UTC Outdoors is sponsoring a few trips in July: Batcave Canoeing at Nickajack Lake, beginner-level kayaking on the Hiwassee and stand-up paddleboarding every Wednesday night this month and next (except for July 2). All trips are free with a refundable $20 check deposit that will be returned the day of the event. ARC members must sign up in the UTC Outdoors office, located on the bottom floor of the ARC, Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to reserve their place and be eligible to go.
There are two Batcave Canoeing trips planned, one on July 15 and the other July 22. The cave provides a sanctuary for endangered grey bats, and more information on the cave’s history can be found here. The trip begins around dusk those days.
The Hiwassee Whitewater Kayaking trip is scheduled for July 19, 10 a.m. to around 7 p.m. The trip is beginner-level, covering 5 miles of Class 2 whitewater. There is a prerequisite class required to go on this trip that meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 12-1:30 p.m. One of these is held the Tuesday before the trip (July 15).
Stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding, as previously mentioned, is held every Wednesday night in June and July with the exception of July 2 due to Campus Recreation being closed at this time. The trip takes place on the Tennessee River, starting from the UTC Rowing Center near Scrappy Field. Just like any other trip, one must sign up in the Outdoors department ahead of time.