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The Adventure Outings Experience

By Charles Finlay, AO Marketing and PR Coordinator

One of the best vacation experiences I can recall was my Staff Orientation trip with Adventure Outings, though it may not meet the strict definition of “vacation” for some. A trip with Adventure Outings can require effort, but is paid back tenfold in tangible memories and unadulterated satisfaction.

It was backpacking through the Ishi Wilderness, swimming through brush to emerge on a ridge with breathtaking views. It was learning hard skills and creating bonds with brothers and sisters who, at first glance, appeared to be strangers. It was standing in awe of the rugged terrain, inspiring geography, and the utterly sublime beauty of the wilderness. It was relaxing near the creek under a clear night sky after the best meal in my entire life.

Maybe not everybody agrees that being outside without a shower for five days and nights fulfills the definition of “vacation.” Maybe it’s just me. Trips with Adventure Outings give me space to think, time to ground myself in reality, and show me that happiness is more than a night downtown. People make the world much more complicated than it actually is. I challenge you to investigate; prove me wrong. Show me what is better than a weekend of clean air and good conversation with good people.

Adventure Outings offers mellow and relaxing trips such as Twilight Stand Up Paddling or Deer Creek Day Hike and Yoga. We also have technical and challenging trips such as Intro to Hardshell Kayaking.

Now is the time to book your adventure. We are currently offering our 2012-2013 Adventure Pass. This includes a weekend rafting trip, a weekend land-based trip, and a day trip. In addition, you get an AO shirt and two tickets to the Banff Film Festival Tour. All this for only $175 and your trips do not expire until the end of spring semester 2013.

Upcoming Trips:

  • Juniper Lake Canoe and Hike – Sept. 14-16
  • American River Raft – Sept. 14-16
  • Flume Day Hike and Swim – Sept. 15
  • Twilight Stand-Up-Paddle – Sept. 20

Come by our office in BMU 102, inside, just across from the bookstore or give us a call at 530-898-4011. Add us on Facebook at