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HIKING, RAFTING, AND CLIMBING ROAD TRIP

Date: May 20 – May 25 (Saturday to Thursday)

Location: Grayson Highlands, VA and the New River Gorge, WV

Cost: $395

Registration Fee: $200 or more can be paid on-line, the rest can be paid in later months

Online Sign-up Begins:  at 12 Noon on Monday, Jan. 9

Online Sign-up by:  midnight on Friday, Feb. 24

 

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Registration begins here at noon on 1-9-17.

Start your summer off with the Outdoor Rec’s Adventure Road Trip! This May we are to the New River Gorge, WV for some incredible hikes, pristine climbing, and adrenaline pumping white water rafting. On the way to “the New” we will be hiking through Grayson Highlands, keeping an eye out for the wild ponies the live there, and then summiting Mt. Rogers (5,729 ft), the highest point in Virginia! From there, we continue to New River Gorge National River.  Once there we drive across the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and third tallest in the US, to hike along the picturesque gorge wall and down to a coal mine ghost town. Rock climbing and a full day of rafting on class II-V rapids will fill the rest of our time in this gorgeous place (yes, pun intended). This trip is bound to have a great mix of excitement, relaxation, and a ton of photo ops!

COST INCLUDES: Van Transportation from Vanderbilt and back, group equipment, climbing equipment, in-camp food, camping fees, whitewater rafting outfitters, and park entrance fees.

For more information regarding this trip please contact Sean Wilkinson, Coordinator of the Outdoor Recreation Program, at (615) 936-8527 or via email at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu .


Backpacking in Glacier National Park!

 

BACKPACKING, HIKING, CAMPING

Date:  August 5-13 (Saturday – Sunday)
Location:  Glacier National Park, MT
Cost:  $825 + your airfare to and from Spokane, WA
Registration Fee: $200 or more can be paid on-line, the rest can be paid in later months.
On-line Sign-up Begins:  at 12 Noon on Monday, Jan. 9
On-line Sign-up by:  midnight on Friday, Feb. 24

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Registration begins here at noon on 1-9-17.

 

Pre-Trip Meeting:  at 5:30 pm on Thursday, March 23 at the ORC.

Due to the cold weather and amount of snow in Glacier National Park, we had to move this trip from May to August.  Glacier National Park is clearly one of the crown jewels in the national park system and chance to spend a whole week in this park could be an opportunity of a lifetime.  Located in northern Montana, this park has many glaciers, shiny mountains, reflective lakes, numerous wildlife, chilly waterfalls, grizzly bears, mountain lions, the famous 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, the Continental Divide, and stunning beauty seemingly everywhere you look.  This trip will include a 4-day backpacking trip and 2.5 days of day hiking. The elevation in the park ranges from around 3,000 feet to 10,000 feet so participants need to be in good shape for this trip. We will mostly be hiking from around 5,000 feet to 8,000 feet in elevation and 5 – 12 miles per day. This will be a trip to remember!

COST INCLUDES: Van Transportation (from/to the Spokane Airport), group equipment, in-camp food, camping fees, hotel on both ends of the trip, backcountry permit fees, and park entrance fees.

Click on this:  Coming SOON a colorful PDF with more info!

For more information regarding this trip please contact Linda Rosenkranz, Director of Outdoor Recreation Program, at (615) 343-7898 or via email at 

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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 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.


For More Info Contact:
Linda Rosenkranz at 615-343-7898
Outdoor Recreation Center at 615-343-8182
Monday & Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Tuesday – Wednesday: 3 pm – 6 pm