About the OAC/FAQs
Welcome to the Outdoor Adventure Club!
The Outdoor Adventure Club is the Bay Area’s first activity club where you can choose from a variety of outdoor adventures every weekend! Founded in 1996 by professional guides with a passion for getting people outside, we’ve been leading adventures in California and across international borders to create experiences of a lifetime for our participants. With the Outdoor Adventure Club, you’ll experience the great outdoors and meet other Bay Area adventurers while learning new, fun skills!
The OAC is a unique mix of professional guide service, adventure travel company and social club.
Unlike a traditional guide service, we organize a wide variety of outdoor adventures with a focus on creating a community of members – we’re here to make your experiences outside special, not just take you out for a day trip. We create the OAC trip schedule based on what you want to learn, how you want to have fun, and how you want o challenge yourself – one week you may be rock climbing, the next you could be backpacking through Yosemite!
Unlike a social club, the OAC is a professionally insured guide service and our trip leaders are trained professionals. Each trip leader is hand selected for their specific trip based on years of experience and outdoor skills. Unlike a traditional adventure travel company, we fill our trips primarily with people from the Bay Area and surrounding Northern California area. You’ll be able to meet the people on your OAC international trip before and after your trip. Friendships formed on OAC trips can last a lifetime!
Everyone wants to know a few things about the Outdoor Adventure Club.
- What are the members like?
- What are Outdoor Adventure Club trips like?
- What kind of trips do you offer?
- How do I sign up for an Outdoor Adventure Club trip?
- Do I have to be a member to come on a trip?
- Can I sign up by myself?
- What is the typical age group of the Club?
- Can I bring my children with me on a trip?
- Are the trips too hard/too easy for me? Do I need experience? Am I fit enough?
- Do you provide transportation and how do the carpools work?
- There are no tickets available on a trip I want to sign up for. Can I get on the wait list and how does it work?
- Are dogs allowed on OAC trips?
- What if I sign up for a trip and am unable to make it or need to cancel?
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- I still have questions. How do I contact the Outdoor Adventure Club?
OAC members are a great collection of people from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa, and as far to the east as Sacramento. During the week, most members are working hard as busy urban professionals. By the time the weekend comes, they’re ready to play and we’re ready to help make it happen. Many people in the club are new to the area and want to meet people who love the outdoors, but don’t have the time to organize trips on their own.
We are not a singles club; however almost all of our members are single. We’re proud that 30 couples have gotten married after meeting through the Outdoor Adventure Club, but it’s important to know that people come on our trips to enjoy the adventure of the day and make new friends, not to “hook up”.
In a word, FUN! Our goal is to make all our trips feel like we’re a group of friends out for a great time, all the while keeping safety our top priority. On Outdoor Adventure Club trips, we do all the work. You just sign up and show up! Our professional guides help prepare you for each adventure, introduce you to the folks on the trip, and make you feel welcome. On the trips, our guides prepare exquisite meals and teach outdoor skills. You’ll have comfort knowing all our guides are Wilderness First Responders or Wilderness EMTs, and have an abundance of training and experience in the outdoors.
There are a few things you won’t see on our calendar. We don’t do pub-crawls or dancing lessons, for instance. There are plenty of outlets for those activities. What you will see is a calendar packed with more choices for outdoor fun than you’ll see anywhere else, all organized and executed by people who make your fun their job.
Now, there are more than 6,000 active Bay Area people who receive the OAC newsletter each week and are excited about getting out and playing with other members of the Club. They agree this is a great way to meet active people in the Bay Area, but also a great way to get out and do some of the things they’ve always wanted to do.
Types of trips we offer include hiking, backpacking, rock climbing trips and courses, kayaking, hiking and camping trips, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding in our Tahoe Cabin, whitewater rafting, backcountry skiing and snowboarding trips, avalanche safety courses (AIARE), surfing vacations and lessons, and mountaineering expeditions. Check out our full Event Calendar.
Yes, you could do all these things on your own, but it’s a lot of work putting it together, and more fun to do with a group. Fortunately, OAC does all of the work for you and all of this happens behind the scenes. We:
- Set up a calendar full of a variety of adventures
- Handle all the permits
- Make the reservations and reserve the accommodations
- Preview the trips
- Buy the groceries and cook the meals
- Provide professional, friendly guides
- Recommend gear and arrange for gear rentals (if needed)
- Teach you a new skill or two!
Signing up for an Outdoor Adventure Club trip is simple. Just go to the Events Calendar, decide what you want to do and sign up. We’ll just need a few details about you and your payment, and you are all set. You will receive a confirmation email that we received your sign up with details on the trip attached. Then one week to a few days prior to the trip (depending on trip type), we’ll send an email to the group with full trip details including what to wear, what to bring, how to get there and a carpool list.
You don’t have to be a member to come out on our trips. Membership is never required and you’re welcome to come out on our trips as a non-member as often as you’d like. In fact, quite a few people tend to “sample” a trip first and then become a member later. If you want to sign up for a trip and are not a member, just look for the non-member pricing.
Others become members right away to take advantage of the discounted trip pricing, member perks and great deals and discounts at partner retailers and gyms. Now that you are excited to join, here is the scoop on Membership Information.
Yes, you can sign up by yourself. Almost everyone who comes on an Outdoor Adventure Club trip comes solo on his/her first trip. After a few trips, you’ll start recognizing names on upcoming adventures and soon enough you’ll have a whole new circle of adventurous friends.
We see people of all ages on our trips. Some trips tend to attract a younger crowd, while other trips attract an older group. Unless otherwise specified, our trips are open to anyone 21 or older. We do offer family trips from time to time, as well as trips designed specifically for people of certain age groups. Whatever the age, all our members share an adventurous spirit.
Our trips are adults only. While many of our members have children of various ages (and we love kids!), our trips are designed to be a get-away for adults only. We do often put together custom trips for families and groups of children (such as a rock climbing camp or camping adventure). To inquire about a custom adventure for your group or family, visit Custom Events with the OAC.
Our trips are almost entirely outdoors and adventurous. We offer a full range of programs in everything we do. We offer introductory classes and easy trips for people new to the adventure as well as more advanced classes and trips for more experienced adventurers. Our variety of events and skill levels will offer something for everyone. By providing so many different trips, we can help you pick the perfect trip for your experience and comfort level. Just let us know if you have any questions about the fitness or experience level of any trip that interests you.
We don’t provide transportation to our adventures, arrange rides or guarantee them. It is up to you to get to the trailhead, campground, or meeting spot. But our carpool lists have worked out great since the OAC began! When you sign up for a trip, let us know if you would like to be included on the carpool list and what city you’ll be coming from.
Then one week to a few days prior to the trip (depending on trip type), we send out an email with a list of those who’ve opted to be on the carpool list, either as driver or riders, to the group. From there, everyone contacts each other to coordinate carpools. So once you get the carpool list, just send an email out to everyone letting them know you are looking for a ride or are willing to drive a few folks (why drive alone!). It helps to offer to pitch in for gas and meet somewhere convenient for the driver. Then it should all work out. Just don’t wait until the last minute, when carpools may already be full. Some people even contact each other to plan to split ride shares or car rentals. (Note that carpools are not guaranteed and no refunds or credits are issued due to lack of transportation or carpool. We offer this as a convenience for people who would like to share the ride.)
If a trip is sold out and no tickets are available, we offer the opportunity to join our wait list. Should a spot become available (it happens often), you will be given the opportunity to join in! When a spot opens up, we’ll notify everyone on the list via email. We give OAC members waitlist priority. We send our first email to all OAC members on the list, then follow up to non-members on the list. Spots that become available are on a first come, first serve basis. To get on the wait list, just send an email to info@OutdoorAdventureClub.com and let us know which trip. Then watch your email to see if a spot opens up!
We love dogs of a shapes and sizes and understand that your dog likes the outdoors too! However, since we share the trails with other outdoors enthusiasts and wildlife (some who might be very interested in your pet), we don’t allow dogs on our trips for safety reasons.
Please refer to our standard trip cancellation policy. We have different policies for member and non-members, and some trips (like Half Dome and private/custom) may have special policies.
Gift certificates (or what we like to call the “Gift of Adventure”) are available for purchase online. Visit OAC Gift Certificates for more info.
Our real office is out in the woods, cliffs, rivers, and trails in California. But we’d love to talk to you about any of our trips, memberships or other opportunities. The quickest way to reach us is via email at info@OutdoorAdventureClub.com or give us a call at 415-377-1195. You can also fill out our Contact Us form online.