Announcements

Observing Big Balls of Burning Gas in the Sky

Joseph Stephen Washington

Uh Houston… we have a problem…. Craving an escape from classes? Me too. Want to look at the stars and eat sandwiches? Me too. Join us for a night of stargazing and picnicking with lots of fun stories and some music. Schedule: Meet at Echols dorm @ 9pm and walk over to the lawn (gotta kiss TJ goodnight) Picnic and …

Hiking w/ Homies: Chimney Rocks Hike!!!

Marian Hopwood

Hey homies!!! Need a little hiking to decompress from the drudgery that is school?? I certainly do. Want to pretend that ur not in college at all, and that you’re just some creature that resides in the woods? Want to question why you haven’t dropped out yet to pursue adventure full time? I do that on the daily. ANYWAY We’re …

High as an Eagle Hike at Hawksbill Summit!

Joseph Stephen Washington

Hello all! Are you looking to spread your wings and truly learn to fly like an eagle? Well then look no further cause this is the perfect adventure for you! We will be fleeing the lowlands of UVA and hiking to Hawksbill Summit located in the extraordinary SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK! This short hike will take us to the central romping …

Let’s Rock’n’Roll (Marys Rock Hike!)

Allison Kenney

What’s up shredders! I haven’t led a trip in like a year and a half (wow that’s crazy), so it’s only fitting that I get back into it by knocking out a hike that’s been on my Shenandoah bucket list for awhile now. So without further ado…. we’re going to Mary’s Rock! I’m super pumped for this hike; the trail …

stargazing and bathing for silly geeze

Driebe

tired of charlottesville light pollution? need a rejuvenating break from yucky homework in the form of some good ol lake swimming? picture this – you, me, some hoos all taking a little drive down to ragged reservoir under the cover of night to swim under the stars. this is the perfect trip if you’re bogged down with work but still …

slow runners unite!!! (once again)

Shay Utzinger

Hey dirt loving friends! I know this is last minute, but hopefully some folks can still make it 🙂 Here’s the rundown: slow runners! runners who want to run slow! all runners! join me (a slow runner) on a chill evening romp around walnut creek park. we’ll take this SUPER easy. i’m talking walk the uphills if we need, take …

Thursday Morning Trail Run @ Ragged

Kieran Humphreys

Hello! Inspired by fellow *old member of outdoors club* John Cooney, I would like to lead a trail run around Ragged this Thursday morning. This is a 6 – 7 mile loop (the info booth at Ragged and Strava disagree on this point), so it is not for the faint of heart. I would like to run a decent pace, …

Old Rag Ascent woohoo! (intermediate difficulty)

Connor Bryan

Hey everyone! I’m a first-year from Seattle, WA and have done plenty of hiking in the northwest but I’m super excited to get some experience under my belt here on the East Coast. Everyone keeps telling me I have to try Old Rag, so let’s make it happen! It is a very popular, highly-rated hike, but at 9.5 miles and …

Rivanna Wall Rock Climbing Micro-Adventure

Burke Haywood

Folks, Carve out a little time this Wednesday evening to prioritize mental health, fresh air and becoming the world’s next Alex Honnold at Cville’s best kept secret – Rivanna Wall. Rivanna Wall is a teeny tiny outdoor sport climbing crag with just two routes. The crag is also along a stretch of the Rivanna River, so we can take swim …

Sophia is Unbelievably Pretty! (SUP)

Sophia Benmhend

SUP actually stands for Stand Up Paddleboard lol. Calm down I didn’t come up with the title — I just asked Jade for an acronym for SUP and it came to her 🤷. Friday is lookin like some pretty nicey nice weather, so we’ll have a nice relaxing time splashing around the reservoir and starting off our weekend right. The …

late night star bathing :)

Shay Utzinger

tired of charlottesville light pollution? need a rejuvenating break from yucky homework in the form of some good ol lake swimming? picture this – you, me, jade, & new friends all taking a little drive down to ragged reservoir under the cover of night to swim under the stars. this is the perfect trip if you’re bogged down with work …

fall hike for silly geese

Driebe

are you bad as michael jackson? looking for a HOLIDAY (bum bum bum) from grounds? join us on this super easy, super fun hike!! it’s at the top of Blackrock Summit, which is a short half-mile hike from where we’ll park. we’ll walk on up and then spend a little while enjoying pb&js & good vibes from the top. please …

Early Morning SUP!!!!

Jade Alvarez

If any of you, like me, are feeling like you need a little time in some cool mountain water, come join Grace and I on an early morning paddling trip before class! We’ve both got a free morning from classes, and wanted to hit up good old ragged mountain rez with some SUPs! (SUP=Stand Up Paddleboard and is so so …

Tuesdays are for trekking! (Fortune’s Cove ft. Bodos)

Rosalie Daval

Tired of spending your Tuesday mornings inside of dimly lit libraries and/or aggressively lit dining halls? It’s time to go into the woods! If you are a lucky duck like me and have free Tuesday mornings, come for a solid morning romp around Fortune Cove’s lower loop trail, featuring woods, ridge lines, and a respite from the grey speckled walls …

slow runners unite!!!!

Shay Utzinger

slow runners! runners who want to run slow! all runners! join me (a slow runner) on a chill morning romp around ragged reservoir. we’ll take this SUPER easy. i’m talking walk the uphills if we need, take a break whenever, walk the rest of the loop if that’s what the day calls for. let’s just get outside! the plan: meet …

Climbing at Rocky Top Gym

Matthew Houff

Step aside rocky road, introducing rocky top. This is Charlottesville’s local climbing gym which focuses on bouldering. Because this is a gym they have climbs of every difficulty level. That means whether you can’t do a pull up or you know what a finger board is this trip is for you. You can find more information about the gym here …

Sun Stalking Series: Sunday Sunrise

Joseph Abbe

Okay so not as easy as a sunset, but the effort just makes it more enjoyable (at least I tell myself that). This’ll be at Bearfence (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/bearfence-mountain-trail) which is a pretty chill hike with a wee bit of rock scrambling. The weather is calling for a partly cloudy morning with thunderstorms in the afternoon so we should be safe but …

Sun Stalking Series: Saturday Sunset

Joseph Abbe

To start it off easy this semester let’s do a nice sunset. This will be in tandem with a sunrise Sunday morning so I (and anyone who does both) will be watching the sun leave and come back. This’ll be at Blackrock summit (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/blackrock-summit-via-trayfoot-mountain-and-appalachian-trail) so it’s a super chill half mile up there and some rock scrambling up to the …

Thursday Morning Lake Lap!

John Cooney

Hey everyone! Ragged Mountain Reservoir is one of Charlottesville’s finest spots. It’s a nature area with a lake and several miles of trails just a few miles from Grounds. Since I don’t start class until 11am on Thursday, I’d like to head there in the morning to go for a run on the loop around the lake. The plan will …

Hop, Skip and a Splasharoo at Sugar Hollow

Burke Haywood

Folks, Is it just me or is it hot as sh**??? I know we’re all stoked to be back at UVA and all, but we can spare a few hours and a little bit of FOMO to escape the relentless urban heat island that is cville and ease our torrid, sticky bodies into the cool clear mountain water of the …

bearfence sunset yomp

Sophia Benmhend

yomp / (jɒmp) / verb (intr) to walk or trek laboriously, esp heavily laden and over difficult terrain Ok this is kind of a lie. Bearfence is preeeetty chill of a hike. Don’t believe me? Check out this description! https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/bearfence-mountain-trail ALSO THE FEE ONLY APPLIES IF WE DON’T HAVE TWO PARK PASSES — IF YOU HAVE A PARK PASS I’LL …

Star-gandering

Joseph Abbe

Hello, I was thinking it would be cool to stare at the stars for a bit Saturday night. We’ll meet on the corner of Echols and mosey on up to Ohill observatory, if there’s too much light there we can walk down to a clearing I know of and hopefully get a tree-free view. The end time isn’t a hard …

O-hill hike (and chat!)

Jade Alvarez

Hello everyone! As you all may have seen, we have a movie and presentation about diversity and inclusion in the outdoors scheduled for Friday the 30th! Me and Grace wanted to talk about it some more after we attend, and we thought a great place to do that would be outside on a lil hike! So, we’re going to take …

Slacklining the stress away

Jade Alvarez

Hello everyone! It’s looking like this Friday is going to be a nice sunny day, aka, a perfect day for slacklining! If you’ve never been slacklining before, don’t hesitate to join this trip because you won’t be the only beginner there– I’m one myself. On the other hand, if you’re a seasoned slackliner please feel free to join so you …

CHANNELING NEMO RUNNING-STYLE

Grace Gray

Hellooooo friends, remember when Nemo had his largest streak of teenage rebellion and completely transformed his Clownfish life by touching the “butt”? Well, good news: it’s spring in Virginny, which means it’s the perfect time for us to follow suit. Luckily, WE HAPPEN TO LIVE NEXT TO A GIANT BUTT!!!!!! This gluteal structure proudly embodies part of the IX Art …

O-Hill Hike (take two)

Jade Alvarez

Hello everyone!! This recent and very much needed beautiful spring weather has me ready to get outside and into the woods. Unfortunately, its going to start raining again this week, but fear not, because I’m setting up this hike as a celebration for the sun’s return next Saturday! The plan is simply to meet at the corner of Echols dorm …

Build a Playlist

Elli Welch

This is an attempt to crowdsource good tunes and make shreddy playlists for all sorts of shred-like occasions (mornings before sunrise send, late nights around a campfire, long runs, hanging out in a tree at 3am on a Tuesday…) Jump in if you got strong music suggestions, or if you, like myself, just wanna gain some concept of culture. We’ll …

Saturday Night Star-gandering

Joseph Abbe

The new moon will be this weekend, so it’ll be hopefully dark enough so we can see the good ‘ol stars. Either way it’ll be a nice night hike up O-Hill We’ll meet on the corner of Echols and mosey on up to Ohill observatory, if there’s too much light there we can walk down to a clearing I know …

~Spooky~ Night Hike & Stargazing up on Ohill

Shay Utzinger

Halloween may have passed by the time of this trip, but spooky time never stops. Bundle up, take a break from that silly Sunday evening calculus homework, collect your favorite spooky stories and join Jade & I on a night hike up to the wondrous world of ~Ohill trails~. This trip will be extra spooky, as both me and Jade …

TREESIDE COMMUNING

Grace Gray

*QUICK NOTE: Pushing this adventure back to next week after consulting with some tree- and people-friends, so please join if you couldn’t come before and we will tree commune it up!!* Do you want to know the best thing about this socially-distanced fall? Trees don’t have to wear masks…..so that means we can hug them!!!! Come gather from 11:30-1 this …

Calling all Shrezidents (Stargazin and moon bathing)

Eliza Stowe

80 degree weather in October means a couple of things. 1) It’s practically mandatory that we spend an evening watching the stars and moon spin around us while we think about how small we are in this big, big world. 2) October means it’s time to fill the Shred Shack for this ’21-’22 school year!! 3) Climate change is big …

JIGGERJOG OVER LOGS

Grace Gray

Nothin says Sunday at high noon more than some trails, five masked-friends, and bounding on our very own fine two legs. Come channel your inner humans-evolved-to-be-long-distance-running-MACHINES and embark upon the finest jigger-jogging the O’Hill trails have ever seen. Squirrels can’t spread COVID (right?) so maybe a few of them will connect with our running prowess and join us too!!!!! We’ll …

New River Gorge Climbing

Sam Clinard

*Drivers Needed – you will be reimbursed for gas + %50 tip up to $20** With Moab leaving in the next couple days the FOMO is really starting to get to me. Rather than sit on my couch sulking, i’d rather embrace the weekend warrior lifestyle and hit up the new for some rad climbing. The new is a little …

Ivy Creek Native Plant Walk!

Sophia Benmhend

Why doesn’t anyone ever mooch off of the cool, free, outdoors-y stuff to do in Charlottesville? I will never know! BUT thanks to the wonderful Phillip Reeves and February’s Trip Leader Hype Email, I now know that there really are a ton of cool activities and service trips to do in Cville lead by organizations like the Ivy Creek Foundation, …

Sugar Hollow Camping

Sam Clinard

Heyo! It feels like awhile since I have had a simple camping trip. Let’s get out to sugar hollow this weekend for a quick overnighter. Sugar Hollow is about 30 minutes away in Crozet. The camping spot I know of is about 1 to 2 miles into the hike but we can really go wherever. There is a nice stream …

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 …

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 …

Trad is Rad @ Seneca

Sam Clinard

Advanced climbing trip to Seneca Rocks, WV. I can take all the leads or we can swap leads depending on who comes. You MUST be a competent lead belayer and be ready to spend 8 hours on the wall. Seneca often turns into very long days so be prepared. The nature of this trip means I’ll probably only let climbers …

REI Garage Sale + Intro to Lead Climbing

Sam Clinard

*Drivers needed – You will be reimbursed with a tip.* REI is having their infamous garage sale the weekend of feb 8th. These usually have some insanely cheap, slightly used or damaged gear which we dirtbags love! We got to get there early to get the best stuff. Which is why we are leaving at 5:30am. Since we will already …

i spy a super bowl sunday sunrise

blair nicol

pregame your super bowl parties with a hike at the crack of dawn! i am a bitter packers fan who needs to combat my super bowl disappointment with a glorious morning in the great outdoors, so join me for a spy rock sunrise. it’s a ~3ish mile hike that is a little steep, but 360° views (and major wind) await …

Peak on the Weekend

Brooks Anderson

Let out your inner primate and come climb at Peak RVA. Peak’s an indoor climbing gym with top rope, sport, and awesome bouldering about an hour and fifteen minutes away. I can take six people in my car but if anyone else wants to drive then more people can come. The plan: Leave from Echols at 11:30 and drive to …

Disc Golf and dresses 2.0 (site deleted first)

Sam Clinard

In preparation for the “Guys in pearls, girls in ties” shindig, I think a goodwill trip is in order. Plus while we’re at it we might as well play some disc golf. So here’s the plan. 10:30 we head to the Nut to play 18 holes of disc golf. 12:30ish we go get lunch at a tasty yet affordable place. …

Learn to Fly Fish! Sugar Hollow / Moormans River

Charlie Haywood

Heyyyodiddlybop! Ever been interested in learning to fly fish? Or just fishing in general? In short, we’ll be doin a little bit of hiking and then we’ll try throwing some flying things at some swimming things. It’s just as cool as it sounds. Jokes aside, showers on Friday should have stream levels across VA in prime conditions by Sunday afternoon, …

Shredmas Day 11: Humpday Humpback pt. 2

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

Note: This trip is liable to be canceled due to road closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway so stay tuned On the eleventh day of shredmas Emily Buerk gave to me a humpday humpback sunrise, ten bikers biking, nine cups of cocoa, eight hikers hiking, seven climbers climbing, six peeps belaying, fiiiiiive campfire siiiings! four alpine draws, three 23’s, two …

**POSTPONED: like kevin’s, but now on MONDAY**

blair nicol

** SATURDAY TRIP POSTPONED TO MONDAY 27th** must be on the same wave length as my good pal kevin bc before i saw his trip posted, i too was planning to hit spy rock for sunrise this week. unfortunately i have to be whippin salads starting at 9 every day this week, so i can’t attend his friday trip. so, …

first fido field trip!

blair nicol

i’ve officially signed up to be a volunteer for the caspca program “fido field trips” where i get to take a shelter dog out on an adventure for the day. this gives them the chance to exercise & socialize, so i’m hoping to make it a weekly thing! i’m picking up a mystery pupper at 9:15 AM then we will …

Shredmas Day 8: Sunset Picnic at the Reservoir

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the eighth day of shredmas Theo O’Neill gave to me a reservoir subset picnic, 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 ~ (01/18) 4:45 Meet at Echols 5:00ish arrive at the res 5:03ish eat dinner 5:22 sun sets 5:35ish …

Shredmas Day 7: Farmer’s Market Bike Ride

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the sixth day of shredmas Burke Haywood gave to me a farmer’s market bike ride, six peeps belaying, fiiiiiive campfire siiiings! four alpine draws, three 23’s, two biking gloves, and a gnartridge in a pear tree. ~ The Plan ~ 10:00am Meet at Echols 10:20ish get to the farmer’s market 10:21 support loval businesses and buy local produce 11:00 …

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 …

Shredmas Day 4: Humpday Humpback

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the fourth day of Shredmas Vincent Fimiani gave to me, humpday humpback, 3 23’s, two biking gloves, and a gnartridge in a pear tree. ~ Here’s the plan ~ – Meet at echols at 5:55 am – Leave Echols NO LATER THAN 6:00 am – Get to trailhead around 6:45 am – 30 to 40ish minute hike up depending …