- Is AO a club? Nope! Adventure Outings is a program run by the Associated Students. You can register for 1 trip or 20 trips, how much you participate is up to you, and you don’t need to join. The only required meetings are the pre-trip meetings for each trip.
- How do I work for AO? AO hires student staff for positions in the climbing gym, equipment rental center, office, and Bike Cart. Visit AS HR Recruitment for current job postings. Positions are typically posted twice a year, usually in April and November.
- How do I lead trips for AO? Find out more on the Assistant Trip Leader page.
- How can I keep up with what AO is doing? You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, WildcatSync, or swing by our office in BMU 008A.
- Who can go on AO trips? Almost anyone! All Chico Students are allowed to register. If you are a Chico State student and are under 18 you’ll need to have a parent or guardian sign our waiver. If you are not a Chico State student but are over 18, then you can register for our trips unless otherwise noted.
- What if I’m a novice? That’s perfect! We specialize in adventures for beginners. Adventure Outings is the gateway to getting you started in outdoor recreation. By providing transportation, some gear, and expert guides, we’ll make you feel at home in the outdoors. When you return from your trip, we guarantee you’ll have a greater sense of confidence in outdoor adventures. And, chances are, you won’t be alone; there will be many others who are new to the experience joining you on the trip.
- How do I register for an AO trip? You can register 3 ways: online, in person (BMU 008A, in the basement), or by calling our office at (530) 898-4011.
- What is included? Transportation to and from campus, experienced leaders, all technical gear, shelter, permits, and camping fees. Oh, and fun. Did we mention fun?! A GREAT value!
- What if I don’t have a tent/sleeping bag/backpack etc.? No problem! We have an equipment room that rents these things and if you’re renting them to go on an AO trip your rentals will be half-price.
- How hard will the trip be? This really varies by trip but most of our trips are designed for beginners. However, even a beginner trip can feel very tough to someone who has never done the activity before. We suggest you talk to our office staff before signing up if you have questions and check the trip’s rating. You can also improve your experience by attending the pre-trip meeting and following the suggestions of your trip staff, bringing all the suggested equipment/food/clothing, and showing up for the trip well-rested and with an open mind.
- What if I don’t know anyone going on a trip? If you’re signing up alone, don’t worry! One of the best things about our trips is that you’ll have the chance to meet and bond with new people. Most of our trips include a pre-trip meeting, during which you’ll meet everyone else you’ll be traveling with, break the ice and get to know each other.
- Where/when is my pre-trip meeting? For most trips, it will happen the week of the trip. For example, if your trip is on Saturday, your pre-trip meeting will most likely that Tuesday or Wednesday evening before the trip. We’ll let you know ASAP when and where the meeting will be, usually the Monday before the trip – keep an eye on your email! *Note: Some 1-day trips, as well as WWO and summer trips, do not have pre-trip meetings. For these trips, you’ll receive details via email.
- When will we depart/return? Most trips will determine their departure time at your pre-trip meeting depending on the participant’s schedules. If your trip does not have a pre-trip meeting, you will be informed via email about the departure time. Return times vary greatly due to the unpredictable nature of the outdoors and travel in general. If you would like an estimated return time, please contact the AO Office.
- What if I have a serious medical condition such as diabetes, asthma, severe allergies or something else? Please contact us prior to registering. If you have already registered, please contact us ASAP and inform us.
- What training do AO leaders have? AO leaders come from diverse backgrounds and are passionate about many different outdoor pursuits. They receive training in outdoor skills, logistics and risk management, interpersonal development, and much more. Trip staff hold current First Aid and CPR certifications and attend regular meetings, trainings, and workshops. All leaders are current students at Chico State.
- My bike need to be fixed. Where do I take it? Bring it to the Bike Cart! The Bike Cart is a bicycle repair service that provides economical bike repairs for Chico State students and campus community.
- I need a bike! When is the used bike auction? Each spring and fall, the Bike Cart hosts a used bike auction. The auctions are usually held in mid-April and mid-October.
- What if I’ve never climbed before? No problem! We have staff on duty to help! You may ask them for assistance and more information about getting started. Visit the WREC Climbing Gym for current gym hours.
- Do you rent climbing gear? The WREC Climbing Gym offers shoes, harnesses, and belay gear for use at no cost during regular climbing hours.