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Trip & Program Descriptions

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Relatively low to moderate physical activity; no previous experience needed.

Moderate: Moderate physical activity and/ or more difficult terrain. Some previous experience is helpful.

Hard: Good physical conditioning required. Likely will include challenging terrain and/ or environmental conditions. Previous experience or technical knowledge is strongly encouraged

Information

  • All registration for outdoor trips must be done at the Outdoor Pursuits office in Beauchamp
  • Programs/clinics that are free of charge are available for online registration 
  • Full payment for trip/program is due at the time of registration
  • Trips include transportation, rental gear, food, facilitation and more
  • All outdoor trips have a 3:1 trip leader/participant ratio
  • A pre-trip meeting is required for participation
  • For ADA accommodations for any trip or program contact Matthew Libby at Libby@up.edu

Deadlines 

  • Registration deadline for trips longer than +1 day is the Thursday the week of
  • Registration deadline for day trips is by Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Refunds

  • All trips and programs are non-refundable
  • Trips/programs that are canceled by Outdoor Pursuits will receive a refund
Exploration: Forest Park Shuttle
Thursday 9/5 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Our Forest Park Shuttle is an easy way to get outside during the middle of the week.  On this you can either choose to hop in the van with friends and go bike, hike, do yoga or whatever you'd like to during that time.  If you are looking for a guided activity, the trip leader that is leading the trip each week will have planned something special.  Keep an eye on our Instagram but these could vary from a hike, a mountain bike ride, yoga, mushroom hunting, bird watching and more!  
Difficulty: Easy $2

 

Climbing Wall: Rock 102 (Top Rope)
Thursday 9/5 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Our Rock 102 course is designed to teach out everything you need to know about top rope belaying.  In this class you will learn how to top rope climb, tie a figure eight follow through, learn how to top rope belay properly and gain the confidence needed to advance your climbing career!  You'll need to have finished the Rock 101 course before signing up for this one.  
Difficulty: Easy Free

 

Kayaking & Sup: Sea Kayak Salmon River at Three Rocks
Saturday 9/7 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This trip takes you out to the Oregon Coast for some kayaking and SUP.  We start at Mcknight county park boat launch and paddle the Salmon River out to the ocean to explore the coast.  This trip offers amazing views of the ocean and the Tillamook range.  Along this trip is some beaches that if you paddle far enough get very remote and lead to some cool caves that are accessible during low tide.  This trip is rated as moderate because the currents and wind on salmon river can get strong at times making it harder to paddle.  Equipment, transportation and guiding are all included in the price.  The trip leaders on this trip are Megan and Lillia
Difficulty: Moderate $25

 

Biking: Introduction to Mountain Biking at Forest Park
Sunday 9/8 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
This trip is designed to give you an introduction into what trail and mountain biking looks like.  If you want to go on a easy half day adventure or are seriously interested in picking up a new hobby this trip is for you.  On this trip you'll learn the basics of riding a bike, riding positions for uphill/downhill riding and more.  You'll be heading along Leif Erikson Drive for an easy warm up section to get used to your bike and then heading over to the various downhill firelanes that exist throughout the park to have some more fun.  An excellent opportunity to learn!  Equipment, transportation and guiding are all included in the price.  The trip leaders on this trip are Taylor and Ian
Difficulty: Easy $5

 

Day Hike: Waterfalls at Beacon Rock
Sunday 9/8 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
On this trip you'll hike up Beacon Rock which is a short hike to the top that gives you amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge.  Beacon Rock is a unique place in that is a nesting ground Peregrine Falcons that can be seen flying around.  After that you'll head part way up Hamilton Mountain to see more the waterfalls that exist in the area.  Equipment, transportation and guiding are all included in the price.  The trip leaders on this trip are Max and Nathan.
Difficulty: Easy $20/$16 with OPP Pass

 

Classes: Backpacking Fundamentals
Monday 9/9 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Our Backpacking Fundamentals Classes are designed to teach you everything you need to know about backpacking.  These free classes are designed to expand your knowledge of the sport so that you have the skill and confidence to backpack with your friends.  Here you will learn everything from how to set up a tent, setting up a stove, food rationing, map reading, trail navigation, First AID Skills and much more.  Each class is different throughout the semester and it is encouraged you attend as many as you can to get the full experience of everything taught!
Difficulty: Easy FREE

 

Classes: Kayak Pool Sessions
Tuesday 9/10 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
These classes are designed to get you more comfortable in water and more comfortable in water around kayaks.  These classes take place in the Columbia Pool near campus on their "open kayak night."  Here you will learn how to get back into your kayak, after falling out, how to flip a kayak, different paddling strokes and develop a greater confidence around water.  The cost of these is $10 which is the fee that we pay to get into Columbia pool.  Equipment, transportation and guiding are all included in the price.  The trip leader on this trip is Lillia
Difficulty: Easy $10

 

Climbing Wall: Rock 103 (Lead Climb) 
Tuesday 9/10 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Our Rock 103 course is designed to teach out everything you need to know about lead climbing/belaying.  In this class you will learn how to lead climb, learn how to lead belay properly, clip quickdraws with good form, catch falls and gain the confidence needed to advance your climbing career!  You'll need to have finished the Rock 102 course before signing up for this one and you'll want to be comfortable top roping a 5.9 multiple times.  
Difficulty: Moderate FREE

 

Classes: CPR/AED/First AID
Thursday 9/12 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Our medical classes are taught by the Outdoor Pursuits Program Manager.  Each class is taught to the standards of and recognized by the American Red Cross.  
Difficulty: Easy $50

 

Exploration: Forest Park Shuttle
Friday 9/13 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Our Forest Park Shuttle is an easy way to get outside during the middle of the week.  On this you can either choose to hop in the van with friends and go bike, hike, do yoga or whatever you'd like to during that time.  If you are looking for a guided activity, the trip leader that is leading the trip each week will have planned something special.  Keep an eye on our Instagram but these could vary from a hike, a mountain bike ride, yoga, mushroom hunting, bird watching and more!  
Difficulty: Easy $2

 

Camping: Saddle Mountain Overnight and Sunrise Hike
Saturday & Sunday 9/14 - 9/15 
This is one of our signature trips that has happened every year for the past 3+ years.  We head over to Saddle Mountain later in the afternoon to setup camp and enjoy the scenery.  We cook a delicious group meal on some camp stoves and around a camp fire.  After that we wake up very early in the morning around 3 or 4 am and hike to the top of saddle mountain for the sunrise.  If you Google pictures of saddle mountain sunrise you'll know what we are talking about.  Equipment, transportation, food and guiding are all included in the price.  The trip leaders on this trip are Taylor and Kai.
Difficulty: Moderate $45

 

Climbing: Smith Rock Overnight
Saturday & Sunday 9/14 - 9/15 
Smith Rocks is a Mecca of amazing climbing that is almost in our own backyard.  For this trip we will be heading over to Smith Rocks to camp for a night and do some outdoor climbing.  For this trip you don't need any prior climbing experience, however you will get much more out of the trip if you've leared to belay at the wall and are somewhat familiar with climbing techniques. The difficulty of climbs vary from trip to trip but there will always be something easy to warm up on and something hard to push your limits.  Be prepared for a long day both Saturday and Sunday as it is best to get in as much climbing as possible. Equipment, transportation, food and guiding are all included in the price. Your trip leaders for this trip are Joey and Grace.  
Difficulty: Easy- Moderate $45

 

Climbing Wall: Rock 102 (Top Rope)
Monday 9/16 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Our Rock 102 course is designed to teach out everything you need to know about top rope belaying.  In this class you will learn how to top rope climb, tie a figure eight follow through, learn how to top rope belay properly and gain the confidence needed to advance your climbing career!  You'll need to have finished the Rock 101 course before signing up for this one.  
Difficulty: Easy Free

 

Exploration: Forest Park Shuttle
Friday 9/20 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Our Forest Park Shuttle is an easy way to get outside during the middle of the week.  On this you can either choose to hop in the van with friends and go bike, hike, do yoga or whatever you'd like to during that time.  If you are looking for a guided activity, the trip leader that is leading the trip each week will have planned something special.  Keep an eye on our Instagram but these could vary from a hike, a mountain bike ride, yoga, mushroom hunting, bird watching and more!  
Difficulty: Easy $2

 

Backpacking: Warren Lake & Mt Defiance
Saturday & Sunday 9/21 - 9/22 
On this backpack we will be heading over to the Columbia River Gorge.  The first day we will drive out there and backpack up to Warren Lake and setup camp.  The next day we will attempt to hike to the top of Mt Defiance with our day packs on.  This hike is one that has some amazing views of gorge.  However, don't fool yourself with this one.  You'll want to be in good physical condition because it is a steep hike.  Equipment, transportation, food and guiding are all included in the price. Your trip leaders for this trip are Megan and Travis.
Difficulty: Hard $45

 

Day Hike: Cape Falcon and Oswald West
Sunday  9/22 
On this hike we will be heading over to Oswald West State Park.  We will hike along an easy trail that ends about 2.5 miles in at a beautiful overlook of the park and ocean.  This is a fun easy hike that has plenty of photo opportunities.  Equipment, transportation, and guiding are all included in the price. Your trip leaders for this trip are Lillia and Madison.
Difficulty: Easy $20

 

Classes: Backpacking Fundamentals
Monday 9/23 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Our Backpacking Fundamentals Classes are designed to teach you everything you need to know about backpacking.  These free classes are designed to expand your knowledge of the sport so that you have the skill and confidence to backpack with your friends.  Here you will learn everything from how to set up a tent, setting up a stove, food rationing, map reading, trail navigation, First AID Skills and much more.  Each class is different throughout the semester and it is encouraged you attend as many as you can to get the full experience of everything taught!
Difficulty: Easy FREE

 

Climbing Wall: Rock 103 (Lead Climb) 
Thursday 9/26 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Our Rock 103 course is designed to teach out everything you need to know about lead climbing/belaying.  In this class you will learn how to lead climb, learn how to lead belay properly, clip quickdraws with good form, catch falls and gain the confidence needed to advance your climbing career!  You'll need to have finished the Rock 102 course before signing up for this one and you'll want to be comfortable top roping a 5.9 multiple times.  
Difficulty: Moderate FREE

 

Exploration: Forest Park Shuttle
Friday 9/27 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Our Forest Park Shuttle is an easy way to get outside during the middle of the week.  On this you can either choose to hop in the van with friends and go bike, hike, do yoga or whatever you'd like to during that time.  If you are looking for a guided activity, the trip leader that is leading the trip each week will have planned something special.  Keep an eye on our Instagram but these could vary from a hike, a mountain bike ride, yoga, mushroom hunting, bird watching and more!  
Difficulty: Easy $2

 

Backpacking: Elk Meadows to Gnarl Ridge
Saturday & Sunday 9/28 - 9/29 
On this backpack we will be heading up to the Mount Hood Wilderness.  The first day is super mellow hiking that leads to a beautiful valley that we will be camping in.  The second day we will waking up early to hike as far up Gnarl Ridge as possible.  Don't be fooled by this trip, the first day is has easier terrain but the second day it gets steeper.  However, if your looking for a challenge with some amazing views this is it.  Just Google Gnarl Ridge Mount Hood and you'll see what we mean.  Equipment, transportation, food and guiding are all included in the price. Your trip leaders for this trip are Lillia and Madison.
Difficulty: Moderate $45

 

Kayaking and SUP: Willamette River Thru Portland, Shipyard and Bridges
Saturday  9/28 
On this trip we will be gearing up to paddle the down the Willamette into downtown Portland.  You can either use a SUP or kayak for this trip but you'll need to determine which watercraft you want when you sign up.  We will be checking out all the amazing bridges, shipyards and views of the city along the way.  When we've gone a good distance we will turn around and paddle back to our put in, at Cathedral Park.  This trip takes a good bit of endurance to paddle back up river but is by no means difficult. Equipment, transportation, and guiding are all included in the price. Your trip leaders for this trip are Max and Lillia.  
Difficulty: Easy $20

 

Looking for October Trips?  Check back September 24th for all our October offerings or visit our calendar to see a quick list!  

Trip Types

Biking

Mountain and Urban Biking

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers both mountain and urban biking trips throughout the Fall and Spring Semesters.  These trips vary in difficulty but are always friendly for beginner riders.  As with all of our trips, the bikes, safety gear and transportation is provided, along with expert instruction from our dedicated student trip leaders.
climbing

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers rock climbing and mountaineering trips.  These include everything from sport climbing at local crags, longer multi-pitch routes at Smith Rocks and summit attempts on many peaks around the Pacific Northwest.  While the physical difficulty of trips vary depending on objective and location, there are always trips designed for the beginner.
backpacking

Backpacking and Hiking

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers a wide variety of backpacking and hiking trips.  These trips range from beginner friendly day hikes meant to expose participants to the outdoors to longer multi day backpacks.  Each backpacking and hiking trip has an assigned curriculum to it, taught by our student staff, meant to educate participants.  This curricula provides students the freedom to pursue their own personal adventures and provides the confidence to do so.
rafting

Kayaking and Rafting

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers canoeing, kayaking and rafting trips.  These trips vary from kayaking on calm flat water to rafting class 3 and 4 rapids.  All of our water based trips use local outfitters for providing the watercraft or professional instruction.  Whether you are new to water sports or a seasoned veteran there is something here for everyone!
snowshoe

Skiing and Snowshoeing

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers a variety of skiing and snowshoeing trips.  These range from snowshoeing to scenic overlooks, cross country skiing through the wilderness and skiing at local resorts around Mt. Hood.  These trips offer a unique opportunity to get out and experience the outdoors in a very different context.  For information on our ski bus program, click here.