Spring Break 2017: March 4 – 12, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)
Sign up by: Wednesday, Nov. 16
TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
3. $200 Registration Fee is required. The rest can be paid in up to three payments.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6:00 pm.
2017 marks our 20th trip to the canyon since 1992. We are flying to Phoenix and then riding a 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 2017. This will involve a Pre-Canyon Hike and a meeting following the hike. Dates for the Training Sessions are Sat. 1/21 and Sat. 2/4 from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Note: This trip will not be offered again until March 2019. Estimate trip duration: 5 am Sat. to 6 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.
Everyone who goes should be in good physical shape by the time we leave.
Participants are expected to attend one of two all day sessions on Sat 1/21 or Sat. 2/4. This will involve a Pre-Canyon Training Hike and a meeting following the hike, with lunch provided. Expected duration: 7:30 am to 5 pm.
Savage Gulf, South Cumberland State Park, TN
Sign-up by: Wednesday, Nov. 16
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 pm.
South Cumberland State Park is home to the Great Stone Door, numerous waterfalls and spectacular overlooks. It is located about 120 miles SE of Nashville on the Cumberland Plateau. We will go backpacking from Saturday to Saturday, and we will cover 51 miles, checking out all three arms of the gulf. For most days, we will be hiking 6-8 miles a day. Temperatures can be in the 50’s to 70’s during the day, and 30’s to 50’s overnight. This trip is designed for both experienced and beginner backpackers. We will go on a local training hike before the trip on Sat. Feb. 18 from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. Estimate trip duration: 11 am Sat.3/4 to 5 pm Sat. 3/11.
COST INCLUDES: transportation via a 12 passenger van, “while backpacking” food, group equipment, permits, and camping fees.
Click for the Savage Gulf Spring Break Trail Map (You can enlarge this map)
Participants are expected to attend the all day session on Saturday, Feb. 18. This will involve a Pre-Savage Gulf Training Hike and a meeting following the hike. Expected duration: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Space is limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so don’t delay!
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 ORC rental hours. This is also where the Pre-Trip Meeting takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.