Outdoor Recreation

OCT. 19   (Sat)
(Beg. -€“ Inter.)   WHITEWATER   KAYAKING @ Hiwassee River, TN
Cost: $73   //   Sign-up by:  Mon, Oct. 7  /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Oct 15 at 5 pm
Tennessee-€™s scenic Hiwassee River is fantastic for boaters of all abilities to practice the fundamentals like eddy turns, peeling out, ferrying and reading water. This trip is designed for kayakers who have mastered the roll in the pool and are ready to try moving water and rapids.   It is preferred that you have some flat water kayaking experience before signing up for this trip. Paddling equipment, including a spray jacket, is included.     This trip is limited to the first 6 people who sign up. Estimated trip duration:   7 am -€“ 10 pm.

OCT. 19   (Sat)
FREE!   //   Sign-up by:   Mon, Oct. 7   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Oct 15 at 6 pm
This will be our fourth attempt at cleaning up the Buffalo River.   We will paddle a section popular for canoeing, so we expect to see trash.     This will be a 6.9-mile canoe trip, except the emphasis will be on picking up the trash from the Buffalo River.   Equipment, transportation, clean-up supplies, and lunch are provided.   Estimated trip duration:   7 am -€“ 10 pm.

OCT. 20   (Sun)
HIKING @ Walls of Jericho, TN
Cost: $24   //   Sign-up by:   Mon, Oct. 7   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Oct 16 at 5 pm
The Walls of Jericho is the newest Wilderness Area, located on Tennessee/Alabama border.     We will hike 7 miles total, but the trail is rated difficult due to the 1130-€™ elevation change.   The reward is the destination, a simply beautiful creek surrounded by steep walls.   Come check it out! Estimated trip duration:   7 am -€“ 6 pm.

OCT. 26   (Sat)
KAYAK TOURING @ Cordell Hull Lake, TN
Cost: $36   //   Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct. 18   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Oct 22, at 5 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. 26 – 27 (Sat. – Sun.)
BACKPACKING @ Fiery Gizzard Trail, SCRA, TN
Cost: $50   //   Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct. 18   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Oct 22 at 6 pm
The Fiery Gizzard Trail is a very rewarding hike.   The 12.3 mile trail leads to cascading streams, waterfalls, and panoramic overlooks.   This trip is designed for the experienced backpacker or the ambitious beginner.   The trail is very rocky (and difficult) in places, and easy in other places. Overall, the reward is well worth the effort.   Estimated trip duration:   7 am Sat. -€“ 6 pm Sun.


DEC. 15 – 21, 2013     (Sun. -€“ Sat.)
Cost: $1,235 (or meet us . . . . !)   //   Sign-up by:  Mon, Oct 7  //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Oct. 30 at 5 pm
Join us for our 18th 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 a -€œMeet us in Denver-€ and -€œMeet us in Steamboat-€ price. Check out our site at

DEC. 15 – 22, 2013 (Sun. -€“ Sun.)
(Intermediate to Advanced)   CLIMBING & CAMPING @ Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Cost: $610 + your RT airfare to Las Vegas   //   Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct 18   /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Oct. 23 at 5 pm
Come join us at one of the BEST ROCK CLIMBING AREAS IN THE WORLD! J Tree has something for everyone with enough cracks, faces, roofs, arêtes and slabs to satisfy even the best climbers. With several thousand climbs to choose from, we will have no problem finding 5 star routes to enjoy all week. While we aren-€™t climbing we will be chilling in our group camp site nestled amongst the boulders and hiking trails.   We will climb at J Tree for 3-4 days then head back to Vegas where we will get in some extra time climbing on the beautiful red sand stone of Red Rocks Conservation area before flying home. Plan to meet us in Las Vegas and then drive to the park. Prior climbing experience is required and participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.7 face and crack climbs.   Trip is limited to 6 participants, so don-€™t delay.Cost includes: van transportation, food while camping, group equipment, climbing gear (except shoes), camping and entrance fees. Cost DOES NOT INCLUDE your flight to or from Las Vegas.   More info & flight times will be discussed at the first Pre-Trip Meeting.


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.