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Spring Break 2016: March 5-13, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

BACKPACKING
Zion National Park, UT

Cost= $550 + your own airfare to Las Vegas
Sign-up by:  Wednesday, Nov. 18

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click HERE to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $200 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

This year, we will try something new for spring break.  We will meet at the Las Vegas airport and then drive up to Zion National Park for a week of backpacking and hiking.  Zion is an incredible park with impressive sandstone mountains, canyons, and towers.  It also features a dry, southwest desert, kind of like that which is in the Grand Canyon.  Due to the high elevations and chance of snow, we will not be going to certain parts of the park.  However, we have planned two backpack trips:  an overnight in the southwest part of the park and a 3-4 day trip in the southeast part of the park.  Both trails will lead to beautiful and spectacular sights!   Weather permitting; we hope to hike up the famous Angels Landing trail in between the two trips.  Total hiking for the week will be around 56 miles, but we will not have our backpack on for all of this.    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 sessions on a Saturday in 2016.  This will involve a Pre-Zion Training Hike and a meeting following the hike.  Expected duration:  7:30 am to 5:00 pm, but specific dates are yet to be determined.  For your flight to LAS, arrive no later than 2 pm on 3/5 and leave no earlier than 9 am on 3/13.    For more info, please check our web at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec

Cost includes van transportation to/from Las Vegas, in-Zion food, hotel on both ends of the trip, group equipment, permits, camping and entrance fees.

Space is limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so don’t delay.

Check back here by mid-Sept. f

or a colorful PDF

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.

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Spring Break 2016: March 5-13, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Canoe-Camping
Gulf Coast:  Florida and the Blackwater River
Cost: $385

Sign-up by:  Wednesday, Nov. 18

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2. Click HERE to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $200 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

This Spring Break, we will be driving down to the Gulf Coast for a big canoe-camping trip!  First, we’ll check out the wildlife in Big Lagoon State Park, FL.  The lagoon is located just inland from the gulf.  There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest.  We will camp at Bear Lake where we can sleep in, go hiking, or canoeing on the small lake.  We will bring mostly canoes, but also 2-3 touring kayaks that we can take turns paddling. Finally, 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 experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you must know how to swim.  In order to properly prepare for this fun adventure, plan on attending 2-3 Pre-Trip Meetings.  Estimated trip duration:  6:30 am Sat. to 4 pm Sun.  For more info, please check our web at

www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec

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, so don’t delay.

Look for a colorful pdf coming by mid-September.

Please contact Sean Wilkinson, VU ORP 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.