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Welcome to OCVT!

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The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT) is a diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts comprised of undergraduate, and graduate students and other members of the Blacksburg community. The goal of the club is to get our members outside and active both physically and socially. OCVT strives to spread knowledge of the local area, to teach safe and responsible outdoor practices, to volunteer time to keep our section of the Appalachian Trail maintained and most importantly to have fun while doing it. If you're interested feel free to read more about us and if you like what you see join us!

News and Announcements

Trail Signage Team

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023 by Christina McIntyre

Throughout the Spring semester we'll be making AT trail signs and installing them through our section of the trail. Partnering with the VT Prototyping Lab and having them generate the signs we layout with the CNC machine. No experience needed.

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Upcoming SAWS work trip

Monday, Nov 28, 2022 by Christina McIntyre

December 10 Clear trail with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards in the War Spot Wilderness area. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0ZJfbpSKdn4iwHgtkZiRU7pRN78Jvp5QGQVctM81xEZfbzibB6NBbqfR6KptAyeg7l&id=100064918140811&mibextid=Nif5oz

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Fall Break Overnight Trail Work Trip

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022 by Christina McIntyre

Virginia Tech's Fall break is Friday, October 7th Therefore we are offering a Friday/Saturday overnight trail working trip , with a ridgeline campsite with dark night skies.

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OCVT Appalachian Trail work trip - September 24, 2022

Monday, Sep 12, 2022 by Christina McIntyre

Peter's mountain ridgeline is a jungle of overgrowth due to the winter ice storm of Feb 2021. We'll be lopping and scything and clearing the trail. No previous experience needed. Training will be provided. Register here: https://volunteer.appalachiantrail.org/s/atc-project-details?c__recId=a0q8Z00000Cnl1a

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Planting Trees with New River Land Trust

Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 by Christina McIntyre

New River Land Trust Monday May 2, ~1-4pm Help with a river restoration project on the North Fork of the Roanoke River. The conserved property is about 15 minutes from downtown Blacksburg (address on signup form).

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AT trailwork workshop

Monday, Apr 18, 2022 by Christina McIntyre

a full-day workshop to learn and apply new Trail Maintenance standards to the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. near the town of Pearisburg, VA. https://volunteer.appalachiantrail.org/s/atc-project-details?c__recId=a0q8Z00000Bs8Uu

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Timberbeast Event

Thursday, Feb 24, 2022 by Christina McIntyre

Hey yall the VTFC is hosting Timberbeast at the New River Valley Fairgrounds this Saturday the 26th. Free to attend, so it's a pretty fun and cheap way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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Ramps & Roads

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 by Christina McIntyre

Ramps & Roads - trash clean-up near the New River https://renewthenew.org/projects/

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McAfee Knob fire road closed

Friday, Jan 14, 2022 by Christina McIntyre

The McAfee Knob fire road will be closed to all hikers from January 17, 2022 to February 11.

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Winter Weather Safety Hazards in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Friday, Jan 7, 2022 by Emily Sellards

With the winter snow and ice hikers and travelers alike should be prepared for worse conditions. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests released a statement January 6th regarding the recent winter weather and how hikers + travelers can stay safe: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gwj/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD985293

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