Pacific Outback Trips
With custom trips, you get decide what you're doing, where you're going, and when you go.
More information and details: Custom Trip Info Brochure
Please submit this Custom Trip Submission Form at least three weeks in advance. Send completed forms to UC Box A102 through intercampus mail.
Note: We will not be running open enrollment or custom trips over the holidays. Trips will start up again in January. Please feel free to call us at (503) 352 2264 with any questions.
Outdoor Recreation Class
Students can also receive credit for enrolling in Outback’s Outdoor Rec. Class. Three field experiences along with weekly classes help to introduce students to solid wilderness travel and trip planning skills. Sea kayaking, snow camping, and backpacking are the activities that bring out skill development and give students an applied lab for subjects addressed in the classroom. (Course Section number: HPER-157-01)
Intro to Rock Climbing
Students who are craving some well spent time with some rock can enroll and receive credit in Outback's Introduction to Rock Climbing course. This class includes weekly classroom instruction that will go over technical gear and climbing techniques, as well as field instruction applying these skills. The course includes an overnight trip to Oregon's very own Smith Rock. (Course Section number: HPER-158-01)
Intro to Sea Kayaking
This course will dabble in the world of the sea kayak - and can also be taken for credit! This course will spend time in both the classroom and the boats themselves. Themes covered include tides and paddling techniques. Students will also spend a few nights in the Forest Grove pool to practice their paddling. (Course Section number: HPER-159-01)
Trip dates are listed on our schedule of events page.
Outback is the perfect source for your introduction to sea kayaking. We paddle the waters of five different bays along the Oregon and Washington coasts and the lower Columbia River. Outback has solo and double expedition outfitted kayaks that are used on every trip. Whether you want a day trip to escape stresses of academic life, an overnight trip to experience the real potential of kayaking, or just an afternoon at a kayak clinic on a lake, we can satisfy your needs.
Oregon is the land of liquid sunshine! We have the good fortune of having constant river flows through the fall season on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. The Deschutes is a perfect introduction to white water rafting. Outback provides the transportation, equipment and leadership. All you need is a pair of shorts and you are good to go!
In the spring Outback runs trips to our local gem: the Clackamas River. For the next step in rafting, this is the river for you. It is a thrilling spring run that is easy to get to. While the Deschutes offers a great adventure in the desert of central Oregon, the Clackamas highlights the forests of western Oregon.
Hiking and Backpacking
The Cascade Mountains and our local Tillamook state forest are classic stomping grounds for adventures on terra firma. We offer day hikes, weekend backpacking trips, and vacation long multi-day adventures. Our gear is your gear. The only thing you need are the boots to walk in. Different trips appeal to different people. Some hikes are short and leave time for taking pictures and looking at flowers. Other hikes are physically hard work and offer great exercise. Backpacking is a perfect medium for a first time outdoor experiences. Escaping your daily routine with a weekend in the mountains is medicine for the soul.
We offer introductory trips for both lake and river canoeing. The fall season is a key time to get out on mountain lakes after the bugs and before the first snowfall. It is also when rivers are the most accessible to beginner paddlers. We also offer Canoes in our rental line.
Our climbing series has a lot to offer. Fall adventures start with day trips to crags in the Columbia River gorge. You don’t even have to own your own climbing shoes for these trips! Our guides provide the transportation, equipment and instruction to make your day the best possible. We end the fall with a three-day climbing trip to Smith Rock state park in central Oregon. This is a real blast! Smith is the Mecca for sport climbing in the Northwest. Routes can be found to excite all types of climbers.
Indoor climbing is the solution to wet weather days. Evening trips to Stoneworks (the local climbing gym) during the winter months get you through to spring. Discounted gym passes and transportation to the gym are provided. These are favorite trips for many who crave a weeknight adventure.
This sport can be intimidating - but past experience is required to join us on one of our surfing trips to the Oregon Coast. These trips include all instruction, gear, and a chance to escape the Grove and spend a day on the beautiful Oregon Coast.
Cross country and Backcountry skiing
When Old Man Winter moves across the Northwest, we trade our boots in for skis. Outback puts together some fun trips that introduce folks to the sport of Nordic skiing. Both cross country and back country styles are taught. Cross-country skiing focuses on skill instruction and day trips on even or groomed trails. These are trips that offer a great day of exercise and fun with friends. Our back country skiing, while still designed for beginners, is off trail and involves more route finding, ups and downs and cutting trial.
For some, a swap of the boots for skis is a little too much a little too fast, so snowshoes are the remedy. Snowshoes allow you to stomp all year long through meadows, between trees, along winter trails—the options are boundless! Outback has several sizes to feet your needs (pun intended). We supply the snowshoes, the gaiters (for warm, dry feet), transportation and guide. Your job is to show up with a lunch and a lot of questions. Don’t let Old Man Winter keep you indoors…get out and see the world in a whole new season with Outback!
We know there are those crazy ski or snowboard junkies out there who need to get their mountain fix come winter time. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Outback provides a shuttle up to Ski Bowl during the winter months for only $5. Whether you want to ski, snowboard, or just sit in the lodge and sip on some hot chocolate, this is definitely a good price for a great day at the mountain.
All year long Outback offers trips to destinations that are more refined (i.e. don’t require gaiters or a camp stove!). Our line-up of urban and cultural adventures highlights downtown Portland and Seattle through theater performances, festivals, gallery and museum tours. Cooking classes, winery tours and off beat restaurant nights also help us create adventures out of the culinary arts.