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Posted by on Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Archives, News.

MAR 3 – 11 (Sat -€“ Sun)
CANOE-CAMPING @ Buffalo National River, AR

Cost: $370         Sign-up by:   Fri, Jan. 27                                   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Jan. 31 at 5 PM

The Buffalo National River of northwest Arkansas is one of America-€™s finest free flowing rivers.   This entire trip will be in the national park; the Buffalo was the first river named as a national river in the United States.   We plan on paddling 62.8 miles in 7 days on this beautiful river.   The first day will have some whitewater rapids, but the rest of the trip will be a moderate to easy Class 1 float.   Massive limestone bluffs, waterfalls, and side hikes will add to the fun of this trip.   We will camp every night on the river in either a developed campsite or along a more remote gravel bar.   We will have one day of rest, where we will not pack up and paddle.   We will be primarily paddling canoes, 2 people plus gear per boat.   We will also have 2-3 long kayaks on the trip to give everyone the chance to paddle a kayak.     Previous paddling experience is helpful, but not required.   Participants must know how to swim.   We will stay in a cheap hotel on the last night of the trip, in Conway, Arkansas.   Participants are expected to attend two more Pre-Trip Meetings in 2012.     Estimated trip duration:   7:00 AM Sat. to 4 PM Sun.


Cost includes van transportation, on-the-river food, hotel at the end of the trip, group camping equipment, river bags, paddling jackets, canoes, kayaks, and paddling gear.     Space is limited to the first 12 people that sign up, so don-€™t delay.   For more info, please check our web at


MAR 6 – 10 (Sun -€“ Sat)

CLIMBING & CAMPING @ New River Gorge, WV (This trip is for Beginner to Advanced Climb)

Cost: $225                                           Sign-up by:   Fri, Jan. 27                                           Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Feb. 22 at 5 PM

Get ready to experience one of the Southeast-€™s finest climbing destinations.   With miles and miles of cliff line, we will spend the week exploring a diverse selection of splitter cracks, thin faces, technical slabs, and inspired lines!   Our goal is to have climbers test their skills with a wide range of trad, sport, and top rope climbing.   Rock climbing experience is preferred but not required.   Price includes transportation, food, camping and climbing fees, and climbing/group gear like tents and cooking equipment. .   Estimated trip duration: 7 am Tuesday Mar. 6 -€“ 5 pm Saturday Mar. 10. Personal gear like sleeping/eating equipment can be rented for a nominal fee at the ORC. Space is limited to 6 participants, so don-€™t delay.   More information can be found at


FEB. 11 (Sat)
BOARDWALK BUILDING @ Beaman Park, Nashville, TN

* Free! *                                         Sign-up by:   Fri, Feb. 3                                       Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Feb. 7, at 6 PM

Beaman Park is a relatively new park in Nashville that is being developed as a more natural park, rather than a -€œball field park-€.   This time we will help finish a 350-€™ boardwalk that makes a trail accessible from the Nature Center to an overlook.   We may also plant some trees.   Experienced trail volunteers and equipment will be provided to help us.   Lunch is also provided, and hiking afterward is an option.   Estimated trip duration:   8 AM -€“ 3 PM.


FEB. 12   (Sun)
CLIMBING @ Kings Bluff, TN
(This trip is for Beginner Climbers)

Cost: $20               Sign-up by:   Fri, Feb. 3                                       Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Feb. 7, at 5 pm

Wall climbers, it-€™s time to try the -€œreal thing-€!   Kings Bluff is a great location for both beginner and intermediate climbers.   Some climbing experience is preferred, so try the wall first!   Shoe rental = $5.50 extra.   Estimated trip duration:   9 AM -€“ 5 PM.


MAY 26 -€“ Jun 3 (Sat -€“ Sun)

CLIMBING, BOULDERING, & CAMPING @ Bishop / Owens River Gorge, CA
(This trip is for Intermediate to Advanced Climbers)

Cost:     $460 + your airfare to Las Vegas, NV

Sign-up by:   Fri, Feb. 10                                     Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Apr 18, at 5 PM
Kick off your summer with a climbing trip to one of the West-€™s most renowned climbing areas, Bishop, California!   Just on the leeward side of the high sierra, the Bishop area is home to breath taking scenery and did we mention some the countries best climbing!?!?   Over the course of this week long trip we explore three different bouldering areas each boasting hundreds of problems to test your strength.   In addition to being centrally located to world class boulders, this trip will spend some time exploring the cliffs of the Owens River Gorge.   This gorge is one of the highest concentrations of quality sport climbing in the great state of California.   While the walls offer a wealth of easier climbs, there is a huge variety of 5.10 to 5.11 climbing to be had.   Prior climbing experience is required, and this trip is limited to 6 PARTICIPANTS, SO DON-€™T DELAY SIGNING UP.   More information can be found at


Trip cost will cover local van transportation while out West, in-camp food, group equipment, and lodging/camping/permit fees.   NOTE: You must provide your own airfare to Las Vegas, NV.


To sign up for a trip, come to the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), located on 2600 Children’s Way, kind of behind the Student  Rec. Center, and pay a deposit or the full amount of the trip.     The ORC accepts cash, check, and the Vanderbilt Commodore Card.   For more info on trips, workshops, and equipment rentals, check out the web at


Outdoor Recreation Hours:

Mon and Fri 12 noon – 6 p.m.

Tue, Wed, and Thu 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


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