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+)

May 24. Climbing in Yosemite National Park

Hodgdon Meadow Campground


This meetup is for Fri and Saturday Night If you would like to extend to Sunday night, or would just like to come Sunday night. Please sign up for Hodgdon meadow group site meetup. You are guaranteed a spot for Sunday if you let me know asap. https://www.meetup.com/Spirit-of-Adventure/events/261128883/ For Fri and Saturday night we have two campsites in Hodgdon Meadow Campground for 12 people and 4 vehicles and one campsite at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite NP for 6 people and 2 vehicles. I 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...)

Tomales Bay state park, Moderate 8-10 miles hike to 3 beaches

Shell Beach, Tomales Bay State Park

This is a great summer hike because at the end we will eat at Shell beach and you can go for a swim! I suggest if people want to swim afterwards to bring a suit and towel. The water is actually very comfortable. Cool and refreshing! Tomales Bay State Park Extended Loop, Moderate 10 miles 1000-ft. This is a favorite hike of mushroom hunters during the winter months (the Park permits collecting), and the dense forest tends to stay cool during the hot season as it slopes east down to Tomales Bay. We gain our elevation in two 500-ft segments, before and after lunch. We'll visit three beaches and enjoy our lunch overlooking the Bay with its famous Great White Shark nursery, where the adventurous may dip their toes in the water. Directions: Follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd along the west side of Tomales Bay passing through the town of Inverness. When Sir Francis Drake Blvd turns a wide left heading away from Tomales Bay, you will see Pine Hill Drive joining from the left. The next street on your right will be Camino del Mar, and you turn right onto Camino del Mar and follow it to the end and park at the trailhead for Shell Beach in Tomales Bay State Park. No fee and no restrooms at the trailhead. Meet at 8:30 AM. Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours. PLANNING AND PREPARATION: Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Spirit of Adventure hike that you agree and are prepared with the following. Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening. Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in. Facilities: at the beach just down from the parking lot, and then again midway near the lunch spot. Dogs?: No Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea. Dress in layers and check the weather in case you even need to bring some rain gear! Almost any weather is possible when hiking at the coast. there is running water, restrooms and picnic tables 1/2 way through the hike but we will more than likely enjoy a leisurely lunch break towards the end of the hike at Shell beach and take a short break in the middle at Indian beach. If you want to wade bring water shows. Please don't go to the main parking area for the Tomales Bay State park but go to where the directions say to go. Google maps will send you to the main parking area and that is not where to go.

Climbing in Yosemite National Park

Hodgdon Meadow Campground


We have a group campsite in Hodgdon Meadows Campground for 30 people and 5 vehicles. This sign up is for Sunday night only. There is another SOA event happening in Yosemite Fri and Sat night. You may sign up for both, priority will be give to those who are on the Fri- Sat night trip. Cost for this trip (sunday only) is $5, cost for all three nights is $20. I 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:

Five brooks to wild Cat Beach Strenuous and gorgeous! 14.5 miles to 15.5 miles

Five Brooks Trail head Point Reyes national seashore

the pace is 2.75 to 3 miles an hour. if you need to rest a lot uphills that may not be for you, but if you love nature and want to join with others who do go for it! We always wait at junctions and put safety above speed. We will also be hiking with,the sea to mountain hiking meetup group as well. This will be a joint venture. We will probably get 10 to 15 people total. I don't expect more. please make sure that you are used to a cardio work out and can hike 15 miles. This hike is 14.5 miles that makes some steep climbs (total hike climb: 2500 feet) through dense forest up Inverness Ridge. We will have some dramatic views along the coast as we make our way down to Wildcat beach for lunch. Then continue back to the trailhead by climbing back up to the ridge and back down to the parking lot. A Pt. Reyes trailmap can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/upload/map_trailssouth.pdf This is our loop route if you like to look at where we will be going: We head out from the Five Brooks trail head to the Stewart Trail to the lovely Green Picker Trail. We continue on Glen Camp to Glen Spur/Coast to Wildcat Beach for lunch. We then go up Coast to Out Old Rd to Alamea to Ridge to Bolema to Olema back to Five Brooks! We are doing the loop counterclockwise this time! It will be a BLAST!! It's rating is strenuous...mostly due to the distance. Plan for a full day! Driving directions: please read and do not always trust Google! Directions: Olema is 1 to 2 miles south of the town of Point Reyes Station. if you live in Petaluma Take Petaluma-Point Reyes road to Point Reyes station then go south on hwy 1. for people in the bay area take Sir Francis drake drive all the way till Olema and then go south on 1. From Olema go south on Hwy 1 for 3.5 miles to the Five Brooks trailhead. for carpool call[masked] or post in comments

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