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Adventure Outings: Beyond the Classroom

Wildcat Wilderness Orientation Returns for Summer 2017

We are very happy to announce that our summer 2017 Wildcat Wilderness Orientation (WWO) trips are now open for registration.  WWO trips are a fantastic way for incoming students at CSU, Chico to become acquainted with college life through the outdoors and to make new friends. Experienced outdoor instructors, who are Chico State students themselves, guide the students on adventure-filled trips. The WWO leaders provide incoming students with insight and tips on living a successful, balanced college lifestyle through the implementation of a proven outdoor curriculum.  But don’t take our word for it, read what a past participant’s parent had to say:

The trip was valuable in every way – she learned about smart use of her time in the face of all that freedom, talked about her (and others’) biggest concerns about college, got pointers from peers-not parents, plus she stayed overnight in the dorms so now it’s familiar, AND she now has a special bond with 8 new friends to get her started on campus. Two of them have inspired her to apply to the honors program and join a club. Can’t thank you enough for the Wilderness Orientation program! I would love to see such a program started at the community college where I work.

For summer 2017 we are offering the following trips:

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Banff Mountain Film Festival 2017 – Films Announced!

We’re happy to announce films for the two nights of Banff in Chico for 2017.  Tickets are selling fast, get yours here.

Thursday, April 13

DreamRide – Enter a dream world where the trail never ends. Where the promise of joy and freedom exist around each bend. Take a magical trip through beautiful landscapes and join us on this DreamRide, a mountain bike adventure unlike any other.

Dog Power – Get a fascinating view of the world of dog-powered sports and the special bond between dogs and their humans. Both share a passion for living, working and playing together outside in different forms of the sled-dog and musher relationship.

Mira – Growing up in a remote mountain village in Nepal, Mira always dreamed of being successful in sport despite all the challenges that she and other Nepali girls face, which has prepared her perfectly for the sport of running.

Packing It Out – Follow the guys from the “Packing It Out” crew as they pick up litter – and inspire everyone they meet – along the Pacific Coast Trail.

Northbound (warning: coarse language) – Four skateboarders head north above the Arctic Circle to the cold Norwegian coast to apply their urban riding skills to a canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand, and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup of biting winds, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp.

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A Geologist’s View of Lassen National Park

This is a guest post written by AO Staff member, Angie!
Hello! My name is Angie, I am a third year student at Chico State and a Geology major. A cool thing about being a geology major is that almost every class has a field trip where you get to do a lot of hands on learning!

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Chico State Returns to the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge for 2016

In 2015 CSU, Chico finished 7th in the nation out of over 70 colleges in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.  This year we’re back and looking to do even better and, of course, get even more people outside!  Please note that if you participated last year you will need to create a new account this year.

What is the Outdoor Nation (ON) Campus Challenge?

The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is about school communities and student bodies joining together to see who can get the most people outside and active. It’s a Mother Nature meets March Madness-style competition where 90 schools from across the country will go head-to-head over six weeks. The school that gets the most people outdoors will win the National Outdoor Championship. We will also be recognizing the Outsider of the Year, the individual across all schools who logs the most outdoor activities, and the Most Outdoorsy Person, the individual on each campus that logs the most outdoor activities for their school.

How Can I Help Chico State Win?

Pre-registration begins on August 22nd so be sure to register then and, of course, select Chico State as your school.  Then log as many activities as possible from September 4th to October 15th.

Can I Win Awesome Prizes Again this Year?

Yes!  There will be weekly promotions.

Is there an app this year?

Yes, there will be iOS and Android apps this year.

I have a lot more questions!

Read the FAQ.


Climbing Cosmic Wall

Last weekend was a great weekend for climbing!  The temperatures were warm but not too hot and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen.  Some AO staff took advantage of this opportunity to climb the Cosmic Wall on Mt. Hubris (The Ogre.)  This peak is a 950 foot rock spire that is part of the Castle Crags formation southwest of Mt. Shasta.

The thin red line notes the Cosmic Wall route
Prepping some gear

After a 5am wakeup and quick breakfast the hiking began.  It’s roughly a 3 mile hike to the base of the climb.  The approach features a LOT of elevation gain and a bit of bushwacking. The bushwacking portion is technically a climber’s trail, but it’s not maintained, so it’s easy to get off track and it’s impossible to not get attacked by some Manzanita.  Fortunately you can see your objective for this entire portion so we soon arrived at the base of the climb and the real fun was soon to begin.


First view of some rock on the approach

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Reblog: How to Make Your Own Instant Backpacking Meals (from

We couldn’t help but share this awesome post! This is a great way to save lots of money and gives you almost unlimited options for ingredients.  Be sure to let us know if you try it out.

All credit for this post and photos goes to the NOLS Blog and its original author.

Sometimes we love the convenience of those pre-made, just-add-water backpacking meals. At the end of a long day outside, it can be great to skip the dishes and still enjoy a tasty and filling dinner. Not to mention that just-add-water meals are often lighter-weight than traditional bulk rations, and require less fuel for cooking since you only need to boil water.

There’s no need to spend a fortune on pre-made meals. You can make your own “meal-in-a-bag” using items from your local grocery store!

Follow these steps and use your imagination to create your own easy breakfasts and dinners: Continue reading “Reblog: How to Make Your Own Instant Backpacking Meals (from”

Banff 2016 Film Lineup

We’re excited to announce the film lineup for the sold-out 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival in Chico!  Thanks to our hosting partner Chico Performances and to our Summit Level Sponsors: Mountain Sports, CSU, Chico Recreational Sports, Klean Kanteen and the Chico News & Review.

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Feather River Hike & Hot Springs

Just a short 1.5 hour drive from Chico, alongside the Feather River, is an abundance of hiking as well as an inviting hot spring.  On this particular trip we decided to hike the Yellow Creek trail. Continue reading “Feather River Hike & Hot Springs”

Reblog: The Three (and a half) Types Of Fun, Explained (from

We’re taking the liberty repost this, with full credit to, because it certainly applies to our trips–at least types 1-2.

If everyone’s smiling, no one has to wear a pack or worry about avalanches, and you’re riding chairlifts, you’re enjoying some Type I fun. Ryan Dunfee.

On a base level, everything you could ever do in the outdoors qualifies as fun. From bluebird pow days off the high-speed quad to grueling multi-day backpacking trips in the rain and sleet, it’s all better than being at work, and thus fun. But do you know how to properly classify the type of fun you’re about to embark on this weekend? Continue reading “Reblog: The Three (and a half) Types Of Fun, Explained (from”

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