What we're about

Welcome to Spirit of Adventure. We are a group of outdoor enthusiasts in Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area who enjoy things like rock climbing, cave exploring, hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, ice climbing, mountaineering, skiing and hang gliding/paragliding. If it's in the outdoors and adventurous, we enjoy it. We enjoy frequent trips, great friendships and lots of laughter. We welcome everyone from beginners to the experienced. Our trips are generally planned to introduce people to the outdoors as well as giving experienced adventurists a place to gather. If our trips do not specify that they are for experienced people, everyone is invited. If you are a beginner, you are welcome to participate. Furthermore, we welcome new leaders and people whose experience allows them to teach their skills to others.

Note that we are not professionals or guides so everyone must be personally responsible for their safety and well-being. Yet it is our goal to combine knowledge of the activity, proper equipment and enough planning to make safety our highest goal. Nevertheless, accidents can happen. Personal responsibility is mandatory. By participating in our events, you agree not hold the leaders or members responsible for your safety. You don't have to be in great physical shape to participate. However, you should not have any health issues that would prevent you from enjoying physical exertion. As you enjoy various adventures with us, you will enjoy the feeling of getting in shape.

Please sign up with your full name. Our sign up process is partly a legal release form.

Among our goals is to enjoy a group where we can have good adventures friends. We operate on consensus and democratically, rather than around a single leader. We value positive communications among members and avoid gossip. We welcome your participation and your outdoor gifts.

Upcoming events (5)

Climbing in Yosemite National Park

Upper Pines Campground

$15.00

We have three campsites in the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite NP for 18 people and six vehicles. RSVP's will open 1 month prior to the event. Thanks to Kim and Nina for securing these reservations and to Darren, Steve, Malcolm and George for helping try for reservations. We do not plan on having a top rope group for this weekend you must either lead or arrange to partner with someone who can. Hikers are welcome as well and don't need to bring climbing gear if you are not climbing. However, this is mostly a climbing trip, so in addition to your camping gear, climbers should be sure to bring the following gear to the climbing venues: A helmet (mandatory) Climbing Shoes Climbing Harness Belay device and Locking Carabiner Personal Anchor System (PAS) and locking Carabiner Prusik and locking carabiner Chalk Bag Water Snacks Lunch Headlamp (This is an SoA trip after all...)

Mendocino Coast weekend extravaganza! wild flower hikes and camping!

Russian Gulch State Park

We will meet at the picnic area at Russian Gulch state park. We be treated to wildflowers, a sink hole, coastal views and redwoods. We will hike at Russian Gulch State park starting at 9 AM on Saturday May 16th. this hike will go through the forest of redwood trees, wild flowers and coastal Views. The distance is between 8 to 9 miles. Moderate. Camping is available at KOA at Manchester beach. The KOA provides kamping ( not a typo) cabins, tent and RV sites. I suggest that you stay at the KOA and share a cabin with friends. The cabins sleep 4 adults. If traveling from the Bay area you may want to stay Friday night as well. You will need to bring your own food and bedding and make your own reservations. Call Phone: (707)[masked] Kinney Rd, Manchester, CA 95459 Or visit their web-site at https://koa.com/campgrounds/manchester-beach/ I usually just google KOA at Manchester beach. On Sunday we will do Van Damn State park, and go further north to explore MaKerriker state park and some model trains in Fort Bragg that are worth seeing. We can also do a moderate 5 mile hike at Jug Handle nature preserve. Please be aware that you are responsible for your own camping arrangements and safety while on one of my events. If you can only hike on Saturday or Sunday but not both days please post in comments which hike you can do. I suggest that you reserve soon as this can fill up quickly. You are welcome to stay elsewhere or just drive up for 1 day if that works better for you.

Mendocino Coast weekend extravaganza! wild flower hikes and camping!

Jug Handle State Natural Reserve

Today we will hike at Jug Handle State Natural Reserve. This is a 5 mile hike that takes you up to a pygmy forest and more flowers. It is short but after that we will travel further north up to Mackerricher state park and hike out to some tide pools, and seal watching spots. there is also 1 and 1/2 mile hike around Cleone lake. On the way back if you take hwy 20 there is a Jackson demonstration forest that has some hiking and we can check that out as well. In the town of Fort Brag there is a model train display, brewery and lots of nice restaurants. Camping is available at KOA at Manchester beach. The KOA provides kamping ( not a typo) cabins, tent and RV sites. I suggest that you stay at the KOA and share a cabin with friends. The cabins sleep 4 adults. If traveling from the Bay area you may want to stay Friday night as well. You will need to bring your own food and bedding and make your own reservations. Call Phone: (707)[masked] Kinney Rd, Manchester, CA 95459 Or visit their web-site at https://koa.com/campgrounds/manchester-beach/ I usually just google KOA at Manchester beach. On Sunday we will do Van Damn State park, and go further north to explore MaKerriker state park and some model trains in Fort Bragg that are worth seeing. We can also do a moderate 5 mile hike at Jug Handle nature preserve. Please be aware that you are responsible for your own camping arrangements and safety while on one of my events. If you can only hike on Saturday or Sunday but not both days please post in comments which hike you can do. I suggest that you reserve soon as this can fill up quickly. You are welcome to stay elsewhere or just drive up for 1 day if that works better for you.

Memorial Day Weekend Camping and Climbing Indian Springs, Donner, the Emeralds.

Indian Springs Campground

$20.00

We will camp at Indian Springs Campground in the Tahoe National Forest and choose between climbing at Indian Springs, Donner Summit and the Emeralds. For now we have two campsites for 12 people and 4 vehicles, but more sites can be reserved while they are available. Temperatures are likely to be in the 60's during the day and in the 30's at night so bring a warm sleeping bag. We do not plan on having a top rope group for this weekend you must either lead or arrange to partner with someone who can. Hikers are welcome as well and don't need to bring climbing gear if you are not climbing. However, this is mostly a climbing trip, so in addition to your camping gear, climbers should be sure to bring the following gear to the climbing venues: A helmet (mandatory) Climbing Shoes Climbing Harness Belay device and Locking Carabiner Personal Anchor System (PAS) and locking Carabiner Prusik and locking carabiner Chalk Bag Water Snacks Lunch Headlamp (This is an SoA trip after all...)

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Indian Tree Open Space District 7-8 Miles, Dog friendly

Indian Tree Open Space Preserve

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