Rental Information

College Outdoors strives to help the Lewis & Clark community get outdoors. If you are going on a College Outdoors trip, any and all gear you need for the trip, including personal gear, is included in the trip fee.  For private trips, we offer rentals on these types of essential equipment (see list below).

Thom Lehman manages the gear rentals.  To rent gear email Thom Lehman ( to request your gear.  If you are renting for a weekend during the semester, please be sure to make your rentals reservation by no later than 4 PM on the Wednesday prior to your trip.  If you’re renting for Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, 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 busy with other College Outdoors trips going out.

Sorry, no gear will normally be rented on Friday- there are just too many College Outdoors trips occurring over the weekend and we’re getting those ready that day. But you don’t have to pay any extra to pick it up earlier in the week.

Rentals are available during Fall and Spring Semester (of the undergraduate academic schedule) to current students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Lewis & Clark College. (The rental program actually loses a fair amount of money, so we do not have the staff to rent out gear over the summer.)

For the equipment we do rent, we ask for a very 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


Weekend Prices




Snowshoes (rented only if snowpack is deep enough, typically Jan-Apr) $20 $15 $200
Tent (4 person, 4 season free-standing models) $40 $30 $400
Down Sleeping Bag (0 degrees F) NOTE: Will not work if wet! $30 $25 $300
Synthetic Sleeping Bag (0 degrees F) $20 $15 $200
Foam Sleeping Pad $5 $3 $10
Backpack (5000-6000 cu in size) $20 $15 $200
Hiking Boots $20 $10 $150
Ski & Snowshoe Poles & Hiking Poles $6 $5 $100
Food Cooler $10 $8 $20
Stove (Propane canister type, includes fuel canister w/ fuel)


$10 $30
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 by the agreed upon rental date by 5:00 PM (generally Monday after your weekend rental, unless arranged otherwise). Email to set up a specific time for gear return.

If the item(s) are not returned by 5:00 PM on the agreed upon rental date(s), 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, but we cannot (yet!) provide everything needed. 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. Here we list addresses, websites, and phone numbers of local businesses that rent gear and/or sell it cheap. 

Local Businesses that also Rent Outdoor Gear 

Portland State University Outdoor Program Rentals (Open to non-PSU students, too!)
SW College St., between 5th and 6th Avenues
(503) 725-2637

Next Adventure
426 SE Grand Ave
(503) 223-0706

Oregon Mountain Community (OMC)
2975 NE Sandy Blvd
(503) 227-1038

Otto’s Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe
Hwy 26 (in Sandy on the way to Mt. Hood)
38716 Pioneer Blvd
(503) 668-5947

1405 SW Johnson
(503) 221-1938

The Mountain Shop
628 NE Broadway
(503) 288-6768

Local Businesses with Discounted Gear

Columbia Sportswear Outlet Stores
(in Sellwood)
1323 SE Tacoma
(503) 238-0118

Columbia Sportswear Outlet, Lake Oswego
3 Monroe Parkway, Suite H
Oswego Towne Square (down Boones Ferry Rd. from campus)
(503) 636-6593

US Outdoor Store
219 SW Broadway
(503) 223-5937
Toll free (866) 876-3932

Cheap Gear on the Internet

Patagonia’s Common Threads Program

REI Online Outlet

Sierra Trading Post

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!