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Outdoor Program's Trip Schedule

Winter 2017 Trip Schedule

Registration begins Monday, January 9. 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).

Trip Descriptions

Trillium Lake Cross-Country Ski

Saturday | 1/21/2017
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: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline: 1/18 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 1/18 at 5 p.m.

Clear Lake Butte Snowshoe

Saturday | 1/28/2017
Throw on some snowshoes and spend the day romping around the Mt. Hood National Forest. This hike is a moderately difficult out and back hike that gains about 1,000 feet of elevation over seven miles. Learn about winter ecology, snow science, and fun facts about the local flora and fauna. There’s also a chance that the lookout tower at the end will provide some amazing views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson.

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 1/25 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 1/25 at 5 p.m.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Shuttle

Saturday | 1/28, 2/11 & 3/4/2017
Join the Outdoor Program at Mt. Hood Meadows this winter! We will provide your round-trip transportation and have two different package options available for on the mountain: Learn to Ski or Snowboard - This beginner's special includes a 2 hour lesson, equipment rental (including helmet), and lift ticket for the Southside lifts. All access lift pass - No equipment is included but discounted rentals are available. If you have your own pass, members pay $20 (or $30 for non-members) just the bus ride.

 

  • Rec Center member: $80
  • Non-member: $100
  • Registration deadline: 1/25, 2/8 & 3/1 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 1/25, 2/8 & 3/1 at 5 p.m.

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Twin Lakes Snowshoe

Sunday | 2/5/2017
Come and snowshoe in a true winter wonderland! This trip will take you through beautiful old growth forest to a pair of mountain lakes that are backlit by the snowy peak of Mount Hood. No experience with snowshoeing necessary. This is a moderate-strenuous hike with 1,360 feet of elevation gain over 7 miles.

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 2/1 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/1 at 6 p.m.

 

Intro to Winter Camping

Saturday - Sunday | 2/11 - 2/12/2017
Explore the wintery terrain surrounding Twin Lakes while honing your skills of navigation and camping in snowy environments. We will spend the weekend snowshoeing and learning how to build snow-kitchens, tricks for staying warm, tips for cooking and menu planning in the cold, and how to set up camp in the snow. This trip includes an hour long classroom session immediately after the pre-trip meeting to talk about how to pack for adverse weather conditions and go over some basic winter camping skills.

 

  • Rec Center member: $80
  • Non-member: $160
  • Registration deadline: 2/8 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/8 at 5 p.m.

No Ivy League Work Party

Saturday | 2/18/2017
Join the Outdoor Program and Portland’s No Ivy League at the Lower Macleay portion of Forest Park for a day of getting dirty in the name of conservation and fun! Spend the morning enjoying the historical sections of Macleay park while removing invasive ivy species. Then, after lunch, take the opportunity to explore the greater Forest Park area and see the benefit of the ivy removal project. This will be a super fun way to experience what Forest Park has to offer while getting to know the local ecology on a very intimate level. Prepare to get muddy! Work gloves and some snacks will be provided.

 

  • Rec Center member: $10
  • Non-member: N/A
  • Registration deadline: 2/15 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/15 at 5 p.m.

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Smith Rock Climbing

Friday - Sunday | 2/17 - 2/19/2017
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: $105
  • Non-member: $210
  • Registration deadline: 2/15 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/15 at 6 p.m.

Fort Stevens Exploration

Saturday | 2/25/2017

Take a day and explore the ruins of one of Oregon’s most important historical sites and the sandy beaches surrounding it. Spend the morning touring the abandoned and restored buildings of Fort Stevens State Park, one of the original military strongholds during the Civil and World Wars. Then head out to the beach to hike along the coast and see the remains of the Peter Iredale, an old ship wreck from the early 1900’s.

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 2/22 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/22 at 5 p.m.

 

VRC Smith Rock Climbing

Friday - Sunday | 3/3 - 3/5/2017
This Smith Rock Climbing trip is open to all current and former military service members and registration takes place through the Veteran's Resource Center. (See the February trip description for details.) This trip is open to all levels of climbing and no prior experience is necessary.

 

  • Rec Center member: N/A
  • Non-member: N/A
  • Registration deadline: 2/15 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/15 at 6 p.m.

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Upper Willamette Overnight Kayak Tour

Saturday - Sunday | 3/4 - 3/5/2017
We will explore a beautiful 15 mile section of the Willamette Water Trail via kayak. We will begin at Willamette Mission State Park with an intro to basic kayak skills then spend the day paddling on the river, exploring backchannels, and enjoying the Wheatland scenery. As we travel down river, we will stop to camp on one of the river’s many islands. On the second day, we will continue on our paddle-tour downstream until we reach San Salvador State Park.

 

  • Rec Center member: $85
  • Non-member: $170
  • Registration deadline: 3/1 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 3/1 at 5 p.m.

 

Cape Falcon Hike

Saturday | 3/11/2017
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: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 3/8 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 3/8 at 5 p.m.

 

Clackamas Raft

Sunday | 3/12/2017
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, and 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: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline: 3/8 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 3/8 at 6 p.m.

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Portland Bridges Kayak Adventure

Saturday | 3/11/2017
Get into one of our sea kayaks for a day of urban exploration on the Willamette River. Learn about riparian ecology while touring all 10 of Portland’s bridges from the water. Hear stories and facts about Portland’s rich cultural and anthropological history and get a new perspective of each bridge’s unique structure. We will kayak 10.5 miles downriver from the Ross Island Bridge to the St. Johns Bridge and take out in Cathedral Park. While this trip is open to boaters of any skill level, some paddling experience is recommended.

 

  • Rec Center member: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline: 3/15 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 3/15 at 5 p.m.

Adaptive Ski

Friday-Saturday | 2/3- 4/2017
This overnight ski trip to Mt. Bachelor near Bend 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. The trip cost includes transportation, ski rental, lift ticket, lessons if needed, as well as overnight accommodations. No previous skiing experience is necessary!

 

  • Rec Center member: $135
  • Non-member: $270
  • Registration deadline: 2/1/17 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 2/1/17 at 5 p.m.

Wilderness First Responder Course

Saturday-Sunday | 3/25- 4/2/2017
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. This 9 day course is provided by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute; those who successfully complete the course will receive a WFR certification valid for two years. To enroll for the course, visit: https://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/11409/

 

  • Rec Center member: $595
  • Non-member: $695
  • Registration deadline: Open Until Full
  • Pre-trip meeting: N/A

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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).