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Outdoor Pursuits offers a variety of trips each semester to match any level of experience. Trips range from short day trips to extended week-long expeditions. Trips are open on a first-come, first-served basis and are usually limited to a certain number of participants. The minimum number will vary depending upon the nature and location of the trip. 

 

ALL OUTDOOR PURSUITS TRIPS ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


All participants are required to have an OP Health Questionnaire on file. The waiver has to be completed within your member profile at https://recreation.bsu.edu. See steps below.

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FALL Clinics

Whether you are camping, strapping gear down in a boat, or rock climbing, knot knowledge is one of those handy skills for enjoying in the outdoors and can take your outdoor savviness to the next level.  Drop by this workshop and get some hands-on learning with a variety knots that can be used in outdoor settings.

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Have you wanted to take your car camping skills to the back-country?  Whether you’re planning for a weekend getaway or a multi-month thru-hike, come join us as we unpack the basics of how to plan your next backpacking trip!  General topics will include gear selection, food planning, logistics, other essential skills, and a Q&A session with an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. 

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Before setting off on your next adventure, be sure you know how to get back home!  Map and compass navigation is frequently overlooked but necessary for staying found.  Stop by Outdoor Pursuits and learn how to read a map, and how to use the compass to pinpoint your location and set a route to get you home.

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Bears, lightning, mosquitoes, poison ivy, sasquatch! The woods can be a scary place, but never fear!  Join Outdoor Pursuits as we discuss some of the more common hazards in the outdoors and how to mitigate them so you can return home safely.

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Love the thought of heading into the great outdoors but don’t know where to start?  Stop by this workshop, and learn how to build an outdoor "ten essentials" kit to get you started.  Topics covered will be: what types of clothing work best in the outdoors in different environments, what cooking options you have, and how to create an efficient sleeping system to keep you comfortable while you sleep.

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Have you wanted to take your car camping skills to the back-country?  Whether you’re planning for a weekend getaway or a multi-month thru-hike, come join us as we unpack the basics of how to plan your next backpacking trip!  General topics will include gear selection, food planning, logistics, other essential skills, and a Q&A session with an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.

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Don't be left out in the cold on your next outdoor excursion. Stop by Outdoor Pursuits as we discuss the basic principles of campfires and fire safety. Topics can cover the several different methods of building and lighting a campfire and common mistakes to avoid.

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You know you don’t have to settle for rehydrated mush when camping, right?  Beef stew, Pho, even pizza are all possible far from the comforts of your kitchen!  Come join Outdoor Pursuits as we boil down the basics of gourmet cooking in the backcountry.

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Bears, lightning, mosquitoes, poison ivy, sasquatch! The woods can be a scary place, but never fear!  Join Outdoor Pursuits as we discuss some of the more common hazards in the outdoors and how to mitigate them so you can return home safely. 

Sign Up Today!

Whether you are camping, strapping gear down in a boat, or rock climbing, knot knowledge is one of those handy skills for enjoying in the outdoors and can take your outdoor savviness to the next level. Drop by this workshop and get some hands-on learning with a variety of knots that can be used in outdoor settings.

Sign Up Today!

Steps to Sign Uup

  1. Visit https://recreation.bsu.edu/ to log into your new Recreation Services Membership Portal.
  2. Sign into your account using your BSU information by selecting "Sign in with BSU Username and Password".
  3. Once logged in, select “Memberships and Waivers” from the options below.  Select “OP Health Questionnaire” from a list of options.
  4. Follow the steps to complete the waiver. This waiver will stay on file for one year. 
  5. Complete the waiver by selecting "Add to Cart" then "Checkout".
  6. Once the waiver has been completed, return to the home page select “Programs and Registrations” from the options below.  Select “Trips and Clinics” from a list of options.
  7. Complete the payment process with credit card.

For those who do not have a BSU log-in, register for your guest profile by selecting “Sign Up” 
located in the top right corner. Follow the steps to create a profile and verify your account.

Refunds

  • Ninety percent of payment is refundable if the participant withdraws at least 10 business days prior to the trip or clinic date. Less than 10 business days results in no refund.
  • Further restrictions may be placed on longer, more costly trips (such as Spring Break trips).
  • All trips and clinics that have a non-refundable deposit element will be identified as such.
  • All trip fees are fully refundable if Outdoor Pursuits cancels the trip or clinic for any reason.
  • All trip refund requests must go through the Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits.

Find Your Challenge

Each trip on the registration page has been labeled with intensity and experience levels to better help you identify which Outdoor Pursuits experience is right for you! Please carefully read the trip description and do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.

Easy

This trip is designed for fun and relaxation. If you’re able to make your way across campus without any problem, you’re ready for these trips. Most single-day trips fit into this category.

Moderate

This trip will require a moderate amount of walking, paddling, biking, active participation, etc. Plan to spend the majority of the day up and moving.

Strenuous

This trip will require a significant amount of hiking, paddling, biking, climbing, active participation, etc. Plan to spend more time moving than you’re used to.

Very Strenuous

These trips will test you physically. Long days, long mileage, and challenging terrain are par for the course. Regular physical activity and conditioning are a must to be prepared for this experience. Previous experience in the activity may be recommended.

Beginner

A perfect trip for a first-timer. You will have an opportunity to get some basic experience with us, and learn about the activity in a beginner-friendly environment.

Intermediate

Beginners are welcome, but we recommend some previous experience to get the most out of the trip.

Advanced

We strongly recommend previous experience. You should be comfortable with applicable skill set for the trip.

Expert

Demonstrated skill is required. We may require applicable certifications to participate in the trip. The technical nature of the trip makes it impossible for beginners to safely participate.

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