Stanford Outdoors Membership

Stanford Outdoors is a member-based Voluntary Student Organization (VSO) that advises outdoor adventure programs and services at Stanford.  SO works in conjunction with Stanford Outdoor Education to operate student-facilitated adventure experiences through the Adventure Program, outdoor themed events, and a wide range of outdoor equipment rental and retail services through the Outdoor Center.  Stanford Outdoors is governed by the Stanford Outdoors Council, voted on annually by the membership each Spring quarter.

Membership Registration 

Membership registration is available at the Outdoor Center.  Member dues are $10 for the 2016-2017 academic year, valid through August 31, 2017.  Membership is available for undergraduate and graduate students only.

Member Benefits

  • 50% off most equipment rentals – member must be present in the Outdoor Center to receive discount.
  • Priority registration and discounts on Adventure Program trips
  • Discounts on lift tickets
  • Access to member-only events including BBQs
  • Voting rights for Stanford Outdoors Council
  • The ability to propose Adventure Program trips and events such as clinics and guest speakers
  • Participation in member committees including Trip & Events and Outfitting & Retail
  • More!

Common Adventure Clubs

Stanford has a network of Common Adventure Clubs that enjoy outdoor activities. At Stanford a common adventure trip is four or more individuals working cooperatively for common goals and sharing expenses and responsibilities as equitably as possible.  There are no formal guides.  Any instruction or advice provided by any member of the group is given gratuitously in a spirit of cooperation.  Members of the group do not hold one another or others liable for accidents.

On a common adventure trip, everyone is expected to share in the responsibilities of the trip.  The trip initiator (the person who posted the sign-up sheet) gets the ball rolling.  The rest of the group is expected to help plan, organize, cook, wash, load and unload vehicles, buy food, clean up equipment afterwards, etc.  The success or failure of a common adventure trip rests not in the hands of the trip initiator, or the club or institution which might offer such trips, but rather in the hands of everyone that participates in the trip.

Stanford has four such clubs that subscribe to the Common Adventure Model. More information is available at each club-maintained website.

Alpine Club

The Stanford Alpine Club promotes the safe enjoyment of alpinism (rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, etc.) in the Stanford Community.  The Stanford Alpine Club (SAC) has a strong history of alpine excellence at Stanford University and beyond. SAC was founded in 1946.

Kayak Club

The Stanford Kayak Club provides a network to improve on and continue kayaking while at Stanford. Benefits include frequent trips to local rivers and access to great kayaking equipment.

Surf Club

The Stanford Surf Club is a group organized to build a community among the surfers at Stanford.

Windsurf Club

The Stanford Windsurf Club provides a network to improve on and continue windsurfing while at Stanford. Benefits include frequent sessions at the bay and the coast and access to great windsurfing equipment for all skill levels.