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Spring Break


March 1 – March 7, 2014 (Saturday to Friday)
>>>   only 2 spots left as of 2/14/14!
New River Gorge, WV
Cost: $440
Sign-up by: 6 pm Friday Feb. 21
Bring $100 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday Feb. 25  @ 6:00 pm

This spring break the Outdoor Rec. team will be heading back to the New River Gorge for an exciting week of climbing and white water rafting in one of the premier destinations in the SE. The New River Gorge is home to thousands of climbs in over 12 different areas that will serve as our wilderness proving ground.  So get ready to test your skills on a variety of climbs ranging from slabs to overhanging forearm blasters!  In addition to the climbing, we will spend one of our days rafting on the Lower New River.  This section of river boasts big water and class IV rapids on a wide portion of the New with great recovery pools! Prior climbing experience is required and participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.7 face and crack climbs.  Estimated trip duration:  9 am Sat. to 8 pm Fri.

This trip is limited to 8 participants, SO DON”T DELAY!!!

Cost includes: van transportation, lodging, food while camping, group equipment, climbing gear (except shoes), camping & entrance fees, wetsuit rental, and WW rafting fees.

Check out this printable PDF for more information:  NRG Information Sheet

Please contact Lee Collette, VU ORP Activities Coordinator, at (615)322-0811 or via email at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions regarding this trip.


March 1 – 9, 2014  (Saturday – Sunday)                   >>>  only 3 spots left as of 2/14/14!
Gulf Coast:  Florida and The Blackwater River
Cost: $385
Sign-up by: 6 pm Friday, Feb. 21
Bring $100 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 pm.

This trip was a huge success in 2008 and 2010 and we are bringing it back, with a few suggested revisions. The trip will include car camping at Big Lagoon State Park and Bear Lake in Florida. There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest. There, 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 canoeing experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you need to know how to swim. We will teach canoeing on Bear Lake prior to the river trip. Participants are expected to attend two Pre-Trip Meetings in 2014.

This trip is designed for both experienced and beginner paddlers.  Although it will be too cool to do much swimming, the average highs should be in the 70′s, while the average lows could easily be in the 40′s.  Unlike the canyon trip, campfires will be allowed along the Blackwater River.  We will be primarily paddling canoes, 2 people plus gear per boat.  We will also have 2-3 long kayaks on the trip to give everyone a chance to paddle a kayak.  Previous paddling experience is helpful, but not required.  Participants must know how to swim.   We will stay in a cheap hotel in Montgomery, AL on the last night of the trip.  Estimated trip duration: 7 am Sat. 3/1 to 4 pm Sun. 3/9.

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 to the first 8 people who sign up, so don’t delay.

Check out this colorful pdf, GulfCoast.fortheweb.1.14, for more info.

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.

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.