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  • 03/19/2014 1:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take a moment to welcome Katie Cordova as our new Camping Activity Chair.

    Here is a little about Katie...


    I grew up in the woods, packed inside a tent with my father and brother and sisters. My dad taught me the beauty of nature. It's silence around it and it's life within it. He taught me the peace of a simple life and to love the challenge of it all. As a mother one of my greatest joys is to pass that love onto my children to find that peace and adventure in their own lives. 

    “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  -Thoreau

    We will all be able to officially meet Katie at the next board meeting.

    Welcome Katie and Congratulations!


    ~Jerry Capehart, Vice President 

  • 03/19/2014 12:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are tagging onto a class the Keelhaulers set up.  June 14 & 15, Albright WV.  Charlie Walbridge instructing.
    Contact Joe Marksz 216.533.064 with questions or to lock in your spot.
  • 02/19/2014 10:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Chapters 3 and 4 of the Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Trip Leaders Manual have been updated.  You can read them here:
  • 02/19/2014 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    New Budget Ride Fees for 2104
    $5 Members & $10 Non-Members

    Columbus Outdoor Pursuits has decided to raise the Budget Ride Fees to $5 for Members and $10 for Non-Members. This was determined necessary after analyzing the cost associated with a Budget Ride. The list of cost are Insurance, allocated cost of Newsletter, marking paint, mileage for volunteers, facility cost or donation, and printing maps results in a break-even of 75 rides using the old fees. Due to competition and bad weather some of the budget rides do not attract enough riders. We don’t want to eliminate any Budget Rides, so a fee increase was decided.

    In an effort to streamline our processes we also ask all riders to register on-line through our web site when possible. We will leave the “Budget Ride” Registration open until midnight the Thursday before the ride. All riders registered online will receive an email Friday morning with a GPS file link to ridewithgps for that Budget Ride. This helps with handling of money on the day of the ride and recording of the riders for our records. On-line registered riders will still need to sign a liability sheet at the ride for Insurance purposes. The online liability check is not sufficient to date.

    Thank you for understanding! We want to offer these Budget Rides for many years, so bicyclist can safely enjoying roads they may not be comfortable riding without our help of maps and road markings.

  • 10/24/2013 1:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Kudos to CFC!
    Dear Fall Challenge Team,
    I did the one-day option of the 2013 Fall Challenge and had an absolutely great time. The route was great, the food was great and the volunteers were great. Kudos especially to whoever planned the route. It was brilliant - a perfect blend of challenging hills, good pavement, and light traffic. I had no idea all those great roads were down there.
    I've done many organized tours over the years, including many COP tours. But this has to go down as one of the all-time best. Thank you for all the hard work making it happen.
    Will Koehler
  • 09/28/2013 12:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Help Wanted – Lots of Help Wanted!
    by Keith Finn, President

    Position NOT listed in order of importance!

    Activity Chair for Rock Climbing: After a long stretch as the Rock Climbing chair, Karen Reinhart is stepping down.  I will miss working with Karen, and the program will miss her leadership and dedication.  She will be doubly missed since we do not yet have a volunteer willing to take her place.

    Activity Chair for Hiking: Pat Smith has retired from the Hiking Activity Chair effective September 9th. We will be looking for volunteers to re-invigorate the Hiking program.

    Bicycle Development Fund Chair: Chad Stucke is stepping down. I really have a hard time remembering how many years Chad has served on the board.  He did a multi year stint as the COP Treasurer, and then took the task of the Chair of the Bicycle Development Fund.  I imagine Chad will be spending more time with his family...the last few board meetings included Chad's 2 children!  I will miss having Chad on the board! (and his kids...). The chair of the BDF has a lot of influence on where COP will donate funds generated by the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.

    Nominees for Elected Board: during the time I was supposed to be beating the bushes looking for board nominees, I was volunteering on XOBA, and then I ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks (injury NOT related to XOBA!)! So, we are really looking for people who would be interested in working on a non-profit board as an elected board member.

    NEW! Activity chairs for new events!

    Activity Leader needed for: Non competitive Running. Due to our insurance restrictions, COP cannot run a timed, competitive event. But an interest has been expressed by some members for group runs and “Fun” runs.

    Activity Leader needed for: Camping – many COP events involve camping, but this would Camping as a Social event. You know, just camping for a weekend in a nice spot, cooking out and swapping stories over the campfire.

    Activity Leader needed for: Fishing from Canoes and Kayak.  Boating with a different slant. A fishing trip done from your canoe or kayak is a very different kettle of, um, “fish”. I have been on a couple of different trips where we were fishing, and had a great time. And this can be done locally!

    But, we are stymied by a lack of volunteers to be the New Activity Leaders.

    Whether elected or appointed by their activity, board members have the same responsibilities. They carry the responsibility for the legal, fiscal and ethical control of the Corporation.

    Please, please if you have any interest in these positions, please contact me at
  • 09/07/2013 5:58 PM | Keith Finn (Administrator)
    We now have the TOSRV Final Report for 2013.  Huge thanks go out to Rick Hochstetter and the veteran TOSRV volunteers!  They were able to "reboot" TOSRV for 2013, and they turned the ride around from a less than stellar year in 2012.  I got to work with TOSRV volunteers in 2013, and was very impressed with the entire crew.  I did my part by being the Luggage Truck driver for the Half TOSRV.   I also helped where I could with registration questions, since we had some situations from 2012 that resulted in people being promised a "free" TOSRV in 2013.  All of these situations were resolved to everyone's satisfaction, and we were able to avoid the situations in 2013 that led to the "free TOSRV" registrations promised back in 2012.    The TOSRV crew of 2013 was able to control the expenses of the ride, and thus COP was able to add about $50,000 dollars to our operating revenues.  This was a huge plus to a successful TOSRV!   (by Keith Finn, President Columbus Outdoor Pursuits).

  • 08/22/2013 4:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It's time to put your name in the hat for October's Board Election!
    The COP Board is composed of 10 elected members and not more than 10 ex-officio members. Elected members serve two-year terms, five elected each year.  The ex-officio members are nominated by the president and approved by the Board, and represent the main activities and projects: TOSRV Director, XOBA Director, Risk Manager, bicycle Project Development Fund and the Bicycling, Backpacking, Boating, Camping, Climbing, Hiking, Running and Winter Activities.
    Only elected members may be officers.
    Whether elected or appointed by their activity, board members have the same responsibilities. They carry the responsibility for the legal, fiscal and ethical control of the Corporation.    Read more... 
  • 08/22/2013 4:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Many of our current Activity Leaders have been in their positions a long time now and would like to move on.  This includes Climbing and Backpacking.  Plus we have the new activities of camping and running that are in need of leadership.  With that in mind, I thought it might be a good idea to publish the current Activity Leader Job Description.
    Activity Leader Position Description  Read More
  • 06/22/2013 3:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This year's Butch-O-Rama will be bitter sweet as we remember a great man who touched so many lives both on and off the river.  Memorial Paddle on July 5, see calendar for details.
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