A properly fitting snowboard boot can make or break your day on the mountain.
Pro Tip: If putting your foot into the boot hurts, the pain will not go away once you start snowboarding.
Once you find a boot that is the proper size, the next task is to lace the boot up. There are several different systems for boot laces. The majority of the boots we have at the outdoor program lace up just like a shoe. There is one small difference and that is that there are two sets of laces.
Make sure to tighten the laces on the inside first. This inside set of laces helps to hold your heel down in the boot.
The laces on the outside of the boot are next.
Once both sets of laces are tightened you are ready to get your board and hit the slopes!
Pro Tip: Ski or snowboard socks are helpful, they are thick and will keep your feet warm as well as providing cushion. A good pair of wool socks works just fine.
First person to answer the following quiz question gets a free shuttle to Mt. Ashland through the Outdoor Program. Asnwers are to be submitted to the Outdoor Program Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/sououtdoorprogram
Quiz Question: What event occurs this weekend and could help you with your ski fashion dreams?
If you have woken up to snowy weather, or even just want to go play in it, good news the Outdoor Program rents snowshoes!
We have snowshoes, as well as the extenders for them. If you are planning to carry a backpack with you, we suggest you take the extenders, just ask us for them when you rent snowshoes!
To put the snowshoes on, you will want to set them up facing forward with all of the straps loosened. Notice the heel strap is fully undone.
Next you will step into the snowshoe. To tighten the straps pull them as tight as you can, this will lock the strap onto the metal hook.
Continue to tighten the straps until all of them are tight. Don’t forget the heel strap!
If you are using extenders you will need to attach them to the snowshoe before placing the snowshoe onto your foot. The first step is to align the bolts and the holes that they fit into.
From here you will push the extender onto the snowshoe until the bolts lock, you can then tighten the screw down.
Guess what gear we are highlighting next week for a free rental of it! See picture below, first person to post on our facebook page with the correct answer gets a free rental. https://www.facebook.com/sououtdoorprogram
As the days get colder bike tires become something of a possessed item, going from fully inflated on the morning ride to school, to a flat un-functional mess by noon. Fear not bicycle enthusiasts! We have a bike pump at the Outdoor Program!
Here we see one bicycle enthusiast making a futile attempt to inflate his tire.
Realizing there is an easier way he gets the bike pump from the Outdoor Program at Southern Oregon University.
A Presta valve uses the grey side of the pump.
Schrader uses the black side.
Once you place the pump nozzle over the valve, make sure to twist the yellow lever to the opposing side. This will allow air to go into your tire!
Check your bike tire to see how much air you should put into it.
Undo the latch that holds the pump handle down, watch the gauge and pump away!
If you got over zealous with your pumping, see the face of a crazed tire inflator above, fear not! Disclaimer: You can actually overinflate your tire and have it explode… Please avoid this unless you have safety glasses and a controlled experiment site.
There is a handy pressure release button on the pump!
Once you finish pumping up both of your tires have a lovely ride!
Next weeks Gear Highlight will feature the following piece of gear. First person to guess on our Facebook page receives five dollars off the rental of it. https://www.facebook.com/sououtdoorprogram
We were rewarded for our early start by arriving at the trailhead for the Damnation Creek trail before noon. We hiked two miles through redwoods to a small beach with spectacular views of the ocean.
The trail down to the beach.
The view from the beach.
We had lunch at the beach and spent a while exploring.
There were two bridges on the trail that were neat, however the climb back up the hill was certainly slower than the trip down, but well worth having visited the beach.
Group photo from the beach.
That evening we camped at the Jedediah Smith Campground, we were lucky and got a campground on the river. A few of us took the chance to go down to the river and skip stones, we also got a pretty view from the river.
Morning time at camp, eating eggs, potatoes, veggies and sriracha.
We then drove to Stout Grove were we hiked the Boy Scout Tree Trail to fern falls. We saw many types of fungus on the trail.
When we got back to the van we had lunch and loaded up for the ride home.
Everyone was very tired on the drive home.
Overall the trip was very fun, we hope to see more new faces on future trips, come sign up! Sometimes we even bring a dog with us.
The weather chose to cooperate with us for a rafting and inflatable kayaking trip on the Tree of Heaven section of the Klamath river. We started at the Tree of Heaven campground, named for Chinese immigrants that had imported a tree commonly called, Tree of Heaven, that reminded them of their home.
Our launch site
Some of our group was feeling more adventurous and opted to paddle inflatable kayaks, which allowed them to explore the river under their own guidance ( although we did have instructors in the water with them).
They also got a chance to test their balance, and show of their best gondola guide impression.
After lunch we stopped at school house rapid to try surfing for a while.
Overall the trip was awesome, and the fall colors certainly helped!
We hope to see you on our next trip! Also just incase you need more incentive to come have fun with us, you get to wear sweet outfits!
The outdoor program teamed up with the Siskiyou Mountain club, a non-profit hat coordinates stewardship projects, publishes field guides and outdoor literature, and leads active outdoor adventures for the public, to do trail work on the Lone Pilot trail in the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area. Seven of us went out and cleared the trail of two downed trees, installed a sign post at an unmarked junction and cut some bush back that was on the trail. The trip was a lot of fun and Gabe Howe, our SMC instructor, taught us how to use crosscut saws!
Gabe from SMC teaching the art of Crosscutting
Gabe from SMC teaching the art of Crosscutting
The hole for the sign post
Another awesome shot from Backpacking Staff Training
(Memorial Day Weekend ’13)
By- Topher Timzen
We had a great time in the Red Buttes Wilderness area this Memorial day weekend! It rained pretty much the whole trip, but no one’s spirits were low. We hiked approximately 13 miles (A lot of off-trail travel and slow moving hiking due to downed trees and poor trail conditions). We tossed backpacks over downed trees, crawled under them and put our packs back on only to have to do it again 30 feet later!
Every night we ate delicious food including Pesto Pasta, Quinoa with Red Sauce and Grilled Cheese!
Everyone had a blast and we all learned a lot about map reading, how gear works and about ourselves.
Day 1: We arrived at the trailhead and camped. We went over how to read a map, how to take a bearing, how to use backcountry stoves (WhisperLite , Pocket rocket and Alcohol burners) and went over what everyone had in their backpacks.
Day 2: We hiked from the trail head to Echo Lake and then to Lilly pad Lake. This evening was the first rain fall we encountered and it started just as we went to bed. We went over water treatment and how to handle a group in the backcountry.
Day 3: We decided the 24 mile trail was too long and did some off-trail travel. We descended down a slope at Desolation Peak and Rattlesnake Point and trudged towards the river. We bushwhacked through wet bushes, walked along a stream and crossed a river! To end the day, we hiked straight up a steep slope to our campsite.
Day 4: Another day full of rain! It rained all day! The trail conditions were poor on our last section and we had to evade fallen trees in any way possible. We would go up and over trees, over trees and under trees! Every time we thought we were out of the ruff, another tree was fallen on the trail and we had to crawl under or go over it! Everyone was exhausted by the time we arrived back to the van, but everyone wished we could have had an extra day in the forest.