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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

FEBRUARY 15 (Sunday)
CLIMBING (Beginner to Advanced)
Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: $22

Sign-up by: Friday, Feb. 6
>> Bring $22 cash, check, credit card,or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 2/10 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.

Sat. Feb. 28th –  Sat. March 7th
Climbing (Beginner – Advanced) 

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
Cost: $519 + 2 meals in town

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.







MARCH 15  (Sunday)

CLIMBING   (Intermediate – Advanced Climbers)

T-Wall, TN

Cost:  $44

Sign-up by:  Wednesday, Feb. 25

>> Bring $44 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, 3/11 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.

MARCH 27-29 (Fri. – Sun.)

Climbing and Camping
Jackson Falls, IL

Cost:  $73

>> Bring $73 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Sign-up by: Friday, March 20

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 3/24 at 6:00 pm

Join the VU Outdoor Rec. Program as we head to the mid-west climbing location of Jackson Falls, IL.   This trip will offer participants the opportunity to test their climbing skills on bullet hard sand stone cliffs.  We will depart Friday night to camp out and spend the duration of our Saturday climbing.  We will also climb half the day on Sunday before heading back.  Jackson Falls offers a plethora of climbing styles to push your prowess and abilities.  Price includes all technical climbing gear, instruction, group camping gear, transportation and food while on site.   Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration: 6 pm Fri. – 5 pm Sun.

***Note: Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8***


APRIL 4 (Saturday)
BOULDERING (Intermediate to Advanced)
Little Rock City, TN
Cost:  $43

Sign-up by:  Friday, March 27
>> Bring $43 cash, check, credit card,  or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 3/31 at 5:00 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, entrance fee, 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.


APRIL 18 (Saturday)
Trail Maintenance and Climbing
Kings Bluff, TN
Cost:  Free!

Sign-up by: Friday, April 10

>> Come to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 4/14 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:  8 am – 5 pm.


MAY 16-23 (Sat. to Sat.)
Climbing, Hiking, and Camping
Zion National Park, UT
Cost:  $675 + your round trip airfare to Las Vegas

Sign-up by: Friday, March 13

>> Bring $200 cash, check, credit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, 3/25 at 5:00 pm

The Vanderbilt Outdoor Recreation Program will be headed out west this summer to climb, rappel, hike, and otherwise scramble through the canyons of southern Utah.  We will meet in the Las Vegas Airport and then drive 3.5 hours northeast to the campground at Zion National Park.  If you get excited at the notion of hiking to the top of spots with names like, “Angel’s Landing” or rappelling deep into “Mystery Canyon,” only to scramble on and see sights few get the chance to see, then this trip is for you.   Come make your summer an enchanting one!  Prior climbing experience is required and participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8 slab, face, and crack climbs to get the most out of this experience.




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.