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Rental Information



See below for other gear rental options.


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.

Rentals are only available during Fall and Spring semester to current students, 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!) Please make your rentals reservation no later than 4 PM on the Wednesday before your trip, by emailing  Due to resource constraints, we are unable to rent any gear for the weekend 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, just before each weekend, and for Fall and Spring Breaks.

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. 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) $20 $15 $200
Tent (2 and 4 person, 3 & 4 season free-standing models) $35 $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 $5 $3 $10
Backpack (5000-6000 cu in size) $20 $15 $200
Hiking Boots $15 $7 $150
Ski Poles (Black Diamond Flicklock poles, also good as hiking poles) $6 $5 $100
Food Cooler $6 $5 $20
Stove (Propane canister type)


$10 $30
Water Jugs (5 gal) $5 $5 $20

To rent gear we request that you call 503-768-6287, email us ( or come to Sequoia (call before coming up) 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.

If you’re renting for Spring or Fall Break, your reservation should be in no later than 7 calendar days prior to the last day of class before the break.


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 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 Tuesday 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
(503) 725-2637

Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe
250 NE Tomahawk Island Drive
(503) 285-0464

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
(East Side of Portland)
1323 SE Tacoma
(503) 238-0118

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

Next Adventure (New & Used Gear, and rentals)
426 SE Grand
(503) 233-0706

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!