Don’t have any spring break plans yet? Come to Moab, Utah with the club!!! Moab is a multi-sport paradise, with tons of amazing mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, paddling, fishing, and rock climbing! March in Moab is perfect adventure weather with temps in the mid-60s and plenty of sun! Being a breathtaking desert destination situated on the Colorado Plateau, it is home to hundreds of miles of beautiful canyons with delicate natural arches, massive towers, and mind-blowing views!!
Here are just a few of the famous rides, routes, trails, and what have you for different adventures the Moab area has to offer. I recommend Googling some of them!
Fisher Towers (Ancient Art)
Blue John Canyon (127 Hours!)
Canyonlands National Park
Arches National Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Colorado River (Cataract Canyon)
Think of it as an extended NRGE trip! However, it will differ in the respect that day trips will not be organized by trip leaders, but by you and your follow adventurers, granted you/the group has enough experience to do it safely. Basically, each day you’ll wake up stoked out of your mind to charge down some sweet trail or crush a splitter crack, you’ll find others juiced to do the same, and then do it! Rinse and repeat!
As many of you know, this trip ran last spring break for the first time and was a great success! I’m excited this trip is happening again so we can make it even better!! For the most part the trip will run the same way, but with a few tweaks to simplify logistics and maximize your enjoyment and adventuring time.
To get there, we’ll be driving. It’s 28 hours of straight driving according to Google Maps. Last year, a car made it back in 27.5 hours with three drivers. It will not be the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it will keep the cost of the trip down and allow us to take plenty of gear to have a sick multi-sport adventure! Anyone up for climbing, canyoneering, and mountain biking all in one day?!
This year you’ll be able to fly out as well, but it will be vastly more expensive because you’ll have to purchase a plane ticket and rent a car (for people under 25 this is pretty pricey). I’ll have more information on flying out in a few days so don’t buy those plane tickets yet.
Hopefully we’ll have a few cars heading out at different times on the Thursday (3/3) and Friday (3/4) before break. We’ll spend 6 or 7 days in Moab and then head back to Charlottesville the following Friday (3/11) or Saturday morning (3/12).
We’ll be staying at group site A in the Big Bend campground. It’s right along the banks of the Colorado River, bouldering is within walking distance, and it’s a few miles closer to town than last year, which is important as the roads in the area are set up as a spoke and hub system.
We’ll purchase food as a group to make things simpler and cheaper. There’ll be an assortment of common breakfast and lunch foods for people to eat at will. For dinner we’ll have big group meals.
Due to the nature of the trip, everyone who comes should be fairly experienced at the sports they wish to participate in. Essentially, you should be an intermediate or advanced climber, biker, or whatever as defined by the club (i.e. you have gone on an intermediate mountain biking trip and been comfortable on it). Please don’t feel like you have to be an expert at everything, though. I just want it to be an enjoyable and safe trip for everyone!
You’ve probably been wondering how much all this is going to cost. The short answer is $250. Which is insanely cheap for a trip like this! If it doesn’t sound like a steal, the good news is that’s the highest foreseen cost of the trip per person. If the total cost ends up being less, I’ll refund you the difference.
Based on how much publicity this trip has received, I imagine it will fill to capacity. To make attending this trip as fair as possible a lottery will be held to determine attendees. However, priority will be given to those who volunteer the use of their car for the trip and those who have skills critical to the success of the trip (i.e. the club’s bike gurus, etc.)
!!!!!!!!!!!Signing Up for the Lottery/Trip!!!!!!!!
Please join the trip on the website. Everyone will be waitlisted until the lottery occurs. The people on the waitlist will get further info about the trip and lottery.
I understand you probably have tons of questions, so please email me and ask away. With that being said, please limit your initial questions to those that you need answered in order to decide whether to sign up.
GET SUPER STOKED!!!!!!!!!!