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.

Day Trips

The following trips are run throughout the year, changing as the seasons do. 

Rafting on the North Santiam River

White Water Rafting

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. 



Netarts Bay

Sea Kayaking

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 Paddle Boarding on the Rogue River

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.


Canoeing on Deschutes River


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 (Check out our 8-day summer trip below!)


Surfing at Lincoln City, OR


Whether you're testing the water for the first time or are ready to hang ten from the get go, we want you to join us for a day of frolicking on the Oregon Coast. Dive into a day of surf, salt, and seriously rad people. 



Rock Climbing at Smith Rocks, OR

Rock Climbing

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!


Planet Granite Rock Climbing

Indoor Climbing

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. 


Hiking on Saddle Mountain, OR


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 an excursion. Let us take you on a snowshoe clad adventure and share a Pacific Northwest Winter Wonderland with you. 



Leif Larson, Student, in the Snow.

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. 




Mt. Hood

Mountain Shuttle 

Looking to get your downhill Skiing or Boarding fix? Let us bring you up to Mt Hood! We'll help you get there and then turn you loose for a day of shreddin' with whomever and however you please. 



Series Trips and Certifications

Sea Kayaks

Sea Kayak Series 

If you're interested in diving into the basics of 'yakking or taking your kayaking skills to the next level consider joining us for this five-part series. Join our leaders both in the classroom and on the ocean to gain sea kayaking knowledge and experinece. 



Surf Series 

Hoping to become a surf aficionado ro 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. 


summit series 2016

Summit Series 

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 Rafting Series

White Water 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, jois us for two informative classroom sessions and three whitewater days on our first ever 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 swift water world. 



Jon Inman, Student, receiving medical care in class.

Wilderness First Aid 

Learn now to apply first aid and CPR skills in the backcountry during this three-day certification course. You will gain firsthand experience in responding to medical, environmental and traumatic emergencies in the outdoors. 



Spring Break Trips 

Utah Canyonlands

Canyonlands Backpacking 

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. 


Rafting on the Green River, UT

White Water Rafting

Join our instructors for a week out on the water! Whether you're battling rapids on the Green 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. 


Bryce Fowler, Alum, climbing in Smith Rock.

Smith Rock Climbing 

Hoping to spend more time out in the rocks? Or get your hands on a boulder for the first time? Internationally renown Smith Rock has an abundance of climbing routes and other ways explore the Oregon high desert. Join us for the week at Smith Rock for camping, climbing, and an all around good time. 


Summer Trips

Bowron Lakes

Bowron Lakes, British Columbia, Canada

A mystical land of towering glaciated peaks, wildlife, and total wilderness, only accessible via canoes. We will spend 2-days road tripping though British Columbia and Vancouver and spend 8-days navigating the 73 mile journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Join us for the adventure of lifetime--no experience is necessary and beginners are encouraged to join. June 1st-June 14th.

Mt. Rainier climb 2016

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. July 5th-8th.

International Trip

Rio Usumacinta Rafting, Chiapas, Mexico

Río Usumacinta, Chiapas, Mexico

The Río Usumacinta 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 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 prerequistie course (OL-155) in the Fall. Contact Sam Morrison for more information ( January 5-20, 2019.

Custom Trips

With custom trips, you get decide what you're doing, where you're going, and when you go.

Learn more with our custom trip brochure (pdf), then submit a trip form (pdf) at least three weeks in advance. Send completed forms to UC Box A108 through intercampus mail.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.