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1750 Montgomery Street Suite 1119
San Francisco, California,94111
The Outdoor Adventure Club provides the expert instruction and gear. We make learning to climb, and all kinds of other outdoor experiences, both attainable and fun! Want information on all of our rock climbing trips? Check out our full Rock Climbing Program.... more.
2014 Year in Review â€“ Eric Nehrlich, Unrepentant Generalist
This sparked my interest in backcountry skiing, so I bought all the gear this summer, and took an intro to backcountry skiing and an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche course with Richard Bothwell of the Outdoor Adventure Club in Lassen National Park the past two weekends, which was awesome.
Meet the Outdoor Adventure Club Staff
Richard Bothwell, CFO (Chief Fun Officer), Program Director and Owner. Since 1996, Richard has been the backwoods expert, head guide, and a pretty good backcountry cook, too. Richard has climbed, skied, snowboarded and guided OAC trips all over the world including 4 of the "7 Summits" (Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, and Elbrus). He's climbed extensively in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, and snowboarded down 24,000' peaks in China. He's surfed (poorly) on four continents as well. Richard is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as a Single Pitch Instructor and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification as well as a AIARE Level III Avalanche certificate. He is a Level 1 and 2 Avalanche Instructor, has completed the AMGA Backcountry Ski Guide Course, and is a volunteer ski instructor for Disabled Sports USA Far West. He's also a certified sea kayak instructor through the American Canoe Association. Richard can be reached at richard@OutdoorAdventureClub.com.
Getting away from it all -- with some digital help - EastBayTimes.com
At Outdoor Adventure Club in San Francisco, chief fun officer Richard Bothwell said guides use a variety of tech tools, mostly for planning.
The company offers backpacking, skiing, rock-climbing, rafting and other adventures around California. Bothwell says technology use varies with the customer. Some enjoy being immersed in nature, while others choose to follow their progress on-screen across a digital map. Historically, he said, being outdoors gave the feeling of rugged independence. "Technology runs counter to it," Bothwell said. "But the reality is that guides use technology all of the time." Bothwell prefers to use his smartphone tools for planning trips. He checks weather and trail conditions for skiing and snowshoeing trips. He uses GPS apps -- including Gaia and Strava -- to map routes. One typical use, he said, is on top of a snow-covered mountain, making sure skiers are aimed toward a smooth run and not a cliff. "That's a reasonable time," Bothwell noted, "to break out the GPS."
As the owner and Chief Fun Officer of Outdoor Adventures Club, Richard Bothwell has made outdoor recreation his passion for nearly two decades.
During 3,000 days of guiding trips around the globe, he has scaled some of the world's most challenging peaks, including Kilimanjaro, Denali, Elbrus and Aconcagua. Since 1996, Bothwell has been teaching explorers and climbers of all levels how to improve their outdoor adventure skills. The basics of what he teaches have stayed the same over time, but his resources and delivery have changed greatly, thanks to advancements in technology. In the past, outdoor adventurers carried a large satellite phone, heavy cameras, a bulky GPS device and Polaroid pictures of trails and ski runs to use as guides. Now, with feature-packed smartphones complete with navigation tools like VZ Navigator, as well as smart accessories that can enhance a device's capabilities, Bothwell and others carry lighter backpacks with more tools. Before heading out on any trip, Bothwell loads up on key apps like BackCountry Navigator, an outdoor navigation tool for off and online topographic maps and aerial imagery, and MotionX-GPS, a GPS app that keeps records of newfound trails and paths for future reference. As a guide, tools like these not only give Bothwell more confidence when leading trips, but also help him keep his group safe. "I had to call in a helicopter rescue once while on a guide training expedition, when one of the instructors had a trip-ending injury," said Bothwell. "I was able to use my phone to reach outside help quickly, and my GPS to give the helicopter our exact location. The rescue went smoothly and everything ended well." For Bothwell and his students, capturing the moment on expeditions is a huge part of the experience. High-quality action cameras like the GoPro HERO3+ attach to his helmet and act as a third eye as he scales mountains or hits the slopes. He can take the hours of digitally recorded video and photos and create compilations highlighting the most thrilling segments. Check out the GoPro film he compiled from a recent Outdoor Adventure Club helicopter snowboard trip in Alaska.
Outdoor Adventure Club- Employment, Job Openings for Outdoor Guides in the SF Bay Area
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