Outdoor Recreation

MAR 23-25 (Fri. -€“ Sun.)
** This trip is for Intermediate to Advanced Climbers **

Cost: $72                                     Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar. 19                                 Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar. 20 at 6 PM

Come join us for a weekend of splitter spring climbing at one of Tennessee-€™s premier Trad climbing destinations, the T-Wall.   Over the course of this weekend, participants will have the chance to learn the ropes of Trad climbing and test their limits while rock climbing.       Intermediate to advanced climbers welcome.   Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra.   Estimated trip duration: 5 PM Fri. to 6 PM Sun.


MAR. 24 (Sat)
HIKING @ Fiery Gizzard Trail, SCRA, TN
Cost: $21               Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar 19                                   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.


MAR. 30 – 31   (Fri. – Sat.)
Cumberland Mountain State Park, TN
Cost: $48                                       Sign-up by: Fri, Mar 23                                   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar. 27 at 6 PM

We will camp Friday night, and then spend part of Saturday hiking the 5-mile   loop trail around Byrd Lake   The trail, rated -€œeasy-€, follows the lake at times, and also goes through some rhododendron and some nice pine forests, while crossing many creeks.   We can also drive to (and a short hike to) the rocky outcrops on top of Black Mountain.   Another option is Ozone Falls, a short hike to an impressive 110 foot waterfall.   Estimated trip duration: 6 PM Fri -€“ 7 PM Sat.


APR 1       (Sun)
HORSEBACK RIDING @JuRo Ranch, Mt. Juliet, TN
Cost: $46                                     Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar. 23         Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar. 27 at 5 PM

Located less than an hour away, the JuRo Stables will provide us with a 1.5-hour horseback ride.   We will ride on wooded trails, across creeks, and possibly to Percy Priest Lake. Check out their horses at   After the ride, we will have a picnic lunch at a nearby park before returning to VU.   Please bring $4-5 to tip the guide.   Estimated trip duration:   9 AM -€“ 2 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, Mar. 23                                                         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.

APR 7 (Sat)
** This trip is for Beginner Kayakers **
Cost: $75                                       Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar 30           Pre-Trip Meeting: Wed., Apr. 4 at 5 PM
If April showers bring us enough rain, then we-€™re off to paddle the beautiful waters of Clear Creek. This is a fantastic destination for beginner paddlers looking for something a bit more challenging than the Hiwassee. The consistent elevation drop and fun turns through the boulders are enough for even seasoned boaters to enjoy. Experience is necessary and a solid roll is a must.   This trip is limited to the first 6 people who sign up.  Estimated trip duration:   7 AM to 10 PM.


APR 7     (Sat.)
LAKE CLEAN-UP / CANOEING @ Cordell Hull Lake, TN
* Free! *                                       Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar 30           Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Apr. 3 at 5 PM
At points during our hike along the north side of the lake we have noticed trash washed up on the former shorelines from the summer before.   By canoeing around the lake, we can stop and pick up trash, using the canoes to do the hauling.   This is a pretty area worthy of our time.   Beginners are welcome.   All paddling equipment is provided.   Estimated trip duration:   8 AM -€“ 5 PM.


APR 13-14 (Fri. -€“ Sat.)
Cost: $97               Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar 30           Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Apr. 10 at 6 PM

Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids!   After camping out Friday night, we will be guided down the mighty Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each.   As a bonus, the Ocoee River is located in a beautiful gorge.     No experience is necessary.   Est. trip duration:   6 PM Fri. -€“ 7 PM Sat.


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.