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Climbing at Rocky Top

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 …

420th Biannual CREEKATHON (Main Trip)

Eliza Stowe

Hear ye, hear ye, You are hereby invited to the illustrious Shred-festival, the Dirtbag’s-reunion, the much-revered biannual CREEKATHON!! This is a time to wallow in comradery, to fester in fun, to devour all things grilled (vegan and non vegan snackies to be found). For those who have never been, Creekathon is a laid-back social cookout for all you forest-children at …

Intermediate Caving – Breathing Cave

Danny Devlin

Do you hate being in roomy, well-lit, and clean places? Did you see the movie The Descent and think wow that looks really fun? Do you secretly wish to live underground as a mole-person? If you answered yes to any of those questions, come explore Breathing Cave – Virginia’s third largest caving system! This cave has a great variety of …

(another) Thursday morn at the res

John Cooney

Hey all, this is super late notice but since the weather Thursday looks nice, and I do not start class till 11am, I am planning to run at the Res, cville’s gem just ten minutes down the road. I did the same trip last week, and IT’S FUN to wake up early and go run with other people! So please …

Overnight to Elliot Knob Backcountry Penthouse

Burke Haywood

Late-August, the last of Virginia’s summer green canopy, cool mountain breezes to counteract the deathly cville heat, a lovely picnic dinner complete with warm nalgene water and instant mashed potatoes, singing John Denver while watching the vibrant sun dip slowly behind our beautiful Virginia mountains from a picturesque little fire tower nestled atop Elliot Knob. If you imagine this to …

Humpback stargaze

Simonne Guenette

Let’s be real, its too dang hot outside for a humpback day hike 🙃 so I propose we go hit up ye old humpback rocks for some sick stargazing and (hopefully) cooler temps! If you’ve never been to Humpback before, it is the quintessential hike around, famous for sunsets and sunrises, but we are going to hit it up for …

O’Hill Hike!!!

Sofia Heartney

Feeling burnout from midterm season?? Us too! Join us on a quick hike at O-hill to kickstart your weekend. Hoping the weather will clear up, but if not we’ll communicate with everyone signed up. The plan: Meet in front of the brick wall in front of Echols dorm at 2pm. (If you don’t know where that is, check out of …

O-Hill Hike!

Jade Alvarez

Hello everyone! If you’re all as desperate as me to get some quality time in the woods after a long first month of zooming come join me for a hike on the O-Hill trails! The plan is to meet at the corner of Echols dorm (old dorms) at 2 pm on Sunday (March 7) and then head up to the …

Hike for Charity! (and cookies)

Matthew Houff

You love the outdoors and now it’s time to pay it forward! Blue Sky Fund, which is based in Richmond, connects urban children from low income families to the natural environments in our region, reaching elementary, middle and high school students through in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer programs. We all know how much joy being outside can bring and we …

~~Go With The Flow~~ (South River Falls)

Allison Kenney

In my opinion, it’s officially Spring. However, the park still isn’t green (lame, I know) so I’m proposing a waterfall hike instead of a summit hike to kick off the return from break. It’s my first time going to this one but I’m pretty pumped to see Shenandoah’s ~3rd largest falls~. The hike itself is a moderate 4.8 miles or …

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, …

I guess you could call Acadia a beach?

Kevin Meyers

I really have no desire to drive 6 hours just to spend a week at a (subpar) beach with the same people that are on the corner every weekend, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit around doing nothing until graduation. While early May is still technically offseason in Acadia, this winter has been mild enough that it should …

Hawksbill Sunset Hike!

Allison Kenney

Who else is itching to get in one last sunset hike before they head home for spring break?? I know I sure am. I’ve never been to Hawksbill but I’ve heard great things about the sunsets there so I figure it’s an excellent place to close out this part of the semester. The hike itself is a fairly steep 1.5 …

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 …

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 …

Build! Those! Trails!

Mason Riffee

It’s traditional ODC fare, folks. For those interested in trying trailbuilding for the first time, it is: 1) socially-productive, 2) beginner-friendly, 3) hangover-compatible, and 4)physically, spiritually rewarding. The club will also feed ya good healthy bagels AND your dues will be 25% close to sweet sweet reimbursement. What’s not to love? On this trip, we’ll be meeting with Cville Parks …

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 …

Peak and a Picnic!

Burke Haywood

After nursing a basketball injury (yea? I BALL out) for some time, I can finally climb again. After climbing at Slaughter for a week, I figured it would be a nice change of pace to gingerly dangle from a rope when I inevitably fall off that 5.7 I’ve been working on rather than face-planting into that stinky mat (or the …

Beginner Caving at New Trout Cave

Andrew Dudzik

If you’ve never been caving before and are interested in trying it, come check out New Trout! The New Trout Cave in West Virginia is a beginner-friendly cave that offers some larger rooms as well as obstacles to climb over or crawl under. A portion of the cave is tall enough to walk upright since saltpeter was mined there during …

I Spy With My Little Eye… A Sunset Hike

Kevin Meyers

Since it looks like Tuesday might have decent weather if the rain holds off, I thought I might as well go for 5 trips in 5 days. Spy Rock is a relatively easy(but a little steep) hike that’s about 3 miles round trip with 1200 ft of elevation gain, with a nice rock scramble and 360 degree views at the …

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 …

Dragon’s Tooth Overnight – Beginner Backpacking

Kevin Meyers

Shamelessly copied description(and really just the whole trip) from Anna and Burke’s trip because I should really be doing homework right now: Hey there, dirtbags! This short, exciting, somewhat rock scrambley ascent is great for all experience levels, so if you’ve never been outside before that’s okay! It is worth noting, though, that the rock scramble requires some ~agility~ so …

Skyline Drive and Massanutten by Bike

Phillip Reeves

Hello, fellow lovers of the outdoors! I’m a little disappointed in the warm temperatures this winter, but let’s take advantage of that and go for a nice bike ride! The plan is to attempt a ride I mostly completed several years ago, which goes through the northern section of Skyline Drive, then crosses the Shenandoah Valley and climbs Massanutten before …

Bearfence Sunrise

Kevin Meyers

Bearfence is a pretty easy ~1 mile hike with rock scrambles leading to the summit https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7011923/bearfence-loop-trail 5:10 – meet at Echols 5:20 – leave Cville 7:10 – Sunrise 9:00 – get back to Cville – If you have a 9AM you should be back in time but maybe don’t come if you have a test or something? What to bring: …

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 …

Blackrock Sunset

Kevin Meyers

Blackrock is a really easy hike with 360 degree views at the top: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/blackrock-summit-via-trayfoot-mountain-and-appalachian-trail The Plan: 4:05- meet at Echols 4:10- leave Cville 5:10- start hiking 5:43- watch the sunset 7:15ish- get back to Charlottesville What to Bring: $5 in case people don’t have park passes water snack? headlamp/flashlight or at least a phone with a light weather appropriate layers(it …

Portal to the Wilderness

Phillip Reeves

Hello fellow lovers of the outdoors! Come celebrate the first 3 weeks of classes with me with a lovely hike to Brown Mountain! I haven’t been before but it looks like a fun loop hike with a stream and some nice views. Additionally, there is a spot on this hike where the view along the stream is supposed to be …

Trailbuilding and maintainence at Preddy

Mason Riffee

Preddy creek is a hallowed sort of place where shred-secrets are passed down from old to young. Many a fledging mountain biker have tested their wheels on these beginner trails. The trails, though, need your help. We’ll be teaming up with Albermarle Parks and Rec to do a bit of needed trailwork which — with your help — will preserve …

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 …

fido field trip pt. 2

blair nicol

my first fido’s field trip was a success (peep pearl the “pocket pit” in this trip photo) so i’m doing it again! if you’re unsure what that is, it’s a program through the caspca that gives volunteers the opportunity to take dogs out of the shelter for the day to exercise & socialize, so i will be picking up a …

Peak!

Eliza Stowe

I have never climbed at Peak before and my body yearns to climb with ropes, so lets go!! <3 2:00 pm Leave from Echols dorm 3:15 pm Arrive at peak and start climbing 6:30 ish pm Head back to Charlottesville, get food?? 7:45 ish Arrive back in CVille – Belay device (available at the gear room) – Climbing Shoes (available …

Spy Rock Sunrise

Kevin Meyers

Spy Rock is a relatively easy(but a little steep) hike that’s about 3 miles round trip with 1200 ft of elevation gain, with a nice rock scramble and 360 degree views at the top. If everything goes as planned we should be back in time for a 10:00 class. What to Bring: Water Snack if you want Jacket depending on …

MLK National Day of Service: Watershed Cleanup

Mason Riffee

Did you know MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities? Also, attending a service trip counts towards getting your dues reimbursed! This will be a low-commitment affair; no prior experience needed. The Plan: Get bodos Meet with The Nature Conservancy (gloves, trash bags …

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 …

Shredmas Day 5: Bearfence Sunrise

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the fifth day of shredmas Zach Hicks gave to me a bearfence sunrise, four alpine draws, three 23’s, two biking gloves, and a gnartridge in a pear tree.. Bearfence is a pretty easy hike so it should be good for all levels but don’t trust me, trust the hiking project: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7011923/bearfence-loop-trail ~ Plan ~ – 5:30 am: meet at …

2nd Day of Shredmas: Blackrock Sunset

Anna-kin Flywalker, Shredi Master

On the second day of Shredmas Burke Haywood gave to me, a Blackrock Sunset and a gnartridge in a pear tree. ~ Plan ~ – 3:40: meet at Echols -be there or be an equilateral, equiangular paralellogram -3:45: drive to trailhead (1 hr ish) -4:30: lazy stroll up this short hike -5:16: watch our favorite mass of incandescent gas descend …

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 …

Calf Mountain Night Hike

Caitlyn Roderick

Hi frans– Night hike to Calf Mountain, beginner friendly! And if it’s clearer we might see some stars, and go to some overlooks around Skyline Dr! We will plan to leave Echols at 6:30 PM, will probably be back before 11 PM. Wear layers, you might want a hat and gloves maybe!!! And if you have flashlights or headlamps, bring …

Blacksun rockrise

Eliza Stowe

This trip didn’t happen a month ago when it was supposed to, so … Sunrise @ Blackrock! 5:00 am! It’ll be cold! Layers! Replace bad return to classroom and the inside world vibes with good sun and earth vibes! Reunite with the blue ridge mountains! The sun shall bless us with its presence at 7:30 ish so if we leave …

A New Kind of Shred: Old Rag Day Hike

Lily Gates

Okay folks, here’s the deal: I’m having a labral repair surgery, so after December 20th I will be unable to walk for about 2 months and will be confined to a meager existence of crutches and slow movement. So for the next couple of days I would like to live it up, hike it up, and SHRED UP MY HIP. …

Clean the Creek; Protect the Chesapeake

Heather Poyner

Do you hate pollution? Do you feel a yearning to prevent trash from reaching the nation’s largest estuary? Join us at the Meadow Creek Watershed Cleanup on December 12 to help keep the Chesapeake Bay trash-free. Take a break from studying for exams and churning out those final papers! This is a great opportunity to volunteer with The Nature Conservancy …

Spy Rock Day Hike

Caitlyn Roderick

Hi friends, What better way to procrastinate studying for or even thinking about exams than with a good ol hike with great views? We’ll be hiking Spy Rock tomorrow, Saturday, it’s a little less than 6 miles total with a great summit. It is moderately strenuous with 1260 ft of elevation gain. It should be sunny but it will be …

Friday Peakin

Lily Wincele

Helllooo lets climb! Peak is an indoor climbing gym about an hour away with plenty of top rope, sport, and bouldering routes to keep busy for a while. We’ll depart at 6 from Echols on Friday, drive, climb probably until they close at 10 and we can’t feel our arms, and drive back. What you need: 10$ for entry Climbing …

Keep Preddy Shreddy

Burke Haywood

Ever wonder what goes into making and maintaining our beautiful Virginia hiking trails? Come to Preddy Creek this Saturday and find out! (Plus don’t forget free food.) We’ll leave from Echols at 0830, participate in the trail building from 0900 to 1200, and be back on Grounds by 1245 or so. As per policy, the club provides food for service …

Friday peakin

Lily Wincele

Helllooo lets climb! Soooo apparently I made my peak trip 3 days long, and I’m going to say that’s why no one signed up 🙁 Peak is an indoor climbing gym about an hour away with plenty of top rope, sport, and bouldering routes to keep busy for a while. We’ll depart at 6 from Echols on Friday, drive, climb …

Friday peakin

Lily Wincele

Helllloooo lets climb! Peak is an indoor climbing gym about an hour away with plenty of top rope, sport, and bouldering routes to keep busy for a while. We’ll depart at 6 from Echols on Friday, drive, climb probably until they close at 10 and we can’t feel our arms, and drive back. What you need: 10$ for entry Climbing …

I Spy Unicorns!

Phillip Reeves

Hello fellow lovers of the outdoors! There’s a good chance of a meteor storm tomorrow night (that’s right, a storm, not just a shower, with the potential for hundreds of meteors per hour) and I want to see it! In order to catch this rare phenomenon (the last time it occurred in these meteor showers was in 1995), we’ll head …

Cold hands warm hearts (Cold Mountain Day Hike)

Sophia Benmhend

I’ve been on this hike once before. I had fun. You will too. Let’s do it!! This hike is a chill 5.8 miles with an elevation gain of 1,490 feet. It’s a little longer of a distance than some of the really ease cheese hikes like Bearfence or Blackrock, but it’s not too strenuous and there aren’t very many stretches …

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 …

McAfee Knob Day Hike

Evan Topoleski

You’re tired; I’m tired. Let’s reset with one of the most beautiful hikes in Virginia! McAfee Knob is about an 8-mile hike with around 1700 feet of elevation gain, so it’s not too strenuous, but it’s enough to get your blood pumping. https://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/McAfeeKnob/ The Plan Meet at Echols at 830 Drive ~2 hours to the trailhead Hike up and take …