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Grayson Highlands Backpacking (Mt. Rogers, AT Trail, Bouldering, Stargazing, and PONIES)

Meg Dunkum

Hey guys, now that it is warming up outside, it’s a great time to go backpacking! And what better place to celebrate this weather than going to a fan favorite, Grayson Highlands! This backpacking trip is a beginner friendly backpacking trip through the The Mt Rogers/Grayson Highlands loop. This is an iconic section of the Appalachian Trail, located in the …

Bring a Big Pack to Lil Schloss: Beginner Backpacking

Ella Mortimer

Gear up for some big fun on Little Schloss mountain! Since it’s suddenly not cold as h*ck outside, this upcoming weekend is the perfect opportunity to get outside and go on your next (or first!) backpacking trip. We’ll bring hot cocoa for when the sun goes down! Little Schloss is located in the northern part of George Washington National Forest …

Revelry. Chivalry. Foolery. (Mystical fairytale backpacking @ Dragon’s tooth)

Cameron J Burke

Greetings fellow traveler! Noosh and I need help embarking on a great quest: backpacking to dragon’s tooth. The journey to the summit is short (2 miles) and there’s some rock scramblin action towards the top (last 0.8 miles) so make sure to wear good hiking boots. All Trails describes it as a strenuous hike with challenging rock scrambles, but this …

Wandering the wonders of the white blaze take two

blair nicol

I’m too lazy to do a new trip description, so I’m using as much as I can from the last one I led…For the past year, I’ve been working my way through the VA section of the AT. With a goal to finish by the end of May, I’m trying to maximize mileage on short weekends, which means utilizing a …

Grayson Highlands backpacking feat. Chef Phillip

Max StClair

Amidst the week-long stoke fest of Moab, I learned that ODC bike mechanic Phillip Reeves not only also enjoys backpacking but is a self-proclaimed backcountry chef. Truly a renaissance man. So rather than grabbing a good ol’ bag of Mountain House, Phillip will be bringing plain grocery store ingredients to chef it up in the backcountry. That’s the TBD trip …

Get Out of the House: Beginner Backpacking at House Mountain

Ed Aten

Feeling like an indoor kid lately? Growing tired of falling asleep to the artificial darkness in the rigid boxes we like to call homes and waking to the same canned fluorescent light day after day? Join Madeline and me for some beautiful, unadulterated viewing of the magnificent orb that graces our sky. She sets in the West over Big House …

Wandering along the wonders of the white blaze!

blair nicol

After meeting so many incredible young folks in Moab, I’ve decided to come out of trip leading retirement for an AT adventure. For the past year, I’ve been working my way through the VA section of the AT. With a goal to finish by the end of May, I’m trying to maximize mileage on short weekends, which means utilizing a …

Bodacious Beach Backpacking – Ode to Charlie

Jacob St. Martin

Charlie Haywood led trips here in 2018 and 2019 and they were some of my favorite trips that I have done with the club. Since Charlie is old now and has a job or something I figured I should step up and take his place. False Cape State Park is a park located in between Back Bay and the Atlantic …

Ruffles have Ridges and Virginia does Too: Winter Backpacking

Julia Joachim

Are you itching to go for a stroll that might take a while? Is your favorite place to sleep also on top of snow? Do you long for more in-depth discussions about the benefits of a really long walk? If your answer to any of the above questions is yes then you should join us for a 1 night backpacking …

RETURN OF THE GNAR TRAIN: THE GREAT MOAB MIGRATION 2022

Eliza Stowe

MOAB, UTAH 2022 ALL ABOARD THE GNAR TRAIN May we all blossom from this snow and ice ridden East Coast of ours and emerge as sun children in the soft red sands of the Utah desert. There is but one ODC trip worthy of such transition and namesake, and it is our annual pilgrimage the arid paradise of MOAB, UTAH. …

Lovingston Spring Loop: Queer Backpacking!!!

Marian Hopwood

Hey y’all! Need a break from schoolwork, want to hike around in the beautiful fall leaves with some awesome queer folks? That’s right, it’s another queer backpacking trip!!! This is gonna be an overnight backpacking trip, doin a little 10 mile loop on the AT and the Lovingston Spring Trail (we’ll prolly do 5 mi Friday night and 5 mi …

Last Minute Elliot Knob Overnight

Christopher J Dauber

Howdy! So this is gonna be a pretty straightforward out and back. We’re headed to Elliot Knob, because I hear they have this dope lookout tower, which we will totally be on the lookout for. Couple things to keep in mind: 1) It’s gonna be cold and wet. So pack accordingly. Bring extra socks, and don’t forget the raingear! 2) …

RIP THOSE RAPS OVERNIGHT

Grace Gray

Helllooo my fellow creatures of the Earth, ever wonder what to do when we have two full days of no schooling?? WELL COME JOIN ED AND I TO WALK IN OUR GREAT OUTDOORS!!! We shall strut, jumble, hop, sashay and mosey around the Rip Rap loop in Shenandoah, set up camp for a night under the finest stars Virginny has …

St Mary’s Wilderness Backpacking – Beginner/Intermediate

Phillip Reeves

Tired of school already? Let the forest distract you from all your exams and assignments with a pre-creekathon backpacking trip! (This is in no way affiliated with creekathon.) The destination is St. Mary’s Wilderness, a beautiful forest just 1 hour away from us that used to be heavily mined. It’s a perfect place to get an intro to backpacking, but …

Camping on Cole Mtn: Queer Backpacking Trip

Marian Hopwood

Hey y’all!!! Want to have a good time backpacking with a group of fellow queer people? Then this is your trip! This is going to be a pretty chill/beginner backpacking trip, specifically for queer and/or trans people! We’re gonna do a 6 mile loop (we’ll do 1 mile on Friday evening to Cole Mountain, where we’ll camp, then about 5 …

New Moon, Who Dis? Pt. 2

Jacob St. Martin

I know what you are thinking; this trip is a month away, why are you putting in up so soon? There are two reasons. The first is that I am salty at myself for missing star gazing during the new moon that just happened. The second is that I am old now (in grad school) so my schedule is much …

Overnight to Elliot Knob Backcountry Penthouse

Burke Haywood

Late-August, the last of Virginia’s summer green canopy, cool mountain breezes to counteract the deathly cville heat, a lovely picnic dinner complete with warm nalgene water and instant mashed potatoes, singing John Denver while watching the vibrant sun dip slowly behind our beautiful Virginia mountains from a picturesque little fire tower nestled atop Elliot Knob. If you imagine this to …

Get Really High (Advanced Backpacking)

Matthew Rosefsky

FREE 95-MILE ADVANCED BACKPACKING ADVENTURE – July 28 – Aug. 10, 2020 = departure from / arrival back home. (Trip leader plans to fly out of Charlottesville airport.) – Kings Canyon National Park, California – Spectacular, endless mountain and lake views on high altitude trails frequently above treeline – Hike past Sierra Club stone hut monument to John Muir at …

Dragon’s Tooth Overnight – Beginner Backpacking

Kevin Meyers

Shamelessly copied description(and really just the whole trip) from Anna and Burke’s trip because I should really be doing homework right now: Hey there, dirtbags! This short, exciting, somewhat rock scrambley ascent is great for all experience levels, so if you’ve never been outside before that’s okay! It is worth noting, though, that the rock scramble requires some ~agility~ so …

Try not to freeze game – Elliot Knob overnight!

Charlie Haywood

If you weren’t able to commit to Winter Weekend but still want to get sendy this weekend, come try to stay warm with me up on Elliot Knob! Maybe I’m crazy, but whenever the weather gets to be really cold out I just can’t help but get this bizarre urge to go spend a night outside trying to push myself …

Last Minute BIKEPACKING this weekend

Mason Riffee

The student returned wearily to school. For many, this was a new year, a new start, but despite societal premonitions of renewal, the student was more and more tired of his studies. Books were becoming boring; he felt his mind wandering — wandering, it seemed, to a snendy-er place. A place with trails. Yes, a place with old trees, gnarly …

Magical backpacking through rip rap and doyle’s river!!!

Naomi Johnson

We’ll be meeting at 12:30PM at the Student Activities Parking Lot on Friday the 22nd. We’ll drop off most people at Riprap, then two people will drive up to Loft Mountain and leave one car there. By this point, it will be 3pm. We’ll hike 2.5 miles to Blackrock to watch/photograph the sunset, then set go set up camp at …

Elliott Knob Overnight ! woohoo !

Eliza Stowe

Join me and my wonderful fourth year counterpart, Blair, for sunset, slumbers and snuggles inside the Elliott Knob firetower Friday night! Google weather has a little snow emoji for next Friday so I can only take that to mean that winter is coming and we better get as many fall nights outside as we can before they’re gone. We will …

Riprap and Wildcat Overnight

Theo O'Neill

Channel your inner Zac Efron and become a Wildcat during this overnight, 9.5 mile backpacking trip. We’ll do a circuit on the Riprap and Wildcat Ridge trails, see some great views and cascades, and overall have a gosh-darn good time. This trip is open to beginners but some backpacking experience might be helpful. For more info about the route check …

I hate the dentist — Dragon’s Tooth Overnight

AJ Cuddeback

Hey there, dirtbags! There’s a Dragon in Catawba and it’s due for a dental cleaning. I tried leading this in September but then I got the first-year plague and couldn’t go so we’re trying again. Join me and my fearless co-leader Austin Sullivan in checking out this Dragon’s Tooth for a short overnight backpacking trip. This short, exciting, somewhat rock …

BIKEPACKING: Slate Springs Overnight

Billiam, Intergalactic Shred Lord, Prince of Dankness

What do you get when you combine backpacking and biking? Naturally: BIKEPACKING! Don’t know what that looks like? Check out Bikepacking 101 at the end of the description. Over the course of two days, we’ll attempt to tackle the 52-mile Slate Springs Loop in George Washington National Forest. This route follows primarily dirt roads and relatively smooth doubletrack around and …

PONIES Round 2: MT ROGERS BACKPACKING!!

Victoria Alvarez

We’re gonna try this again. Why? Because this is Outdoors Club and we get outside B. I’ve heard so much about Mt Rogers and have never been. Yikes. I could use the classic “I’m a fourth year” or “I’m not getting any younger” copout, but I really just wanna see a WILD PONY. Also, it’s October. The weather is gorgeous. …

Ramsey’s Draft Backpacking

Mason Riffee

Hello fellow forest-geeks, I’m looking for some cool cucumbers to explore Ramsey’s Draft, this weekend, in celebration Autumn’s (unhurried) arrival. If you like a roof of stars and the whisper of katydids, this hike is for you. Beginners are welcome. The plan: 1. Saturday: leave from Echols in the morning, hit the trail. Hike to our campsite and ~swim in …

Fall Break Backpacking: 3 Ridges

Spencer Carlton Barnes

We have days off from school and that means that it’s time to get outside!! (Who needs to do work anyways?) Unfortunately, I can’t leave for the whole weekend, but an overnight backpacking trip is just what the doctor ordered. We’ll be doing the Three Ridges Hike. It’s a total of 14.4 miles and is supposed to be beautiful. Look …

Guys, Come on!! It’s Outdoors Club. Why aren’t there more Backpacking trips???

Landon Rhodes

Hello everyone, As the title suggests, I love Backpacking. I have a continuous footpath on the Appalachian Trail from I-66 to about 6 miles north of Harper’s Ferry, and I want to keep that distance growing. When I joined Outdoors club, I was a little disappointed at the number of Backpacking trips available, so I decided to plan my own …

screw the reading days, celebrate the hiking days

blair nicol

i’m sure your schedule looks like mine & you have exams, papers, and projects due the very day “fall break” ends, but let’s take the reading out of reading days and hike around some mountains instead. if you’re looking for a smokin’ hot trip, look no further than kev & i’s lil backpacking adventure to the smokies! fast facts: – …

West Virginia, Mountain Mamaaa (Big Schloss/Wolf’s Gap Overnight)

Eliza Stowe

Late-September, fall colors peeking out, perfectttt temps to be outside, crisp fall air, having a lovely picnic dinner complete with warm nalgene water, and singing John Denver while watching the vibrant sun dip slowly behind the West Virginia mountains at the “coolest view in the Shenandoah Valley”????? If you imagine this to be your ideal friday night after a long …

nothin’ more pleasant than this

blair nicol

what could be more PLEASANT than a lil friday night camping trip to cap off week 3? i’ve heard high remarks for the mount pleasant hike, so why not extend our stay & set up camp overnight? i’m envisioning a trip that goes from watching sunset to watching stars to watching sunrise to watching the football team win. it’s a …

Sink Your Teeth into Backpacking (Dragon’s Tooth Overnight)

AJ Cuddeback

Hey there, dirtbags! There’s a Dragon in Catawba and it’s time for its bi-yearly dental cleaning. Join me and my fearless co-leader and professional backpacker Burke Haywood in checking out this Dragon’s Tooth for a short overnight backpacking trip. This short, exciting, somewhat rock scrambley ascent is great for all experience levels, so if you’ve never been outside before that’s …

Mysterious Wilderness Backpacking ~ Explore and Discover

Matthew Rosefsky

Cranberry Glades Wilderness in Monongahela National Forest, WV has always been mysterious to me. I’ve never been deep in there and I hear it’s unique and spectacular. Excerpts from a descriptive article: “All of the trails within the wilderness are classified as wilderness trails, which means lightly maintained … The trails are both overgrown and have many obstacles in their …

Wilderness First Aid: Choose May 11-12; or May 15-16; or May 21-22; or June 15-16

Matthew Rosefsky

Hi fellow adventurers! A co-founder of this glorious club is offering Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid certification courses four times this spring in Cville. Hands-on learn how to save your compadre’s life and limbs, be y’all out adventuring in the wilderness, caught in a wrong-place wrong-time disaster, traveling remotely, driving through a rural area with no cellphone service …

Panther Falls: Going Back to My Roots

Alberto Serra Tur

UPDATE: I just realized April 19 is actually Good Friday and Passover and then Saturday is 4/20 so I actually can’t go so I decided to move the trip back a week to this weekend. September 29, 2017 is a date that will always live in infamy: on September 29, 2017, I went on my first ever Outdoors trip. On …

Cpr, Aed + Choking Certification Course ~ Adult, Pediatric + Infant

Matthew Rosefsky

>> “Best CPR/AED class so far. Resuscipalooza made it fun! Love the scenarios!” – anonymous feedback >> “The most action-packed three hour CPR class I’ve been to. You made it concise and FUN!” – anonymous feedback >> “Hooray! No video!” – anonymous feedback ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Learn the lifesaving skills of CPR, AED, and relieving choking (adult / …

Backpacking to Dreamy Mountain Bald (Boone Mega-Trip)

Allie Lowy

Imagine: traversing rolling highlands through sun-drenched, grassy, wildflower-covered fields, for 360-degree views of the sun setting and then rising on a high-mountain Appalachian bald?! From what I’ve read, this is an apt description of Roan Highlands in the springtime. (Please do your eyes a favor and google-image “Roan Mountain sunset” before proceeding further, just so we’re on the same page …

Backpacking to Dreamy Mountain Bald (Boone Mega-Trip)

Allie Lowy

Pitch: Imagine traversing rolling highlands through grassy, sun-drenched, wildflower-covered fields, with 360-degree views of the sun setting and then rising on a high-mountain Appalachian bald? From what I’ve read, this is an apt description of Roan Highlands in the springtime. (Please do your eyes a favor and google-image “Roan Mountain sunset” before proceeding further, just so we’re on the same …

Boone, Nc Spring Mega Trip **Carpool**

Lily Wincele

Happy Spring! Time to get yo butts outside Please read this trip description in its entirety. This is only a carpool, and you must sign up for side trip(s) as they are posted in order to join the carpool. WHAT: A NRGE style spring mega trip full of hiking, mountain biking, climbing, paddling, and other shenanigans! Attendees send it/shred “the …

April Blair’s Day #21

blair nicol

alright alright alright. cole mountain is an easy hike that will only take ~30 min & opens up to a mountaintop field that makes you want to sing “the hills are alive” at the top of your lungs. i know i should be planning a night out on the town with a sign around my neck of 21 drunken shenanigans …

Cancelled: Sunday Funday at Old Rag

Paul Plaia

***DRIVERS NEEDED – drivers get priority off the waitlist and club reimburses drivers for gas +50% tip $$$*** I have 3 midterms next Monday and Tuesday and I can’t think of any better way to run away from my problems than going to Old Rag on Sunday! Come de-stress with me, enjoy some sweet views, and get a good workout …

***Cancelled Because of Weather*** Here Comes the Sun! Come See!

Ester Rekhelman

***DRIVERS NEEDED – drivers get priority off the waitlist and club reimburses drivers for gas +50% tip $$$*** I am in Clem 2 writing a paper on Dostoevsky right now that is due tomorrow at 11 am, and as interesting as that is, a sunrise is more enticing. Work this week has full-sent and I’m officially STRESSED so let’s get …

The Ultimate Moabian Seminar

Chad Baily

Are you going out to Moab and not quite sure what you need? THEN BINGPOT! THIS IS FOR YOU!! This is a workshop centered around going out to Moab and making sure that you are prepared for the awesome week of sending it in ways you never thought possible. What we are going to be going over: – What a …

** Drivers Needed ** Overnight at the Dragon’s Tooth!!

Burke Haywood

Hey guys, I’m reposting my trip to hopefully generate a little more interest among you folks with vehicles! I want to take as many people as possible to this magnificent place, but I can’t do that without you beautiful car-owning souls. Comrades, dragon slayers if you will, I’m looking to head down to Dragon’s Tooth, the last but not least …

**Location Changed** Ye Olde Trip Leader Workshoppe

AJ Cuddeback

Even though I requested Clark 101 the Source gave me **New Cabell 323** (Trust me, I am just as upset about the distance as you are). Anyways, c’est la vie and e’re going to have a great time anyway!! ————————————– HEYO! Tired of getting stuck on waitlists? Wait no longer! The best way to get on trips is to lead …

Mcafee Knob: Backpacking!

Chad Baily

Come join me on one of my favorite hikes, McAfee’s Knob!!! This is a beaut of a hike and offers only the best views. Whats even better is that we can catch sunset easily because we are backpacking! McAfee’s Knob is a pretty moderate 8-9 mile hike round trip (with going to the campsite). If you can do old rag, …

Backcountry Cooking Seminar – Learn to Make (and Taste-Test) Backpacking Food

Victor Lu

If you want to learn some basics, conventions, tips, and tricks in backpacking food, then this is the trip for you! No prior experience or knowledge necessary. We’ll be making a variety of different meals stemming from a few different philosophies: cheap-do-it-yourself, Mountain House, dry-food-for-life, etc. We will learn about the different pros and cons behind various backcountry cooking types, …