College Outdoors strives to help the Lewis & Clark community get out as much as possible. We offer rentals on a few types of essential equipment.
To rent gear email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 503-768-6287 to request your gear. Please be sure to make your rentals reservation by no later than 4 PM on the Wednesday prior to your trip. Sorry, no gear will be rented on Friday- there are just too many College Outdoors trips going out that day. But you don’t have to pay any extra to pick it up earlier in the week.
Rentals are only available during Fall and Spring semester to current students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Lewis and Clark College. (The rental program actually loses money, and we don’t have enough student staff in the summer or during winter break to run it. Sorry!). Due to resource constraints, we are unable to rent any gear for the weekends before and after both fall and spring breaks.
If you’re renting for Fall or Spring Break, your reservation should be in no later than 7 calendar days prior to the last day of class before the break. This advance notice is needed because we are so busy with the many College Outdoors trips going out.
If you are looking to rent gear in the summer months, or during Winter Break, we suggest checking out some of the other gear rental opportunities listed below.
For the equipment we do rent, we ask for a reasonable rental fee and a refundable deposit, in case the gear is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced. As long as the gear you rent comes back in the same condition in which it left, your deposit will be returned to you. Lewis & Clark community members may rent gear for themselves and for one additional person. We are trying to make as much gear available for rental possible, and currently our rental closet includes:
Spring/Fall Break Prices
|Snowshoes (rented only if snowpack is deep enough)||$20||$15||$200|
|Tent (2 and 4 person, 3 & 4 season free-standing models)||$30||$25||$400|
|Down Sleeping Bag (0 degrees) NOTE: Will not work if wet!||$25||$20||$300|
|Synthetic Sleeping Bag (best for warmer weather)||$20||$15||$200|
|Foam Sleeping Pad||$4||$3||$10|
|Backpack (5000-6000 cu in size)||$20||$15||$200|
|Ski Poles & Hiking Poles||$6||$5||$100|
|Stove (Propane canister type, includes fuel canister w/ fuel)||
|Water Jugs (5 gal)||$5||$5||$20|
Gear Rental Policy
Equipment must be returned clean (it does not have to be dry, just clean) to the Sequoia building (call 503-768-6287 to make sure someone is there) by Monday at 5:00 PM immediately following the weekend the rental takes place unless other arrangements are made. If no one answers the phone at the Sequoia building, the renter may drop the equipment off at the College Outdoors office in Room 244, Templeton College Center (office phone in Templeton is 503-768-7116).
If the item(s) are returned after 5:00 PM on the agree upon rental date(s), (generally Monday after your weekend rental) a $10 late fee applies. After this time, a charge of $10 per day applies for each additional day, or, if the equipment is damaged beyond repair or cleaning, the College Outdoors staff may decide to charge the renter the retail replacement price of the equipment. Cleaning fees may also be applied, at the discretion of College Outdoors, if gear is not returned clean, determined at a prorated price of $18/hour.
The cost of irreparably damaged, lost, or stolen items (while in possession of the renter) will be paid by the renter at a rate equal to the current retail price of replacing the item with a comparable item. All damaged equipment of Lewis & Clark College remains property of Lewis & Clark College.
We recognize that there is a great deal of interest and often add equipment to our rental program, but we cannot (yet!) provide everything needed. Here we list addresses, websites, and phone numbers of local businesses that rent gear and/or sell it cheap.
Local Businesses that Rent Gear
Portland State University Outdoor Program Rentals (Open to non-PSU students, too!)
SW College St., between 5th and 6th Avenues
Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe
250 NE Tomahawk Island Drive
426 SE Grand Ave
Oregon Mountain Community (OMC)
2975 NE Sandy Blvd
Otto’s Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe
Hwy 26 (in Sandy on the way to Mt. Hood)
38716 Pioneer Blvd
1405 SW Johnson
The Mountain Shop
628 NE Broadway
Local Businesses with Discounted Gear
Columbia Sportswear Outlet Stores
(East Side of Portland)
1323 SE Tacoma
Columbia Sportswear Outlet, Lake Oswego
3 Monroe Parkway, Suite H
Oswego Towne Square (down Boones Ferry Rd.)
Next Adventure (New & Used Gear, and rentals)
426 SE Grand
US Outdoor Store
219 SW Broadway
Toll free (866) 876-3932
Cheap Gear on the Internet
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for in this list, come on in and ask—we’ll try to point you in the right direction. If you know of a local business you think we should add to this list, please let us know!