Outdoor Club Information

Man jumping into waterThe De Anza College Outdoor Club offers the widest range of activities of any club at De Anza. We camp, hike, backpack, kayak, cycle, go horseback riding, caving and surfing.

The club gives lessons or gets a good price for lessons from professional instructors.

We specialize in trips and events for beginners.

Almost all of our camping trips include people who have never been camping before; even the winter trips to Yosemite National Park camping with snow on the ground.

Information about De Anza College Outdoor Club events,

a calendar of adventures and

how to find us to sign up for events is at:


Basic information about the club is at:


- Thekayak lesson and day trip at a nature reserve, offered May and October, no experience needed, is at:


- The trip between summer and fall quarters to

Grand Teton National Park is at:


- The annual Yosemite National Park winter trip, the snow (or not) camp (or not), is at:


- The kayaking and canoeing lessons in the De Anza swimming pool almost every quarter are at:


- Surfing lessons info is at:


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There is a link to a free wilderness first aid textbook at: Wilderness first aid

Carpools are arranged among the students going on the trips, not by the club or the college. For info on how to get/give a ride go to  http://marydonahue.org/carpool-faqs

Road trip advice and etiquette to improve the drive to your next adventure, is at:


(For fun), camping blunders are at:


and the answer to the question, "How many people can you fit in an eight person tent? is at:


 Leave no trace

Snow or rain camp must haves     is the list of equipment YOU MUST HAVE (followed by the list of things YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD) to go on the Outdoor Club annual Yosemite winter camping trip, or even on our summer trips. For a checklist of all of the gear (but without all the reasons and descriptions) go to http://marydonahue.org/snow-camp-equipment-checklist

What if it storms so much on the annual winter camping trip to Yosemite valley that they close the road to the ski resort? We won’t be able to ski or take one of the long hikes. Will there be anything to do except hide in the car, play cards at the laundromat or go online at the Lodge? The answers are at: Things to do during a Yosemite snow storm besides hiding in your tent

fatal, near-fatal or close-call incidents, accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering

Can menstruating women camp or backpack around bears?  Yes!

camping solutions for women

At have more fun camping you can learn how to build campfires that don’t smoke too much, how to pack an ice chest, do dishes in camp and lots more.

Thunderstorm and lightning safety includes the answer to the question: Why can’t you swim during a lightning storm? A strike on a lake doesn’t kill all the fish in the lake.

Prepare for winter driving has a link to bad weather driving tips, tips for using tire chains, tricks for dealing with frozen car locks, how to prepare your vehicle for winter driving, a winter survival kit for your car, what to do if you get stranded, how to keep windows from fogging up and tips for driving in snow and ice.

How to not collide with a deer

Canoe over canoe rescue could also be called a kayak over kayak rescue

backpacking advice has these sections: Must bring for each large group (or perhaps for each couple or person), Must bring backpacking for each person, Some (crazy?) people think these are optional for backpacking, Backpacking luxuries(?), Do not bring these backpacking, To keep down on weight backpacking, Don’t rush out and buy, BACKBACKING FOOD, Low-cook backpacking foods, Yosemite National Park WILDERNESS PERMITS, Leave no trace camping has these basic principles.

For our trips at higher altitude you will probably feel out of breath at first and may even get a headache and lose appetite. You can get more sunburned.   At altitude

includes why your tent mate might seem to stop breathing.

Quit being paranoid about sharks

Why you should wear a lifejacket  Studies repeatedly tell us that 90% of people who drown while boating were not wearing a lifejacket. Even really good swimmers should wear one while boating. Participants in De Anza College Outdoor Club ocean kayaking, canoeing/kayaking in Grand Teton National Park or Yosemite or any other boating trip must wear a life jacket.

  Cell phones in the wilderness, has advice on how/when to use a cell phone to contact 911 in the wilderness and a warning about interference between cell phones, iPods and avalanche beacons.

You can't always expect a helicopter rescue

GPS is not infallible

Can a person who is prescribed an epi-pen risk going into the wilderness? and some sting prevention notes are at:   Anaphylaxis quick facts

animal sign comparisons

Rocky Mountain mammal size comparisons

Read about what may happen before a bison charges, including what people were doing before the bison charged

                   Bears has links to general info about bears, as well as practicalities of camping and backpacking around bears, (what to do if you see a bear, food storage including things that don't smell like food but look like a food container to a bear if it sees it through your car window and the bear might break in to your vehicle!! ) mostly geared towards De Anza College Outdoor Club trips around black bears in California.

Enhance a hike by reading:

 The day hike gear section at the Camping equipment checklist

Hiking advice has hot weather hiking advice, hiking logistics and the answer to the question: When is the best time of day to cross a mountain stream?

GORP and hiking snacks

For the trip to Grand Teton National Park,

 The main trip page has all the planned activities and links to other (not club sponsored) activities, such as mountain climbing, art galleries, white water rafting, trail rides, restaurants, rodeo, backpacking…

If you will be staying in a Colter Bay cabin,  read details about the cabins and the logistics of sharing one.

If you want to get a better room, or even a suite with fabulous view, fireplace, fridge, etc, read more at: http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-hotels-cabins-lodging

Campers can take a look at a map of Colter Bay campground Grand Teton National park

Grand Tetons trip cost

has examples of

The cheap trip,

The not-so cheap trip,

The slightly more costly trip, but less driving time,

also known as the I-can’t-get-much-time-off-work trip,

and The Expensive Trip.

 Restaurants in Grand Teton National Park with links to menus of ones in town. Just about every kind of food you might want.

Grand Tetons kayaking

Grizzlies are rare in Grand Teton national park, where we travel between summer and fall quarters, but growing in number. You will be lucky to even see one from a distance. Your safety in grizzly bear territory  tells you what to do if you see a bear in the distance or a bear charges you and has info, including links to park videos about using Bear Pepper Sprays, which are not the same as your personal defense pepper spray. The page includes what might happen just before a bison charges.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park photos

Bike riding  is not an official part of the Grand Teton National Park college trip. This page has rules, advice and suggested routes, links to maps, in and out of the park for mountain and road bikes. It includes statistics about cyclist encounters with grizzly bears.

What did we just see, and elk or a moose / a black bear or a grizzly? Rocky Mountain mammal size comparisons 

Grand Tetons sightseeing 

Grand Teton National Park weather

 During a thunderstorm, don’t take a shower or use a sink, including washing dishes. Don’t talk on a land line phone. Don’t use your I pod. Don’t get zapped!

Whitewater rafting  is not an official part of the trip, but often students rent a raft together.

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park is one of the best hikes we have taken.

f you want to go on the kayak overnight you MUST read String Lake, Grand Teton national park

http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-trip-transportation has flight info, driving distances and guesses at gas cost, previous trip examples, AND trip notes with where to find some mega-cheaper gas stations and ways to keep from driving the slow route through towns we need to go through by not taking the obvious freeway exit.

Grand Tetons backpacking

Grand Teton mountain range peak names

NASA aerial photo of the Grand Teton mountain range

 Jackson Hole, Wyoming has a description of the main streets and how to find the Whole Grocer, Albertson’s, K Mart, Ace hardware, St John’s Medical Center, skate park, city parks with sand volleyball and/or tennis courts and more.

 map of Jenny Lake campground and notes about the campsites

Signal Mountain campground map and notes

The trip pages index for the Grand Teton National Park road trip

For trips to Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne trip main page

directions for the drive from San Jose to Tuolumne Meadows via 120:

Pussypaws, Cow Parsnip, Coneflower, Penstemon, Phlox, Columbine, Monkeyflower, Sulphur Flower, Iris, Groundsel and Lupine Tuolumne trip wildflowers

World's greatest swimming hole

May Lake to Mount Hoffman is the main long hike we do

Lembert Dome Hike

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