s


The Full Service Tours

Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) America's Touring Classic is Mother's Day Weekend

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) starts Father's Day Weekend, the third Saturday in June

Upper Sandusky Family Run Bicycle Tour (USFBT) is the Second weekend in July

Ridge Runner Ramble (RRR) is the Third weekend in July  
(RRR benefits the Homeless Family Foundation)

Across Ohio Bicycle Adventure (XOBA) is the last full week of July (Next Adventure 2017)

Steve Barbour Memorial Tour is mid to late August

 Knox County Bicycle Challenge (KCBC) third Weekend in September   

Canceled - Columbus Fall Challenge (CFC) Ohio's hardest tour Last weekend in September

Canceled - Foster Hope Joyride in benefit of the Bike Lady Inc. Saturday, October 10th



Upcoming events

    • 04/08/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave., Westerville, OH
    44th WOODSTOCK
    Saturday, April 9 7:30 - 9:00 am
    Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave., Westerville, OH
    A GREAT start to your Spring TOSRV training. The roads have light traffic and relatively-flat Budget Tour of 35/50/100. Riders are responsible for food and water. $5 Member and $10 non-members

    Register online before Midnight Thursday (4/6) and receive an email Friday(4/7) with GPS routes.

    Registration is available at start (CASH ONLY)

    Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Office (614) 442-7901


    For questions about the ride:

    pkovacs@att.net

    midpackercorbs@aol.com

    • 04/15/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 200 Cemetery Rd., Canal Winchester, OH
    48th SPOT
    Saturday, April 16th, 7:30 - 9:00 AM "Budget" Tour
    Canal Winchester. Cyclist Connection, 200 Cemetery Rd. The 2nd of four(4) TOSRV training rides in the counties SE of Columbus. Fairly Flat course of 35 to 102 miles with a few small hills. Budget tour with roads marked, maps provided.

    Register online before Midnight Thursday (4/13) and receive an email Friday(4/14) with GPS routes.

    Registration is available at start (CASH ONLY)

    $5 Members, $10 non-members 
    Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Office (614) 442-7901
    • 04/22/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Rocky Fork and Paint Creek - Southern Ohio
    • 14

    Introduction to Whitewater

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Learn to paddle whitewater with Columbus Outdoor Pursuits!


    The 2017 Intro to Whitewater Clinic is designed for those students interested in learning to paddle in swift(er) moving water or whitewaterWe will spend the day on the Rocky Fork & Paint Creek in southern Ohio

    You will learn a progression of whitewater paddling skills on the water during this one-day clinic. Starting Saturday morning at Rocky Fork Lake State Park this clinic teaches the necessary skills for paddling most of Ohio's fast moving rivers and is the first step toward Class III and greater whitewater kayaking.

    Students are required to have previous experience in a kayak and knowledge of and comfort executing the basic paddle strokes (i.e., Beginner Kayak/IRK school, pool session practice, previous river kayaking, or similar paddling experience).  The student must be able to demonstrate proper balance and boat control on flatwater in order to get the most out of this class.  Contact us if you have questions about your experience and skills needed for this class.

    Please arrive by 8:30 am and expect a full day of instruction.  Camping is available at several state parks in the area if you are traveling from afar and want to arrive the night before or stay the next day.  Plenty to see and do in the area... 

    http://arcofappalachia.org/highlands-nature-sanctuary/

    http://www.bainbridgedentalmuseum.org/

    Rocky Fork State Park

    9800 N. Shore Dr. 

    Hillsboro, Oh 45133

    We will begin with a brief overview of whitewater specific strokes and maneuverability on the lake before moving downstream to the put-in for the remainder of the on-water clinic.

    The ability to Eskimo roll a kayak is not required for this class but students must have experience performing wet exits. See our remaining pool sessions if you need practice.  

    All gear can be rented from COP for $20 and can be selected during your registration.

    Your fees cover instruction, a snack, a hot meal for lunch, shuttle and coordination, dam release, and plenty of corny jokes...not to mention a lovely guided tour through the amazing Highlands Nature Sanctuary and old 7 Caves area.

    You may register early but all payments must be made by April 3rd, 2016.
    If you are unable to pay online a paper application can be filled out and mailed along with a check and may be requested by contacting boating@outdoor-pursuits.org.

    Additional info and itinerary will be sent following your paid registration.


    What you need...

    Positive mental attitude

    The desire to push your paddling skills and to listen and learn from the instructors

    Gear- 
    Students are encouraged to supply their own whitewater kayaks and gear, if practical.  Boats 10ft. or less are preferred for this Intro level clinic.  Please note that sea kayaks, fishing, and long, less maneuverable kayaks are not appropriate for this school.  Crossover kayaks may be used and should have flotation bags in the storage area with a working hatch.  
    All kayaks must be in good condition and have appropriate flotation with a fitted cockpit skirt. Students must also have type III/V life jacket, paddle, and a whitewater helmet.
    All equipment can be rented from Columbus Outdoor Pursuits in whole or part, contact us to discuss your needs.
    The school has a limited number of kayaks available on a first-come basis, determined by acceptance of paid and accepted application.

    Clothing-

    Just like any time of year the weather is unpredictable but water and air temps are generally at a cool Spring level.  Appropriate attire is of utmost importance, we just can’t stress this enough.  Be prepared to get wet and avoid wearing cotton clothing.  You can paddle comfortably for this clinic and most of the year without purchasing high dollar drysuits and dry gear.  Wetsuits (full or farmer-john), semi-dry and splash tops, poly-pro, wool underlayers and socks, neoprene booties are all great items to have in the closet for any type of cool and cold weather paddling.  A few links to help get an understanding of proper cold weather gear available.

    http://www.paddleboston.com/advice/dressforcoldwater.php

    http://www.austinkayak.com/blog/2013/08/paddling-in-cold-weather/

    http://www.nrs.com/cold_water_layering.asp

    http://wolfgangbrinck.com/boats/paddling/coldwatergear.html

    http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/the-risks-of-cold-water-kayaking-and-canoeing/

    Footwear shall be snug fitting. Flip flops, Crocs, or other loose type of beach or water shoe may fall off and float downstream at the most in-opportune time.  Tennis shoes tend to be to big to fit in the footwell of a whitewater boat.

    Check with local SCUBA and dive shops as they will often rent out wetsuits and other neoprene and cold water immersion gear.

    If you do not have any of this outerwear and will not be able to purchase or rent by time of the class please contact us and we will do our best to locate loaner gear for your use.



    • 05/20/2017
    • 6:00 AM
    • 05/21/2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Heimat Haus, 4555 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123

    The 56th Annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley


    May 20-21, 2017

    #TheMobsRule

    ***

    EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 7

    Regular Registration Closes April 30th, 2017.

    Online Registration Closes at NOON, Friday, May 19th, 2017.

    Registration packets will be available to pick up 5/19/17 at the Heimat Haus starting at 4:30 pm.

    ***

    Can you believe we are still here?

    56 YEARS in the making...

    #56 

    ... is the code for international direct dial phone calls to Chile.

    ... the number of men who signed the Constitution.

    ... the number counties in Montana.

    ... the atomic number of Barium.

    ... and the number of the 2017 edition of TOSRV.

    ***

    You asked and we listened...

    New Date

    New Start Location

    Heimat Haus

    4555 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123

    ***

    Do you have a group/team of 10 or More?

    Block registrations available.

    Email: TOSRV@Outdoor-Pursuits.org 

    ***

    Refund requests must be in writing and
    postmarked by April 1st, 2017.

    NO REFUNDS after April 1st, 2017

    Refund Processing Fee is $50.00

    Questions:

    Office@Outdoor-Pursuits.org

    • 05/20/2017
    • 6:00 AM
    • 05/21/2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Heimat Haus, 4555 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123

    Forget something on your TOSRV56 Registration?

    Need to reserve a room at Shawnee State University?

    You're in the right place. 

    BE SURE TO USE THE SAME NAME AND EMAIL YOU USED WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE RIDE SO WE CAN MATCH YOUR ADD-ONS WITH YOUR REGISTRATION.

    NO REFUNDS FOR SHAWNEE STATE UNIVERSITY APARTMENTS, SORRY


    The 56th Annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley


    May 20-21, 2017

    #TheMobsRule

    ***

    You asked and we listened...

    New Date

    New Start Location

    Heimat Haus

    4555 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123

    ***

    Do you have a group/team of 10 or More?

    Mob registrations available.

    Email: TOSRV@Outdoor-Pursuits.org 

    ***


    • 06/17/2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 06/24/2017
    • 1:00 AM
    • GOBAVIILLE - Hancock County Fair Grounds, Findlay, OH

    GOBA-2017 Towel Service 

    is brought to you by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits.

    $25 in Advance until June 9, online pre-paid orders only: Register here online. 

    $30 at GOBA Information Booth starting June 17 (Cash Only)

    Fees include Ohio Sales Tax. NO REFUNDS

    You will find us every day near the Shower Trucks.

    Towels available only at the Towel Booth.

    We will have towel service wrist bands for all paid registrants.

    The towel service is run by volunteers.

    Check out Outdoor-Pursuits.org/Calendar for other activities.

    *** Before signing up, Please note ***

    We will not be able to give refunds.

     

    • 06/17/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 06/24/2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Starts and ends in Findlay, Ohio

    29th GOBA -Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

    There's No Place Like GOBA!

    June 17-24, 2017

    Details and Registration at:

     www.goba.com

     

    • 06/16/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 06/23/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Starts and ends in the same town in Ohio, TBD 11/20/17

    30th GOBA -Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

    GOBA Keeps on Rollin'!

    June 16-23, 2018

    Details and Registration at:

     www.goba.com

     

    • 06/15/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 06/22/2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Starts and ends in the same town in Ohio, TBA 11/19/18

    31st GOBA -Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

    GOBA is the best family bicycle-camping tour!

    June 15-22, 2019

    Details and Registration at:

     www.goba.com

     


For more information about your favorite activity....

Email the Activiy Chairperson by clicking one of the following...

BackPacking :: Boating :: Camping :: Bicycling :: Hiking :: Rock Climbing :: Running :: Winter Activities

For Everything Else Contact Us Here


Copyright © Columbus Outdoor Pursuits 

1525 Bethel Rd Ste 100 · Columbus OH 43220-2054

501(c)(3) Non-Profit

ABOUT US :     614.442.7901     : FAQ

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software