Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation Center

Spring Break Rentals and Hours

Reservations:   Pay in full at the time of the reservation, up to 30 days in advance.   See for details.

Pick up Gear:   Wed. Feb. 29 to Fri. March 3

ORC CLOSED:   March 4-12

Return Spring Break Gear:   Mon. Mar 13 -€“ Wed. Mar 15.

Any gear returned after Wed. Mar 15 will be considered late.




MAR 6 – 10 (Sun -€“ Sat)

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

Cost: $225                 Sign-up by:   Mon. Feb. 13                     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


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. 13                                  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.


FEB. 18   (Sat)
CLIMBING @ Kings Bluff, TN

** This trip is for Beginner Climbers **
$20 Sign-up by:   Fri, Feb. 13 Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Feb. 15 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.


FEB. 25   (Sat)
HIKING @ Twin Arches Trail,   Big South Fork, TN
Cost: $31               Sign-up by:   Friday, Feb. 17                                   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Feb. 21 at 5 PM
Join us on a 9.9 mile, moderately difficult hike in the impressive Big South Fork National Recreation Area.   Highlights include Slave Falls, massive rock walls, overhangs, and the Twin Arches, the largest natural bridge complex in Tennessee.   Frozen icicles could add to the beauty of this hike.   Estimated trip duration:   7 AM -€“ 8 PM.


MAR. 17-18 (Sat. -€“ Sun.)
BACKPACKING @ Great Stone Door, SCRA, TN
Cost: $43               Sign-up by:   Wednesday, Feb. 29       Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar 13 at 6 PM
The Stone Door / Alum Gap loop is a classic route for backpacking.   This 9.2 mile trail, with its variety of terrain, is great for beginners.   Highlights will include the Great Stone Door and other awesome overlooks.   We will also see up to four waterfalls, including the impressive Greeter Falls.   Estimated trip duration:   7 AM Sat. -€“ 6 PM Sun



MAR. 17 (Sat.)
RIVER ACCESS BUILDING @ Harpeth River State Park, TN
* Free! *                 Sign-up by:   Wed, Feb. 29       Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar. 13 at 5 PM

The Harpeth River State Park has many access points.   This is a location that we helped clean up two years ago, and now we can help with the next step. The project will involve use of hand tools and power tools, lifting,  raking, shoveling and  other tasks associated with  trail work.   We will be building  wooden steps flush with the ground to stabilize the bank and minimize erosion.   Gloves, tools, and lunch will be provided.   Afterwards there will be an optional hike to a nice overlook.   Estimated trip duration:   8 AM -€“ 5 PM.

MAR. 24 (Sat)
HIKING @ Fiery Gizzard Trail, SCRA, TN
Cost: $21               Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar 16                                 Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar, 20 at 5 PM

This trip will involve hiking a 9.6-mile loop of the pretty difficult, yet rewarding Fiery Gizzard Trial.   Highlights will include cascading streams, waterfalls, and panoramic overlooks.   Hiking boots are advised for this rocky trail.   Estimated trip duration:   7 AM -€“ 7 PM.



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.