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Springfest

Springfest

Where: Upper Campus Climbing Wall and Ziplines

When: April 21st 10am-3pm 

Cost: FREE for BU Students!

 

Course Information: 

Quest courses are designed for beginners, so you will not be expected to demonstrate high levels of ability, but they provide a physical, psychological, and emotional challenge. Courses occur in areas that often involve steep terrain, rough and narrow trails, wet or muddy conditions, and inclement weather. Most Quest activities are movement-oriented activities involving some strenuous activity. Quest staff will provide you with a safety briefing to prepare you for the activities and any safety issues you might encounter or skills you need.

Quest will provide all necessary equipment including sleeping bags, tarps/tents/ground pads, cooking gear, Carbide Lamps, rafts, boats, spray skirts, dry bags, paddles, harnesses, helmets, ropes, skis, ski boots, ice axes, crampons, wetsuits, booties, lifejackets, hardware and first aid supplies. You may bring your own equipment and use it with the approval of Quest staff.

Forms We Need From You

*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities. There are copies available at the Quest office, or you can print one here.

*  Signed Parental Consent for participants who are minors (under 18 years of age).

Instructors

Quest instructors are professional outdoor leaders, students, interns, and members of the community.  They are trained in specific outdoor pursuits, leadership, and first aid.  All are involved in on-going outdoor leadership training with Quest.

Policies

For safety reasons, participants are required to abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs while participating in Quest Activities.  Please respect the rights and health of others with regard to smoking.  Participants will be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment belonging to Quest.

Safety

Safety is a primary concern during any Quest course.  A safety briefing precedes each activity, where risks and protection against these risks are explained.  Participants are expected to abide by all safety rules and procedures defined by Quest staff.


 

Rickett’s Glen Ice Climbing

Come climb waterfalls with Quest! Experience falls in the winter. No longer a flowing body of water, but rather a solid wall of ice! This ice adventure is sure to be a great trip and will educate participants on the use of crampons and ice axes. Ice climbing is an opportunity that comes far and few in between.

If you’re available, sign up today, cross it off that bucket list!

Where: Ricketts Glen State Park
When: February 25th 9-5pm

Please note that this course is weather dependent.  In the event that the course is cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions (ie: no ice) all payments will be refunded.

Cost:

  • $50 for Bloomsburg University Students
  • $100 for all others

How to sign-up: Ideally, you should register early, weeks in advance, if possible.  In order for us to get prepared to get gear and equipment packed and ready, registration typically closes on the Wednesday before a activities occurring on a weekend, and a few days before activities occurring on a weekday, but if spots are still available there is a possibility that you may still be able to register.  Our office is not open on weekends or evenings.  Always call first to see if there is available space before coming to the office or sending in payment.  Spots cannot be reserved by calling or emailing.  Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Methods of payment: 1) cash in person   2) check payable to “Bloomsburg University” in person or via U.S. mail (with a note listing your name, email address and phone number and the date and activity your registering for).

If you need additional help or have any questions, call Susan at the Quest Office or email at quest@bloomu.edu.

Course Information: (read everything below to make sure that you are prepared for this trip)

Quest courses are designed for beginners, so you will not be expected to demonstrate high levels of ability, but they provide a physical, psychological, and emotional challenge.  Courses occur in areas that often involve steep terrain, rough and narrow trails, wet or muddy conditions, and inclement weather. Most Quest activities are movement-oriented activities involving some strenuous activity. Quest staff will provide you with a safety briefing to prepare you for the activities and any safety issues you might encounter or skills you need.

Quest will provide all necessary equipment including crampons, ice axes, helmets, ropes, harnesses, and first aid supplies.  You may bring your own equipment and use it with the approval of Quest staff.  If you need boots, Quest will have boots to provide for this course.

We suggest you bring the following items to make your trip comfortable and fun:

Equipment

  • Day pack (around 1200 Cubic Inches should be enough)
  • Crampons/ snowshoes (if needed: Quest can provide)
  • Ice Axes (Quest can provide)
  • Harnesses (Quest can Provide)
  • Helmets (Quest can provide)
  • Boots for climbing (Quest can provide.  We will not give these boots out until we reach the climbing area, so bring solid boots for the hike in if you want to borrow boots from Quest)
  • Boots for the hike in (if you are borrowing Climbing boots)
  • 2-3 quart sized water bottle
  • Several Large Garbage bags and zip-locks for keeping things dry
  • Camera – if you’re into that sort of thing
  • Personal Medical supplies (medications you’ll need.  Quest will have a course first aid kit and medical training)

Clothing

Head:

  • Synthetic or wool hats
  • Balaclava (face covering)
  • Helmets (listed above)
  • Goggles/glasses (ski goggles work well)

Core:

  • Base layers (Synthetic, long sleeve, lightweight.)
  • Insulating Layers (wool, puffy jacket, sweat shirts, no cotton)
  • Shell Jacket  (With hood, water and wind protection)

Hands:

  • Gloves will be necessary.  Liner gloves are also a nice option.

Legs:

  • Base Layers (Synthetic, long-pants, lightweight.)
  • Insulating layer – fleece pants or equivalent
  • Shell Pants (water and wind protection)
  • Gaiters (to prevent crampons from ripping through pants, Quest will not provide)

Feet:

  • Full-Shank Boots (something similar to a ski boot would also work. Quest can provide for the day)
  • If Quest is providing your climbing boot, you will need to wear a solid hiking boot for the walk in.
  • Socks (synthetic or wool, NO COTTON!  NO ANKLE SOCKS!)

Food:

  • Lunch (sandwiches, cheese, peperoni, tuna fish, etc. No Cooking for lunch!)
  • Snacks (gummy bears, snickers bar, granola bar, GORP etc. To fill in between meals)

 

Forms We Need From You

*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.  You can either print out the waiver and bring the completed form on the morning of the program or you will have to fill one out when you arrive.

*  Signed Parental Consent for participants who are minors (under 18 years of age).

 

Instructors

Quest instructors are professional outdoor leaders, students, interns, and members of the community.  They are trained in specific outdoor pursuits, leadership, and first aid.  All are involved in on-going outdoor leadership training with Quest.

Policies

For safety reasons, participants are required to abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs while participating in Quest Activities.  Please respect the rights and health of others with regard to smoking.  Participants will be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment belonging to Quest.

Safety

Safety is a primary concern during any Quest course.  A safety briefing precedes each activity, where risks and protection against these risks are explained.  Participants are expected to abide by all safety rules and procedures defined by Quest staff.

Quest Refund Policy is on our homepage.

Welcome to Quest

Quest is a Leadership Development program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania serving state system students along with the greater community throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Quest has been in operation since the early 70’s; we now have over 35 years of outstanding reputation in the region. Quest offers exciting, educational courses, mostly at the beginner and intermediate level, in Pennsylvania, the United States, Africa, South and Central America and Europe. People of all ages and backgrounds participate.

Many Quest programs are designed for businesses, groups, and organizations who ask us to schedule courses to meet the specific needs of their members. Activities range from team development for community groups and high school faculties, to strategic planning for corporations, to rock climbing and caving for schools and scout groups. Our facilities at Bloomsburg University include both a static and dynamic high ropes course, a low ropes course, climbing tower, a fully portable array of games and initiatives, and workshop modules including leadership, communication and conflict resolution.

Upcoming events are listed to the left,full course information and registration is located under the “Programs” button above.

The Quest office is located on upper campus across from the baseball fields. The ropes courses and rock wall are in the woods across from Nelson Field House. Feel free to visit our building to meet our faculty and staff and see what we’re all about!