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Cal Hiking Group Strives to Get More Students Outdoors

The campus CHAOS group hopes to add to its 900-strong membership by introducing newbies to the wilderness.

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The University of California-Berkeley’s longstanding outdoors group, Cal Hiking and Outdoor Society (CHAOS), boasts a mailing list of 900-plus members, an unlimited gear library, and a calendar full of outings. And lately, group leaders are planning to reach out to outdoor rookies with a series of workshops on beginner hiking and backpacking.