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Spring Break 2015: February 28 – March 8, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Cost= $1,066
Sign-up by: Bring $500 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC by Friday, Jan. 9
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 5:00 pm.

2015 marks our 19h trip to the canyon since 1992.  For the fifteenth year, however, we will get there in style, via air to Phoenix and 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 2015.  This will involve a Pre-Canyon Hike and a meeting following the hike.  Dates for the Training Sessions are Sat. Jan. 17 and Sat. Jan. 31 from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.  Note:  this trip will not be offered again until March 2017.   Estimate trip duration:  6:30 am Sat. to 7 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.

For a colorful PDF , click on this:  GC for WEB.2015


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.


Saturday, February 28th – Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Climbing (Beginner – Advanced)
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
$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 -OR Activities Coordinator, at (615) 936-8527 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.