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Spring 2016 Calendar

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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”

Foundations of Outdoor Leadership – Fall 2015

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AO’s newest Assistant Leaders – Fall 2015

This Fall’s Foundations of Outdoor Leadership course spent four days exploring the Swift Creek area of the Trinity Alps while practicing outdoor leadership skills, learning Adventure Outings policies and becoming a family. Continue reading “Foundations of Outdoor Leadership – Fall 2015”

Adventure Awaits!

This post was written August 2015 by Rachel Curtin, Adventure Outings Marketing Coordinator and Trip Leader.

Whether you recently moved to Chico or have been living in this beautiful town for your whole life, Adventure Outings (AO) has something for you! For those that are new to Chico we offer day hikes to explore the beauty of our immediate surroundings. Continue reading “Adventure Awaits!”

Happy 4th of July!

In my humble opinion there is not better way to spend the 4th of July than outdoors!

We all know the origin of the 4th of July. In 1776 a group of very smart men sat in a very hot room in sticky Philadelphia. On July 2nd they created a draft of the Declaration of Independence that would officially announce the colonies’ intention to separate from Great Britain. Two days later Thomas Jefferson officially declared independence, the rest is history. Continue reading “Happy 4th of July!”

Wildcat Wilderness Orientation Staff Training – Part 2

The hiking on the second day was much more strenuous than the day before. We started hiking up to the ridge that we could see from our campsite the night before. We passed by all the patches of snow and reach and amazing vista point. We could see 360 degrees around us, with rolling meadows in one direction and snow covered Mt. Lassen in the other.  Continue reading “Wildcat Wilderness Orientation Staff Training – Part 2”

Wildcat Wilderness Orientation Staff Training – Part 1

To kick off an amazing summer filled with trips aimed at helping students make new friends and get acquainted with college life through the outdoors, the Wildcat Wilderness Orientation staff piled into a van and ventured into the Thousands Lakes Wilderness. The purpose of this trip was to fully prepare our staff to be the best leaders and teachers they can be. The adventure started right away! What should have been a 3-hour drive turned into 5 because of good old Google Maps. Interestingly, we met a man who was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Continue reading “Wildcat Wilderness Orientation Staff Training – Part 1”

Wilderness Orientation Returns for Summer 2015!

We are thrilled to announce that Wildcat Wilderness Orientation (WWO) is back for summer 2015, in fact, many incoming students have already registered for their WWO trip.  Wildcat Wilderness Orientation is a program run by Adventure Outings that provides incoming students with insight and tips on living a successful, balanced college lifestyle while giving them the opportunity to participate in an outdoor adventure trip.  Another huge benefit WWO provides incoming students is the chance to make friends and begin to feel like a member for the Chico State community before they even begin classes.  A summer 2014 participants had this to say about their WWO trip:

This trip opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities…I would advise every Chico State student to go on one of these trips.

This summer’s trips include:

  • 6/18 – 6/22 Redwoods Backpack & Inflatable Kayak
  • 6/24 – 6/28 Lassen Backpack & Rock Climb
  • 7/10 – 7/14 Cinder Cone Backpack
  • 7/17 – 7/21 Lassen Lakes & Peaks Backpack
  • 7/26 – 7/30 Yosemite Backpack
  • 8/03 – 8/07 Trinity Alps Backpack
  • 8/12 – 8/16 Tomales Bay Sea Kayak

To view more details on these trips and to register click here.  A WWO scholarship application ans short video about the program is available on the WWO website.

Finish the Semester With an Adventure: Thrive Don’t Just Survive

With the Spring 2015 semester winding down, it’s understandable that many of us are ready to turn on cruise control and simply survive the last 4 weeks.

“I’ll just make it to summer, and then I’ll get outside more; travel more, exercise more, visit with friends more…”

Does that sound familiar to anyone?  It happens to all of us, but AO is here to encourage you to finish this semester with an adventure.  We have several trips remaining that will be sure to send you into finals, and the summer, invigorated.  Live your life to the fullest: thrive, don’t just survive. Below are trips that still have space available but, be warned, they will fill fast.

Big River Sea Kayak April 24 – 26

Prepare to feel the power of the ocean as we ride the tides and paddle through old-growth forest in Mendocino. We’ll turn around with the changing tide while embracing the gorgeous redwoods as we experience the life and energy that surrounds the Big River area.  Register here. Big River Sea Kayaking

American River Rafting May 1 – 3

Once a major destination for gold prospectors, the South Fork of the American River is a treasure in its own right. With over 50 major rapids in 21 miles, it is easy to see why this is the most popular rafting destination in California. Join us for 2 exciting days and two relaxing nights along this memorable stretch of river.  Register here.

Iron Canyon Canoe & Camp May 2 – 3

Take advantage of the Spring weather by paddling the Iron Canyon section of the Sacramento River with AO. This section of the river features unique rock features and feels amazingly wild for being only an hour from campus. We will leave early Saturday morning, paddle a few miles downstream to our campsite and spend the night Saturday. We’ll paddle a few more miles on Sunday before returning to Chico.  Register here. Iron-Canyon-Sunset-Signed-Lo-Res.-3x6-edit Upper Park Mountain Biking May 9 If Chico is your home, Upper Bidwell Park is your backyard. Covering 3,670 acres and spanning over 10 miles, Bidwell is the nation’s third largest municipal park. Winding its way through the middle of the park, Big Chico Creek offers a refreshing escape from the warm summer months. The foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, Upper Park boasts impressive canyon walls of sandstone and basalt. Consider this an orientation to all the wonder of Bidwell Park. If you’ve only pedaled on pavement, here’s your chance to hit the trails. Join our skilled AO staff as they teach you the tricks and tips of mountain biking. Explore your own backyard as we travel the trails of Upper Bidwell Park in a new way! Bike rental is not included, but we can help arrange it.  Register here. bPVa5xx

[April Fools!]Adventure Outings Trips Go Virtual: All of the excitement, none of the hassle

We have a huge announcement for you today!  Adventure Outings trips can now be experienced virtually.  Using the power of Oculus Rift participants will be able to experience the beauty and thrill of the outdoors with none of the hassles of actually going outside.

AO Staff Testing the Oculus Rift
AO Staff Testing the Oculus Rift

What the heck is an Oculus Rift?  Well, we’ve been testing them for 8 months and we’re still not really sure.  They’re basically these big, gaudy goggle things you put on your face.  Once you’ve gotten over the embarrassment of wearing them you begin to feel like you’re outside, in a climate controlled building.  WOW!  Here’s some science jargon we copied off their website:

The Oculus Rift is a new virtual reality headset that lets players step inside their favorite games and virtual worlds.  The Rift uses custom tracking technology to provide ultra-low latency 360° head tracking, allowing you to seamlessly look around the virtual world just as you would in real life. Every subtle movement of your head is tracked in real time creating a natural and intuitive experience.The Oculus Rift creates a stereoscopic 3D view with excellent depth, scale, and parallax. Unlike 3D on a television or in a movie, this is achieved by presenting unique and parallel images for each eye. This is the same way your eyes perceive images in the real world, creating a much more natural and comfortable experience.

Cool, huh?

The Oculus Rift is Beard-capable!
The Oculus Rift is beard-friendly!

Why?  We take our participant’s feedback very seriously.  After compiling tens, hundreds, thousandsMILLIONS of trip feedback surveys, we began to notice some trends.  Some of the most common statements we read were:

  • It’s too hot outside
  • It’s too cold outside
  • My feet hurt
  • My back hurts
  • Poor cell phone service in the woods
  • Lack of outlets for charging my cell phone in the woods
  • Exercise is hard

We’ve heard your feedback and we believe virtual trips are the answer!  Now you can get outside without going outside!  Stay tuned for our virtual trip schedule.

Is This Real?  Nope!  It’s an April Fool’s Joke.  Our participants love our trips and love to be active while pushing themselves mentally and physically.  We hope you enjoyed reading this as much we enjoyed writing.  Additionally, the Oculus Rift is a pretty neat piece of technology.  We don’t really think they’re embarrassing or gaudy.

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