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College Outdoors

College Outdoors provides the Lewis & Clark College community with access to the spectacular outdoor environments of the Pacific Northwest through a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater sports, sea kayaking, and hiking.

Participants find themselves at the mountains, rivers, deserts, and coasts that span across Oregon, California, and Washington. College Outdoors’ trips are open to Lewis & Clark undergraduates, graduate students, law students, faculty, and staff.  Trips promise friendly people, fresh air, and fantastic scenery.

College Outdoors offers practical leadership opportunities. Students are encouraged to get involved with College Outdoors by volunteering.  Continued involvement can lead to trip leading opportunities and other staff positions.

To sign up for a trip, visit the College Outdoors office in Templeton Campus Center or call 503-768-7116.

Please click here for our mission statement, and stop by our office to see our official policies and procedures. 

 Events

March 3rd, 2017

  • Image preview Winter Camping Clinic
    Learn the skills of winter camping, using gear sleds, wielding those fancy-looking shovels and snow saws, and staying overnight in snow shelters you build. This trip  is moderately strenuous, and is recommended for those in good physical shape and who are comfortable in the outdoors. There is a mandatory 1.5 hour pre-trip meeting before we head out for the snow, since winter camping is not the sort of thing you want to jump into without a little background. Join us for this amazing weekend and learn how to live in the snow.
    until March 5
  • Image preview Backpack the Oregon Dunes
    The Oregon Dunes are a spectacular and unique location perfect for spring backpacking. On this trip we’ll head to the central Oregon coast, stay in a yurt on Friday night, then set out for a backcountry adventure through the Dunes on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll backpack through transition forests, sand dunes, and beaches during this weekend trip. Backpacking, especially on sandy dunes, is a rigorous activity and not for the faint at heart. As Oregon weather can be unpredictable in the spring, extreme weather conditions may require us to stay in rustic yurts and set out on daytrips in lieu of backcountry travel.
    until March 5

March 4th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Backpack the Oregon Dunes
    The Oregon Dunes are a spectacular and unique location perfect for spring backpacking. On this trip we’ll head to the central Oregon coast, stay in a yurt on Friday night, then set out for a backcountry adventure through the Dunes on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll backpack through transition forests, sand dunes, and beaches during this weekend trip. Backpacking, especially on sandy dunes, is a rigorous activity and not for the faint at heart. As Oregon weather can be unpredictable in the spring, extreme weather conditions may require us to stay in rustic yurts and set out on daytrips in lieu of backcountry travel.
    until March 5
  • Image preview All Day: Winter Camping Clinic
    Learn the skills of winter camping, using gear sleds, wielding those fancy-looking shovels and snow saws, and staying overnight in snow shelters you build. This trip  is moderately strenuous, and is recommended for those in good physical shape and who are comfortable in the outdoors. There is a mandatory 1.5 hour pre-trip meeting before we head out for the snow, since winter camping is not the sort of thing you want to jump into without a little background. Join us for this amazing weekend and learn how to live in the snow.
    until March 5

March 5th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Backpack the Oregon Dunes
    The Oregon Dunes are a spectacular and unique location perfect for spring backpacking. On this trip we’ll head to the central Oregon coast, stay in a yurt on Friday night, then set out for a backcountry adventure through the Dunes on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll backpack through transition forests, sand dunes, and beaches during this weekend trip. Backpacking, especially on sandy dunes, is a rigorous activity and not for the faint at heart. As Oregon weather can be unpredictable in the spring, extreme weather conditions may require us to stay in rustic yurts and set out on daytrips in lieu of backcountry travel.

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