Print 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. January Buy One Trip, Get One Half Price Monday, January 25 - Friday, January 29 First week of classes only! Applies to in-person registrations; discounted trip(s) must be of equal or lesser value. This offer can only be used once per person, per semester. Visit our office for complete details. February Backcountry Yurt Overnight Saturday, February 6 - Sunday, February 7 CSU, Chico Student $23 | FACULTY/STAFF $33 | GENERAL $43 Rating = easy AO’s backcountry yurt is a winter retreat for the Chico State community. Join us as we hike or snowshoe through one of nature’s most beautiful wonderlands to the yurt, complete with a wood burning stove to keep you toasty warm. Iron Canyon Point Hike Saturday, February 13 CSU, Chico Student $21 | FACULTY/STAFF $31 | GENERAL $41 Rating = easy Join us on a stroll through a rolling volcanic landscape, cloaked in Blue Oak savanna, out to a rocky outcrop on the edge of the canyon. This is where the Sacramento River comes out of the hills and into the Great Central Valley. Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding Saturday, February 20 - Sunday, February 21 CSU, Chico Student $85 | FACULTY/STAFF $95 | GENERAL $105 Rating = difficult Let AO introduce you to backcountry skiing/riding in the beautiful California Cascades. We will cover topics that include: use of skins, how to lay a skin track, and safe route/line selection. We will be skiing/riding intermediate terrain – not steep, avalanche-prone slopes. Online registration is not available for this trip; see AO Office to register. Participants must be able to ski/ride in powder, on icy snow, and on variable conditions. Lassen Winter Backpacking Saturday, February 20 - Sunday, February 21 CSU, Chico Student $49 | FACULTY/STAFF $59 | GENERAL $69 Rating = moderate Come and experience the majesty of Lassen Volcanic National Park sparkling white with snow. Let our experienced leaders teach you how to camp in winter conditions and recognize avalanche hazards while backpacking through this fantastic park. Technical cold weather clothing will be required for this trip; contact us for more details. Introduction to Mountaineering Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28 Rating = difficult CSU, Chico Student $65│Faculty/Staff $75│General $85 Learn the fundamentals of alpine climbing in the Cascade range. If you are looking to climb Mount Shasta in the future, this trip is a great way to practice the basics and apply new skills! Lassen Cross Country Skiing Saturday, February 27 CSU, Chico Student $76 | FACULTY/STAFF $86 | GENERAL $96 Rating = moderate Traverse the snowy hills of the winter wonderland in our own back yard on cross country skis, and see the park like you never have before. Ski rentals (boots, skis, poles) are included in the price! March Lava Tubes Caving and Camping Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 6 CSU, Chico Student $98 | FACULTY/STAFF $108 | GENERAL $118 Rating = easy A truly unique experience and an Adventure Outings favorite, join us as we explore the vast underground network of caves at Lava Beds National Monument. Thursday Night Workshop - Backcountry Cooking Thursday, March 10 Price: Free This is no time for Top Ramen! Join AO as we teach you the secrets of creating a stunning five-star backcountry meal for your next adventure. Lost Coast Backpacking Saturday, March 12 - Wednesday, March 16 (Spring Break) CSU, Chico STUDENT $199 | FACULTY/STAFF $209 | GENERAL $219 Rating = moderate The Lost Coast Trail is known for windswept beaches and stunning coastline. Let your mind and body fall into the captivating rhythm of the trail and the tides. Join us as we conquer this famous trail. Whitewater Rafting Immersion Saturday, March 12 – Thursday, March 17 (Spring Break) CSU, Chico Student $241│Faculty/Staff $291│General $341 Rating = difficult Do you love silky green rivers, mossy serpentine canyons and the roar of whitewater in your ears? If so, immerse yourself in life on the river and learn what it takes to be an adventurer of some of the most beautiful and remote places in America. For an even more comprehensive experience this trip can be combined with the below Swiftwater Rescue Course. Swiftwater Rescue Course Friday, March 18 - Sunday, March 20 CSU, Chico Student $100│Faculty/Staff $175│General $200 Rating = difficult For an even more comprehensive experience this course can be combined with the above Whitewater Rafting Immersion. The Swiftwater Rescue course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and commonly used water rescue skills. Point Reyes Backpacking Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27 CSU, Chico Student $96│Faculty/Staff $106│General $116 Rating = moderate From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. AO is excited to offer you a chance to backpack in this exotic location. Whiskeytown Mountain Biking Saturday, March 26 - Sunday, March 27 CSU, Chico Student $42│Faculty/Staff $52│General $62 Rating = moderate Spend a night under the stars and two days mountain biking above beautiful Whiskeytown Lake in the shadow of the magnificent Trinity Alps. Bikes are NOT provided by AO; contact our office for rental options. April Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking March 24, 29, April 5, 7: Required Pool Sessions 6PM-8PM Thursday, March 31 (César Chávez Day): Local River (flatwater) Saturday, April 9 - Sunday April 10: Trinity River (whitewater) CSU, Chico Student $148 | FACULTY/STAFF $158 | GENERAL $168 Rating = moderate Join the AO kayak instructor crew for 4 pool sessions and 3 days of on-river instruction. This progression will thoroughly introduce you to the basics of this amazing sport that can become a lifetime obsession. This offering is recommended for people who have previously been on a rafting or inflatable kayaking trip or have similar experience. Assistant Leader Applications Due Friday, April 1 at 5pm Interested in joining the AO Family? Stop by our office or contact us for more details and take a look at our website for the application link. Trinity River Rafting Saturday, April 2 - Sunday, April 3 CSU, Chico Student $68│Faculty/Staff $78│General $88 Rating = easy The Trinity River is one of the most picturesque rivers northern California has to offer. Snow melt creates crystal-clear water that makes great Class III rapids. With rapids like Z-drop, Hell Hole, and Fishtail, this trip is a must! Big Chico Creek Wildflower Hike Saturday, April 2 CSU, Chico Student $11│Faculty/Staff $21│General $31 Rating = easy Come along as we explore the diverse habitats that exist along the canyon and ridges surrounding Big Chico Creek. This trip may provide a great opportunity to view the spring wildflowers in full bloom. Trinity River Inflatable Kayaking Saturday, April 9 – Sunday, April 10 CSU, Chico Student $83 | FACULTY/STAFF $93 | GENERAL $103 Rating = easy Learn the basics of whitewater paddling and build confidence on the Trinity River’s class II and III rapids. It is hard not to have the time of your life in an inflatable kayak! Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (Laxson Auditorium) Friday, April 8| Doors open at 7pm CSU, Chico Student $10 | OTHER $15 Whether you are an experienced mountaineer or an armchair adventurer, come celebrate and find inspiration in these mountain experiences, ideas, and visions. Tickets are available at the CSU, Chico box office or online at chicoperformances.com. Table Mountain Wildflower Hike Saturday, April 9 CSU, Chico Student $11│Faculty/Staff $21│General $31 Rating = easy Spring is here! What better way to enjoy a spring day than a hike among the flowers, lava beds and waterfalls? Let your mid-semester worries and angst float away for a day as we explore this exquisite area and enjoy its many treasures. Upper Park Orienteering Thursday, April 14 Everyone $5 Rating = easy Don’t get caught not knowing where you are! Learn the art of orienteering with a map and compass, taking bearings, and recognizing topographic features in Upper Bidwell Park. Sacramento River Stand Up Paddleboarding Friday, April 15 CSU, Chico Student $15 | FACULTY/STAFF $25 | GENERAL $35 Rating = easy Stand up paddleboarding on the Sacramento River is the perfect way to see river wildlife, cool off in the water, and unwind from a stressful week. Santa Cruz Surfing Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17 CSU, Chico Student $175 | FACULTY/STAFF $185 | GENERAL $195 Rating = easy Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz. Whether you ride giants or have never surfed before, fun is guaranteed. No formal surf instruction is provided, but our staff will be happy to give you some pointers. Participants should be comfortable swimming in an ocean environment. Iron Canyon Canoe and Camp Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17 CSU, Chico Student $63 | FACULTY/STAFF $73 | GENERAL $83 Rating = easy Enjoy the spring weather by paddling the Iron Canyon section of the Sacramento River with AO. This section of river features unique rock features and feels amazingly wild for being only an hour from campus. Whiskeytown Lake Kayaking Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17 CSU, Chico Student $75Faculty/Staff $85General $95 Rating = easy Whiskeytown is nestled between the edge of the Klamath Mountain Range and the Central Valley. Come discover Whiskeytown Lake where a bustling gold mining town once stood. This is a great opportunity to soak up some sunshine and history while enjoying the sport of sea kayaking. Sacramento River Stand Up Paddleboarding Thursday, April 21 CSU, Chico Student $15 | FACULTY/STAFF $25 | GENERAL $35 Rating = easy Stand up paddleboarding on the Sacramento River is the perfect way to see river wildlife, cool off in the water, and unwind from a stressful week. Introduction to Rock Climbing Saturday, April 23 CSU, Chico Student $65 | FACULTY/STAFF $75 | GENERAL $85 Rating = easy AO is heading to the hills for a day of outdoor rock climbing! Whether you’ve never climbed before or are an experienced climber ready to get outdoors, this trip is perfect for you. Ahjumawi Canoe and Camp Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24 CSU, Chico Student $76│Faculty/Staff $86│General $96 Rating = easy Ahjumawi translates to “where the waters come together.” Like an island, Ahjumawi Lava Springs can only be accessed by boat. Come relax and discover the fresh water springs, lava flows, and magnificent views that this unique wilderness area has to offer. Yolla Bolly Backpacking Saturday, April 23-Sunday, April 24 CSU, Chico Student $87│Faculty/Staff $97│General $107 In the Wintun Indian language, "Yo-la" meant "snow covered", and "Bo-li" meant "high peak." Enjoy spending a weekend away from civilization in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. Sacramento River Stand Up Paddleboarding Thursday, April 28 CSU, Chico Student $15 | FACULTY/STAFF $25 | GENERAL $35 Rating = easy Stand up paddleboarding on the Sacramento River is the perfect way to see river wildlife, cool off in the water, and unwind from a stressful week. American River Rafting Saturday, April 30 - Sunday, May 1 CSU, Chico Student $110 | FACULTY/STAFF $120 | GENERAL $130 Rating = easy The South Fork of the American River offers some of the best class III whitewater in California. Spend the weekend paddling a guided raft down rapids during the day and camping out at night. Tomales Bay Sea Kayaking Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1 CSU, Chico Student $136 | FACULTY/STAFF $146 | GENERAL $156 Rating = moderate Join us for this kayak tour of Tomales Bay, the largest unspoiled embayment of California. As you paddle through the waters of this pristine coastal inlet, you will discover breathtaking views and coastal wildlife while uniting with your fellow sea kayakers. May Yurt Hike and Yoga Saturday, May 7 CSU, Chico Student $20│Faculty/Staff $30│General $40 Rating = easy This yoga retreat will immerse you in the pristine Lassen National Forest. We will visit our backcountry yurt, a canvas and wood hut. Find time to take a deep breath and listen to the sounds of nature while settling into a variety of yoga positions. Feather Falls Day Hike Saturday, May 7 CSU, Chico STUDENT $30 | FACULTY/STAFF $40 | GENERAL $50 Rating = easy Join us for the day as we seek out this spectacular 640 ft waterfall in Chico’s backyard. Make sure you keep your eyes open for the millions of ladybugs that migrate through Frey Creek every year. Wilderness First Responder Course Tuesday May 31 – Thursday June 9 CSU, Chico Student $700 | GENERAL $750 Designed for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts, this course provides you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. The course is taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute. Class will run approximately 8-5 daily with one evening scenario and one day off in the middle of course.