trip duration:  5 am Sat. to 6 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.

Click on this colorful & informational PDF about the Grand Canyon!

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 Sat 1/21 or Sat. 2/4.  This will involve a Pre-Grand Canyon Training Hike and a meeting following the hike, with lunch provided.  Expected duration:  7:30 am to 5 pm.

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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:  Sorry, this trip is cancelled for now.

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

2. Sorry, this trip is cancelled for now.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 pm.

 

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 51 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 on Sat. Feb. 18 from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. 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.

Click for the Savage Gulf Spring Break Trail Map (You can enlarge this map)

Click on this:  Colorful & informational details about the Savage Gulf trip!

Participants are expected to attend the all day session on Saturday, Feb. 18.  This will involve a Pre-Savage Gulf Training Hike and a meeting following the hike.  Expected duration:  7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

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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