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Outdoor Adventures (OA) offers day-long recreational trips and various outdoor classes and clinics every semester. From the leisurely and relaxed all the way to the adventurous and thrill seeking, OA has the right trip for you! If you're planning a trip on your own, but don't have the gear you need, check out our Gear Rentals.

OA was designed to get students to explore beyond the BC campus and experience all that New England has to offer. All trips are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Trips & Clinics

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a fun way to build confidence, leadership, and become part of a team. It is also one of the most exciting and best full-body exercises you can do. Get your feet off the ground and get into the vertical world! No experience needed.

Ice Climbing
Description coming soon!

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Hiking
Take a day to get away from the city and into the fresh air only found in the mountains. Hiking is a great way to learn new things about the wilderness, experience beautiful views, and feel a strong sense of accomplishment when you look back at what you did. Get on those hiking boots and come stretch your legs for a day.

Trail Running
Tired of the same old streets? Want something more than another lap around the Res? Then come on a trail run! This group run will take you out into the woods to experience a whole new way to get your run in. Make running an adventure!

Caving
Join us for a day of caving! We will drive to Vermont and meet up with our guides, get geared up, and spend the day exploring the subterranean world. Caves are unique ecosystems and wild caves are places few people ever get to go.

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Backpacking
Join us on an overnight backpacking trip! No experience necessary.

Sea Kayaking
Skimming over the surface of the water, experiencing the aquatic environment in a way that remained largely unchanged for the last 8,000 years, all while getting an incredible workout. Whether you’ve never been in a boat before or you’ve grown up with a paddle in your hand, get out of the library and join us for a day of fun kayaking.

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OA Ski Shuttle
Outdoor Adventures is running a ski shuttle on the following dates:

Cross Country Skiing
The shuttle leaves Boston College at 5 am and returns at 7 pm. The price is $10 for BC Rec Members and only covers the ride to and from the mountain (you must pay for lift ticket and gear separately). Stop by the Member Services Office or call 617-552-0797 to sign up. Come with OA for a day of winter fun! Rentals are available if needed. Enjoy the well-maintained trails amidst forests and snow-covered meadows. After some trail time take a break in the warming hut or a hot chocolate!

Snowshoeing
Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside! Put on a pair of OA’s modern snowshoes and get out of your dorm and into the mountains. Our snowshoes are lightweight, have great traction, and are provided free on every snowshoe trip.

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Want to learn a new outdoor skill or brush up on something before a big trip? We offer a wide variety of classes and clinics to teach you what you need to know to be safe and have fun outside. Taught by our highly skilled and experienced student leaders and staff, this is a fun way to learn new things!

Outdoor Adventure Leaders Course
Become part of the OA team through an engaging, semester-long outdoor leadership course which includes in-class instruction, hands-on learning, training trips, and a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification. The primary goal of the course is to learn how to effectively lead a group in the outdoors through a combination of hard and soft skills including map and compass, tent construction, knots, bear hang, packing a backpack properly, water purification, emergency shelter construction, Leave No Trace, Weather preparation, Trip Planning, teamwork, effective communication, how to teach a skill, etc.

Wilderness First Aid Class
Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know, what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one--and maybe even save a life.

Wilderness First Responder
The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions. The WFR course is 72-80 hours long (7 to 10 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, with much more hands-on practice. Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world. It combines the thrill of exploring with a great total body workout. With our new SUP boards, OA offers a variety of classes, trips, lessons, and tours. No experience is needed and everyone is welcome to this exciting new sport!

Sea Kayaking
Skimming over the surface of the water, experiencing the aquatic environment in a way that remained largely unchanged for the last 8,000 years, all while getting an incredible workout. Whether you’ve never been in a boat before or you’ve grown up with a paddle in your hand, get out of the library and join us for a day of fun kayaking.

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Outdoor Adventures is happy to announce that we are now offering custom trips. If you or your group has a trip that you would like to do, be it backpacking in the White Mountains, rock climbing in Maine, or any kind of outdoor adventure type trip, contact us. If you don't know exactly what kind of adventure you would like to go on, let us know. We will put together a customized trip plan, provide the necessary equipment, and staff the trip with leaders to help take you safely into the back country and back out again. This is a great way to have an adventure that will perfectly fit your needs!

To arrange a trip, contact Eli Crispell at crispell@bc.edu. Price will vary depending on trip.

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