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Summer Expeditions

MAY 16-23 (Sat. to Sat.)
Rock Climbing, Hiking, and Camping
Zion National Park, UT
Cost:  $675 + your round trip airfare to Las Vegas

Sign-up by: Friday, March 13

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, 3/25 at 5:00 pm

It is not often that we are able to use the word “enchanting” with any real validity—not in everyday conversation.  It’s a word reserved for places that are few and far between – for places like Zion National Park.

Zion was Utah’s first national park, which makes sense.  If there’s a single landscape to evoke one to say something to the effect of, “Gee, this place looks nice; maybe we should try to keep it that way,” then Zion is a no-brainer.  The park gets over three million visitors per year and for good reason:

When one first enter the park, subconsciously, the neck slowly tilts back as one’s gaze drifts upwards to what one out of three people designate as “the most beautiful sight ever.”  It is unclear how long this feeling lasts, but eventually, one realizes their mouth is wide open and their eyes are beginning to water.  The feeling comes to an end until the next hairpin turn down the winding canyon road, after which one gains an altogether different view of something that is, somehow, inexplicably, even more breathtaking.

The Vanderbilt Outdoor Recreation Program will be headed out west this summer to climb, rappel, hike, and otherwise scramble through the canyons of southern Utah.  If you get excited at the notion of hiking to the top of spots with names like, “Angel’s Landing” or rappelling deep into “Mystery Canyon,” only to scramble on and see sights few get the chance to see, then this trip is for you.   Come make your summer an enchanting one!

TRIP OVERVIEW:

The Vanderbilt Outdoor Recreation Program will be headed out west this summer to climb, rappel, hike, and otherwise scramble through the canyons of southern Utah.  We will meet in the Las Vegas Airport and then drive 3.5 hours northeast to the campground at Zion National Park.  If you get excited at the notion of hiking to the top of spots with names like, “Angel’s Landing” or rappelling deep into “Mystery Canyon,” only to scramble on and see sights few get the chance to see, then this trip is for you.   Come make your summer an enchanting one!  Prior climbing experience is required and participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8 slab, face, and crack climbs to get the most out of this experience.

This trip is limited to the first 7 people

who sign up!

Sign up by: Friday, March 13!

 

FOR MORE INFO:  Contact Steven Rubin,
Outdoor Recreation Activities Coordinator,
at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu or at 615-936-8527.

 

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BACKPACKING, HIKING, CAMPING, & WHITEWATER RAFTING

Date:  June 27 – July 11, 2015 (Saturday – Saturday)
Location:  ALASKA:  Lost Lake, Denali State Park, Denali National Park
Cost: $1,695 + your airfare to and from Anchorage

Sign-up by: Friday, Jan. 9
Bring $300 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

In the summer of 2015, a trip coordinator from the Outdoor Recreation Program and Linda Rosenkranz, Director of Outdoor Rec., will set out with a crew of 8-10 participants to the great wilderness of Alaska.  Our plan will be, over the course of 16 days, to immerse ourselves in the wilderness (via backpacking) as well as the unique cultural and ecological heritage of the state.  We will meet in Anchorage and then drive down to Seward on the following day and camp.  Next we will begin a 4-day backpacking trip to Lost Lake which is surrounded by mountains in the beautiful Kenai Peninsula.  Following this we will lodge in Anchorage for two nights and go whitewater rafting (class IV) on the incredible Sixmile Creek in the Chugach National Forest.  The thrills and the scenery will both be memorable!  Next we will drive north to Denali State Park and begin a 4-day backpacking trip on K’esugi Ridge.  This hike will provide us with some incredible views of the south face of Denali and the Alaskan Range.  We will end our trip with some camping and hiking in Denali National Park.  We plan to take the park bus on the 85 mile journey to Wonder Lake.  This is the closest campground to Mount McKinley, aka Denali.  The bus ride can be fascinating as the driver will stop whenever he/she sees any wildlife up close, such as grizzly bear, elk, moose, and Dall sheep.  We will camp two nights at Wonder Lake, giving us ample time to explore the surrounding area.  The final night will be spent in a cabin or hotel before going to the airport in Anchorage.  This trip offers a mix, and through balancing our backcountry time with a dose of front country decadence, we hope to offer a well-rounded experience.

Designed for the experienced backpacker, we will allow enthusiastic beginners on this trip.  Expect to hike 6-10 miles a day, sometimes with significant elevation change.   Everyone who goes must be in good physical shape by the time we leave.

Cost includes: van transportation, hotel/house/cabin for 4 nights, front country camping for 4 nights, whitewater rafting fees, food for whole trip minus 6 dinners and a few lunches, group equipment, bus fees, park fees, etc.

Space will be limited to the first 10 people that sign up.  Now this trip is FULL.  We can start a waiting list . . .

 

To Register, bring $300 cash, check or credit card to the O.R.C. by Friday, Jan. 9.
DO NOT miss out on this amazing opportunity!

For more info, click on this colorful pdf

 

 

 

 

For more information regarding this trip please contact Linda Rosenkranz, VU ORP Director, at (615) 343-7898 or via email at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu

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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.


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