Gear Rooms but now sexy | ODC Newsletter 9/12/22

Hey y’all it mitch. You might not know me because according to eliza no one does unless you come on my super cool whitewater trips but I slang the gear room emails around here.

Hot on the heels of one of our most bangin parties ever (iykyk), ODC is trying something new, something exciting, something.. dare i say… revolutionary. This email is transforming, undergoing metamorphosis. Along with giving you your sweet sweet gear room times and reminders each week, we’re gonna be serving up a wonderful newsletter chock-full of crunchy, helpful, and hilarious outdoors announcements, content, and a weekly adventure of the week feature?!?!? (scroollllll)

It’s gonna be great.

If you like what you see, or if there’s anything you’d like to see added, you should let us know



Another Interest Meeting?!?! DEI/Sustainability/Service

  • Keep your eye out for a call for diving into DEI / Sustainability / Service adventures with us!! We’ll be holding an interest meeting 9/19 and will post details soon in a trip announcement.

MEGGGA Tripz – Creekathon!

  • Fall Creekathon 2022 has officially been posted! Now we need you to sign up and most importantly LEAD TRIPS!!! See the Creekathon Trip Description for deets and ask the officers for trip ideas if head empty no thoughts.

Trip Leader Workshops!

  • Wait, Mitch. What if I want to lead a trip at Creekathon but I don’t know how? Then you should keep your eyes peeled for Trip Leader Workshops happening this Wednesday and sometime next week! Watch your emails for these trip announcements!

Do you want a Job?? High Tor is Hiring!


  • THAT’S RIGHT!! the best (imo) megatrip of the year has a set date! ODC will be caravanning out to wild and wonderful WVa for the NewRiverGorgeExtravaganza on OCT 14-16!! keep ur eyez peeled for the annoucement



Gear Room Schedule:

Mon: (9/5) 4:15 pm —> Ed Aten (434) 326-8868

Tues: 11:00 am —> Phillip Reeves (571) 332-3740

Weds: 11:30 am —> Mitch Lang (804) 955-8990

Thurs: 1:00 pm —> Will Lankford (202) 321-1197

Fri: 12:00 pm —> Sophia Benmhend (202) 644-0304

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.

We will try to keep it consistent throughout the semester, but make sure you check for any changes. You may stop by the gear room to check out or return gear and be reimbursed at any of the times listed below.  Please text the officer leading the gear room if you will be late. 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!


If you return damaged, dirty, or incomplete gear, you will jeopardize your ability to check out gear in the future. It is your responsibility, not the officers, to return your gear in the condition you received it.

Please refer to our reimbursement policy here.

You can check our gear inventory here.

If you want to check out any 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: Map to 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. Walk up the stairs

End: Knock on the door.



Leading Trips:

Once you’ve got an idea for a specific trip that you want to lead, send the officers an email with a description and your qualifications for leading that sort of trip.  Remember, climbing, caving, and kayaking trips have special rules!

Please take some time to read through the Leaders Manual ( and Leading Trips ( pages under Member Resources on the club website.


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.



alrighty y’all, this is where you come in. In order to make this the best CIO email on grounds, we need you (yes! you!) to give us the lowdown on all the crunchy, crazy, and cool stuff you’re doing!

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 reallllllllly stoked to see what y’all get up to – but please. Do not take pictures of people without their consent. And don’t submit them to us without their consent. Don’t be a creep and a weirdo.

Who will be the first ever ADVENTURE OF THE WEEK?!?! we await your submissions!



Social Media:

FB: (

Insta: (

GroupMe: (

Email Social Chair Shay Utzinger ( with any trip pictures to be featured on da gram!!!!!


thanks for reading down here 🙂 i hope your week goes really well and you eat lots of foods that give you joy (ps. have you tried native+local pawpaws???