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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

September 28th, 2016

  • Image preview 5:00pm: Open House: Shelter and Knots
    Join College Outdoors at the Sequoia Warehouse for an overview of shelter structures and useful knots. you will KNOT be disappointed.  

September 29th, 2016

  • Image preview All Day: Come Backpacking over Fall Break!
    Sign-up is first-come, first-served at the College Outdoors Office in Templeton 244

    Visit a gorgeous arid canyon as autumn blankets the high desert. This area is in the rain-shadow of the Cascades, so the weather should be dry. The canyon walls tower above your camp here, making it feel like you’re in a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. One of the largest springs in eastern Oregon is in the middle of this proposed wilderness area.  While no previous experience is necessary, backpacking can be rigorous, and participants will carry 50+lbs on their back for the duration of the trip.
    until September 30
  • Image preview All Day: Visit Crater Lake & SUP Central Oregon over Fall Break!

    Trip sign-up open now with College Outdoors in Templeton 244

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 27 at 4:45pm

    This brand-new fall break trip will be taking advantage of the good weather usually offered on the dry side of Oregon east of the Cascades. This trip will go hiking at the famous Crater Lake National Park, where the deepest lake in the US was formed when Mt. Mazama erupted thousands of years ago! You will also and stand up paddleboard around the Bend area on the headwaters of the deschutes rivera and some local lakes. This high-desert area offers a landscape that most people don’t associate with Oregon. The mossy forests on the west side give way to small Juniper trees and Ponderosa pines. 

    until September 30

September 30th, 2016

  • Image preview All Day: Come Backpacking over Fall Break!
    Sign-up is first-come, first-served at the College Outdoors Office in Templeton 244

    Visit a gorgeous arid canyon as autumn blankets the high desert. This area is in the rain-shadow of the Cascades, so the weather should be dry. The canyon walls tower above your camp here, making it feel like you’re in a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. One of the largest springs in eastern Oregon is in the middle of this proposed wilderness area.  While no previous experience is necessary, backpacking can be rigorous, and participants will carry 50+lbs on their back for the duration of the trip.
  • Image preview All Day: Visit Crater Lake & SUP Central Oregon over Fall Break!

    Trip sign-up open now with College Outdoors in Templeton 244

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 27 at 4:45pm

    This brand-new fall break trip will be taking advantage of the good weather usually offered on the dry side of Oregon east of the Cascades. This trip will go hiking at the famous Crater Lake National Park, where the deepest lake in the US was formed when Mt. Mazama erupted thousands of years ago! You will also and stand up paddleboard around the Bend area on the headwaters of the deschutes rivera and some local lakes. This high-desert area offers a landscape that most people don’t associate with Oregon. The mossy forests on the west side give way to small Juniper trees and Ponderosa pines. 

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