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Outdoor Recreation

Posted by on Sunday, October 30, 2011 in Archives, News.

NOV. 5   (Sat)
CANOEING (& optional BIKING) @ Green River, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Cost: $36               Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct. 31       Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Nov. 1 at 6 PM


The Green River floats right through Mammoth Cave National Park!   We will canoe a 6.5 mile stretch of the deep river (great for beginners).   The scenic river is surrounded by wooded hills and some exposed bluffs and caves.   The fall colors should be impressive.   If you have a bike suitable for dirt roads, you are welcome to bring it to ride the one way (mostly downhill) shuttle.   Estimated trip duration:   7 AM -€“ 8 PM.



NOV. 6   (Sun)
HIKING @ Radnor Lake State Natural Area, TN
Cost: $3                   Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct. 31                 Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, 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. 12   (Sat)
HIKING @ Hidden Passage Trail, TN
Cost: $29                 Sign-up by:   Fri, Nov. 4                       Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Nov. 8 at 6 PM
The Hidden Passage Trail is located in the beautiful Pickett State Park, next to Big South Fork National River and Rec. Area.   We will hike this 8-mile moderately difficult trail.   Highlights include rockhouses, bluffs with scenic views, small arches, and possible waterfalls, depending on the recent rain.       Hopefully some fall colors will still be remaining for us to see.     If time allows, we will check out some of the other arches in the park.     Estimated trip duration:   7 AM -€“ 9 PM.



NOV. 13   (Sun) (Intermediate -€“ Advanced)
CLIMBING @ Jackson Falls, IL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cost: $42         Sign-up by: Fri, Nov. 4                       Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 5 PM
For this intermediate to advanced trip we are traveling to Southern Illinois to climb at Jackson Falls. This -€œso ill-€ favorite has enough quality sandstone to keep us busy for days. The climbs at Jackson Falls are diverse and the rock quality is great. Most of the routes we will do fall in the 5.8-5.10 range and go from low angle slabs to overhanging pump fests.   Estimated trip duration:   7AM to 10 PM.



Spring Break 2011:


MAR 3 – 11, 2012     (Sat. -€“ Sun.)
CANOE-CAMPING @ Buffalo National River, AR
Cost:   $370       Sign-up by:   Wed, Nov. 16.     Pre-Trip Meeting: Wed, Nov. 30 at 5:30 PM


The Buffalo National River of northwest Arkansas is one of America-€™s finest free flowing rivers.   This entire trip will be in the national park; the Buffalo was the first river named as a national river in the United States.  We plan on paddling 62.8 miles in 7 days on this beautiful river.   The first day will have some whitewater rapids, but the rest of the trip will be a moderate to easy Class 1 float.   Massive limestone bluffs, waterfalls, and side hikes will add to the fun of this trip.   We will camp every night on the river in either a developed campsite or along a more remote gravel bar.   We will have one day of rest, where we will not pack up and paddle.   We will be primarily paddling canoes, 2 people plus gear per boat.   We will also have 2-3 long kayaks on the trip to give everyone the chance to paddle a kayak.     Previous paddling experience is helpful, but not required.   Participants must know how to swim.   We will stay in a cheap hotel on the last night of the trip, in Conway, Arkansas.   Participants are expected to attend two more Pre-Trip Meetings in 2012.     Estimated trip duration:   7:00 AM Sat. to 4 PM Sun.   For more info, please check our web at


Cost includes van transportation, on-the-river food, hotel at the end of the trip, group camping equipment, river bags, paddling jackets, canoes, kayaks, and paddling gear.     Space is limited to the first 12 people that sign up, so don-€™t delay.


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.


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