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SPRGE 2024 MAIN CARPOOL!

Mitchel Cole Lang

My dearest SPRGE rodentia, **PLEASE REFER TO THE SPRGE CLUB EMAIL (sent 2/27) AND READ THIS ENTIRE DESCRIPTION. THEN, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS** THE FIRST ANNUAL SPRGE – New ODC Mega Trip! This is NOT an actual SPRGE adventure. This is the CARPOOL for SPRGE. This is how the officers will keep track of drivers and attendees. So make our lives …

RAGGEDY MIND-BODY REFLECTION WALKIN

Grace Gray

Hellooooo fellow creatures of da wild outdoor land!!! Is anyone else listening to the birds chirp outside in the tawny light-blue dawn, or peeping the crocus flowers and basking in the late-morn sun, and feeling spring rapidly approaching?? Does that make anyone else feel simultaneously thrilled and so scared to miss the passing seasons as we clitter clakker away at …

Starting off Spring Break Right!-Sunrise Humpback Hike

Olivia Milner

Hey Friends!! I am so so excited for spring break and I thought an awesome sunrise hike to humpback would be the perfect way to start it off! (Also notice the meeting area is the Bodo’s not Echols like usual) The Timeline 5:15 – meet at the Bodos/corner, leave for humpback! 5:45 – arrive, start hiking! 6:45-7 – summit just …

Tuesday Kayaking Roll Practice/Pool Session 2/27

Mitchel Cole Lang

IF ADDED TO THIS TRIP you must follow the directions in the followup email sent and sign up for this program via UVA Outdoor Adventure. Failure to do so will result in inability to participate. ODC, in collaboration with UVA Outdoor Adventure, has been allotted time and pool space to practice our whitewater kayaking skills! Pool sessions like these are …

monday trip leader workshopppppyyy

Marion Donald

monday?! trip leader workshop?! shred shack living room?! YOU?!!! i don’t know about you guys but…. all this warm sunny weather has got me ITCHING!! to get outside and go exploring!! so for all of you shredddy outdoors loving folks, if this sensation may be the same for you and you want to now be in charge of leading and …

Saturday Sunset Hike!!!

Meghan Jones

I haven’t been on a sunset hike in way too long so I figured this would be great for my first trip as a trip leader! As a Shenandoah Valley native, I can confirm that this short 1.1 mi hike rivals Humpback for the best sunset spot. I do not have a car, so drivers will get priority off the …

ultra-extreme aid station volunteering (volunteer at a 50 mile race!)

Carson Hopwood

First of all, if you didn’t look too closely at the trip times… you really, really should (Also the fact that this is technically during Spring Break). I was like “hm I should volunteer at some ultras, that’d be fun,” so I emailed the race organizers being like “u need help?” and before I knew it, I was assigned to …

trail maintenance + bodos

Emi Englander Fuentes

In case you didn’t get to meet odc’s blue-blazed section of the Brown Rocky Mountain trail back in December, you’re in luck because we’re going back to do some maintenance this Saturday!! This will be our second trip out to the section, and we’ll be joined by two experienced trail maintainers who will teach us more about pruning, waterbar clearing, …

Chillin at Crossroads- CAVING BEGINNER

Alexandria (Allie) Shellhammer

Hey hey hey! Have you been seeing caving on trip of the week and are thinking to yourself, “hey that looks hella fun maybe I should give caving a try!” well guess what. Do we have the trip for you! Lillie and I will be taking a group of beginners into the depths of Crossroads! This is a super beginner …

Learn Scottish Country Dancing

John Doherty

Hello everyone, It’s time to do some cultural exchange. Have you ever wanted to swim through a Highland glen, visit the Scottish isles, and drink water from the freshest streams in the world? If the answer to any of those questions is aye then this trip is for you. I’ll be teaching you everything I know about Scottish Country Dancing, …

Weekend camp and ride – INT and ADV+ backcountry MTB in Stokesville

Max StClair

It’s been way too long since the last time Titov and I spent the whole day on bikes. If you have any interest in joining for this endeavor, we’d be stoked to have you. If you don’t want to ride 63mi – worry not! We thought it would be fun to get a bigger group to camp out together Friday …

ENGINEERS RAISE THEIR VITAMIN D – a paddleboarding trip

Christie Blonkvist

I was on facetime with my family the other day and they pointed out how GHASTLY I look since I get approximately 35 minutes of outside time per day. Anna and I are both BME majors and are looking to get outside this coming week now that exams are finishing, birds are chirping, and all will be right with the …

badass Beginner MTB on ohill

Jade Alvarez

Hello hooligans, Have you been itching to try mountain biking but not had the chance, or maybe you’ve had an extended biking break and you want some refreshers on the trails??? If so then this is the TRIP for you!!!! Tiffany and I want to spend this beautiful Saturday (the 24th) on the trails, and we want YOU to join …

Bikes!! Books!!! New Buddies!!!!!!

Arden Trudeau

Hi bookworms and/or bikeworms 🪱 Join us THIS FRIDAY for a fun cute bike trip to the downtown mall! Plan is to browse bookstores like New Dominion, Blue Whale, Daedalus and explore other fun cool shops. Yay! Timeline: 1:30pm meet and depart from ohill bike racks (or shred shack if you are borrowing bike) 1:50ish arrive downtown 1:51pm BOOKS / …

FRIDAY BOULDERING @QUARRY PARK

Parker Sims

I went here a couple weeks ago and it was awesome. There is a little pocket with crystals in it that is super cool. The boulder is located next to a quaint little stream it is quite lovely. If you have even a little bouldering experience this is a good trip for you, there is one route that is very …

Rugged People at Ragged Mountain 💪

Caroline Anne Egger

what is uppppppp fellow reservoir enthusiasts??!? are you ready to go on a super awesome hike led by a (potentially under qualified but still cool) first year? if so, keep reading – the plan is super simple: 8:30 – leave Echols 8:45 – arrive at the Res 9:00-12:00 – hike and stop for lunch/snacks along the way! 12:30ishhh – arrive …

Rockfish Gap Beginner Backpacking

Carson Hopwood

**Drivers get priority off the waitlist & gas reimbursement 🙂 Hey y’all It’s sooo hard to fit in the amount of backpacking I want to do when I’ve got this much HW… so… Friday night backpacking! This should be a fun trip. It’ll just be a 5 miles out-and-back type of deal, but we’ll stay at this cool shelter that …

Monday trail jog – BEG friendly

Max StClair

I’ve got way too much going on but hey there’s always time for a jog. Beginner friendly, planning to do around 4 miles on the Rivanna. Will take a chill pace and Rivanna is easy to drop off whenever so feel free to sign up regardless of experience. You should wear running shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and don’t need to …

Tuesday Kayaking Roll Practice/Pool Session 2/20

Mitchel Cole Lang

IF ADDED TO THIS TRIP you must follow the directions in the followup email sent and sign up for this program via UVA Outdoor Adventure. Failure to do so will result in inability to participate. ODC, in collaboration with UVA Outdoor Adventure, has been allotted time and pool space to practice our whitewater kayaking skills! Pool sessions like these are …

Start your Saturday off RIGHT with a ragged trail jog & YOGA!!

Cameron J Burke

I love Ragged Mountain Reservoir. I also love going on jogs and then stretching for a nice long while after, but I rarely take the time to do that. On this trail run I am very purposefully building that time in by planning to do some yoga afterwards!! We can run around for a bit, then when we’re feeling nice …

Mary’s Rock Merriment! – 02/17

Alexander Templeton

Let’s frolic and make merry at Mary’s Rock! IMO, the best viewpoint in all of Shenandoah National Park, and only a 3.4 mile out-and-back hike! It’ll be 27 degrees at the top and likely quite windy as it’s a 360 degree view, so be sure to pack layers and water. Also, priority goes to drivers (you get reimbursed + a …

Lowkey Lowmoor- EASIER THAN EASY BEGINNER CAVING

Alexandria (Allie) Shellhammer

Have you wanted to go caving but you don’t like small spaces, difficult climbs, complete darkness, and/or thought caving looked lowkey really scary? But you have always wanted to at least try it out? Well do we have the cave for you! Lowmoor was a giant iron mine from 1875-1898 and there is an actual cave in the mine. We …

Pre-Partayyy O’Hill Run

Carson Hopwood

An O’Hill trail run is precisely what I’m going to need post-exam and pre- ODC x Swap party, and you should join me (on the run, at the party, both, take ur pick the world is your oyster). Here’s the plan: Meet at SRC at 5:15PM (We’ll wait like 5-8 min for any folks who r late and then we …

Tuesday Tree Climb!

kylie holzman

Hi friends! I have a wonderfully free afternoon on Tuesday, so I want to frolic in some trees. I had an absolute blast climbing the trees on the South Lawn last spring (wow, can’t believe that was already last spring) and I want to do it again. If you have some free time (or want to skip that pesky 75-minute …

NEWBIES PRIORITY! Tuesday Kayaking Roll Practice/Pool Session 2/13

Mitchel Cole Lang

IF ADDED TO THIS TRIP you must follow the directions in the followup email sent and sign up for this program via UVA Outdoor Adventure. Failure to do so will result in inability to participate. ODC, in collaboration with UVA Outdoor Adventure, has been allotted time and pool space to practice our whitewater kayaking skills! Pool sessions like these are …

Humpday Humpback

Brian Alewine

I have not led a humpback hike yet and I’m ready for some hiking, so let’s hike Humpback Rock! This is a classic hike and ends with a great view overlooking the blue ridge mountains. Priority will be given to people who have not hiked Humpback yet. The plan: 5:30 am – leave from Echols 6:00 – arrive at the …

Mindfulness Walk 2.0

Stevie Stein Meyer

Last month I led a trip where we did sit-spots and other fun stuff, but my favorite part was just walking mindfully through the woods and pointing out cool things we saw along the trail. So this trip is gonna be that!! The plan is this: – Meet at Echols at 2:30 next Friday – Make our way up to …

Flicker? I hardly know her! (First birding trip of the year!)

Brian Alewine

Who’s ready for the first birding trip of the year!! If you like watching birds or just want to spend some peaceful time outdoors, join this trip! We will be heading to Ivy Creek to look at some birds and try to ID what they are. Last time, the highest species count was 13. Let’s see if we can find …

FRIDAY HUMPBACK

Christie Blonkvist

I don’t know about you guys, but these past two weeks have tested my limits! I’m ready for a break, and so is my partner in crime Anna, so we are going to start our Friday off at Humpback Rock! It’s a classic hike and not too strenuous so everyone is welcome. The schedule is as follows: 5:30 AM – …

Plant Walk: Winter Tree Identification (WITH LOCAL EXPERT)

Ed Aten

Come join Center For Urban Habitats’ Senior Field Technician and botany extraordinaire, Drew Chaney, for the latest Winter Plant Walk series event. This weekly event will explore natural history in the winter landscape. We will visit multiple types of forest and woodland ecosystems and learn how to identify the trees and shrubs that occur in them using bark, buds, twigs, …

beginner-licious WTF mountain biking (thursday)

Shay Utzinger

oh em gee. this weather has been TOOOO GOOD! only solution: bikes. wow and you don’t have class thursday afternoon!?!?! ugh. best news ever. I spy a perfect little route up on Ohill that is great for beginners getting into the sport, or folks who have tips and tricks to share with friends. We will take the pace nice and …

BEG Ohill MTB

Max StClair

Ohill has a great range of trails – I have a good beginner loop picked out and depending on people’s comfort levels, we could try some easier intermediates. We’ll keep it slow and take lots of breaks. The only prerequisite for this trip is the ability to ride a bike. You don’t need to know anything about biking on trails …

Sunny Afternoon Nature Meditation/Art

Renee Erickson

This is Day 2 of my silly goal for this week of leading a trip every day! We’ll be doing a drop-in situation, where lots of people can come and you can show up late or leave early or both. This is meant to be a time to do some nature-based art/journaling or just meditate in the sun. I’ll be …

BEGINNER Crossroads Caving

Renee Erickson

This is day 6 of me leading a trip every single day of the week! We’re going to go on a chill beginner trip to the always-classic Crossroads Cave! The plan is to go look at some gorgeous gypsum flowers, experiencing a good variety of climbs and some mild crawls along the way. If we have time, we’ll also stop …

Reservoir Sunset Evening

Renee Erickson

I decided to do a kinda silly thing this week where I lead a trip every single day! This is day 4, and we’ll be doing a midweek sunset-watching, stargazing hangout at Ragged Reservoir! This is a great way to spend some time getting to know other club members and enjoy being outside! I will be using waitlist randomization for …

Hot Chocolate Bike Ride

Renee Erickson

I decided to do a kinda silly thing this week where I lead a trip every single day! This is day 5, where we’ll take a casual Friday morning bike ride down to Petite MarieBette for some hot chocolate (or coffee, or whatever)! If you need a bike from the club we can get one for you! The trip is …

BEGINNER Spy Rock Hike

Renee Erickson

I decided to do a kinda silly thing this week where I lead a trip every single day! We’re finishing off strong with a relaxed day hike at Spy Rock, which has some spectacular views. The hike is about 6.5 miles. We’ll be taking it slow, so no worries if you don’t have any experience hiking! If you just joined …

Chill O’hill morning hike

Renee Erickson

I decided to do a kinda silly thing where I lead a trip every day this week! This is day 3, where we’ll be doing a chill morning hike around some of the ohill trails. This is just meant to be a relaxed way to get to know some people and enjoy the sunshine! I will be prioritizing taking first …

Mega Chill Sugar Hollow Hike

Cat Anne Sarris

Hi little lads! Recently we have been dying to frolic through the woods and rot in nature. Brilliant Skylar here has stumbled upon this gem of a hike. Its about 4.5 miles with 500 ft of elevation gain. Its going to be mega chill. We will hike along some waterways, cross a stream or two, and lay on a rock …

Start your week off right: Humpback Sunrise!

Renee Erickson

I decided to do a kinda silly thing this week where I lead a trip every single day! This is day 2 and we’re kicking the school week off with a classic sunrise hike at humpback! We’ll be taking it slow, so no worries if you don’t have any experience hiking! If you just joined the Outdoors Club or you …

BEGINNER Spy Rock Hike

Renee Erickson

I decided to do a kinda silly thing this week where I lead a trip every single day! We’re starting off strong with a relaxed day hike at Spy Rock, which has some spectacular views. The hike is about 6.5miles. We’ll be taking it slow, so no worries if you don’t have any experience hiking! If you just joined the …

XTREME Backpacking Beginner Workshop (also contains a lot of normal backpacking tips)

Carson Hopwood

Join Ed & Carson for an XTREMEEE Backpacking Workshop this Monday!!! This is NOT YOUR ORDINARY BACKPACKING WORKSHOP, although it will teach you all the essential skills of backpacking and principles of Leave No Trace (L! N! T!), this is also an exploration of backpacking stoke through an extreme lens, learning about things such as such as desert backpacking (brush …

Grow the JPA Rock Snake!!

Brian Alewine

There is a rock snake on JPA. It’s not too long, but we want to bring some folks together to add to it! Join us at 3 pm this Saturday to paint a beautiful rock, meet some new folks, and grow the snake. We’ll meet at the steps of Old Cabell on the South Lawn, meander to a lawn garden …

Tuesday Kayaking Roll Practice/Pool Session 2/6

Mitchel Cole Lang

IF ADDED TO THIS TRIP you must follow the directions in the followup email sent and sign up for this program via UVA Outdoor Adventure. Failure to do so will result in inability to participate. ODC, in collaboration with UVA Outdoor Adventure, has been allotted time and pool space to practice our whitewater kayaking skills! Pool sessions like these are …

Saturday Turk Mountain Sunset Hike [02/03]

Alexander Templeton

We’re going to Turk Mountain to bully the sun until it hides from us! This should be a quick trip, just a 45 minute drive each way and a 2.4 mile out-and-back hike, with some time spent on the summit to watch the sunset, so everyone should be back in time for any evening plans you might have. Some things …

GETTING FUNKY: CALF BURN@CALF MOUNTAIN (beginner hike)

Arden Trudeau

Helloooo fellow frolickers and outdoors enthusiasts!!! We’ve only been in school for a couple of weeks…so no one has homework yet (right?!?), also screw homework. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend our Sunday than in the BEAUTIFUL outdoors!!! Join us, two VERY qualified first years, on our FIRST trip-leading experience ever *whoop whoop* This will be a …

G-HOGS DAY (Friday Noon) BEG MTB

Gunnar DeSantis

Everyone’s favorite national holiday is upon us. No better way to honor our tradition of letting a groundhog decide whether it’s winter or spring than doing something that’s always in season – Mountain Biking So long as the trails dry up some, we’ll be riding O’Hill trails this Friday! This will be a beginner-level trip, so no experience is required. …

THREE RIDGES BACKPACKING!!! (beginner/intermediate) [REPOSTING TO EXPAND TRIP]

Evelyn Lepsch

Howdy all!! Are YOU thinking “wow it’s going to be so sunny and nice this weekend I wish i was going backpacking?” well if you are (or still if you arent) come join Ben & I as we backpack Three Ridges!!! This is a beginner friendly trip so NO experience necessary! That being said we plan on doing upwards of …

Rise and Shine: Humpback Rock

Andrew (AJ) Amos

What better way to finish this weekend than waking up before the sun and hiking for 4.2 miles? The plan is simple: meet at Echols Corner, drive for about 30 minutes and hike for about 45. The sunrise is at 7:16 am (according to Google), so we should have a 30 minute buffer in case we need extra time. If …

REAL OUTDOOR EDUCATION CONFERENCE (2/23)

Ed Aten

no Friday classes? have a discussion that doesn’t count for a grade and you’re allowed to skip as long as you attend office hours? graduated already somehow (you lucky dog)? COME SPEND YOUR FRIDAY WITH ME and SOME OTHER OUTDOORSY FOLK at the Virginia Adventure Educator Conference (VAAEC for short) https://www.vaaec.org/who-is-attending.html this is a rare and wonderful chance to go …