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    Kyle Miller ‘10 (left) and Rachael Skinner-Green ‘10 strike out to kayak Waldo Lake, rated the fourth-clearest lake in the world. This pristine lake sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet in the Cascade Mountains, near the Three Sisters Wilderness.

College Outdoors, founded at Lewis & Clark in 1979, ranks among the top college outdoor programs in the country. Supported jointly by the student government and the College, the program provides the Lewis & Clark community access to the spectacular outdoor environments of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. College Outdoors offers a range of activities, including hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, backpacking, sea kayaking, igloo building, white-water rafting, swift-water rescue, and guide training–to name a few.

The program is so popular that 9 out of 10 Lewis & Clark students take at least one College Outdoors trip. For some, the trips are just a great way to pass a weekend or spring break. For others, they’re a highlight of the college experience.

Each fall, just before New Student Orientation, more than 100 incoming students participate in Breakaway Adventures. College Outdoors sponsors a variety of trips and also teams up with the Office of Student Leadership and Service to offer outdoor service projects.

This year’s adventures included sea kayaking on Waldo Lake in Oregon and studying old-growth forests in Washington.

Photography by Robert Reynolds.

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