Outdoor Adventure Center
If you love to play in the outdoors, or are interested in doing so, you’ve come to the right place. We are a university based, outdoor education and recreation program offering outdoor recreation adventure trips, classes and workshops, and outdoor informational services. Rock climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking, xc skiing and snowshoeing, backpacking, and stand up paddle boarding are just a few of the activities you could try at the OAC.
CW HOG (Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group) is the adaptive component of our program which offers outdoor activities and classes for people with disabilities.
The Outdoor Adventure Center provides outdoor equipment rentals, information on the equipment, and equipment repairs.
Our library contains one of the region’s most extensive collections of outdoor resources: books, magazines, periodicals, videos and DVDs, equipment catalogs, and more than 1,000 US Topographical maps of the Intermountain West.
Student Job Opening
The OAC is currently accepting applications for Summer and Fall employment. We are seeking students with a passion for the outdoors, a desire to share that passion with others, and a willingness to learn new outdoor skill sets. Outdoor skills such as rock climbing, skiing, bicycling, stand up paddleboarding, and such are helpful, but not necessary . Please bring an application and resume to the OAC office.
Several outdoor skills workshops are offered throughout the summer. Workshops are offered to ISU students for college credit, and as no-credit options for community members. Call the OAC office to register.
Youth Climbing Camp
Workshop was designed to offer youth ages 7-12 an introduction to the climbing activity. Bouldering, top rope climbing, and rappelling techniques will be taught. All climbing equipment provided. 4 weekly sessions. July 10, 17, 24, 31 10 –11:30 a.m.
Teen Climbing Camp
Workshop was designed to offer teenaged youth ages 13-17 an introduction to the climbing activity. Bouldering, knot tying, belaying, top rope climbing, and rappelling techniques will be taught. All climbing equipment provided. 4 weekly sessions. July 10, 17, 24, 31 1-2:30 p.m.
Map and Compass Orienteering
The workshop will cover reading and interpreting contour maps, making declination adjustments, and fundamentals of a magnetic compass.. Participants will learn to identify topographic features, taktake field and map bearings and determining locations. Two different orienteering courses will be navigated using orienteering techniques. Some of the map and compass courses are five miles long and participants should be fit enough to hike such distances in rugged terrain.
June 9 and 10 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ISU Student $60
ISU Affiliate $75
The River Rescue workshop is a concentrated course to help individuals develop their river rescue skills. Friday night will be spent discussing accident prevention, hypothermia, rescue organization and liability as well as learning the knots, anchors and self-equalizing systems needed to do rescues. Saturday and Sunday will be spent at the Aberdeen Canal working on self-rescue techniques as well as different rescue techniques from the simplest techniques to more complicated techniques.
June 1 5-10 p.m. June 2-3 In the Field
ISU Student $120
ISU Affiliate $145
The kayak workshop is a concentrated course to help individuals develop the knowledge and skills necessary to run easy whitewater rivers in a kayak. It is a solid introductory course for the beginner and a good refresher for the individual who already has some kayaking experience.
June 25 & 26 5-10 p.m. June 27-28 Blackfoot River Overnight
ISU Student $185
ISU Affiliate $225
If you have your own kayaking equipment: $30 discount.
Beginning Rock Climbing
Learn the skills to be proficient at technical rock climbing. Participants will tie knots, belay, rappel, build anchors, and of course climb. It is a solid introductory course for the beginner and a good refresher for the individual who already has some climbing experience.
May 15 6-10 p.m. May 19-20 City of Rocks Overnight
ISU Student $130
ISU Affiliate $155
If you have your own climbing equipment: $30 discount.
National Outdoor Book Awards
The Outdoor Adventure Center is a proud supporter of NOBA - the world's largest and most prestigious book award program. The different categories which receive prizes during this competition are: History/Biography, Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, Nature and the Environment, Design and Artistic Merit, Instructional, Outdoor Adventure Guidebook, Nature Guidebook, Classic, and Childrens. Visit NOBA's website to learn more.
CW HOG Pig Out
The Pig Out is the largest and most successful fundraiser for the HOG's. Since 1981, it has grown to feed over 1,200 community supporters yearly. The menu of roast pork, baked potatoes, corn, vegetarian Dutch oven dishes, and salads is always a huge crowd pleaser. We book several popular local bands that play until everyone is all danced out.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
The CW HOG Golf Tournament was started by former director, David Kriner (who is an avid golfer), in 2003. The Tournament also includes a poker run, a raffle for fantastic prizes, and a delicious steak dinner.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Ski Swap and Warren Miller Film
CW HOG celebrates winter with the Warren Miller Film and the Ski Swap. We receive exclusive rights to show the amazing Warren Miller film here at the Bengal Theater. The Ski Swap is a huge, two day market for public and private groups to sell and buy gear for the new snow season.
Friday and Saturday, November 2 & 3, 201