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.

Backpacking the Marble Mountains

April 18 - 20

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: 
$65 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 15 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • April 15

Introduction to Top Rope & Anchoring (Level 2) Outdoor

April 19

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: 
$50 HSU Students, $65 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Wednesday • April 16 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • April 15

Map and Compass Navigation

April 24 & 26

Join us as we learn the essential skill set of map and compass based navigation. This course will benefit both the novice navigator as well as those looking to build confidence in their skills. The course includes a combination of classroom presentations and outdoor practical experience that will help you to better plan hikes and backcountry trips. Topics covered include how to interpret topographical maps, the features of a compass, how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass, how to take bearings and triangulate your position using a compass, and how to use a map & compass to navigate to new locations.

Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $50 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, map & compass packet, and all necessary course materials.
Day and Time: 
Thursday • 6:00 - 8:00pm & Saturday • 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 
Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby

Backpacking the Lost Coast

April 25 - 27

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 roadless 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: 
$65 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 22 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • April 22

Introduction to Sport Lead & Traditional Climbing (Level 3) Outdoor

April 26

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: 
$50 HSU Students, $65 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Wednesday • April 23 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • April 22

Backpacking the Trinity Alps

May 2 - 4

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: 
$65 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 29 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • April 29

Self Rescue Clinic

May 3

Come learn self-rescue skills no climber should be without. In this clinic we will focus on awareness and prevention as well as effective techniques to deal with a problem. During the clinic you will learn preventative thinking, how to back up rappels and belays, escape a belay setup, ascend to aid an injured climber, and assist your partner from above. Please bring your own personal gear as practicing with your own equipment will better prepare you for real situations. Essential equipment will be provided if you don’t have you own.

Prerequisite: 
Prospective participants must be top rope belayed certified at the Student Recreation Center or have instructor approval.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $50 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and all rock climbing equipment needed for course.
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: 
Student Recreation Center
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • April 29

Women's Backpacking

May 9 - 11

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: 
$65 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • May 6 • 6:00pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • May 6

Backpacking the Lost Coast

June 20 - 22

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: 
$75
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • June 17• 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • June 16

Backpacking the Trinity Alps

July 18 - 20

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: 
$75
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • July 15 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • July 14

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