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    • Sat, February 26, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Center 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

          OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE

    Not open for registration- still under review and consideration.

    Location: The LGBTQ Center OC 

    Morning - Hike Leader 
    Afternoon - Trip Leader  

      You may attend either one or both.

      DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I

      Sat., February 26, 2022 8am - 12 pm

      Be a Hike Leader!  Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information.  Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.

      Hike Leader Syllabus

      Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is  for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.

      This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders  who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.

      Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.

      Content/Topics Covered:  Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, practical problem solving on a class group hike exercise.

      Course Format: The training includes classroom instruction with hands on applications and trail-based scenarios.

      Pre-Course Assignment: Prepare a hike leader’s backpack for a day hike. Come prepared to share your chosen items. Review training manuals.

      Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

      Resources Required by ParticipantLunch, water, paper, pen, a leader’s backpack ready for leading a day hike. Bring mug for hot drinks. 

      Materials Provided: Course manuals and handouts.

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      TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II

      Saturday February 26, 2022 1pm - 5 pm

      One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.

      Course Outline:

      • Create a new trip or update a former trip.

      • Planning, scouting, securing reservations.

      • Finances and budget.

      • Create a trip description and promotion.

      • Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.

      • Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.

      • Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.

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      Location: The LGBTQ Center OC  Map click here

      Arrive early to ensure a parking space. Limited spaces.

      Schedule: Start at 1:00pm and go to 5pm.  Bring a mug for hot drinks.

      What to bring:  Mug for hot drinks. 

      Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time. You will be provided a copy of the manuals, along with additional documents and information contained in a notebook binder when you arrive. 

      If you are attending as a refresher course, you have the option to purchase the Training Manual when you register or we can invoice you.

      No refunds after February 19 unless filled by waitlist.

      Contacts:

      Suggested Reading:

      1. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. Bob Burns, Mike Burns
      2. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide Mark Harvey

      Special COVID Related Requirements

      This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE.  Submit proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850




      • Sat, April 09, 2022

      SAVE THE DATE

      Second Saturdays April Day Hike

      Let's hope for a Superbloom!

      Trip Leader:  John Blasco.

      Registration is not yet open.

      Trip details to follow at a later date

      We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here

      Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.


    Past LA Chapter Events

    Sat, January 08, 2022 LA - Bluff Cove and Lunada Bay hike in Palos Verdes
    Sat, December 18, 2021 LA - Long Beach | Belmont | Naples Boat Parade and Decoration Walk
    Sat, December 18, 2021 GO LA with OC/Long Beach Chapter present: The Belmont -Naples Boat Parade and Decoration Walk
    Sat, December 18, 2021 LA - Abalone and Sacred Coves Palos Verdes Hike
    Sun, December 12, 2021 LA - Holiday Party 2021 at DeSano Pizza Bakery!
    Sun, November 21, 2021 LA - Bicycle Tour Shoreline Long Beach
    Tue, November 16, 2021 LA - LA Chapter Monthly Meeting
    Sun, November 07, 2021 LA - Hike: Windy Gap, Crystal Lake Recreation Area
    Sat, October 23, 2021 LA - SOLD OUT! - Camp Mozumdar Historic Walking Tour and Lunch
    Tue, October 19, 2021 LA - LA Chapter Monthly Meeting
    Sun, October 17, 2021 LA - Palos Verdes Coastal Walk: Point Vicente to Terranea
    Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Annual Conference and Election of Officers
    Sun, September 26, 2021 LA - Palos Verdes Hike: Founders Park/Ocean Trails Reserve
    Sat, September 18, 2021 LA - Malibu Hindu Temple
    Sun, August 29, 2021 LA - Ballona Creek Bike Ride
    Sat, August 28, 2021 LA - Lake Shrine Walk
    Tue, August 24, 2021 LA - Monthly LA Chapter Planning Meeting
    Thu, August 19, 2021 LA - Camping Trip Quaking Aspen, Sequoia National Forest Campout
    Sun, August 08, 2021 LA - DISCOASIS Skate Night: Black Charmed's Bloom Ball!
    Tue, August 03, 2021 LA - [POSTPONED]: Roller Skate Lesson & Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway!
    Sun, July 18, 2021 LA - Los Angeles River Bike Path Bike Ride
    Thu, June 17, 2021 LA - Dogwood Campground (Lake Arrowhead)
    Wed, May 26, 2021 CORP - OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE - HIKING SAFETY
    Wed, April 07, 2021 CORP - Reopening Plan Review
    Sat, March 27, 2021 CORP - Training - Trip Leader - Outdoors Experience
    Wed, March 10, 2021 CORP - Training - Covid Protocols Event Leader
    Tue, March 09, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, January 30, 2021 CORP - Online Training - Outdoor Experiences
    Tue, January 19, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Tue, November 24, 2020 LA - Thanksgiving-edition LA Monthly Core Meeting & Zoom Social
    Thu, November 19, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Tue, October 27, 2020 LA - Halloween-edition LA Monthly Core Meeting & Zoom Social
    Fri, August 21, 2020 CORP - Online Training - Outdoors Experience - Interest Survey
    Fri, August 14, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, July 11, 2020 LA - [CANCELED] GO Picnic and Social Hike at Chilao
    Fri, July 10, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, June 20, 2020 LA - Pasadena Architectural House Walking Tour
    Tue, June 16, 2020 LA - Cancelled -Virtual Open Mic/Show & Tell Social!
    Tue, May 05, 2020 LA - Virtual Cinco de Mayo Social!
    Tue, March 31, 2020 LA - Virtual Happy Hour
    Sat, March 21, 2020 LA - Cancelled - Condor Peak Hike
    Sat, February 22, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike And Trip Leader Training
    Sat, February 15, 2020 LA - Echo Mountain: Hike through History
    Sat, February 08, 2020 LA - Oak and Fascination Springs Hike
    Sun, February 02, 2020 LA - Kayaking and Birding in Beautiful Newport Back Bay
    Sun, January 05, 2020 LA - New Year's Hike: Bear Canyon
    Sun, December 08, 2019 LA - Holiday Party 2019 at DeSano Pizza Bakery!
    Thu, November 28, 2019 LA - Ensenada, Mexico (Condo Or Hotel)
    Sun, November 24, 2019 LA - Fish Canyon Hike
    Sun, November 03, 2019 LA - Central Gabrielino Trail
    Sat, October 19, 2019 LA - Blue Ridge to Baldy summit (via Pine Mountain) aka “The North Backbone”
    Sun, September 29, 2019 LA - Huntington Brunch and Chapter Elections
    Sat, September 21, 2019 LA - Scenic hike along Bluff Cove in Palos Verdes
    Thu, August 15, 2019 LA - Rock Creek Canyon (near Mammoth)
    Sat, August 03, 2019 LA - Chinatown Urban Walk & Wine Day
    Sat, July 20, 2019 LA - Long Beach Beach Party 2019
    Sat, July 13, 2019 LA - Big Rock Creek / Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness day hike
    Thu, July 04, 2019 LA - Mount Hillyer Day Hike
    Sat, June 29, 2019 LA - Big Gay Picnic + Victorian Urban Stair Hike
    Sun, June 23, 2019 LA - Beginner Pride Bike Ride
    Thu, June 20, 2019 LA - Core Group & Member Meeting *Canceled*
    Thu, June 13, 2019 LA - Kern River Camping and Rafting
    Thu, June 06, 2019 LA - Pride Pop-Up! Rocketman Movie Night + Happy Hour
    Thu, May 23, 2019 LA - Core Group & Member Meeting
    Wed, April 17, 2019 LA - Monthly Core Group and Member Meeting

    Above is a just a partial list of past Great Outdoors LA events. We've had many events each year going way back to 1978!