In Pocatello, summertime is the perfect opportunity to spend some time outside enjoying the sunshine and hiking the various trails around the area. At Idaho State University, the fun doesn’t have to stop when the warm weather does! The Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) strongly believes in constantly planning trips that “emphasize education, communication and teamwork.”
OAC Director Justin Dayley says, “We try to provide an open and welcoming environment, especially to new students who are beginners to the outdoors.”
More than just your average outdoor fanatic club, the OAC is a place where adventure is always a signature away. They offer numerous trips to go skiing, rafting, backpacking, hiking, camping, fishing, climbing, paddle-boarding, and so much more, year round! If you’re worried about not having the proper equipment for these trips, the OAC offers rental outdoor equipment at an affordable price! They carry equipment for almost every type of outdoor adventure you can think of.
If you have your own gear, but an accident leads to damage, the OAC can also repair it for a small fee. If you’re a DIY type of person, the staff can guide you step-by-step on how to fix the damage and refer to you to places with the necessary materials.
The OAC is well known for its Alpine Tower Course. The course has a giant 50-foot tower and swings that make up a challenging obstacle course. This course was created with the intention of providing individuals with challenges to promote teamwork, communication, confidence and fun! Any group can make a reservation with a simple phone call to the OAC office.
You can watch an informational video highlighting what fun the Alpine course is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNYLJCS6BHE
The OAC has an incredible range of resources for any explorer! Trail maps of Gibson Jack, Scout Mountain, City Creek, and more, are available on the OAC’s website. Within the OAC, there is an entire library that contains books, magazines, equipment catalogs, and topographical maps
that will prepare you for the next great adventure!
Another great thing about the OAC is the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOGS), which provides all individuals opportunities to explore nature, regardless of their physical and mental abilities. The CW HOGS are made up of a population of various ages and abilities.
If your sense of passion and love for the Great Outdoors is more than a fun pastime, Idaho State University is one of the leading universities in outdoor recreation education. Through the College of Education, you can earn a degree under the Sports Science and Physical Education with an emphasis in outdoor education. The degree includes certification in either Wilderness First Response or First Aid.
For more information, you can check out the OAC’s website: http://www2.isu.edu/outdoor/
Or, you can call them at (208) 282-3912.
Monday & Friday: 9 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9 AM – 5 PM