Outdoor Recreation

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)
Help A Park @ 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.

NOV. 10 (Sat)
HIKING @ Honey Creek State Natural Area, TN
Cost: $29   /   Sign-up by:
Fri, Nov. 2 /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Nov. 6 at 5 PM

Honey Creek is located just south of the Big South Fork N.R.A. This challenging 5.7 mile trail covers rugged, yet amazingly beautiful terrain. Hopefully, we will see some of the fall colors around us.  Other highlights include hiking below and above rock bluffs, and along scenic creeks. Estimated trip duration: 7 AM -€“ 8 PM.

Spring Break 2013:

MAR 2 – 10, 2013     (Sat. -€“ Sun.)
BACKPACKING @ Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Cost: $1,063   /   Sign-up by:   Wed, Nov. 14. /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Nov. 28 at 6:30 PM

2012 marks our 18th trip to the canyon since 1992. For the fourteenth year, however, we will get there in style, via air to Phoenix and charter bus to the canyon. We are planning on two hiking groups, both of which will hike a 25 – 40 mile trail the entire week, depending on permits. Needless to say, the Grand Canyon is incredibly beautiful, awesome and spectacular. Designed for the experienced backpacker, we will allow enthusiastic beginners on this trip.  Everyone who goes must be in good, physical shape by the time we leave. Participants are expected to attend four more Pre-Trip Meetings in 2013, as well as a Pre-Canyon Hike.   Note: this trip will not be offered again until March 2015. Estimate trip duration: 6:30 AM Sat. to 7 PM Sun. For more info, please check our web at

Cost includes all transportation, in-canyon food, hotel on both ends of the trip, group equipment, permits, camping and entrance fees.  Space is limited to the first 18 people that sign up, so don-€™t delay.

MAR 2 – 8, 2013     (Sat. -€“ Fri.)
ROCK CLIMBING & CAMPING @ Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
Cost: $305   /   Sign-up by:   Wed, Nov. 14   /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Nov. 28 at 5:00 PM

Why spend your spring break worrying about how you look in a bathing suit when you could be worrying about how many climbs you can squeeze into a day?!? This March, join the Outdoor Rec. team as we head due west to enjoy some bullet hard sand stone at the Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (HCR) in Arkansas. HCR is home to hundreds of quality sport climbs that range in grade from 5.6 to 5.13. Situated just outside of the town of Jasper, AR, HCR is a modern day dude ranch that operates during summer months to program for families and groups of travelers. Our plan will be to spend the start and final day travelling to HCR and fill our middle 5 days with nothing but rock climbing. Our campsite will be on location at HCR, so once we arrive, we will set up camp and stay in the same location for the week. With such a wide swath of grades this trip is open to participants of all abilities. The only thing you need to bring with you will be a tenacious spirit and a desire to have some fun.

Cost includes transportation, in-camp food, group camping equipment, climbing equipment, camping and entrance fees. This trip is limited to 8 participants, so sign up early to ensure your space on this great Spring Break offering.


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.