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Wanna get wet this weekend?

Eliza Stowe

Folks, I don’t know about y’all, but this 80 degree weather has me sweating buckets. There’s nothing like a cool dip in the Rivanna to cure this early onset perspiration. So let’s go make it happen on a sunny Sunday afternoon!!! Potential activities might include (but are certainly not limited to): hacky sacky, slacky liney, swim swim (like a fish), …

Gear Rooms: Week of 3/29

Phillip Reeves

Happy break day! Here’s this week’s gear room info: Gear Request Form: https://forms.gle/Jii4KZPV3VgTbTat7 Gear Room Schedule: Monday: Tuesday: 5:45pm -> Anna Cuddeback (617) 230-7261 Wednesday: 8:00pm -> Sophia Benmhend (202) 644-0304 Thursday: 6:00pm -> Mason Riffee (434) 509-8678 Friday: 10:00am -> Burke Haywood (540) 817-4002 Saturday: Sunday: If none of these times work for you, please email the officers outdoors-officers@virginia.edu …

Ragged mountain biking (Intermediate) & Sunbathing

Danny Devlin

Friday 3/26; 1:30pm to 4:30pm Whats poppin It’s bout to be beautiful, hot and sunny on Friday and I plan to take advantage of it. 80 degrees in March simply hits different. Come join me at the glorious ragged mountain for some good ol mountain biking. We’ll be doing the full ragged mountain loop (the other direction this time) which …

Ragged mountain biking – Intermediate – Monday 3pm (tomorrow)

Danny Devlin

It’s nice out which means mountain biking szn has begun. Come join me and start the season off with a send at the beautiful, pristine and glorious ragged mountain. We’ll be doing the full ragged mountain loop which is about 7 miles plus biking there and back which is about 6 miles round trip so 13ish total. I’m guessing it …

Rock Ascension at Rivanna Wall: Girls Run the World Edition

Eliza Stowe

Hello and greetings to all the lil senders across the lands! Spring is here which means dry and warm rocks for climbing which means we are getting after it this Sunday which means you should come join us and learn all you can about sport climbing and top-roping outside 🙂 (or teach us some new stuff). With COVID-19 restrictions we …

Morning Bouldering at Slaughter

Kieran Humphreys

Hey, you there. Sup 👀. Ok cool, now that I’ve got your attention, you should come climbing next Monday morning with me at Slaughter. I’ll be there at 7:30 sharp and ready to make incremental progress on that annoying yellow route in the middle I can’t quite seem to get (hope they haven’t taken it down yet). Come thru 💯😳. …

biathlon at the res

Connor Siggins

Oh Helllllo, It seems that the weather has turned the corner (*knocks on wood*), and my running legs are ready to get out to ragged mountain reservoir. We’ll be taking advantage of our new fleet of commuter bikes to speed up the journey to the res while warming up our legs. Here’s the plan: -meet at 116 Washington Ave to …

Gear Rooms: Week of 3/15

Phillip Reeves

Spring is coming, get out and enjoy the weather with some gear from the gear room! Here’s how to get gear this week: Gear Request Form: https://forms.gle/Jii4KZPV3VgTbTat7 Gear Room Schedule: Monday: Tuesday: 5:45pm -> Anna Cuddeback (617) 230-7261 Wednesday: 8:00pm -> Sophia Benmhend (202) 644-0304 Thursday: 6:00pm -> Mason Riffee (434) 509-8678 Friday: 10:00am -> Burke Haywood (540) 817-4002 Saturday: …

Gear Rooms: Week of 3/1

Phillip Reeves

We’re back! Here’s this week’s gear room info: Gear Request Form: https://forms.gle/Jii4KZPV3VgTbTat7 Gear Room Schedule: Monday: Tuesday: 5:45pm -> Anna Cuddeback (617) 230-7261 Wednesday: 8:00pm -> Sophia Benmhend (202) 644-0304 Thursday: 6:00pm -> Mason Riffee (434) 509-8678 Friday: 10:00am -> Burke Haywood (540) 817-4002 Saturday: Sunday: If none of these times work for you, please email the officers outdoors-officers@virginia.edu at …

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 …

Gear Rooms: Week of 2/15

Phillip Reeves

Howdy all, check out this week’s gear room info! Gear Request Form: https://forms.gle/Jii4KZPV3VgTbTat7 Gear Room Schedule: Monday: Tuesday: 5:30pm -> Anna Cuddeback (617) 230-7261 Wednesday: 8:00pm -> Sophia Benmhend (202) 644-0304 Thursday: 6:00pm -> Mason Riffee (434) 509-8678 Friday: 10:00am -> Burke Haywood (540) 817-4002 Saturday: Sunday: If none of these times work for you, please email the officers outdoors-officers@virginia.edu …

Wednesday Trail Running ~in the snow~

Connor Siggins

It’s a winter wonderland and by “wonderland” I mean cold and wet southeastern slush/snow That said, I still wanna run, so let’s brave the weather and send it to Foxhaven for some mucky miles Meet at the Shred Shack (116 Washington Ave.) at 10am and we’ll run to Foxhaven. We’ll run for about 5 miles, and the pace will be …

RTF Full Pull BIKING

Sam Goodkind

Don’t report me to Honor, but seeing Eliza’s trip has given me a brilliant idea (call it parallel thinking). What if I led a trip, circumnavigating Charlottesville in a counter-clockwise fashion, on the trail known as the Rivanna, on the last Saturday of the semester? BUT, since humans are no longer hunter-gatherers and we have devised faster and funner (idc …

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 …

Wednesday Trail Running Part 3: Third Time’s the charm

Connor Siggins

Good news everyone!! Jim has said we can now have groups of 10 people, so that means that 9 of you can come trail running with me on Wednesday :))) The plan: Meet at the shred shack (116 Washington Ave) at 5:00pm with your running shoes, a mask/face covering and positive vibes. For our run this week, the plan is …

Intermediate Mountain Biking at O-hill

Matthew Houff

We’re headed back to O-hill but this time we’re taking things up a notch. I chose intermediate for this trip because we will being doing more of the gnarly sections of the trail system and taking a little less breaks. We will probably ride for about 4-5 miles. If you don’t have your own mountain bike or helmet, let me …

Wednesday Trail Running the Sequel: Run it Back

Connor Siggins

Hey friends let’s go running (again) Last wednesday the squad ran from Fontaine ave to Stibling Ave. Tune in this Wednesday kiddos because we’re sending it from Fontaine Ave all the way to Ivy Rd. This section will be a bit longer (~5 miles total compared to ~3) because we’ll have to make our way back around O’Hill to get …

Wednesday trail running

Connor Siggins

Hey friends let’s go running Meet at 5:00 pm at the Shred Shack (116 washington Ave.) and we’ll send it behind O’Hill. Pace will be chill and we can take walk breaks if needed. Bring: -Mask -running shoes -good vibes This will be a short run, so we should be back by ~5:30.

Intermediate/Beginner-ish Shredding @ OHill

Jacob Flaherty

I’m super exciting to lead the first MTB trip now that we’re back! Oh wait… Mason has a trip on Friday? WELL if you can’t make it to Mason’s trip, have no fear! I’ll be leading the FIRST trip to our very own Observatory Hill the very next day! OHill has a wide variety of trails that range from beginnerish …

Wake up, take a Rez hit (Intermediate mtb at the reservoir)

Mason Riffee

The coy whisper of the morning breeze, sweetly laden with the cool of the lake, speaks to you on this Friday: “what are you doing in bed?” it asks. “Get up; go meet Mason and the others — they’re taking rez hits, and getting higher than anyone in Charlottesville. Go, and take a rip.” Though sweet she may be, one …

Wednesday Sendsday: The PEAK of My Week

Connor Siggins

Hello all my wonderful crunchy granola humans, My Monday and Tuesday are packed, and all I wanna do on Wednesday is pull on some plastic rocks. This trip is open to all ability levels, but Richmond Peak has good top rope climbing, so priority will be given to those who have belay experience. We get a discount as ODC members, …

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 …

cano(e)odling at the res ;)

Sophia Benmhend

In the past, Ragged Mountain Reservoir has been described as “a hidden gem”, “an ODC family secret”, and “close enough to not be a hassle to get to, but removed enough to melt your school induced worries away”. I can confirm that all of these are, in fact, true. SO! Let’s go chill, canoe, listen to music, maybe eat a …

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 …

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 …

Trail Running at Walnut Creek Park

Connor Siggins

Hi All, I’m looking to get in a Saturday morning trial run. Walnut Creek Park is close by and has some nice trails, so it should be a good time. I’m planning on doing about 4-6 miles depending on how I feel, and the pace will be pretty moderate for most of the way. What to bring: -Running Shoes -Water …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Intermediate Mountain Biking (O-hill)

Matthew Houff

Not the dining hall, but the big land hump with a telescope, is the O-hill where we will be riding. This will be a good introduction to O-hill for those who want to know the local trails we have. We will just be riding straight from the Shred Shack to the trails. The ride will be about 8 miles and …

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 …

Girl On Rock?….. You Know The Rest.

Victoria Alvarez

Yup. Don’t pretend like you’re doing something cooler than this with your Sunday. Heard that one before, bruh. Just come climbing. That simple. The Rundown: -Leaving from the ODC House (116 Washington Ave – by Scott Stadium) at 11:00 AM -Drive 1 hr 15ish to Peak -*You know what goes here* (climb, climb, climb, climb, climb – duh) -Drive home, …

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 …

Mountain Biking at BRS

Mason Riffee

Hola shedheads, Headed to the Blue Ridge school for a Sunday sesh — the trails there should be varied enough to keep it interesting, but are easily accessible for the intermediate rider. We’ll ride for a few hours at relaxed pace and be back in time to get homework done. Please bring: – a bottle or two of water – …

Shredmas Day 9: Climbing at Peak

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the ninth day of shredmas Bill Talley gave to me a climbing trip to peak, eight hikers hiking, seven climbers climbing, six peeps belaying, fiiiiiive campfire siiiings! four alpine draws, three 23’s, two biking gloves, and a gnartridge in a pear tree. ~ The Plan ~ 2:00PM gather at the shred shack 2:05PM drive 69 Miles to Peak 3:15ish …

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 …

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 …

1st Day of Shredmas: Climbing at Peak RVA

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the first day of Shredmas Austin Sullivan gave to me, a trip to Richmond to rock climb at Peak. ~ Plan ~ 10:00am Leave from Echols dorm 11:15am Arrive at peak and start climbing 4:20pm Head back to Charlottesville 5:45ish Arrive back in CVille ~ Gear ~ – Belay device (available at the gear room) – Climbing Shoes (available …

P.e.A.k

Victoria Alvarez

Yuh, let’s climb. The Deetz: -Leaving from the ODC House (116 Washington Ave – by Scott Stadium) at 5:00 -Drive 1 hr 15ish to Peak -*You know what goes here* (climb, climb, climb, climb, climb – duh) -Drive back, maybe grab some grub, and ptfo hard/Thursday night shenanigans **Priority will be given to peeps who already know how to belay …

Photographing McAfee Knob (the most photographed part of the Appalachian trail)

Naomi Johnson

For this of you not afraid of heights consider the double whammy weekend: we’ll be driving down to Roanoke to do the 4.2 mile 1,500 gain hike to McAfee Knob. We figure after that 2 hour drive we should do more hiking while we’re out there, so we’re also going to hike either Dragon’s Tooth (4.1 miles, 1227 gain) or …

Frozen Moonrise Kingdom (Humpback night-hike)

Charlie Haywood

Take 1 on catching the moonrise from Humpback was a major success on all fronts, so let’s send it again! The rationale: why wake up way too early for the sunrise and be zonked in classes for the rest of the day when you could instead, head out in the evening to catch the MOONrise, maybe wish on a few …

Monday Morning Miles (pt. 5)

Renee Spillane

Helloooooo fellow trail runners. Ever looking for a running buddy? Whelp I am because I kinda despise listening to music while I run (I know, I’m a monster) but I also get super bored running alone. I want to show you all the wonders of the Rivanna Trail system, which (unbeknownst to some) is super easily accessible from grounds even …

Monday Morning Miles (pt. 4)

Renee Spillane

Helloooooo fellow trail runners. Ever looking for a running buddy? Whelp I am because I kinda despise listening to music while I run (I know, I’m a monster) but I also get super bored running alone. I want to show you all the wonders of the Rivanna Trail system, which (unbeknownst to some) is super easily accessible from grounds even …

THIS IS HALLOWEEK

Lily Gates

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. Yes, I know that it’s not Christmas time, pretty babies. BUT IT IS HALLOWEEN TIME. So, let us celebrate in the most fitting way that I can imagine. Come little children, I’ll take thee away. That is… to check out the spooky abandoned Jeffersonian ruins of Barboursville IN THE DARK! And telling …

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 …

100 MILE CENTURY RIDE (pretty much an entire years worth of leg day in one go)

Robby Lewis Phillips

*I won’t be able to make a final call on trail conditions until the week of (fingers crossed!) “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are …

Monday Morning Miles (pt. 3)

Renee Spillane

Helloooooo fellow trail runners. Ever looking for a running buddy? Whelp I am because I kinda despise listening to music while I run (I know, I’m a monster) but I also get super bored running alone. I want to show you all the wonders of the Rivanna Trail system, which (unbeknownst to some) is super easily accessible from grounds even …

NRGE ~intermediate~ day hike for the BOOKS

India Seldin

hi! a last minute hike for this weekend! this is not an easy hike, its a little over 9 mi with 1,030 ft elevation gain, but it’s supposed to be super pretty with great views and BRIDGES! fun! my iten is as follows: 8:00 am wake up get stuff ready and drive to trailhead 8:35 am get to trailhead and …