Announcements

Ragged Mtn Hike

Philip Edmonston

Hi everyone, The plan is to meet at shred shack at 12pm next Sunday (March 7) where those who need bikes can pick them up, bike down to the resevoir, hike the trail, and come back. I led this same trip last semester and it was a nice hike – the resevoir is a short bike ride from grounds, and …

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 …

Beginner Mountain Biking at O-hill

Matthew Houff

I haven’t been leading trips in a while so let’s get back in to it with a beginner trip. We’re taking it easy on this trip and making sure everyone feels comfortable on this trip. We will probably only ride a couple miles but it depends on what the group is feeling. Text me at 804-389-3754 if you have any …

Embrace your history; learn to flintknap

Mason Riffee

Fllitknapping is the widely-forgotten practice of forming blunt stone into pointy stone, and for most of human prehistory, it was among the foremost expressions of craftsmanship, artistic beauty, and cultural distinction. It is also history incarnate. The practice of flintknapping is bequeathed to our kind by other, older human species; and though it predates our culture, and is also a …

Canoeing Beneath the Stars at Ragged

Burke Haywood

Ahoy partners in shred, I come bearing exciting news! As this odd semester winds to an end, Mason and I have devised a glorious final adventure that is sure to excite. When the sun drops below the horizon on Thursday, instead of feeling disheartened by how short the days have grown, we plan to saddle up our bikes and embark …

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 …

RTF FULL PULL 2.0 whoop whoop

Eliza Stowe

Need an absolutely gnarly way to spend your last Saturday in Charlottesville before returning home to your parent’s basement to take finals? Want to run 23 miles surrounded by your best ODC pals who promise to remain uncompromisingly happy while even your own legs fail you? Never understood the joy that eating a salt and jelly bagel can provide you …

Pretty Beginner Trail Tromping

Lily Gates

Do you wish you could go on the magnificent Connor Siggins’ running trips, but you are not quite the speedy gazelle that he is? Would you rate yourself more of a gila monster? A snail? Or perhaps you too are a gazelle, but you are looking for a nice mellow shake out jog? Come run with me! I’m thinking some …

Beginner Mountain Biking @ O-hill

Kieran Humphreys

What’s poppin. It should be nice next weekend so I’m trying to get some mountain biking in. I’m not super experienced so any skill level is welcome. I was planning on doing a few loops around O-hill and seeing what everyone wants to do. Wooshaaaa 🚴‍♂️👁️🚴‍♂️ What you need: – Helmet (club can provide) – Bike (club can provide) – …

TRIP LEADER BONFIRE WOOP WOOP

Lily Gates

Hear ye hear ye trip leaders! If you have led a trip this semester or currently have one posted, the hour hath come for you to join us in celebrating all that you do for this illustrious and shred-nificent club. You make the Outdoors club the wonderful and exciting organization that it is, and while we cannot fully convey our …

S’more Manufacturing

Mason Riffee

The astute among you guys will notice that this trip coincides with the bike assembly trip. Indeed, this is no coincidence: building bikes is demanding work, and after long hours tinkering with allen screws and poorly-aligned brake calipers, there is little that the mind and body so jointly require more than a well-prepared s’more. Your job, as attendee of this …

New Transportation Opportunity for ODC Trips

Mason Riffee

Bygone are the days of glory, when unmasked strangers would agglomerate their breathing bodies within the confines of a car to drive, sometimes for hours, to yonder lands of Shenandoah and Monongahela. We officers reckon that it may be some significant time still before carpooling returns to the ODC game-plan. But no game-plan is without its proverbial Plan B, and …

reminisce about cold weather with a movie showing

Baillie McNitt

hey shredsters, happy almost halloweekend! it’s me again, back with another trip that requires no physical fitness, but a strong heart (and stomach) nonetheless. we had a BLAST last time watching 127 hours, and now that our deans say that we can gather in groovy groups of 10, I was thinking we could watch the 2015 SOB STORY that is …

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 …

Birding is dope

Mason Riffee

Hey, you, come close, and I shall share with you a secret, fervently censored and suppressed by the ODC officer corps. Indeed, it is a blasphemous truth — yet, truth it nevertheless is: there is more to the outdoors than ‘sending it.’ Shred-culture may attempt to convince you otherwise — but when one walks slowly, attentively through the woods (or …

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 …

Beginner Mountain Biking

Matthew Houff

This is just like my trip a couple days ago and I’d love to get the people who were on the waitlist on this trip. We’re taking it easy on this trip and making sure everyone feels comfortable on this trip. We will probably only ride a couple miles but it depends on what the group is feeling. Text me …

Beginner Mountain Biking at O-hill

Matthew Houff

I haven’t been leading trips in a while so let’s get back in to it with a beginner trip. We’re taking it easy on this trip and making sure everyone feels comfortable on this trip. We will probably only ride a couple miles but it depends on what the group is feeling. Text me at 804-389-3754 if you have any …

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 …

Caught between a rock and a bigger rock (and arguably a third rock)

Baillie McNitt

before we begin, i’m going to ask you to take a moment and relive one of our generation’s shared traumas. for just a second, imagine you are back in that Chuck-E-Cheese adventure tube, looking down at your parental figure/older sibling/babysitter as they completely ignore your cries from help in the slide where you genuinely believe you are stuck. it’s okay, …

Foxhaven frolicking/bike/picnic time part 2

Sophia Benmhend

oh hey, didn’t see ya there This trip was so CHILL and FUN that I am leading it again! So if you are one of the unlucky souls that was not able to go on it last time around, today (or rather, Saturday) is your lucky day! If you missed the last trip description and have no idea what I’m …

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.

Biker? I hardly know her!

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Apprentice

Alright folks, Burke and I just got off of a zoom meeting with chief, and long story short, he said this whole not having gone on a trip yet this semester thing just ain’t it. So it’s time we get back on the horse, and by horse I mean bike (duhhh). Unless you closed your eyes on March 1st and …

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 …

Beginner AF Biking and Fescue Field Frolicking

Lily Gates

Can you imagine a better time than getting to watch the lovely Sophia Benmhend cosplay her 3rd grade recess self and try her darndest to catch every grasshopper in sight? You probably can’t. Couple that with endless (sort of?) meadows of the objectively MOST GLORIOUS GRASS (pictured above), and you’ve got yourself an adventure. This is a SUPER SHORT bike …

Slack is back (and so is ODC)

Sophia Benmhend

Aaaaaaaaand we’re back!! What have we even been doing with ourselves since club activities were suspended? I don’t know. It feels like a weird fever dream. It’s over now thank GOD. Eliza and I were thinking of ideas for how to explore the ~little~ outdoors, and decided that it was time that we mastered slacklining. Eliza will probably be a …

Shred 101

Claire Emily Burke

Learn how to mountain bike! This trip has two time options, 8:30-11:30 OR 12-3. Indicate your preference in the questions section. Pick up at shred shack at 8:30/12 30 min drive out to Preddy Creek Basic instruction in parking lot Learning loop – 3.2 miles Confidence-building loop – 3.2+ miles (depending on time and group comfort level, we may try …

Intro to Sport Climbing & General Verticality

Billiam, Intergalactic Shred Lord, Prince of Dankness

“I highly recommend it, if you have the means.” -Ferris Beuller All skill levels are welcome on this trip, but you will get more out of it if you’ve been climbing at least once before (indoors counts). We won’t have a set curriculum, but rather Anna and I will tailor the workshop loosely to whatever you folks need to learn …

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 …

Local Hippies and Ecocentric Living: Cambia Intentional Community Visit!

Allie Lowy

On some days, walking on the immaculate Lawn through throngs of Canada Goose jackets, amid whispers of KPMG investment banking internships, it may be hard to imagine that there exists a network of off-grid, self-sustaining, income-sharing communities a mere half-hour from UVa. Indeed, 37 miles due East of C’ville is Louisa County: home to several “hippie communes” out of a …

Ye’ Ole Faithful: Ragged Mountain Sunset Paddle

Allie Lowy

Don’t let February weather in the high sixties be cause for climate anxiety and cognitive dissonance — let it be an occasion to bask in the natural wonders of C’ville while your workload is still light. Wait a second, loopy old fourth year, what natural wonders does C’ville have, closer than Humpback and Shenandoah? Lean in close, young grasshopper, and …

Beginner Mountain Biking

Matthew Houff

No kids will be on the trip but I thought that picture communicated the chill nature of this trip. We will be going to Preddy Creek which has easy beginner trails and we will take our time going around the approximately 3.5 mile loop. The club can provide a bike and helmet if you make note of that on the …

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 10: Stargazing at the Res

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Apprentice

On the tenth day of shredmas Sophia Benmhend gave to me stargazing at the resevoir, nine cups of cocoa, 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 ~ 10:10 PM Gather at the Shred Shack 10:15 head to …

Shredmas Day 9: Climbing at Peak

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Apprentice

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 …

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 …

Sunset Paddle at Ragged: New Year, Same Trip

Nick Gomer

“Psychic Corpus Dissonance” is the conflicted feelings of pleasure and worry one receives on an unusually warm winter day. For you non-Virginians, this balmy weather is not a normal winter for us. Regardless, we are going to cherish it by getting in a quick watery sunset at Ragged Mountain. Ima bring up some paddleboards and our trusty canoe to do …

SPRING BREAK GNAR TRAIN (MOAB, UT 2020)

Billiam, Intergalactic Shred Lord, Prince of Dankness

MOAB, UTAH 2020 CHOO CHOO ALL ABOARD THE GNAR TRAIN There is but one ODC trip worthy of such a claim, and it is our annual pilgrimage the arid paradise of MOAB, UTAH. Approximately 40 of us will drive out to Moab for spring break to spend the week(ish) camping on the banks of the Colorado River and hiking, backpacking, …

Rivanna Trail Full Pull!

Billiam, Intergalactic Shred Lord, Prince of Dankness

Want a big, gnarly reading day adventure run? How about one that stops at Whole Foods for bananas halfway through? Sounds like a job for the RIVANNA TRAIL – a 23ish mile, relatively flat loop which circumnavigates Charlottesville on primarily dirt singletrack. It’s an amazing trail, but navigation can be a bit of a challenge, especially for your first time. …

Blue Ridge School Backwoods Biking

Matthew Houff

Here’s a map for your reference: https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8015690/blue-ridge-school This will be a fun ride. The plan is to go all the way up Moonshine trail to the top of the trail system and hit everything fun coming down. We will probably be riding around 10 miles. Nothing on these trails is too tough but it’s definitely not suitable for beginners. I …

Summit Day PEAK, YO!

Billiam, Intergalactic Shred Lord, Prince of Dankness

On Thursday, December 12th I will submit my final (fingers crossed) assignment as an undergraduate, thus summiting the scholastic mountain which has so far consumed the majority of my life. Join me in celebrating at PEAK, YO! The Plan: Head out from Shred Shack, 116 Washington Ave, around 5:00PM (flexible departure time) Drive an hourish to PEAK, YO! Climb for …

Building Super Gnarly Mega JUMPS

Billiam, Intergalactic Shred Lord, Prince of Dankness

Sadly, over the past few seasons the once-glorious OHill JUMP LINE has been worn away by the forces of nature. Towering, monolithic booters have dwindled to little nubs. The plan is simple: we shall rebuild, but bigggggger than ever before (slightly) We’ll meet up at the shred shack at 2:00PM, head up to OHill with our tools (provided), rake, dig …

Blue Ridge School Advanced Mountain Biking

Matthew Houff

Are you ready to get schooled? Or at the very least enjoy the outdoors? This time around we’re heading out to the trials and The Blue Ridge School for Boys, which are open to the public. These trails are not too difficult but you will want some comfort on a bike and some general fitness. I list the trip as …

NRGE 2019 – Friday Intermediate-Advanced Mountain Biking at Douthat State Park

Dave Clark

Lets start off the wonderful weekend of NRGE-adventuring with an intense mountain bike ride on our way to the campsite! Douthat State Park has some of the finest single track in VA and is one of my favorite places to ride. There are plenty of tough, technical climbs up to fantastic views, followed by ridge-line roller coasters and endless down …

BIKEPACKING: Slate Springs Overnight

Billiam, Intergalactic Shred Lord, Prince of Dankness

What do you get when you combine backpacking and biking? Naturally: BIKEPACKING! Don’t know what that looks like? Check out Bikepacking 101 at the end of the description. Over the course of two days, we’ll attempt to tackle the 52-mile Slate Springs Loop in George Washington National Forest. This route follows primarily dirt roads and relatively smooth doubletrack around and …

Sunset SUPpin at Ragged

Nick Gomer

Hey all, come get your toes wet and your eyes seared by a fiery sunset at Ragged Mountain Reservoir. A mere 10 minutes from Grounds, the Rez feels a world away. Ima bring some paddleboards and a canoe. The paddling is super easy, all skill levels welcome. Y’all bring water, layers (it’s gonna be crisp), and any hammocks, instruments, blankets …

Ohill Weekly MTB series: Trip 1

Sam Goodkind

Hello fellow Outdoorspeople! I have decided to start doing weeklyish Friday trips to Ohill for a bit of mountain biking. If you are interested in joining me, sign up! All skill levels are welcome, so if you’ve never mountain biked before or you have and want to learn your way around Ohill, this is the trip for you. Do be …

Advanced Mountain Biking – Reddish knob

Sam Goodkind

It’s fall break, the weather looks nice on Saturday, and I want to mountain bike. Join me and Matthew on a glorious trip to Reddish Knob (hopefully with a shuttle if another driver signs up), the creme de la creme of trails in GWNF. If you’ve never done it, here’s a link to the description ( https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7001381/reddish-knob-timber-ridge-to-wolf-ridge ). It is …