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Why we raft on the Lower South Fork of the American River

The gem of the Sierra Nevada foothills

This classic section of the South Fork offers scenic views of the canyon walls with some wet and wild fun. Start on the milder class II section then paddle through class III rapids such as Fowler’s Rock, Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar. A typical day on the gorge is approximately 3 to 4 hours on the water. Bring your friends along for an experience you won’t forget!

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Talking Summer Camps with Good Day Sacramento!

Kids need experiences like Summer Camp, now, more than ever. This program is an outdoor-based youth summer camp at California State University, Sacramento provides ample space to be outside, have fresh air, and experience the wonder and magic of camp!

We chatted with Good Day Sacramento to share the wonders of camp!

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Bike Commuting in Sacramento

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Bike Commuting Basics

Riding to class or work has many benefits for your health, your wallet, and the planet! Here’s some info to get you on the road.

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QBP Bike Industry Scholarship Program

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Are you looking to up your bike maintenance game? Check out these rad scholarship opportunities! After taking any mechanic course, your odds of landing a bicycle industry job increase dramatically! 

QBP Bike Industry Scholarship Program

As part of QBP’s mission to make cycling more accessible and inclusive, they offer a variety of industry scholarships for gender- and racially diverse people to sharpen their skills and build their career in bikes.

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Fire & Outdoor Recreation

How fires are impacting recreation, and what can we do about it?

The Wildfire Problem

In 2018 the smoke from the Camp Fire became a hazard for the entire California central valley. During the fire, Sacramento was recorded as the most polluted city on the planet, with a PM2.5 reading of 225.4. The smoke was dangerous enough that Sacramento State, along with Peak Adventures and all other campus operations, were forced to close. This was only one of several massive fires that have occurred in the last few years. But why are fires worsening in California, and how will they impact outdoor recreation? 

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Supporting Our Environment

As you may know, April is Earth Month! In honor, we’re highlighting ways you can give back and get involved. If you’re eager to positively impact the environment, there are many organizations that would appreciate your help. Whether you are able to donate, volunteer time, or just want to be part of a community, joining an environmental organization can be a great way to help protect the planet we all share. 

 

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Sustainable & Eco-friendly Camping Gear

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Why do we go camping? Is it to get away from our modern priorities? Maybe some of us are seeking adventure? Or maybe a few of us just want to see a cool tree and call it day! For whatever reason, it’s important we try to limit the footprint of our activities to help preserve and protect nature for the future. Choosing the right kind of gear is a great place to start. 

 

This quick guide covers a few ways you can limit your impact on the environment when camping:

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Diversity in the Outdoors: Student Panel Discussion

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Diversity in the Outdoors: Student Panel Discussion

Recorded October 8th, 2020

A discussion on diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation. Let’s be honest, minorities are historically underrepresented in outdoor recreation, but the tide is changing. More and more, people from all backgrounds are interacting with nature in new ways! In this panel, students will discuss what the outdoors means to them, share adventure stories, and take on breaking down the stigma of getting into the outdoors.

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Outdoors For All

We strongly believe that the outdoors is a space for everyone. Outdoor experiences have the unique ability to empower, educate, and allow people to let down their guard to find common ground. Together we can improve the outdoors in becoming a space for different ability levels, cultures, and identities to come together in a shared love for the outdoors. Whether you participate, donate, or advocate, your support will lift the collective whole and help marginalized communities.

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Plan Adventure In 8 Steps

Travel planning is about crafting an experience for you and your companions. Proper planning can go a long way in ensuring your trip is memorable for all the right reasons! Currently, we still recommend staying close to home but as travel restrictions are slowly lifting, now is the perfect time to plan a future getaway. Use this short guide as a starting point to plan an unforgettable adventure and avoid a travel nightmare.

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How to: Lock Your Bike

Purchasing a lock for your bike is useless, unless you know how to properly secure your bike. Learn how to safely lock your bike from ASI Peak Adventures Bicycle Technician, Emery!

How to: Lock Your Bike

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Bring the taste of camping indoors!

Pot of Chili

Who misses going out to eat? I know I do- many of my favorite restaurants are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And I miss camping even more! So I thought, why not try to sprinkle a little of both back into my life. Here is one of my favorite camping recipes to bring the taste of camping indoors!

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How to: Wrap Bike Handlebars

New bar tape can make your bike feel…. new! With hundreds of colors and designs to choose from, this simple upgrade will also give your bike a fresh new look. Wrapping bars is a skill. If it’s your first time, take it nice and slow.

 

Watch the video below to learn the art of the bar wrap!

How to: Wrap Bike Handlebars

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Earth Day 2020

How to celebrate Mother Earth amidst COVID-19

Even though many of us are having to spend the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at home, there are still plenty of ways we can all celebrate and give back to Mother Earth this year. From projects on living a greener home lifestyle to supporting organizations who are doing their part, you still can (and should!) participate in Earth Day during COVID-19!

 

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How to: ABC Quick Check

Headed out for a ride? Make sure your bike is in proper working order with the ABC Quick Check! This quick pre-ride inspection is simple, easy to remember, and can keep you safe on the trail, road, or wherever your bike takes you.

How to: ABC Quick Check

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How to: Fix a Flat

In this week’s Bike Shop video, Bicycle Technician Emery gives a basic overview of how to fix a flat tire on your bicycle. We cover what tools you need, how to remove the wheel, how to replace the tube, proper inflation, and how to put your wheel back on.

How to: Fix a Flat

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Fighting COVID-19 With Outdoor Gear

While the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacts our communities, it also provides a glimmer of hope. This pandemic has shown us that when faced with adversity, humanity will take the opportunity to make a difference, give back, and contribute to something bigger than ourselves. The outdoor community is making a global impact, and you can too through the contribution of repurposed outdoor gear. Your pre-loved outdoor gear can save lives and make a difference to help those in need. Whether unhoused or at the front lines saving lives, new and used outdoor gear can help!

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Mindful Nature Journaling

Mindful Nature Journaling

Spending time outside has many health benefits, and practicing mindfulness is known to improve awareness and mental health. This activity combines the two and is great for people that want to practice mindfulness, spend time in nature, or just need a creative outlet. This is a technique from John Muir Laws, is very effective for slowing down, and concentrating on what you see around you. Shout out to ASI Adventure Outings at CSU Chico for the inspiration!