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Featured upcoming trip; Whitewater Rafting

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Featured upcoming trip; Whitewater Rafting

Idaho, it has been called the whitewater state.  There is no other state that has as much whitewater or running water as Idaho does. It is home to rivers such as the Salmon, the Snake, the Clearwater and the list goes on.  Two of these rivers carve two of the deepest gorges in the nation with one being the Salmon River Gorge and the other Hell's Canyon.  ...

Featured upcoming trip; Paintball

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Featured upcoming trip; Paintball

On May 21 at 9:30 A.M. BYU-Idaho students will come together for a game of paintball.  Paintball can be played many ways, but participants will most likely engage in a game similiar to capture the flag in a natural environment.  Participants will be divided into teams where they will defend their position from other participants. Once a person is "tagged" they are out of the game.    ...

Featured upcoming trip; Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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Featured upcoming trip; Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding (otherwise known as SUP) is currently the fastest growing sector of the paddle sports industry.  The SUP is an offshoot of the surf board and most persons probably would not recognize the difference.  Although similiar, the boards are a little different.  The main difference is the size of the board and the paddle used to propel the board forward.  Surfboards use the power of the waves to move forward, the SUP is used with a long paddle and is found mainly riding on flat water in landlocked states.  They are another way to get out on the water and enjoy life.  ...

Rexburg Idaho is home to the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.  It does not sport many rapids locally, but it does have plenty of flat water which is great for canoeing, kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards.  The ideal locations for the SUP locally are Rigby Lake, and the Henry's Fork of the Snake River near Warm Slough.  

To buy a board an individual can expect to pay from around $400 on up.  There are models which are hardened and others which are inflatable.  There are not many persons locally who own stand up paddle boards, but there is a different alternative to owning and that is renting.  The BYU-Idaho Outdoor Resource Center makes getting into this paddle sport easier and more affordable.  They carry anything from junior models on up to larger sizes for bigger persons.  They even carry a very large SUP known as SUPsquatch which can carry a host of people at the same time.  

If you would like to try one of these boards out, join Outdoor Activities on one of their outings.  They have trips to the areas listed above on May 21, June 18 and July 16.  All SUP trips include transportation and all necessary paddling gear.  SUP trips are $10 per person and individuals can register at the BYUI Ticket Office.   

Suggested Equipment

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Suggested Equipment

It has been said that there is no such thing as poor weather, only poorly dressed people. With that in mind, lets discuss appropriate clothing for Outdoor Activities.  

Before arriving at your scheduled departure place and departure time, please take a moment and look at the weather forecast. Base your dress on the forecast. Here are a few things that are necessary on all trips, no matter on what the weather is. If you don't have these items you may rent them from the Outdoor Resource Center under the North end of the stadium. Their phone number is (208)-496-7331. ...

  • Good shoes or boots. (If you are on the water, please make sure you wear shoes which will not come off your feet. Flip flops are not allowed.)
  • Jacket (Please look at the forecast and see how heavy of a jacket you should bring)
  • Daypack
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Water and Snacks 
  • Modest Swimsuit (If it is a water-based activity)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Camera
  • If it is winter, please make sure you bring snowpants, hat, snow boots and gloves.

Get Involved

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Get Involved

Are you interested in volunteering as a leader with Outdoor Activities? Please join us in the Manwaring Center room 380 each Monday at 4:00 PM for the volunteer leader meeting. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

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Outdoor Resource Center

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Outdoor Resource Center

Are you looking for gear rentals? Please visit the Outdoor Resource Center's website for information regarding all of your gear rental needs or visit them in person under the North end of the stadium.

Hiking Trip Follow Up

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Hiking Trip Follow Up

Last week 10 BYU-Idaho students headed out to take a look at what south eastern Idaho has to offer in the way of hiking.  Spring has arrived and most of the hiking trails in the surrounding areas are clear with the exception of a few small patches of snow.  Students hiked in the north western edge of the Snake River Mountain Range near Kelly Canyon Ski Resort which allowed them to get a great view of the South Fork of the Snake River and the Snake River Plain.  Living in Rexburg students can start to feel a little trapped after a while.  It seems very flat here, when in reality we are very close to the mountains.  From Rexburg, a person can be to the Kelly Ski Area in about 25 minutes....

Highlighted Upcoming Canoe and Dinner Trip

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online or at local retailers such as CAL-Ranch and Walmart.  

In addition to fishing, the paddling opportunities are limitless.  Of the many places to go, some of our favorites are from Hibbard Bridge to Warm Slough or from Warm Slough to Beaver Dick Park.  If you plan on paddling from Hibbard Bridge to Warm Slough, figure on about two hours on the water, depending on water levels.  If you are unfamiliar with this area, take someone along who has been there before.

If you would like to go on your own, a canoe can be rented from the Outdoor Resource Center under the north end of the stadium. Canoe packages are $20 which include all necessary paddle gear.  Before heading out, make sure you check water levels and ask around to see if the section of water you are paddling is a safe boating area.

If going on your own seems a little daunting or if you just want to go with others, join one of Outdoor Activies groups.  The next trip will be on May 13th at 5PM.  A ticket may be purchased from the BYU-Idaho ticket office. The cost is $10 per person and includes all necessary equipment, transportation and a picnic dinner.  

Whatever your pleasure, please make sure that you paddle safely and wear a life jacket while on the water at all times. Check water levels before you go and make sure you let someone know where you are going and when you should be expected to return home.      

Riverboarding Trip Follow Up

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Riverboarding Trip Follow Up

On April 28th students donned wetsuits and headed to the Blackfoot surf wave.  The wave is known to local river boarders and kayakers throughout south east Idaho as a place to park and surf.  Surfing is normally known as a coastal sport, but it can be done on rivers and canals if there is a big enough drop in elevation in the river.  The drop creates a wave where those who have a sense of adventure can play all day.  

River enthusiasts around the world look for conditions such as this.  There are many 
famous play spots world wide.  While the Blackfoot wave is known to locals, it is not as well known as Lunch Counter on the Snake River near Alpine Wyoming.  When the water conditions are just right in the spring, boarders can be seen surfing there.  While it is normal to see river craft such as kayaks and rafts on the river, it is a little ironic to see somone carving the river on a surfboard in the middle of Wyoming. Students are fortunate to have the opportunity to try river boarding out.  There will be several other dates this spring when this activity will be offered.  Students can check the ...

BYUI ticket office website for future offerings.    

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