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April trips with Outdoor Rec

April 2, 2018

Written by: Tim Lewis

After a particularly cold and drawn out winter, I am looking forward to longer days and warmer weather! April is finally here and Outdoor Rec offers you some amazing opportunities to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! Here is a quick look at what we have coming up in the next several weeks:

Fly Fishing on the Piney River
My favorite trip and one of the most unique that we offer. 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.

Bouldering at White Rocks
Another unique trip that we offer and co-lead with the Rec Centers Rock Wall staff. White Rocks is a unique formation of rocks off the Blue Ridge Parkway that presents plenty of routes to keep you busy ranging from V0-V7. Come out and enjoy a day of learning new skills in a unique setting.

New River Whitewater Rafting
A sellout trip every year. We take a group 28 students to West Virginia to raft one the best whitewater rivers in the world! The world class whitewater paired with the beautiful West Virginia backdrop makes for an unforgettable trip. Alpine Ministries hosts us each year and we are always very excited to return to the Gauley and New Rivers. This overnight trip fills up within hours, so be sure to get a spot as soon as possible.

Horseback Riding at Peaks of Otter
Another personal favorite trip of mine is our visit each semester 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.

James River Kayaking and Paddling Workshop
Our classic Outdoor Rec trip! Enjoy a relaxing paddle down the James River. We put in in downtown Lynchburg and float to Joshua Falls totaling about 10 miles. This is the perfect trip to take if you want a relaxing afternoon in the sun and water.

Grayson Highlands Camping Trip
Grayson Highlands is known for its gorgeous scenery, wild ponies, and Mt. Rogers (VA’s tallest mountain). You will get to enjoy all these things while camping in the nearby state park. We will provide all the food and provide rentals for those without extensive camping equipment. Beat the final exam blues with this awesome trip!

Rappelling Trip
One of our new trips this semester that we have partnered with Urban Mountain Adventures to provide to the LU community. Have you ever wanted to rappel off a cliff before? Try your hand at it with this adrenaline pumping adventure!