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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

October 1st, 2016

  • Image preview All Day: Mt. St. Helens Dayhike #1

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, September 9 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 27 at 5:00pm

     

    Take a hike along a forested ridge near this iconic volcano. You’ll hike through forest left untouched by the violent 1980 eruption, including a patch of old growth forest with large hemlock and fir trees draped with lichens. At our turn around point we’ll be in the historic blast zone and see trees killed by superheated gas released during the mountain’s last major awakening.  *If the weather is bad, this trip will go east, to the Klickitat River Gorge for a great hike in the (usually) drier rain shadow of the Cascades.

October 2nd, 2016

  • Image preview All Day: Mt. St. Helens Dayhike #2

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, September 9 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 27 at 5:30pm

     

    Take a hike along a forested ridge near this iconic volcano. You’ll hike through forest left untouched by the violent 1980 eruption, including a patch of old growth forest with large hemlock and fir trees draped with lichens. At our turn around point we’ll be in the historic blast zone and see trees killed by superheated gas released during the mountain’s last major awakening.  *If the weather is bad, this trip will go east, to the Klickitat River Gorge for a great hike in the (usually) drier rain shadow of the Cascades.

October 5th, 2016

  • Image preview All Day: FALL BREAK: Hike Crater Lake & SUP Central Oregon

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, September 9 at 9:00am

    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 October 9
  • Image preview All Day: FALL BREAK: Raft Guide Training Clinic

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, September 9 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, September 29 at 4:30pm

     

    This clinic is the first step to becoming a professional guide, for those of you who’d like to guide a whitewater raft. You’ll learn technical knowledge and gain valuable experience in the art of running rivers and river rescue. This trip takes place on the Maupin section of the Deschutes River, at Wapinitia, Box Car, and Oak Springs rapids.  You will be camping riverside for the duration of this clinic.

    until October 9

October 6th, 2016

  • Image preview All Day: FALL BREAK: Backpack Oregon’s Canyonlands

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, September 9 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, September 29 at 5:30pm

     

    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 must be able to carry 50+lbs on their back for the duration of the trip.

    until October 9

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