Announcements

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 …

Make sure the bikes are ready for the desert – Ohill INT MTB

Max StClair

Can’t drive the bikes across the country without making sure they work first, right? This will be an intermediate trip, so we won’t be going over the basics as we would on a beginner trip, but we won’t be doing anything crazy and definitely am happy to share tips. This trip is targeted for people who have done at least …

Sunny Sunday Intermediate Climbing at Sunshine Wall

Adam Dirting

Hi guys. it is a new year, and i haven’t gone climbing outside yet. plus moab is darn soon, so we must warm up for that. AND, where better a place to warm up, than west virginia’s very own SUNSHINE WALL. Me shihe and ben are going to go here sunday, and would love some accompanyment, and all who meet …

Springing on a Climbing Rope at the Red for Spring Break

Patrick Hanrahan Brown

Hey gamers! We’re going to the red, AGAIN. This time will be even better, I swear. We’re planning to climb routes mostly 5.11a and up, but if that sounds a little crazy, come talk to me and we can discuss. I’m hoping this trip will be pretty experienced folks, so priority to people who’ve climbed outside before. We plan to …

Not So Lowkey Lowmoor- CAVING INTERMEDIATE

Alexandria (Allie) Shellhammer

Hey lovely people! So I am utterly obsessed with Lowmoor and would like to go back this weekend! But, I want to explore some new, more tricky areas therefore I will be doing the first ever intermediate trip to Lowmoor! This will also be my very first solo lead trip so I am going to be a little pickier about …

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 …

Thurs INT MTB

Max StClair

This will be an intermediate trip, so we won’t be going over the basics as we would on a beginner trip, but we won’t be doing anything crazy and definitely am happy to share tips. This trip is targeted for people who have done at least two or three rides, and now feel confident on beginner trails. If you’re on …

Advanced anchor building on the BRP

Melun Tershark

**If you’re interested in anchors but need more of a beginner-oriented workshop, feel free to reach out to me! If there’s interest I can happily do one/some in the future (: Hello hello This trip is meant for those with climbing/caving/canyoneering experience who are interested in workshopping more advanced anchor systems. Abby & I are happy to refresh the basic …

April 8th Total Solar Eclipse Trip!!

Alexander Templeton

This April (8th), coming to skies in a state near you, watch the sun goddamn disappear in the middle of the day! Want to see every animal freak out and feel the temperature drop ten degrees while watching the Sun’s magnetic field blazes above you for three minutes? Then join us as drive up to — well, we’ll get to …

Chillin with Floyd Collins- Paxtons Cave INTERMEDIATE

Alexandria (Allie) Shellhammer

Hey yall cool people! I miss my good old friend Floyd (a really cool giant stalagmite that is known as Floyd Collin’s ghost) so I want to head deep into Paxtons to stop by and hang out with him again. But I also want to try to make it to a room known as the Christmas room to see some …

POST SWAP Sulphur Spring (day hike!)

Tiffany Malley

Are you ITCHING to get outside in this BEAUTIFUL FEBRUARY WEATHER?????? Come join us for a POST-PARTY shake out hike (soooooo chillllll and greeeattt views) at Sulphur Spring on Saturday February 17th! This is an 8.2 mile loop that AllTrails describes as moderate. Check out the loop HERE: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/petites-gap-sulphur-spring-and-appalachian-trail-loop.   PLAN: 1030 meet at echols 12 arrive + HIKE 430/5 …

Wed early afternoon INT MTB

Sujith Panchumarthy

Shortish notice trip but since it’s no longer raining for 4 days straight, Ohill should be dry enough to ride by Wednesday so come bike with us. Especially if you’re going to have a lonely Valentine’s Day like me (I can’t speak for Max). This will be an intermediate trip, so we won’t be going over the basics as we …

Sunday Patterson Ridge Trail Hike!

Elijah Cole Hale

Hello everyone! I was hoping to do a hike this Sunday, specifically Patterson Ridge Trail. It is relatively short, at about 6 miles, but has 1700 feet of elevation gain, meaning I would expect somewhat of a strenuous ascent(Moderate-Expert Difficulty imo). It’s somewhat of a drive, at about an hour. I have a NP park pass and a vehicle, so …

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, …

RODEO..jk jk but we are going to Mustang boulder!!!!! (Intermediate Bouldering)

Emily Rothrock

Come climb with me at Mustang Boulder this Saturday! This is probably one of the best boulders on the parkway! It has a short, 10-minute approach to a sick boulder with classic lines. Mustang itself has a range of climbs from V2-V10 and the nearby Incredibles Boulder 50ft downhill also has climbs from V3-V7. That means this is a great …

Super-duper accessible backcountry ride – Narrowback INT MTB

Max StClair

Have you been interested in trying out a backcountry MTB ride but not sure which one’s right for you? This is it! Narrowback has super friendly, flowy fun riding with forgiving climbs. We are planning to ride 11mi with 1300′ climbing, and take an easy pace. You’ll get two great descents and a great intro taste of the Stokesville area …

Last Minute Mine Exploration! (Caving @ Lowmoor)

Renee Erickson

This Saturday we will be going to Lowmoor mine/cave! Lowmoor is super fascinating because it was an iron mine from 1875-1898, but now is abandoned. The front part of the cave is the mine, but it transitions to being natural cave passage in the back. We will get to explore both sections, featuring the enormous main rooms of the mined …

Spring Break Backpacking Extravaganza (Roan, TN to Damascus, VA) (intermediate/beg)

Carson Hopwood

Are you looking for an awesome adventure over Spring Break? Maybe you didn’t get on Moab, maybe you’re looking for something cheaper and more local? Maybe you’ve been backpacking a time or two and want to expand your backpacking experience? OH BOY, do I have the trip for you. *Plz read the whole trip description (I know its long) before …

Guano Ecstasy? Nah I’m Good… Caving at Paxtons- INTERMEDIATE

Alexandria (Allie) Shellhammer

Hey all you outdoor lovers! We are heading back to the amazing Paxtons cave and we are gonna go so speedy to try to make it to some cool sections. Some of the names of these really cool cave places include: Anthodite Galleries, Clambake Alley, Worm Garden, Guano Ecstasy, Guano Agony, and many more fun places to explore. But the …

Sat morning INT MTB

Max StClair

Sorta last minute post but was expecting tomorrow to be a rain out but the morning actually looks great. Come bike. This will be an intermediate trip, so we won’t be going over the basics as we would on a beginner trip, but we won’t be doing anything crazy and definitely am happy to share tips. This trip is targeted …

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 …

Stalactites Galore: Caving at Marshall’s

Renee Erickson

*This is an intermediate trip, due to the difficulty of some of the climbs and the presence of some sketchier sections. We strongly suggest that you have been on at least one caving trip before.* Marshall’s cave is known for some gorgeous formations and neat features. I haven’t been very deep in at all, so I’m hoping to explore more! …

We’re back and it’s muddier than ever – Sherando INT or ADV MTB

Max StClair

Sujith has declared the time has finally come for him to brave the so-called “seven switchbacks from hell.” And I think I’m ready to brave another mud-fest, ideally not equipped with a borrowed pair of white Lulu shorts (sorry Sujith). So if your legs are ready for a great climb and your washing machine is ready for a great quantity …

Warm! (But maybe still snowy) INT MTB

Max StClair

There’s something about taking already leaf-covered singletrack and throwing in snow and ice; it’s quite the interesting slidey experience. So before the rain probably wipes out the rest of the snow later this week, join Sujith and I for some slidely ohill action. And it’ll be 50 degrees, basically no reason not to come. This will be an intermediate trip, …

Friday INT MTB

Max Titov

AHHHH winter break is over :/ AHHHH time to go bike again!!!!! 🙂 Lets go ride some Ohill trails this Friday!!! This trip is for people who have done at least two or three rides, and now feel confident on beginner trails. If you are unsure about coming on this trip feel free to text me (my number can be …

Friday Night Slopes

Anna Lee Mack

Hey guys!!! I’ve been hankering to get out and ski with the recent snowstorm, so have decided to throw this trip up there in case anyone feels the same way! Massanutten Ski Lodge is about an hour away, and offers a five hour night ski pass for college students every Friday (it’s $35 for the five hours, 4-9 pm) with …

What is final why no climbing

Shihe Wang

It is final weeks but I wonder… WHY NO CLIMBING Let’s go to Smokehole Canyon. I NEED TO CLIMB THE CUDDLE PUDDLE THIS TIME. We will leave Echols at 9am cause it is winter who wants to get up earlier than 8, climb for most of the day and head out around until dark or when we are too tired …

THE RETURN TO THE WHITES – DEC 2023

Max StClair

I ran this trip last year and it was a pretty great time. During the day we skied, hiked, toured, mountaineered (is that a verb?), and generally had a great time in the snow. In the evenings, we gathered at my Grandparents cabin to eat big dinners, shoot pool, and occasionally break through the frozen lake for a polar plunge. …

Monday Funday (trail) Runday

Christie Blonkvist

Wake up and run out your finals feelings in the Ohill trails with me! The plan is to run 3-5 miles and I am good with going at any pace, so we can gauge with the group. It’s fairly hilly terrain so I imagine it will be on the slow end of an easy, conversational pace. I may even go …

MOAB 2024: THE CALL of THE GNAR

Ed Aten

Shredders, senders, and aspiring desert sand frolickers, welcome to the last week of fall classes. Your reward: the glorious emergence of the most LEGENDARY, only ONCE an earth revolution, GNAR JOURNEY. We begin preparing now to rise from east coast hibernation and mass migrate to the land of canyons, red rocks, ultimate gritty-ness and cryptobiotic crust: MOAB, UTAH. Approximately 44 …

A Pleasant Hike! (On Mt. Pleasant)

Erik Daniel McKenna

Hey everyone! I have found a nice (pleasant, if you will) hike for this Sunday! Mount Pleasant via Henry Lanum Trail is a 5.9 mile loop in the national forest with the opportunity of seeing two overlooks. IMPORTANT!! – DRIVERS ARE NEEDED!! – I would like to have another car in addition to mine go on this trip, so please …

Reed’s Creek, Indeed Chic

Patrick Hanrahan Brown

Ello Mateys, I am on a mission to collect 5.11s, now that I am extremely overconfident at the grade after one massive DUB with the one and only Owen Martin. My hope is to have 2 more people who are skilled at lead climbing and belaying and one person who is interested in top roping who hasn’t been outdoor climbing …

morning ohill trail run

ben lepsch

last friday morning trail run of the semester?? the loop I have in mind is around 3 miles, but we will go slow and probably stop to walk a few times so don’t feel like you need to be a great runner to sign up. you bring: – yourself – water (optional) – weather appropriate clothing (gloves) — its supposed …

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Stalactites? (Intermediate Caving @ Paxton’s)

Renee Erickson

We’ve been wanting to explore deeper into Paxton’s Cave lately, and the furthest room in is called the Christmas Room! It’s known for being beautifully decorated like a winter scene. We figured it was perfect timing to start off December trying to get to this room. Be warned, however- this cave is a crazy maze and we’re not sure if …

Procrastinate Finals by Climbing: Intermediate Bouldering on the Parkway

Emily Rothrock

Hey y’all! The weather on Saturday is looking absolutely fantastic for climbing so join me in an outdoor bouldering sesh in order to not think about finals! Where we go specifically depends on who signs up and the mood of the group. The best possibilities because of the variety of grades are probably the Mustang and Incredibles Boulders. However, Siesta, …

NOT gettin’ pickled (triple crown)

Tiffany Malley

Last year Taylor posted a gettin’ pickled Appalachian Trail trip that I was DEVASTATED to not go on… so here’s a non-cabin version of that trip 🙂 We know it’s finals season…which means we need a break. Me and Shihe want to camp near the Triple Crown loop on the Appalachian trail, where we will aim to do two day …

“AWESOMELY DIFFICULT, EXHAUSTING HIKE” (3 RIDGES)

Tiffany Malley

The weather has finally gotten a bit colder .. and the days are getting shorter. But TURNS OUT!!! You can still GO OUTSIDE??? Sundays are for walks … and next Sunday I want to knock out a hike from my list to do before I graduate! So come join me for a decently-long, semi-strenuous, but super fun amazing endorphin-producing hike: …

Procrasticaving! Caving at Crossroads-BEGINNER

Alexandria (Allie) Shellhammer

Hey outdoor adventurers! So finals are right around the corner and I am not ready to start studying soooo why not go caving? This is the first trip Jack and I will be co-leading and we are both so excited! We will be going to iconic Crossroads Cave which has many different areas to explore! Crossroads is a great beginner …

2R DE CHARLOTTESVILLE (INT BACKCOUNTRY MTB WORKSHOP)

Sujith Panchumarthy

*This is not your standard intermediate Charlottesville trip so please read the description in its entirety* Between the fact that this ride was super fun last time and that the INCREDIBLE riding this past weekend made me want to bring more people out, Bryson and I are leading this amazing trip again! The facts are simple, backcountry mountain biking isn’t …

Ragged Mountain-Hot Cocoa, Hike, and Hammock

Olivia Milner

Hey y’all! So Susannah and I were talking about how awesome this weather is for some hot cocoa, and then we thought dang its also some nice weather for hiking, and wait hammocking too?!?! So we thought we’d combine them all and create one awesome all inclusive expedition THIS SATURDAY!!! Basically we are going to hiking on Ragged’s 7 mile …

Thanksgiving Caving!!!

Lillie Ehrmentraut

***Since this is my first time leading a caving trip, I will only be accepting people on this trip who have been caving before*** Come join me and Jack this Sunday at Paxton’s cave! Paxton’s cave is a huge (aMAZEing) maze cave that has lots of fun features. There are some tricky features such as belly crawls, vertical climbs, and …

Hidden Hike+Climb

Victor Lu

There’s this fun little hike called Hidden Rocks that just so happens to also have a bunch of climbing. It used to be just trad and top rope, but a Harrisonburg local made it his Covid project to put up some sport routes. We’ll be heading to that farthest section for some pretty great routes that can be top roped …

Sport Climbing at Franklin Gorge!!

Cameron J Burke

COME CLIMB WITH US!! This is an intermediate climbing trip but open to top ropers who want to learn how to lead! Franklin Gorge is a super cool looking area, and also one of the closest places to get real outdoor sport climbing to Charlottesville. Because of this, it’s been on my radar forever. It’s located on private property, so …

Pre-Thanksgiving Climbing Fiesta at the NEW!

Owen Martin

Hello my fellow ODC comrades, Pat and I are looking to head out to the New for the 100 millionth time this semester, except this time to stay for the weekend! If you haven’t climbed at the New, I PROMISE you it will change your life forever, and also possibly humble you as a sport climber. With that being said, …

Sunday GW&JNF Hike!!!!

Erik Daniel McKenna

Hey everyone! I have just found this loop in the Thunder Ridge Wilderness Area that looks to be a good time. It is an 8.2 mile loop that goes along Petites Gap Rd, Sulphur Spring Trail, and the AT. IMPORTANT!! – DRIVERS ARE NEEDED!! – You will get priority off of the waitlist! I would like to have one additional …

White Rock Falls Saturday!

Christie Blonkvist

Howdy folks! The only thing getting me through the final weeks of this semester is the promise of ODC weekend trips, so I’m coming at you again with another hike! The White Rock Falls loop is a ~4 mile moderate hike with a WATERFALL. The trailhead is roughly an hour drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and I am looking …

Shoot for the Stars (with a camera!)

Christie Blonkvist

Hey folks! Let’s go stargazing! I have some decent experience with astrophotography and a deep desire to get more ODC people into it! The plan is to drive towards Big Meadows – a pretty excellent spot without light pollution- to marvel at the stars and capture them on camera. It’s going to be a new moon, so there will be …