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ODR provides essentials for outdoor adventure

The outdoor recreation on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., offers guided trips that are geared for relaxation, as well as adrenaline. They also provide the proper equipment for a safe and enjoyable outing. (Courtesy photo)

The outdoor recreation on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., offers guided trips that are geared for relaxation, as well as adrenaline. They also provide the proper equipment for a safe and enjoyable outing. (Courtesy photo)

Lt. William Burkett, Coastal Riverine Squadron 11 Delta 1st platoon assistant officer in charge on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, WA, is assisted by Lauren Boyer, recreation aid, Feb. 17, 2017, at the outdoor recreation on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The ODR is a one-stop-shop for rental equipment, discount tickets and guided trips. (Photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Lt. William Burkett, Coastal Riverine Squadron 11 Delta 1st platoon assistant officer in charge on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, WA, is assisted by Lauren Boyer, recreation aid, Feb. 17, 2017, at the outdoor recreation on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The ODR is a one-stop-shop for rental equipment, discount tickets and guided trips. (Photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Erik Peterson, a Team Buckley spouse, overlooks Cooper Hill Ski Area, Colo., during a trip to the Sangree Mitchell Froelicher 10th Mountain Division hut. The ODR hosts weekend treks in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains, which include rental gear and transportation. (Courtesy photo)

Erik Peterson, a Team Buckley spouse, overlooks Cooper Hill Ski Area, Colo., during a trip to the Sangree Mitchell Froelicher 10th Mountain Division hut. The ODR hosts weekend treks in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains, which include rental gear and transportation. (Courtesy photo)

Tracy Deprist, recreation aide, hangs up rental skis returned from a customer Feb. 17, 2017, at the outdoor recreation on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. ODR offers a variety of rental equipment for numerous sports and activities. (Photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Tracy Deprist, recreation aide, hangs up rental skis returned from a customer Feb. 17, 2017, at the outdoor recreation on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. ODR offers a variety of rental equipment for numerous sports and activities. (Photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Members of Team Buckley pose for a photo while snowmobiling within the Grand Lake Trail System in Colo. The ODR hosts trips for extreme sporting, relaxing outings and family getaways. (Courtesy photo)

Members of Team Buckley pose for a photo while snowmobiling within the Grand Lake Trail System in Colo. The ODR hosts trips for extreme sporting, relaxing outings and family getaways. (Courtesy photo)

Those lucky enough to be stationed in Colorado understand the endless outdoor opportunities the beautiful state has to offer.

Escaping to the outdoors can be beneficial to your physical and mental health, however, it can be difficult to be fully prepared for the journey. Whether it’s getting the proper equipment or seeking the right location for adventure, the outdoor recreation on Buckley Air Force Base is the ticket to a safe and affordable outing for Airmen and families.

“The outdoor rec is a way for the Buckley community to have easier access to the outdoors and the mountains,” said William Link III, ODR adventure programmer. “We help provide equipment, guides and discount tickets. Really, we’re just a gateway to a healthier and better lifestyle.”

Buckley ODR offers equipment for sporting goods, camping, home and garden, parties and just about any outdoor activity out there.

Other deals that Airmen may not know about are discounted tickets for ski lifts, local sporting events, aquariums and even theme parks.

As the adventure programmer, Link is responsible for planning and carrying out the guided trips the ODR offers.

“A lot of people don’t realize how heavily discounted the trips are that we offer,” said Link. “We have $200 trips for $50.”

ODR tries to offer a variety of trips for Airmen and families so they can meet all of the outlets they may want.

“We have trips that cater to single Airmen who live in the dorms so they can get out and meet new people,” said Link. “We also have trips for families, and trips for service members returning from deployments that are designed to give them a healthy dose of adrenaline, such as backcountry skiing and snowmobiling.”

Regardless of the situation, ODR works to assist the entire Buckley community. During the warmer months, for example, ODR hosts camping, fishing and mountain biking trips. During the winter, they host trips for most cold-weather activities, with upcoming events such as skiing at Winter Park and a three-night, five-mile tour in the backcountry of Copper Mountain, spending a night at a 10th Mountain Division Hut.

“Everyone wants to get out,” said Dakota Hitt, ODR information tickets and travel assistant. “We provide a cheaper method of recreating and de-stressing. Everybody needs to get out and enjoy a sense of relaxation, whether it’s extreme like snowmobiling or something subtle like a pub tour.”

Colorado offers an abundance of activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles, and ODR provides the Buckley community with the tools they need. Not only is ODR a convenient escape to relaxation, but an access to a more fruitful life.

“In order to be at your best, you can’t have personal distractions,” said Link. “You need a healthy lifestyle outside of work, and with that quality of life you’re more driven and it’s easier to do what’s necessary when you’re on duty. A healthy home life spills over to your work life. It increases morale and keeps service members ready.”
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