January 13, 2020
Written by Tim Lewis
It’s the New Year and the spring semester is upon us! What’s on your adventure bucket list this year? We hope that you will find your niche on one of our diverse outdoor experiences listed below. Here at Outdoor Rec, we are passionate about connecting people to outdoor spaces while being mindful of stewardship and safety. We also love to cater to all ability and experience levels from complete beginners to seasoned enthusiasts. Our commitment to experimental education allows us to truly develop future outdoor enthusiasts and professionals.
This year we are excited to open all registrations on the first day of school, January 13th. We hope this will promote early registrations and allow participants to plan ahead and prepare for their adventures with us. Remember this semester to stop by one of our promo tables or the outfitter at Hydaway and ask us how we can meet your needs. We have a plethora of local outdoor advice, gear rentals, and ways to connect with Outdoor Recreation.
We hope to see you out there!
1/23 + 1/30 + 2/8 | Ski and Snowboard
Be sure to take advantage of our 3 Wintergreen Resort dates this semester! We will spend 2 Thursday nights (1/23 + 1/30) and 1 full day (2/8) up at the resort enjoying the powder. Snowflex will offer optional rentals and lessons before the trip and Outdoor Rec will provide transportation and snacks. Thursday nights: $25 + $5 rentals. Full day Saturday: $35 + $5 rentals.
2/22 | Caving
For this trip we will be exploring Crossroads Cave in Bath County, VA! The James River Grotto will lead us into the underground labyrinth of the cave and show us a new way to adventure. We will provide headlights, food, and transportation. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a change of clothes. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $10!
2/22 | Mountain Biking
We will be heading to Falling Creek Park in Bedford, VA for a fun day of mountain biking on trails and testing your skills on their obstacle course! This beautiful park offers a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities and is a great location for both beginner and experienced bikers. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $10!
3/15-21 | SPRING BREAK
This year we will be traveling to Florida for a multi-day river camping trip along the Suwannee River! We will begin at Suwannee River State Park and paddle over 5 days to Troy Springs State Park, a total of 45 miles! We will stop each night at a new river camp or park and enjoy campfires, good times, and delicious food. We will be tent camping most nights on platforms and group sites along the river. We plan to have one full rest day in Lafayette Blue Springs State Park to swim/snorkel in the springs, hike, bike, as well as relax in the park. Hot showers and bathrooms will be available most nights along the river. We hope you will join us for this awesome adventure! Transportation, meals, gear, and instruction for only $250!
3/28 | Horseback Riding
Every semester we enjoy a trip to Reba Farm Inn & Saddle Soar in Bedford, VA. This privately owned farm offers students a unique chance to ride rescued and rehabilitated horses in a beautiful mountain setting. This unique Western riding experience also allows for a chance to run your horse and learn confidence in leading your horse on the trail. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $25!
3/28 | Sunrise Hike
Be the first to see the sunrise from beautiful Cole Mountain! This trip features a short hike to an open mountain meadow where eastern and western views can be observed. Transportation, breakfast, and instruction for only $10!
4/3-4 | Whitewater Rafting
Spring is New River season in West Virginia! Alpine Ministries provides us with expert instruction and facilitation down the Class III-V rapids and provides us with a delicious lunch and devotional on the river bank. Spots fill up quickly, so be sure to secure your spot as soon as possible! Transportation, breakfast/lunch, and instruction provided for only $60!
4/4 | Fly Fishing
Come enjoy a full day of professionally guided fly fishing on the Piney River at Rivenridge Lodge. Angler’s Lane hosts LU each semester at this pristine lodge and teaches us how to cast, select the right flies, and catch beautiful native trout. This trip got me started in the sport years ago and it can for you as well. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $25!
4/8 | Moonlight Horseback Riding
We love it when we get to visit Reba Farm Inn & Saddle Soar twice in one semester! This time we are going at night to enjoy the full moon. Come enjoy a cool spring night ride followed by a bonfire and refreshments at the foot of the Peaks of Otter. Transportation, refreshments, and instruction for only $25!
4/18 + 4/25 | Kayaking
We are a river loving crew at Outdoor Rec! This classic paddle will take us to the Upper James River where we will paddle 6 miles from Buchanan to Arcadia. This classic trip features several Class I-II rapids and mountain views. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $10!
4/18 | Rock Climbing
This is the first year we have done an all-day rock climbing trip! This trip will take us to Wintergreen Mountain where we will sport climb with Urban Mountain Adventures! Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $25!
4/24-26 | Spring Camping
There are few spots as beautiful as Grayson Highlands State Park! We will spend the weekend hiking Mount Rogers (VA’s highest point) and biking along the Virginia Creeper Trail. This trip boasts impressive Virginia scenery and wildlife all within 4 hours of Lynchburg. Transportation, meals, gear, and instruction for only $60!
5/2 | Senior Tubing
Graduating this May? Come out and enjoy a relaxing float trip down the Upper James River to wash away the stress of exams. We will certainly welcome all classmen levels on the river, though favor the seniors first for this trip! Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $10!