Gear Rooms and Other Bits | ODC Newsletter 4/29/24

What up Shredders,

This may just be my final (*sheds a tear*) email to you all of 2024. WHAT will I do without the ability to ramble uncontrolled in your inboxes this fall? I was so distressed about it that I woke up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat (definitely not from a dream that may have involved a particularly large chunk of gefilte fish), but fear not, because you’ll have an absolutely BALLER new secretary this fall before I make what will be my long-anticipated return in spring 2025.

Wishing y’all the best of luck as you endure this semester’s finals. Just think of them as an obstacle course! Except one that’s days long. And without the obstacles. Or the fun. Maybe you can still find a way to pretend that your papers are those giant red bouncy ball things on Wipeout…

Don’t forget to resurface from the depths of Clem to soak up some sun every now and then!

In perpetual stoke,





Summer Gear Rooms?

  • As Mitch’s announcement (linked here) explains, ODC’s regularly scheduled gear rooms end for the summer on LDOC (*TOMORROW*). As always, just email the officers or send a message in the GroupMe to ask about pop-up gear rooms, and if you are currently in possession of gear we ask that you please coordinate with us to return it!
    • DO NOT drop your shit (our beloved gear) in the Shrack front room or the ghost of the basement will come get you. (And Mitch will too.)
  • Our last two regularly scheduled gear rooms will be TODAY @ 11:15am with Max (617-780-1129) and TOMORROW @ 5pm with Ed (434-326-8868).




50 Things to Do Before You Graduate

  • CALLING ALL FOURTH YEARS!! We only have a few weeks left in the year, which means that you have just enough time to try to complete ODC’s 50 Things to Do Before You Graduate List! (If you complete it, you’ll get a pretty epic prize…)


  • You read it right! Anyone who is a member of this lovely club can now get 10% off at High Tor Gear Exchange & Endeavor Cycles here in Charlottesville!
  • Super cool mountain-wear brand HIMALI has reached out to us with a sick discount code for 40% off all their stuff!! Check them out and use code UVASendIt40.
  • We also have an epic one-use per person promo code with Bedrock Sandals for 20% off online purchases. Use the code “UVAOUTDOOR”!

Gear Requests!!!!!

  • Tell us what you want the gear room to buy by filling out this form!

Trip Leader Emails


  • Did you know that you or your parents who want to know what you’ve been up to at UVA or your grandparents who were around when backpacking was invented can DONATE to ODC at any time ?? Donate here!




This Week’s Gear Room Schedule:

Monday @ 11:15am — Max (617-780-1129)
Tuesday @ 5pm — Ed (434-326-8868)

If none of these times work for you, please email the officers at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a separate time to be let into the gear room. Please only do this if you really can’t make the gear room times, not just because you don’t feel like it or didn’t plan ahead.

You can stop by the gear room to check out or return gear and be reimbursed at any of the times listed above! Officers remain at the gear room only for as long as people are checking in/out gear (usually about 20-25 minutes). You may also purchase ODC t-shirts, hoo rags, patches, stickers, and more at the gear room!


  • Before returning gear, refer to the GEAR CLEANING DOC!
    • If you return damaged, dirty, or incomplete gear, you will jeopardize your ability to check out gear in the future. It is your responsibility to return your gear in the condition you received it.
  • Please refer to our reimbursement policy here.
  • You can check our gear inventory here.
  • Want to check out water sports gear or a mountain bike?
    • Please email the officers at They are stored at separate locations. We ask that you give at least 24 hours notice.
  • Gear is due one week from when it is checked out unless renewed by an officer at a gear room. Keeping gear past its due date is a UVA Honor Offense. Club trips have priority access to gear.

Directions to the Gear Room:

  • Start at Echols Dorm → go right on McCormick → turn right on Alderman Rd → take a left on Leake Drive → walk to the end of the road (there are several buildings and parking on either side) → pass a picnic table on the right → keep going! → walk straight to the first big maintenance building directly ahead → walk behind the building on the left side (if it feels like you maybe shouldn’t be there, you’re in the right place) → walk up the stairs → End: knock on the door!
  • Map to Gear Room




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  • How to be featured:
    • Each week we’ll feature a different adventure that happened within the previous 7 days. To be featured, send us ( a couple of pictures of you and your pals adventurin’ and a little blurb about what you did!
    • We’re stoked to see what y’all get up to, but PLEASE (please!) do not take pictures of people without their consent (and don’t submit them to us without their consent).
    • Try and submit pictures as .jpeg files if possible! (not .heic live photos!)

Who will be the next ADVENTURE OF THE WEEK???




Leading Trips:

To become a trip leader, thoroughly read the Trip Leader Manual (resources page of the website) and send the officers an email ( letting them you know you have done so. They will then activate you on the website! Alternatively, come to a Trip Leader Workshop, lead by the officers several times each semester and posted on the website.

As a reminder, climbing, caving, mountain biking, and whitewater trips have special rules to lead! To learn more about types of trips and to become an approved trip leader for the sports listed above, feel free to contact the club’s Sport Advisors:

  • Climbing:
    • Melu (
    • Abby (
  • Caving
    • Renee (
    • Aidan (
  • Biking
    • Max Titov (
  • Hiking/Backpacking
    • Grace (
    • Ed (
  • Water Sports
    • Mitch – All (
      Marion – Kayaking & Rafting (
  • Trail Running
    • Carson (
    • Grace (
  • Foraging
    • Brian (

If you have questions about how to lead trips, refer to the Leading Trips pages under Resources on the club website.

Want to lead a trip for an under-represented group in the outdoors? Lead an Affinity Trip! See the link for details and guidelines.


  • Please be aware that if you are joined on a trip, and you do not show up, or you drop out at the last minute, you are depriving another member of a spot on that trip.
  • No-shows and last-minute absences not only hurt trip attendance, but they also make logistics more complicated.
  • If a member is reported for two absences, trip leaders are permitted to take this into account when moving people off wait lists.

Incident Reporting:

  • Anything wild or crazy happened on your trips recently, but not in a good way? Fill out this form to let the officers know about incidents or near misses on your ODC trips. Incidents can include but are not limited to: major injuries, extreme/ dangerous weather, or getting lost. We’ll keep it for our records/learning and follow-up if necessary! Here’s the template.
  • Check out this swanky guide, aptly entitled “Incident Reporting Form Cheatsheet,” for a how-to on handling common incidents in the woods, and make sure you’re prepared for your next trip!

Sexual Harassment and Equity Reporting:

  • Outdoors at UVA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. If you feel you or another have experienced misconduct at the hands of another club member, please report it here. This is including but not limited to misconduct regarding sexuality (including sexual harassment), gender, race, ethnicity, ability, etc.
  • Outdoors at UVA’s Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct policy can be found here. Our club Code of Conduct can be found here.




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Peace, Love, & Dirt,

Sarah and the Officers