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Adventure Outings: Beyond the Classroom

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.

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The thin red line notes the Cosmic Wall route
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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.

 

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First view of some rock on the approach

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Reblog: How to Make Your Own Instant Backpacking Meals (from blog.nols.edu)

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 blog.nols.edu)”

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 tetongravity.com)

We’re taking the liberty repost this, with full credit to tetongravity.com, 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 tetongravity.com)”

AO Winter Training 2016

Over Winter Break 11 AO staff members spent four days on the flanks of Mt. Shasta embracing El Nino and sharpening our winter skills.  Over the duration of the trip the crew saw nearly two feet snowfall but was also lucky enough to experience some bluebird skies.  The team created a posh winter campsite featuring 4-season tents, snow kitchen, snow walls and a privacy cave for when nature calls.  When we weren’t busy digging our tents out from the snow we learned the basics avalanche avoidance and rescue, how to travel in winter conditions and even a bit of how to travel as a rope team.  Enjoy the photos below!

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Our Local Adventures – The Iron Canyon Trail

The Iron Canyon Trail is located just outside of Red Bluff on Highway 36.  It’s typically done as a 4 mile loop with the main attraction being a nice view of the Sacramento River as it makes a turn through Iron Canyon.  Along the way you also cross several other creeks and “mini-canyons.”  The trail is rocky at times so be sure to wear sturdy footwear.  Dogs and bikes are allowed, camping is not.

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Type: Hike, trail run or bike (not recommended)
Location: Highway 36 near Red Bluff
Duration: 1-2 hours
Distance: 4 miles
Drive time from campus: 45 minutes
Approx cost: $5 in gas
What you need: A car/, sturdy shoes, copy of map, water and snacks
Experience level: Novice
Level of difficulty: Low

Adventure Outings T-shirts

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Actual color is a darker, heather grey.

You may have noticed a few extremely fashionable folks around Chico rocking the AO t-shirt shown above and wondered “How can I get one of those?”  Well now it’s easier than ever!  You can purchase one online as well as the traditional method of buying them in our office.  We’ll even ship one to you for a small fee.

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