Trip Descriptions | Outdoor Pursuits
If you're itching to sign up for a trip, but want to know exactly what you're getting yourself into, look no further. The descriptions below are meant to help you get a feel for each of the day trips we offer.
In addition to day trips, we offer extended trips over certain weekends, spring break and the summer.
The following trips are run throughout the year, changing as the seasons do.
Join our student leaders for a day out on the water! Whether you're battling rapids on the Deschutes or the North Santiam River, you're guaranteed great laughs, good food, and even greater splashdowns.
Grab a paddle, a PFD (personal flotation device), and get ready for some serious fun. Instructors well-versed in paddle technique and boat etiquette will lead you through a day of exploration and non-stop fun.
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Join us for a day of well-balanced fun! With plenty of locations close to campus, you are sure to enjoy the sun on your face and the sound of water lapping at your board.
Take a day with us to float down the river. Enjoy the sun, the water, and the outdoors as our staff guides you through ripple-making techniques on a lazy afternoon.
Whether you're testing the water for the first time or are ready to hang ten from the get go, join us for a day of frolicking on the Oregon Coast. Dive into a day of surf, salt, and seriously rad people.
Throw on some climbing shoes (Don't worry if you don't have 'em because we do!) and test your abilities in the elements. Whether you are a newbie looking for a relaxing day or an old timer hoping to scale every crag in site, we've got routes for you!
Indoor Climbing (Currently Cancelled Due to COVID-19)
Daunting, dirty boulders maybe not your thing? Join us for a night of indoor adventuring instead! A quick jaunt into Portland to one of our favorite gyms is warmer, dryer, and just as fun as a day out on the rocks.
Join OP staff for a day out on a trail exploring a scenic area located in our own backyard here in Oregon. Each excursion is as different, fresh and unpredictably enjoyable as the instructor leading it. (Check out our backpacking options as well!)
If you're a fan of hiking and a lover of the snow, be sure to join our instructors on a snowshoeing excursion. Let us take you on a snowshoe-clad adventure and share the Pacific Northwest Winter Wonderland with you.
Cross Country Skiing
Join us for a day of backcountry trekking. We will explore snow-covered trails and make some winter memories, all while strapped snuggly into a pair of skis.
Looking to get your downhill Skiing or Boarding fix? Hop on our shuttle up to Mt. Hood! We'll do the driving and then turn you loose for a day of shreddin' with whomever and however you please.
Looking for a quick workout with some adrenaline? We are located a mere 25 minutes from Stubb Stewart State Park and other renowned mountain biking trail systems in the Tillamook State Forest. We have the bikes and helmets, you just need to bring the stoke!
Series Trips and Certifications
Hoping to become a surf aficionado or just spend some time with the crashing waves? Whether a beginner or a veteran, the Surf Series will provide you with knowledge of wave theory and surf technique in a five-day format that promotes practice, practice, practice, and tons of fun.
This six-day experience includes a snow school, avalanche training, and a summit attempt on Mt. St. Helens. Try your hand at the skills, tools, and techniques used to climb the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Whitewater Raft Series
Interested in learning about the skills and techniques that go into running a river? Wanting to spend a couple extra days splashing through wave trains? Either way, join us for two informative classroom sessions and three whitewater days on our Whitewater Rafting series.
Swiftwater Rescue Certification
If you're interested in whitewater sports and/or looking to update your outdoor leadership resume, consider joining us for this three-day certification course. Learn how to address dangerous situations in a swiftwater environment.
Wilderness First Aid and Responder
Learn now to apply first aid and CPR skills in the backcountry during either of these multi-day certification courses. You will gain firsthand experience in responding to medical, environmental and traumatic emergencies in the outdoors.
Spring Break Trips
Join OP Student Leaders for a week in the rugged and beautiful desert. Escape for a bit from the greenery of the Pacific Northwest and try your hand in a new environment, chalk full of breathtaking views and new experiences with awesome people. Food, transportation and gear are included for this week-long adventure.
Join our instructors for a week out on the water! Whether you're battling rapids on the Deschutes River or enjoying a delicious dinner in camp, you're guaranteed some great laughs and some beautiful scenery! We'll get you there and give you the tools to ride your way through beautiful, canyon waves.
British Columbia, Canada Kayaking
Join us for an incredible kayaking journey through the Desolation Sound and Sunshine Coast near Vancouver Island, B.C. There are hundreds of islands, islets, and rock outcrops to explore along the fjords and inlets of B.C.'s rugged coast. After spending the day paddling with whales, seals, and eagles, we will pitch camp each night on a different islands over the course of our 8-day trip. This will be a trip of a lifetime, with cultural stops along the way in Vancouver, B.C. and Skookumchuk Narrows.
Mt. Rainier Summit Attempt
The crowning peak of the Cascades, Rainier rises 14,411 feet above the Puget Sound. We will work as a team to plan, train, and execute a climb up the Emmons-Winthrop Glaciers from White River trailhead, gaining 10,000 feet! Learn skills that pertain to glacier travel, including crampon and ice-axe use, crevasse rescue, and avalanche safety. Some previous experience is encouraged. Contact Phil Friesen for more information (phil@pacificu).
Río Lacanjá, Chiapas, Mexico
The Río Lacanjá is a beautiful jungle river flowing through the heart of the classical Mayan world. Experience the river as we raft, camp on giant pristine beaches, listen to howler monkeys, and visit the ancient cities of Yáxchilan, Bonampak, and Piedras Negras. Outside of the river trip we will spend time with our local guides in Palenque learning about Mayan and Mexican culture. No experience necessary. This trip is for credit through the Outdoor Leadership Minor (OL-255) and has a prerequisite course (OL-155) in the Fall.
With custom trips, you get decide what you're doing, where you're going, and when you go.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.