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Our camping and hiking trips are great for those who want to get outside and camp without having to carry all the equipment on their back. We will “car camp” or camp with the van in close proximity, usually with picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms of some sort. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-15 people, and require no previous experience. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in camping and hiking. Group equipment, such as tents, stoves, cooking gear, is included in the trip price. The hiking part of the trip is simply a day hike.

Upcoming Trips

SEPTEMBER 25-26 (Fri. – Sat.)

WHITEWATER RAFTING & CAMPING
Ocoee River, TN
Cost: $104
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 11

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2. Click HERE to sign up.

3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $97 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 9/22 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

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.

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BACKPACKING
OCT. 15-18  (Thursday – Sunday)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost: $104

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 2

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click HERE to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $104 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, 10/7 at 5:00 pm

It’s a relatively long drive, but this park is worth it!  Plan on backpacking 5 – 8 miles-a-day of up, down, and around the beautiful, colorful, 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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OCTOBER 15 – 18 (Thurs. – Sunday)

Canoe-Camping
Green River, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Cost:  $154
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 2

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.   Click HERE to sign up.
3.   You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $154 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Thursday, Oct. 8 at 5:00 pm in the ORC.

Although this National Park is known for its caves, it actually has a great river for canoe-camping.  The Green River is a fairly deep river with beautiful tree covered hills surrounding it.  We plan on going on a cave tour and car camping, before beginning an 18.5 mile, 3-day, 2-night canoe-camping trip. Highlights will include the fall colors and checking out a few small caves along the way.  We also plan to camp on islands each night.  Beginners are welcome.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am Thurs. – 5 pm Sun.

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OCT. 30 – NOV. 1 (Fri. – Sun.)
CAMPING & HIKING
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost:  $76
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 23

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click HERE to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $76 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 10/27 at 6:00 pm at the ORC

Join us in camping for 2 nights at the Cosby Campground in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Saturday, we will hike 10.4 moderately difficult miles, up to Low Gap and to the Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower to check out the views of the beautiful, colorful Smokies.  Sunday’s 5 mile easy hike will be along the scenic Big Creek.  Camping in the fall in the Smokies . . . it should be a great weekend.  Bring money for meals on the road.  Estimated trip duration: 3 pm Fri – 7 pm Sun.

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BACKPACKING
NOV. 7-8 (Saturday – Sunday)
The Great Stone Door, S.C.S.P., TN
Cost: $48

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 30

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click HERE to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $48 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 11/3 at 6:00 pm


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 2016: March 5-13, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

BACKPACKING
Zion National Park, UT

Cost= $550 + your own airfare to Las Vegas
Sign-up by:  Wednesday, Nov. 18

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click HERE to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $200 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

This year, we will try something new for spring break.  We will meet at the Las Vegas airport and then drive up to Zion National Park for a week of backpacking and hiking.  Zion is an incredible park with impressive sandstone mountains, canyons, and towers.  It also features a dry, southwest desert, kind of like that which is in the Grand Canyon.  Due to the high elevations and chance of snow, we will not be going to certain parts of the park.  However, we have planned two backpack trips:  an overnight in the southwest part of the park and a 3-4 day trip in the southeast part of the park.  Both trails will lead to beautiful and spectacular sights!   Weather permitting; we hope to hike up the famous Angels Landing trail in between the two trips.  Total hiking for the week will be around 56 miles, but we will not have our backpack on for all of this.    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 sessions on a Saturday in 2016.  This will involve a Pre-Zion 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.  For your flight to LAS, arrive no later than 2 pm on 3/5 and leave no earlier than 9 am on 3/13.    For more info, please check our web at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec

Cost includes van transportation to/from Las Vegas, in-Zion food, hotel on both ends of the trip, group equipment, permits, camping and entrance fees.

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

Check back here by mid-Sept. for a colorful PDF

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Spring Break 2016: March 5-13, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Canoe-Camping
Gulf Coast:  Florida and the Blackwater River
Cost: $385

Sign-up by:  Wednesday, Nov. 18

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2. Click HERE to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $200 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

 

This Spring Break, we will be driving down to the Gulf Coast for a big canoe-camping trip!  First, we’ll check out the wildlife in Big Lagoon State Park, FL.  The lagoon is located just inland from the gulf.  There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest.  We will camp at Bear Lake where we can sleep in, go hiking, or canoeing on the small lake.  We will bring mostly canoes, but also 2-3 touring kayaks that we can take turns paddling. Finally, we will go on a 5-day, 4-night canoe-camping trip down the incredible Blackwater River.  (The water is a dark, tannin-stained color, but it contrasts vividly with the snow-white sand bars at each bend).   This is definitely an area that you have to just be there to experience all of its beauty.  No experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you must know how to swim.  In order to properly prepare for this fun adventure, plan on attending 2-3 Pre-Trip Meetings.  Estimated trip duration:  6:30 am Sat. to 4 pm Sun.  For more info, please check our web at

www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec

Cost includes: van transportation, in-camp food, group equipment (including the canoes and kayaks), permits, camping fees, entrance fees and a cheap hotel in Alabama on the last night.

Space is limited, so don’t delay.

Look for a colorful pdf coming by mid-September.

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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 rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.