Open House Backpack Training

  • Backpack training trip 2019

Upcoming Events

November 12

Open House Backpack Training Trip

until November 14

Students who have attended at least 3 Open House sessions are invited to attend the backpack training trip, which is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17!! Pro tip: If you’d like to lead backpacking trips with College Outdoors in the future, including NSTs, attending this training will give you an extra credential to be considered for those trip placements!

If you are interested in taking the skills you have been learning at Open House, and actually putting them to use, this is the perfect trip for you!

In order to practice your skills on this trip, we will be putting y’all in charge of many of the essential things that Trip Leaders have to take care of such as choosing where to go (within a reasonable drive for a Sat-Sun trip), navigation 🗺️

How to Register

Registration opens: Friday, September 17th, 2021

Trip Fee: $50 / $25*

*If you qualify for any federal financial aid, the trip fee is cut in half thanks to scholarship funding from ASLC. We accept cash, checks, credit/debit cards, and apple/samsung/google pay. 

To register for a trip, stop by the College Outdoors office in Templeton 244 or call us at 503-768-7116 once registration is open. Some trips fill up fast! The registration process can be a bit confusing your first time, you can learn more by reading How to Sign Up for a College Outdoors Trip.

Trip Type

Backpacking|Camping, not in a campground|Hiking

Physical Demands

No experience necessary! The hiking pace and rigor will be tailored to the group and weather conditions, and we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

Participants should be prepared to hike up to 4 miles per day on uneven trails, carrying 50-60lbs in backpacks. You’ll sleep outdoors on foam pads.

Accessibility accommodations are available, contact

What to Expect

  • Sleeping indoors
  • Sleeping outdoors
  • Electricity
  • Wifi
  • Cell phone service
  • Heating
  • Beds
  • Bathrooms
  • Gender-inclusive bathrooms
  • Showers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Food for any Dietary Restrictions


Pre-Trip Meeting

College Outdoors trips have a Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM) prior to the trip to help you prepare, which takes place at the Sequoia warehouse on the Graduate Campus.

At this meeting you’ll meet the trip leaders and other participants, learn more about the trip activity, location, and schedule, and be given a packing list of everything you need for your trip. The trip leaders and Sequoia staff will then help you find and borrow anything on the packing list that you’d like to borrow. We have high-quality outdoor clothing and equipment, and it’s all free to use for your trip!

If you miss a Pre-Trip Meeting, check your email for important info you missed. 

Sequoia Warehouse

Sequoia is the College Outdoors warehouse, located on the Graduate Campus. Everything you’ll need is available for free when you come on a College Outdoors Trip. At Sequoia you will find:

  • Clothing needed for your trip, including any relevant outerwear and specialty items needed for the activity. Sizes range from XS - XXL and come in gendered an non-gendered designs. 
  • Gear needed for your trip, such as sleeping bags, backpacks, water bottles, and much much more.
  • Equipment such as tents, cookware, first-aid kits, and boats, which trip leaders will pack for each trip as needed.
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms, which can also be used as changing rooms.
  • Staff available to answer your questions.