Outdoor Recreation

OCT. 20   (Sat)
(Beginner -€“ Advanced) BOULDERING @ Stone Fort (Little Rock City), TN
Cost: $41     /   Sign-up by:  Mon, Oct. 15   /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Oct. 16 at 5 PM

Join the VU Outdoor Rec climbers for a day of ego-bruising, stone crushing, and awesomeness as we descend upon one of the east coast-€™s most renowned boulder fields, Stone Fort. This field is home to the many notable boulder problems that could keep the most seasoned climbers busy for year. We will spend the day testing the limits of our strength as well as our skin! Space is limited to 8 people, so don-€™t delay!!! Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra. Estimated trip duration: 7 AM to 9 PM.

OCT. 20   (Sat)
KAYAK TOURING @ Cordell Hull Lake, TN
Cost: $36     /   Sign-up by:  Mon, Oct. 15   /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tues, Oct. 16 at 6 PM

Kayak touring is easy to learn and fun. We will spend part of the day paddling around the scenic Cordell Hull Lake, located a little over an hour away. With any luck we-€™ll see some pretty fall colors along the wooded shorelines. Beginners are welcome. All paddling equipment is provided. Estimated trip duration: 8 AM -€“ 5 PM.

OCT. 21   (Sun)
HORSEBACK RIDING @ JuRo Ranch, Mt. Juliet, TN
Cost: $52     /     Sign-up by:  Mon, Oct. 15   /     Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Oct. 17 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 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. The price includes a tip for the guide. Estimated trip duration: 9 AM -€“ 2 PM.

DEC. 16 – 22, 2012     (Sun. -€“ Sat.)
Cost: $1,121    /   Sign-up by:  Mon, Oct 15    /     Pre-Trip Meeting:  Mon, Nov. 5 at 5:30 PM

Join us for our 17th annual semester break ski/snowboard trip! The price includes air (RT: Nashville to Denver) and   bus transportation to our condo, 6 nights lodging, and a 4 of 5 day lift ticket to Steamboat Springs, Ski Town USA, with 165 named trails and 16 lifts. The base elevation is 6,900 feet, with 9,080 feet at mid-mountain and 10,568-€™ on top of Mt. Werner. A shuttle runs from our condo to the resort, but it is also within walking distance. We will be staying in the Lodge Condominiums, located 200 yards from the slopes. These large condos have the usual, plus free wifi and laundry facilities on the premises. There is also an indoor hot tub, two outdoor hot tubs, and an outdoor heated swimming pool. The rate we are paying is for -€œfull occupancy-€, which means two people are assigned per bed. If you want a bed to yourself or if a group wants to secure a unit all to themselves, there will be an additional $300 fee for every spot less than 6. We will have more ski trip info on the web, including the -€œMeet us in Denver-€ and -€œMeet us in Steamboat-€ price. Check out our site at

OCT. 26 – 28 (Fri. – Sun.)
CAMPING & HIKING @Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost: $83    /   Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct. 19    /    Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Oct. 23 at 6 PM

Join us in camping for 2 nights at the Cosby Campground in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Saturday, we will hike 10.4 moderately difficult miles, up to Low Gap and to the Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower to check out the views of the beautiful, colorful Smokies.   Sunday-€™s 5 mile easy hike will be along the scenic Big Creek. Camping in the fall in the Smokies . . . it should be a great weekend. Bring money for meals on the road. Estimated trip duration: 3 PM Fri -€“ 7 PM Sun.

OCT. 27   (Sat)
(Beginner -€“ Advanced)     CLIMBING @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: $22    /   Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct. 19    /    Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Oct. 23 at 5 PM

Wall climbers, it-€™s time to try the -€œreal thing-€! Kings Bluff is a great location for you to experience the fundamentals of rock climbing with our knowledgeable staff. Some climbing experience is preferred, so try the wall first! Shoe rental = $5.50 extra. Estimated trip duration:   9 AM -€“ 5 PM.

NOV. 2-3 (Fri. -€“ Sat.)
(Interm. -€“ Adv.)     CLIMBING & CAMPING @ Jackson Falls, IL
Price: $65   /   Sign-up by: Fri, Oct. 26   /   Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Oct. 30 at 6 PM

Join the VU Outdoor Rec. Program as we head to the mid-west climbing location of Jackson Falls, IL. This trip will offer participants the opportunity to test their climbing skills on bullet hard sand stone cliffs. We will depart Friday night to camp out and spend the duration of our Saturday climbing. Jackson Falls offers a plethora of climbing styles to push your prowess and abilities.  Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration:   5 PM Fri.   – 11 PM Sat.

Nov. 3   (Sat)
TRAIL BUILDING @ Beaman Park, Nashville, TN
FREE!     /   Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct. 26   /   Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Oct. 30 at 5 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 build a new hiking trail in the park.   We might also pick up trash. 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.

NOV. 4   (Sun)
HIKING @ Radnor Lake State Natural Area, TN
Cost: $3   /   Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct. 26   /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Thu, Nov. 1 at 5 PM

This is your chance for an afternoon break in the woods! Radnor Lake is a nice State Natural Area that is surprisingly within Nashville! Plan on hiking about 3 hours: up and down the wooded ridges and around the lake. Total hiking distance is 4 – 5 miles. Estimated trip duration:   1 PM -€“ 5 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.