Outdoor Pursuits Program Expeditions | University of Portland

Outdoor Pursuits Program Expeditions

A aerial view the Harriman Fjord

What are OPP Expeditions

OPP Expeditions are our extended format trips, meant to journey deeper into the wilderness for much longer periods of time.  These trips range from 7-10 days in length and take place all over the United States.   If you're looking for a grand adventure, want to dive head first into a new skill or see a new part of the wilderness, this is the way to do it.  

Sunrise in mountains

What to Expect

Students can expect to spend several days to weeks in a backcountry setting.  Backpacking and kayaking from campsite to campsite.  Sleeping on the ground in tents, cooking around a campfire, exposure to unpredictable  weather, and experiencing the beautiful surroundings of some of the most remote wildernesses out there.  Students will learn new skills, build friendships and go from beginner hiker to a seasoned adventurer in no time!

Paddling in Teton NP

What Travel Will Look Like

Travel, lodging and amenities will change from trip to trip.  Some trips will be driving to and from the starting location.  Others will start with students flying to a specified location to meet the trip leaders.  All types of transportation from driving, walking, flying, sailing and more are utilized and change depending on each trip.  

Summer 2023 Trips

Wyoming Backpacking

2023-24 Trips TBA

Example from 2023:
Wyoming Wind River Range Backpack

Dates: July 7th - July 16th, 2023

Cost: $250

What's Included: All food, equipment, teaching, transportation and leading.

What's Not Included: Flights to/from Portland and/or driving costs to Portland

On this trip you'll meet your trip leaders in Portland and you'll gather up to drive to Jackson Wyoming.  After a night of rest you'll head to Dubois and enter the Wind River Range for several nights of backpacking.  You'll learn backpacking skills, cooking skills, campsite selection and much more.  You can be newer to backpacking but you'll want to be good physical condition so meet the demands of the trail.

Registration Opens: June 1st 

How to Register:

If you already have a UP login you can register online by yourself at recservices.up.edu.

If you don't already have a UP login call 503-943-8748 and office staff will be happy to register you & send a online invoice.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Registrations canceled before June 19th are eligible for a 100% refund.  Registrations canceled before July 3rd are eligible for a 50% refund.  Cancellations after July 3rd are not eligible for a refund.