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Winter 2016 Trip Schedule

 

Winter Term 2016 Trip Descriptions

 

Cape Falcon Day Hike

Saturday | 1/16/16
Lush green forest meets the grand Pacific Ocean, where bird song meshes with the crashing of waves. Cape Falcon provides a variety of environments from beautiful secluded beaches to miles of winding trails and breathtaking views. Experience the Northwest temperate rainforest and Oregon Coast all in one!

  • Rec Center member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 1/13 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 1/13 at 5 p.m.

Mirror Lake Snowshoe

Sunday | 1/17/16
Join the Outdoor Program for a fun day of snowshoeing to Mirror Lake. This hike provides many views of beautiful trees, several switch backs, and incredible panoramas of Mt. Hood. Take advantage of this chance to get out of the city, get some fresh air, and meet new people while learn interesting facts about the Mt. Hood National Forest.

  • Rec Center member: $35
  • Non-member: $70
  • Registration deadline: 1/13 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 1/13 at 6 p.m.

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Backcountry Cooking

Depart Saturday, January 23 at 8 a.m. | Return Sunday, January 24 at 6 p.m.
This two-day camping trip and backcountry cooking seminar is designed to teach backpacking ration planning and cooking, car camping cooking (including dutch ovens), and many other cooking related topics.  And, most importantly, we will be eating lots of amazing dishes!

  • Rec Center member: $75
  • Non-member: $150
  • Registration deadline: 1/20 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 1/20 at 6 p.m.

 

Adaptive Ski Trip

Depart Friday, January 29 at 3:00 p.m. | Return Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Experience beautiful Mt. Bachelor! This overnight ski trip to Bend, Oregon, is for anyone with a disability or injury that requires a modification. Oregon Adaptive Sports will provide any needed modifications such as a sit ski or a guide. Registration fee includes transportation, ski rental, lift ticket, lessons (if needed) and overnight accommodations. No previous skiing experience is necessary.

 

  • Rec Center member: $85
  • Non-member Price: $160
  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, 1/20/16, 5 p.m.
  • Pre-event meeting: 1/27/16 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Trapper Creek

Sunday | 1/31/16
Join the ODP for a day of playing in the snow! Most people have never heard of this little wooded fairyland: It’s quiet, it’s green, with many creeks, a waterfall, and old-growth Pacific silver firs! Get away with the Outdoor Program on this winter day of exploring and pondering in the wilderness.

  • Rec Center member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 1/27 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 1/27 at 6 p.m.

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Umpqua Dunes Backpacking

Depart Saturday, February 6 at 8:00 a.m. | Return Sunday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Spend the weekend backpacking through the largest system of sand dunes in North America. Experience the unique beauty of the Umpqua Dunes Scenic Area while taking in spectacular ocean views. This hike will pass over and between sprawling sand dunes before traversing parallel to the ocean. All levels of backpacking experience welcome.

 

  • Rec Center member: $85
  • Non-member: $170
  • Registration deadline: 2/3 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/3 at 6 p.m.

 

Saddle Mt. Day Hike

Saturday | 2/6/16
From the summit of Saddle Mountain, you can see all the way from the Pacific Ocean to Mt. Hood. The hike starts in a lush forest filled with red alders, ferns, and salmonberry plants. You will hike up into a forest dominated by Douglas firs before getting to a steep section of the trail that travels through a rocky meadow and on to the summit. This moderately difficult hike is just over five miles roundtrip.

 

  • Rec Center member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 2/3 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/3 at 5 p.m.

 

Tyron Creek Service Trip

Saturday | 2/13/16
Come join the PSU Outdoor Program and the Friends of Tryon Creek for a day of service-learning fun! Spend half the day under the 658-acre lush second-growth forest, full of woodpeckers, squirrels, owlets, beavers, wildflowers, and gigantic Douglas-fir while removing English Ivy, a nasty invasive in the area. After getting your hands dirty, spend the second half of the day exploring the area.

 

  • Rec Center member: Free
  • Registration deadline: 2/10 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/10 at 5 p.m.

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Tree Canopy Experience

Sunday | 2/14/16
New trip this term! Join ODP and Expedition Old Growth to experience trees from a whole new perspective. After putting on a harness and other safety equipment, you will be hoisted into the tree canopy via counter-weight with plenty of time to relax, enjoy the view and take pictures. This trip will also include a guided hike in Forest Park where you will learn about the flora and fauna of the area.

 

  • Rec Center member: $120
  • Non-member: $180
  • Registration deadline: 2/10 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/10 at 6 p.m.

 

White Water Kayaking Seminar

Trip: 3/5/16 | Pool sessions: 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3
Ever find yourself wanting to surf a glassy wave in the middle of a scenic Pacific NW river? Or perhaps launch yourself off an epic waterfall into a bubbly pool of crystal blue water? Experience the stunning allure of Oregon’s natural, glacier-fed Clackamas River through an introductory whitewater-kayaking course. This beginner’s course will teach basic paddling skills and techniques (through four monitored pool sessions) before we venture on to Oregon’s quintessential northwest river. The seminar will culminate on a scenic, downriver run with plenty of opportunities for beginners to practice their pool session learning.

 

  • Rec Center member: $75
  • Non-member: $150
  • Registration deadline: 2/11 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/11 at 5 p.m.

 

Clackamas Rafting

Saturday | 2/20/16
Join the Outdoor Program on a day trip down the Clackamas River, one of the most popular and easily accessible whitewater sources close to Portland. This trip will pass through narrow basalt passages and wide, rolling waves just south of Estacada. The river tempo is ideal for both experienced and first-time rafters. While no previous whitewater experience is required, comfort in water is strongly encouraged for participants. Be prepared to help paddle the raft and get wet!

 

  • Rec Center Member: $35
  • Non-member: $70
  • Registration deadline: 2/17 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/17 at 5 p.m.

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Trillium Lake Cross-Country Skiing

Sunday | 2/21/16
Join us for a classic cross-country ski trip to Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood. This trip is designed for participants of all skill levels, and will feature a four-and-a-half mile ski tour around the lake with postcard-worthy views of Mt. Hood.

 

  • Rec Center member: $35
  • Non-member: $70
  • Registration deadline: 2/17 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/17 at 6 p.m.


 

Smith Rock Climbing

Depart Friday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. | Return Sunday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Smith Rock Climbing Trip is a three-day excursion to Oregon’s world famous climbing destination. The towering cliffs overlooking the Crooked River provide hundreds of amazing climbs, and also some of the most stunning views in Central Oregon.  This trip is open to all levels of climbing and no prior experience is necessary.

 

  • Rec Center member: $100
  • Non-member: $200
  • Registration deadline: 2/24 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/24 at 6 p.m.

 

Twin Lakes Snowshoe

Saturday | 2/27/16
With a view of the snowy peak of Mount Hood, this five-mile snowshoe adventure takes you through the old-growth forests surrounding Lower Twin Lake. This is a wonderful trail to try snowshoeing for the first time or improve your skills. All experience levels welcome.

 

  • Rec Center member: $35
  • Non-member: $70
  • Registration deadline: 2/24 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/24 at 5 p.m.

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Maxwell Butte Snowshoe & Camping

Depart Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 a.m. | Return Sunday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Wander through the dreamy winter wonderland of Willamette National Forest. We will be snowshoeing around the Maxwell Butte snow-park area taking in the views of Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson and Three Finger Jack. End the day with a warm fire and a cup of hot cocoa before sleeping snuggly in our sleeping bags. The terrain is relatively mellow with a couple larger hills that are a perfect challenge for most beginners.

 

  • Rec Center member: $80
  • Non-member: $160
  • Registration deadline: 3/2 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-Trip meeting: 3/2 at 5 p.m.


 

Umbrella Falls Day Hike

Saturday | 3/12/16
The Umbrella Falls loop showcases the best that Mt. Hood has to offer: tumbling waterfalls, picturesque meadows and views of southeast flank of the volcano. Don’t forget to bring your camera, because we’ll visit both Umbrella & Sahalie Falls! This is a relatively easy five-mile hike that will take you away from the crowded trails.

 

  • Rec Center member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 3/9 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 3/9 at 5 p.m.

 

Exploring the Wonders of Oregon

Depart Sunday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m. | Return Friday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Come explore four of the Seven Wonders of Oregon! Begin your spring break trip by heading to the great Mt. Hood wilderness to hike the Ramona Falls trail. After sleeping near the highest mountain in Oregon, we’ll venture northeast to see the vast Columbia River Gorge. A two-night backpacking trip up the Nick Eaton Ridge will give you the full northwest feel when you see the mountain views from the top.

 

From here, we’ll leave behind the forest scenery and drive east to Smith Rock State Park for a vastly colored, high desert landscape filled with meandering streams and rock formations. We’ll spend the day hiking through the park and our nights sleeping under the stars.

 

Our last adventure will be to Painted Hills State Park to investigate the geological history of Oregon. A day filled with colorful vistas and miles of rock formations will leave you tuckered out and ready for our last night camping.

 

  • Rec Center member: $215 
  • Non-member: $400
  • Registration deadline: 3/16 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 3/16 at 5 p.m.

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Wilderness First Responder Course

Saturday 3/19 to Sunday 3/27

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. To enroll, please register at the National Outdoor Leadership School website.

 

  • Rec Center member: $595
  • Non-member: $695
  • Registration deadline: 3/18 at 12 p.m.

Spring 2016

Intro to Mountaineering Seminar

Trips: 4/23-24, 5/6-8 | Classroom sessions: 4/27, 5/4
Part I: Traveling on snow: Spend the weekend camping at the base of Mt. Hood while developing the snow camping and snow safety skills necessary for mountaineering expeditions. Learn how to dig out a kitchen, build a shelter from snow, use and travel on snowshoes, navigate through snowy terrain using a map and compass, and evaluate snow to assess the risk of an avalanche. This first weekend will provide you with fundamental snow skills relevant to mountaineering.


Part II: Technical skills: The second part of the seminar will consist of two classroom sessions from 6-9 p.m. on two Wednesdays followed by another weekend trip. The skills covered will include how and when to use crampons, how to use an ice axe, self-arrest techniques, belay technique, how to build snow anchors and place snow protection, and rope team travel.

 

Both weekend trips will be physically demanding: you will be carrying a heavy pack and sleeping in below-freezing temperatures. A good level of physical fitness is needed.

 

  • Rec Center member: $275
  • Non-member: $550
  • Registration deadline: 4/20 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 4/20 at 6 p.m.

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The pre-trip meeting is a mandatory meeting and a pre-requisite for participation on all trips. All pre-trip meetings take place at the Outdoor Program unless otherwise specified. To sign up for a trip, contact the Outdoor Program at 503-725-5668 or visit the Outdoor Program office at 505 SW Harrison (SE corner of the ASRC).