There is a somewhat hidden course (!) offered at Vanderbilt called Wilderness Skills. You can’t register it; you can’t even find it on YES…it exists in the wild outdoor backcountry of the southeast, only to show up on your transcript at the end of each semester as a reminder of the amazing adventures you’ve been on.
Recently featured in The Hustler, Vanderbilt’s newspaper, WilSkills is my home away from home at Vanderbilt. I joined the group during the spring semester my freshman year and was immediately hooked! This organization goes out of town every weekend of campus (excluding the ones surrounding breaks and during Rites of Spring). Traveling to Georgia, East Tennessee, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and North Carolina…WilSkills battles whitewater rivers, treks up and down mountains and trails, and rock climbs limestone and sandstone crags.