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Climbing

Our climbing trips generally involve a little hiking to and a lot of climbing the various limestone and sandstone bluffs of the area. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-15 people, and usually require no previous experience, although it never hurts to try out our Climbing Wall at the Rec. Center if you have never climbed before. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in climbing. All climbing equipment, except climbing shoes is included in the trip price. Shoes may be rented for an additional $5.50.

Upcoming Trips

SEPT. 20 (Saturday)
CLIMBING (Beginner to Advanced)
Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: $22

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 12
>> Bring $10 cash, check, credit card,or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/16 at 5:00 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 take some time to try out the wall first!   Shoe rental = $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 6 pm.
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OCT. 5   (Sunday)

CLIMBING   (Intermediate – Advanced Climbers)

Foster Falls, TN

Cost:  $33

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 26

>> Bring $16 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/30 at 5:00 pm

Come enjoy the fall 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.
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OCT. 26 (Sunday)
Trail Maintenance and Climbing
Kings Bluff, TN
Cost:  Free!

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 10

>> Come to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 10/21 at 5:00 pm

Come join Vanderbilt Outdoor Rec and the Southeastern Climbers Coalition for a day of trail maintenance. We will travel to Clarksville to work on Middle Tennessee’s best rock climbing resource. Our goal is to repair sections of trail that have seen heavy use and help other sections that are eroding quickly. Expect to get dirty and have fun.  Time and weather permitting, we will climb a couple routes at the end of the day.  Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 6 pm.

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NOV. 8 (Saturday)
CLIMBING (Beginner to Advanced)
Kings Bluff, TN
Cost:  $22

Sign-up by:  Friday, Oct. 31
>> Bring $10 cash, check, credit card,  or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 11/4 at 5:00 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 take some time to try out the wall first!   Shoe rental = $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 6 pm.
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DEC. 14 – 20, 2014 (Sunday-Saturday)

Climbing (Intermediate-Advanced)
Red Rock, NV
Cost: $575 + your Round Trip airfare to Las Vegas

Sign-up by: Wednesday, Nov. 19th
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Bring $200 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, 11/19 at 5:00 pm

Go west for the winter and climb at one of the best cold weather crags in the world during our winter break climbing trip!  Price includes transportation from the Las Vegas Airport to the campground, all food in the back-country, associated camping and park entrance fees, and a shared hotel room for the last night.  Located just fifteen minutes outside of Las Vegas, Red Rock hosts a staggering variety of climbing.  We will follow the sun and climb on a bit of all which Red Rock has to offer, whether it’s all-day multi-pitch traditional routes, pumpy single-pitch sport routes, and even a nice selection of powerful boulder problems. Unbound by convention and unwilling to conform to any specific style, come join us as we head to the desert and traverse the climbing spectrum.

Click for a colorful, printable PDF about this trip: Red Rock Winter 2014 Info Sheet

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Sat. February 28th –  Sat. March 7th, 2015

Climbing (Beginner – Advanced)
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
Cost: $519 + 2 meals in town


Registration Begins:  Monday, Jan. 5
Sign-up by: Friday, January 30th, 2015
Bring $200 cash, check, credit card  or Vanderbilt Card to the Outdoor Recreation Center to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Come join the Outdoor Rec. program as we head to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in the Ozarks for a week of rock climbing, bouldering, and general shenanigans. We will be lodging in style in one of the log cabins on the ranch, complete with a wood-burning stove to warm up after a hard day of climbing.  If that’s not enough comfort for you, we can always go for a dip in the renowned HCR hot tub at the visitor’s center.  All “at the cabin” food is included, but we’ll also be heading into the nearby town of Jasper to see the sights and eat at the legendary Ozark Café.  The trip cost includes all transportation, lodging, cabin meals and climbing lunches, climbing equipment, and instruction!

Click for a colorful, printable PDF about this trip: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Spring Break 2015

Please contact Steven Rubin, VU ORP Activities Coordinator, at (615) 936-8527 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 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.