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Chico State Begins Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge 2017

We’re excited to announce that Chico State is once again competing in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge and we need your help to win! From September 18th through October 15th universities from across the nation will compete to get the most people outdoors and active. Participants download the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge App, sign up using the “California State University – Chico” team, log their outdoor activities in the app with a photo, and have the chance to win free gear from sponsors (REI, The North Face, Hydro Flask, and ENO). ALL students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and community members are eligible to win prizes and are encouraged to participate!

Let’s Do This!

Step 1: Download the Campus Challenge app

Step 2: Create an account

Step 3: Join the California State University – Chico team

Step 4: Log all outdoor activities from September 18 – October 15


Easy enough, right? Oh, and a little company called REI will be giving away a $100 gift card every day until September 17. Friends don’t let friends miss out on the chance to score free gear.

Still have questions?  Find out more here.


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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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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Spring 2016 Calendar


Below is our Spring 2016 Trips and Events Calendar.  These trips will be open for registration online and in our office beginning on Monday, December 7th. Continue reading “Spring 2016 Calendar”

ON Campus Challenge: Week One Prize Winners

Most Activities Logged


Kait won an evrgrn backpack cooler from REI for logging the most activities during week one of the competition.

Random Prize Winner


Theo won an evrgrn hammock from REI for logging activities during week one of the competition.

If you want to learn how you can win prizes visit

Chico Competing to be named “Most Outdoorsy School in Nation”



The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is about school communities and student bodies joining together to try and get the most people outside and active. The Outdoor Foundation’s signature program, Outdoor Nation has selected nearly 60 colleges/universities across the US to engage in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, kicking off Sept 6th and running through October 17th.

The school that gets the most people outdoors and documenting those experiences on during the six-week period will win the National Outdoor Championship. Other prizes include title of Outsider of the Year, Most Outdoorsy Person on each participating campus Beyond the Challenge grants as well as great prizes, epic gear and more. Contest Core will be the platform that allows Outdoor Nation to track, validate, reward and recognize participation.

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Films For the 2014/2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Announced

On April 10, 2015 the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will once again roll into Chico.  This popular event has sold-out for the last two years and his been a Chico community favorite for over 20 years.  Recently the tour’s namesake festival took place up in spectacular Banff, Alberta, Canada.  The Banff Centre describes the festival and tour as follows:

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings Banff to audiences around the globe. Immediately after the Festival ends in November, a selection of the best films go on tour across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, and points in between. Each year, the films travel to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings.

Host organizations in each tour location choose a program that reflects the interests of their local audiences from a selection of films on exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sports.

Want to see the selection of films AO will have to choose from when the tour visits Chico?  Here you go.  While you’re at it you can take a look at the trailer below or visit Chico’s Banff Mountain Film Festival webpage for more details on our local screening.

Momenta Double Feature

With American demand for coal in decline, the coal industry has turned its attention to rapidly expanding Asian markets.  The Powder River Project plan is to extract 140 million tons of coal per year from the Powder River Basin and ship it overseas via deep-water ports in Washington and Oregon.  Each day, over fifty mile-and-a-half-long trains, laden with Powder River coal, will travel from Wyoming and Montana, thundering through hundreds of rural towns to ports in the Pacific Northwest.  The near-constant stream of escaping coal dust imposes toxic environmental pollutants and a myriad of health risks on the communities through which the trains travel.

However the impacts are not limited to the Pacific Northwest.  Environmental experts warn that the amount of carbon emissions produced by burning the Powder River coal deposit would result in cataclysmic and irreversible impacts on global climate change

Momenta focuses on the issue of coal exports in the Pacific Northwest, including its impacts on our local communities, the environment and America’s energy future.  Produced by Protect Our Winters and Plus M Productions, and presented by SnoCru, Momenta is narrated by world renown mountaineer Conrad Anker, and features activist and author Bill McKibben, professional snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Lucas Debari, and a host of community and environmental leaders from the throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains.


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