Outdoor Adventures

The Outdoor Adventure program offers a variety of recreational activities and instruction provided by a qualified group of experienced instructors. Our friendly staff can help you learn proper outdoor skills in a variety of  environments. Take that first memorable step to experience the fun, challenge, and excitement of Outdoor Adventures!

Center Activities Staff: All Outdoor Trip Leaders have strong backgrounds in the fields they teach. Each trip leader must have a minimum of First Aid and CPR certification. They also have skills, training and experience necessary for specific activities such as back-country medicine and rock climbing certifications.

Introduction to Top Rope & Anchoring: Outdoor Option

March 28

This course provides an introduction to top rope climbing and is designed as a continuation of the introduction rock climbing course. Topics discussed will include an in-depth overview of rock climbing safety equipment and understanding of the principles of top rope anchor systems. This course will cover knots for climbers, building and evaluating anchor systems, rappelling on steep terrain and improved climbing technique.

Prerequisite: 
Prospective participants must be top rope belayed certified at the Student Recreation Center or have instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$49 HSU Students, $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • March 26 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • March 25

Introduction to Top Rope & Anchoring: Indoor Option

April 4

This course provides an introduction to top rope climbing and is designed as a continuation of the introduction rock climbing course. Topics discussed will include an in-depth overview of rock climbing safety equipment and understanding of the principles of top rope anchor systems. This course will cover knots for climbers, building and evaluating anchor systems, rappelling on steep terrain and improved climbing technique.

Prerequisite: 
Prospective participants must be top rope belayed certified at the Student Recreation Center or have instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$34 HSU Students, $49 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and all rock climbing equipment
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: 
Student Recreation Center Climbing Wall
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 1

Women's Backpacking

April 10 - 12

Join us for a backpacking outing specifically catered to women! This trip is ideal for those looking for a chance to enjoy the peace and serenity of the wilderness with an opportunity to make friends with like-minded ladies. The destination will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting. No previous experience necessary!

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$70 HSU Students • $85 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees and instructional materials.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 7 • 5:30 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Trip Departs Friday • 5:00 PM
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 6

Women's Backpacking

April 10 - 12

Join us for a backpacking outing specifically catered to women! This trip is ideal for those looking for a chance to enjoy the peace and serenity of the wilderness with an opportunity to make friends with like-minded ladies. The destination will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting. No previous experience necessary!

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$70 HSU Students • $85 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees and instructional materials.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 7 • 5:30 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Trip Departs Friday • 5:00 PM
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 6

Introduction to Sport Lead & Traditional Climbing

April 11

This course provides an introduction to sport lead climbing as well as traditional climbing and is designed as a continuation of the top rope & anchoring course. Topics covered will include advanced anchor building, lead belaying, rope management, single and multi-pitch descending methods and confidence building strategies.

Prerequisite: 
Prospective participants must be top rope belayed certified at the Student Recreation Center or have instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$49 HSU Students, $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 9 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 122
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 8

Backpacking the Lost Coast

April 17 - 19

Looking for a bit of a challenge, but aren’t ready to traverse steep mountains? The Lost Coast of southern Humboldt County is an area that is unique to the entire coast of California. It is the largest road less area on this coastline, with 25 miles of dynamic ocean views and un-crowded beaches. This trip takes place on the northern segment of the Lost Coast Trail. Though the trail is moderately level, the soft sand and traverse rocks make it an ideal challenge for any backpacker.

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$70 HSU Students • $85 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
uesday • April 14 • 5:30 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Trip Departs Friday • 5:00 PM
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 13

Backpacking the Trinity Alps

April 24 - 26

Clear streams, grassy meadows, waterfalls, swimming holes, alpine lakes await in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. This backpacking trip offers the experience of back country exploration and the opportunity to meet other backpackers. The trip will consist of moderate high country terrain and cover 10-12 miles round trip. The specific trailhead and destination will be determined at the pre-trip meeting.

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$70 HSU Students • $85 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 21 • 5:30 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Trip Departs Friday • 5:00 PM
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 20

Backpacking the Marble Mountains

May 1 - 3

Our local wilderness areas are beautiful and the Marble Mountains are no exception. One of California’s oldest formally designated wilderness areas, it is known for its namesake, Marble Mountain, an outstanding limestone feature. This program is designed to accommodate beginner to experienced backpackers. The trip will provide you with all of the basic information for safe backcountry travel. The specific trailhead and destination will be determined at the pre-trip meeting.

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$70 HSU Students • $85 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 28 • 5:30 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Trip Departs Friday • 5:00 PM
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 27

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