Fall Break: Backpack the Best of the Northwest

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Trips to be scheduled.

Depending on weather, visit the high plateaus and meadows of the Cascades, with huckleberries and views of the Northwest’s largest volcanos, or explore the more arid canyons on the east side of the state… whichever is Best that week! Either place has beautiful scenery and fall colors. We’ll base our decision on where to go on the forecast just before our trip leaves, but you won’t be disappointed with this backpacking trip! Each day we’ll hike through a remarkable landscape carrying everything we need on our backs, and sleep in tents at night.

Fall Break trips can count as an activity credit for graduation! You can get credit in PE/A 101 “Outdoor Adventures” for participation in this trip as long as you register through WebAdvisor prior to the end of the add/drop period. To be granted registration permissions, email yuska@lclark.edu.

How to Register

Registration Opens: Friday, September 10th, 2021 
Trip Fee: $195 / $97*

*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

Physical Demands

No experience necessary! The hiking pace and rigor will be tailored to the group and weather conditions.

Participants should be prepared to hike up to 6 miles per day on uneven terrain, carrying 50-60lbs in backpacks. You’ll hike on trails and off trail, and sleep outdoors on foam pads.

Accessibility accommodations are available, contact outdoors@lclark.edu

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

Amenities

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.