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O’Hill Hike!!!

Sofia Heartney

Feeling burnout from midterm season?? Us too! Join us on a quick hike at O-hill to kickstart your weekend. Hoping the weather will clear up, but if not we’ll communicate with everyone signed up. The plan: Meet in front of the brick wall in front of Echols dorm at 2pm. (If you don’t know where that is, check out of …

O-Hill Hike (take two)

Jade Alvarez

Hello everyone!! This recent and very much needed beautiful spring weather has me ready to get outside and into the woods. Unfortunately, its going to start raining again this week, but fear not, because I’m setting up this hike as a celebration for the sun’s return next Saturday! The plan is simply to meet at the corner of Echols dorm …

O-Hill Hike!

Jade Alvarez

Hello everyone! If you’re all as desperate as me to get some quality time in the woods after a long first month of zooming come join me for a hike on the O-Hill trails! The plan is to meet at the corner of Echols dorm (old dorms) at 2 pm on Sunday (March 7) and then head up to the …

Ragged Mtn Hike

Philip Edmonston

Hi everyone, The plan is to meet at shred shack at 12pm next Sunday (March 7) where those who need bikes can pick them up, bike down to the resevoir, hike the trail, and come back. I led this same trip last semester and it was a nice hike – the resevoir is a short bike ride from grounds, and …

WILDERNESS POTTERY (and snurt [snow-dirt] vibing)

Catie Leigh

HEY GUYS! It’s me, ya girl, connoisseur of the tree climbing and void screaming, back with another accessible/hilarious/weird as heckcovidfriendlyadventure… and offering of french press coffee in the woods. And, a need to motivate myself to do things on our day off, and/or embrace the maximum amount of daylight hours our cold winters have to offer us so that I …

~Spooky~ Night Hike & Stargazing up on Ohill

Shayla Utzinger

Halloween may have passed by the time of this trip, but spooky time never stops. Bundle up, take a break from that silly Sunday evening calculus homework, collect your favorite spooky stories and join Jade & I on a night hike up to the wondrous world of ~Ohill trails~. This trip will be extra spooky, as both me and Jade …

TREESIDE COMMUNING

Grace Gray

*QUICK NOTE: Pushing this adventure back to next week after consulting with some tree- and people-friends, so please join if you couldn’t come before and we will tree commune it up!!* Do you want to know the best thing about this socially-distanced fall? Trees don’t have to wear masks…..so that means we can hug them!!!! Come gather from 11:30-1 this …

Bike & Hike at Ragged Mtn

Philip Edmonston

Hi everyone, I haven’t really seen many hiking trips here, so I thought I would lead my own! I really enjoy hiking and was looking forward to exploring the trails around the area, but obviously corona threw a wrench in things. This seems like one of the best trails within biking distance, so get hyped. The plan is to meet …

OHill walk/hike

Joseph Abbe

Sunday 10/18 1pm Hi, I’ve been spending too much time inside so I’d like to go on a nice walk with some cool people from the Outdoors club. O-Hill has some trails that I’ve only explored in the middle of the night so maybe I’ll switch it up to the daytime. Plus it’s right near 1st year dorms so we …

Hike for Charity! (and cookies)

Matthew Houff

You love the outdoors and now it’s time to pay it forward! Blue Sky Fund, which is based in Richmond, connects urban children from low income families to the natural environments in our region, reaching elementary, middle and high school students through in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer programs. We all know how much joy being outside can bring and we …

~~Go With The Flow~~ (South River Falls)

Allison Kenney

In my opinion, it’s officially Spring. However, the park still isn’t green (lame, I know) so I’m proposing a waterfall hike instead of a summit hike to kick off the return from break. It’s my first time going to this one but I’m pretty pumped to see Shenandoah’s ~3rd largest falls~. The hike itself is a moderate 4.8 miles or …

Ivy Creek Native Plant Walk!

Sophia Benmhend

Why doesn’t anyone ever mooch off of the cool, free, outdoors-y stuff to do in Charlottesville? I will never know! BUT thanks to the wonderful Phillip Reeves and February’s Trip Leader Hype Email, I now know that there really are a ton of cool activities and service trips to do in Cville lead by organizations like the Ivy Creek Foundation, …

I guess you could call Acadia a beach?

Kevin Meyers

I really have no desire to drive 6 hours just to spend a week at a (subpar) beach with the same people that are on the corner every weekend, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit around doing nothing until graduation. While early May is still technically offseason in Acadia, this winter has been mild enough that it should …

Hike to Mountaintop Views

Matthew Rosefsky

Stuck in town over break? Let’s go for a hike! Mountain-top views and great exercise: 9.5 miles, 2840 feet of elevation gain. Pace 7 (out of a 10-scale) unless it’s really icy. Those of you who have hiked with me before: same pace. If Skyline Drive (where trailhead is) is closed, we’ll hit up another trail which starts in the …

Pre-spring break sunrise

Sidney Stephens

The first time I hiked Bearfence it was a tribute to Blair Nicol (who I didn’t know at the time) and I was convinced that the hike was actually named “Blairfence”. Now that I have been enlightened and have met Blair Nicol lets go check out the sunrise! Its a quick hike, the perfect way to say goodbye to SNP …

Hawksbill Sunset Hike!

Allison Kenney

Who else is itching to get in one last sunset hike before they head home for spring break?? I know I sure am. I’ve never been to Hawksbill but I’ve heard great things about the sunsets there so I figure it’s an excellent place to close out this part of the semester. The hike itself is a fairly steep 1.5 …

Strickler Knob

Kevin Meyers

Strickler knob is a 8.6 mile hike with some rock scrabling at the top. Its only got about 2000 ft of elevation gain, but a significant portion of it comes in about half a mile at the end so that part is pretty steep. hiking upward: https://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/StricklerKnob/ The Plan: 8:00 – meet at echols 9:30 – get to trailhead 11:45 …

day hike at the priest!!

blair nicol

don’t let these reviews deter you from joining me and kevin’s hike of the priest, let it excite you!!! – “passed 13 other hikers on my way down and just told all of them “good luck” – “the grade is indeed unrelenting” – “this hike is no joke. there is no warm up before the climb” – “it’s like climbing …

Hazel Falls Hike

Corey Comba

I have never hiked this trail before, but it looked cool and promises a waterfall and alcoves, so it seems like a good trip to lose my trip -leader virginity to , right? The hike is a 5.3 mile out and back and is rated as moderate on All Trails. The last .2 miles is apparently very steep according to …

Old Rag.

Sidney Stephens

I am now a second year and have no Old Rag experience under my belt, something I am ashamed to admit, and consequently feel the need to change ASAP. I have never lead a trip nor have I ever hiked Old Rag so why not send it and do both for the first time this weekend! The plan is to …

Old Rag Day Hike

Kevin Meyers

So old rag is probably one of my favorite hikes in Shenandoah, and I honestly prefer this time of year to the fall because you don’t have to enjoy it with hundreds of other people. It’s about a 9 mile hike with a relatively long rock scramble at the top, so it can be a little challenging but it’s perfectly …

sunsetony man

blair nicol

i asked charlie what his favorite sunset spot in SNP was and he said stony man, so let’s see if it lives up to his adulation. copying and pasting from one of his past trips here: “it’ll be a semi-lengthy drive for a super shockingly short hike, but seeing the sunset with scenery and so many staggeringly stunning people will …

a sunrise not at bearfence, blackrock or humpback!!!

blair nicol

i led a trip here for the first time last week and discovered that it is a quick, easy hike a short drive away and it leads to great views AKA perfect for a sunrise (or so i hope). turk mountain is a 2.5 mile out and back, read more here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/turk-mountain-trail the plan: 5:05 AM meet in castle culdesac …

the devil went up

blair nicol

i know it’s a monday, so the likelihood of people able to go on this trip is slim to none BUT i have the day off and want to spend it on the mountain. i know my good pal kevin has mondays off of class, so i’m hoping this is the case for a few others OR that it’s late …

Waterfalls Frozen? & Frigid Mountain-top Views HIKE

Matthew Rosefsky

Multiple waterfalls possibly frozen, and an awesome mountaintop view — not too shabby of a way to spend a Sunday. Hopefully it’ll snow on us too. We’ll get to see: > Lewis Spring Falls > Blackrock rock outcropping viewpoint – a perfect finish! > Rose River Falls > Dark Hollow Falls > Big Meadows > Byrd Visitor Center if it’s …

I Spy With My Little Eye… A Sunset Hike

Kevin Meyers

Since it looks like Tuesday might have decent weather if the rain holds off, I thought I might as well go for 5 trips in 5 days. Spy Rock is a relatively easy(but a little steep) hike that’s about 3 miles round trip with 1200 ft of elevation gain, with a nice rock scramble and 360 degree views at the …

Stretch those legs on a Long Hike (with views)

Mason Riffee

Legs a-pumping, hearts a-thumping, The hikers began the long trek. Though wind was brisk, Rain was no risk; Today they’d go the distance. The full day ahead, Ever-onwards they’d tread, Until they bagged the half-marathon loop Hopefully my trip-planning abilities are better than my rhyme-making ones. (But idk; I put about the same amount of effort into both…). We’re headed …

Bearfence Sunrise

Kevin Meyers

Bearfence is a pretty easy ~1 mile hike with rock scrambles leading to the summit https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7011923/bearfence-loop-trail 5:10 – meet at Echols 5:20 – leave Cville 7:10 – Sunrise 9:00 – get back to Cville – If you have a 9AM you should be back in time but maybe don’t come if you have a test or something? What to bring: …

Spy Rock Hike(the long way)

Kevin Meyers

We’ll be hiking to spy rock from the crabtree falls lot, which makes it a good bit longer than the normal Spy Rock parking. It’s about 14 miles with 3600 feet of elevation gain, so be prepared for a fairly tough day. Hiking Upward link: https://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/CrabtreeFalls/ The Plan: 8:45 AM- meet at Echols 10:00 AM- start hiking 5:00 PM- head …

Blackrock Sunset

Kevin Meyers

Blackrock is a really easy hike with 360 degree views at the top: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/blackrock-summit-via-trayfoot-mountain-and-appalachian-trail The Plan: 4:05- meet at Echols 4:10- leave Cville 5:10- start hiking 5:43- watch the sunset 7:15ish- get back to Charlottesville What to Bring: $5 in case people don’t have park passes water snack? headlamp/flashlight or at least a phone with a light weather appropriate layers(it …

fido field trip pt. 3

blair nicol

if you were one of the few folks on fido field trip pt. 2, you are probably wondering why i’m doing this again, but i’m looking at this as redemption. the first trip was such a success, so i’m trying to remodel that again and forget that the last one went down as it did. now for those who weren’t …

Local Hippies and Ecocentric Living: Cambia Intentional Community Visit!

Allie Lowy

On some days, walking on the immaculate Lawn through throngs of Canada Goose jackets, amid whispers of KPMG investment banking internships, it may be hard to imagine that there exists a network of off-grid, self-sustaining, income-sharing communities a mere half-hour from UVa. Indeed, 37 miles due East of C’ville is Louisa County: home to several “hippie communes” out of a …

Portal to the Wilderness

Phillip Reeves

Hello fellow lovers of the outdoors! Come celebrate the first 3 weeks of classes with me with a lovely hike to Brown Mountain! I haven’t been before but it looks like a fun loop hike with a stream and some nice views. Additionally, there is a spot on this hike where the view along the stream is supposed to be …

fido field trip pt. 2

blair nicol

my first fido’s field trip was a success (peep pearl the “pocket pit” in this trip photo) so i’m doing it again! if you’re unsure what that is, it’s a program through the caspca that gives volunteers the opportunity to take dogs out of the shelter for the day to exercise & socialize, so i will be picking up a …

i spy a super bowl sunday sunrise

blair nicol

pregame your super bowl parties with a hike at the crack of dawn! i am a bitter packers fan who needs to combat my super bowl disappointment with a glorious morning in the great outdoors, so join me for a spy rock sunrise. it’s a ~3ish mile hike that is a little steep, but 360° views (and major wind) await …

Humpback Sunrise lol

John Cooney

Trip is subject to cancellation due to status of Blue Ridge Parkway*** Hike to see the sunrise at Humpback! Haven’t been this semester so lez do it. ~ Here’s the plan ~ – Meet at Lambeth at 5:50 am (this is where I live, if you need to b picked up let me know beforehand and I can help you …

Shredmas Day 11: Humpday Humpback pt. 2

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

Note: This trip is liable to be canceled due to road closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway so stay tuned On the eleventh day of shredmas Emily Buerk gave to me a humpday humpback sunrise, ten bikers biking, nine cups of cocoa, eight hikers hiking, seven climbers climbing, six peeps belaying, fiiiiiive campfire siiiings! four alpine draws, three 23’s, two …

**POSTPONED: like kevin’s, but now on MONDAY**

blair nicol

** SATURDAY TRIP POSTPONED TO MONDAY 27th** must be on the same wave length as my good pal kevin bc before i saw his trip posted, i too was planning to hit spy rock for sunrise this week. unfortunately i have to be whippin salads starting at 9 every day this week, so i can’t attend his friday trip. so, …

first fido field trip!

blair nicol

i’ve officially signed up to be a volunteer for the caspca program “fido field trips” where i get to take a shelter dog out on an adventure for the day. this gives them the chance to exercise & socialize, so i’m hoping to make it a weekly thing! i’m picking up a mystery pupper at 9:15 AM then we will …

Spy Rock Sunrise

Kevin Meyers

Spy Rock is a relatively easy(but a little steep) hike that’s about 3 miles round trip with 1200 ft of elevation gain, with a nice rock scramble and 360 degree views at the top. If everything goes as planned we should be back in time for a 10:00 class. What to Bring: Water Snack if you want Jacket depending on …

bop to the sharp top!

blair nicol

it’s too early in the semester for you all to need to lock yourself inside all day and spend sunday studying, so come take on sharp top with me! its a 2.6 mile out & back hike. it’s rated as difficult, but anyone can handle it, it just packs a little punch with the steepness, but only takes about an …

Sunday White Oak Hike

Sam Clinard

*Drivers needed – will be reimbursed for gas* *Bring your park pass if you have one – there may be a day use fee if we don’t have enough passes* I tried to do this hike two weeks ago but didn’t get enough people. So let’s try again now that you all are back! White Oak Canyon is one of …

Shredmas Day 5: Bearfence Sunrise

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the fifth day of shredmas Zach Hicks gave to me a bearfence sunrise, four alpine draws, three 23’s, two biking gloves, and a gnartridge in a pear tree.. Bearfence is a pretty easy hike so it should be good for all levels but don’t trust me, trust the hiking project: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7011923/bearfence-loop-trail ~ Plan ~ – 5:30 am: meet at …

Shredmas Day 4: Humpday Humpback

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the fourth day of Shredmas Vincent Fimiani gave to me, humpday humpback, 3 23’s, two biking gloves, and a gnartridge in a pear tree. ~ Here’s the plan ~ – Meet at echols at 5:55 am – Leave Echols NO LATER THAN 6:00 am – Get to trailhead around 6:45 am – 30 to 40ish minute hike up depending …

2nd Day of Shredmas: Blackrock Sunset

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the second day of Shredmas Burke Haywood gave to me, a Blackrock Sunset and a gnartridge in a pear tree. ~ Plan ~ – 3:40: meet at Echols -be there or be an equilateral, equiangular paralellogram -3:45: drive to trailhead (1 hr ish) -4:30: lazy stroll up this short hike -5:16: watch our favorite mass of incandescent gas descend …

White Oak Canyon Hike

Sam Clinard

*Drivers needed: will be reimbursed + 50% tip* My new years resolution is to do it outside more. Join me in getting this decade started right with a leisurely Sunday stroll. The plan: Leave Cville @9am. Arrive ~10am at white oak canyon. Hike for up to 5 hours for the whole loop. Return to cville by 5pm. Here’s the hiking …

SPRING BREAK GNAR TRAIN (MOAB, UT 2020)

Billiam, Intergalactic Shred Lord, Prince of Dankness

MOAB, UTAH 2020 CHOO CHOO ALL ABOARD THE GNAR TRAIN There is but one ODC trip worthy of such a claim, and it is our annual pilgrimage the arid paradise of MOAB, UTAH. Approximately 40 of us will drive out to Moab for spring break to spend the week(ish) camping on the banks of the Colorado River and hiking, backpacking, …

Calf Mountain Night Hike

Caitlyn Roderick

Hi frans– Night hike to Calf Mountain, beginner friendly! And if it’s clearer we might see some stars, and go to some overlooks around Skyline Dr! We will plan to leave Echols at 6:30 PM, will probably be back before 11 PM. Wear layers, you might want a hat and gloves maybe!!! And if you have flashlights or headlamps, bring …

Blacksun rockrise

Eliza Stowe

This trip didn’t happen a month ago when it was supposed to, so … Sunrise @ Blackrock! 5:00 am! It’ll be cold! Layers! Replace bad return to classroom and the inside world vibes with good sun and earth vibes! Reunite with the blue ridge mountains! The sun shall bless us with its presence at 7:30 ish so if we leave …

shortest hike of all time

Hannah Hiscott

Howdy fellow dirt bags! If you’re anything like me you’re looking for an excuse to avoid studying. PLEASE join me on this weird and also ugly walk around the research park basically. It’s barely even a trail but ya girl just wants to move her aching bones and not have to wallow alone. Also, I keep sleeping in because I …