Treat yourself to an exciting adventure with your fellow VanCougs!
Hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting and other excursions are organized and led by enthusiastic professional and student staff. You will learn skills, have fun and have an awesome trip experience. No technical experience is necessary.
Spring trips and events
- Mt. Hood Meadows lift tickets
- Ski and snowboard wax parties
- Beginner skiing and snowboarding
- Mt. Bachelor skiing and snowboarding
- New student snowshoeing
- Spring break Utah backpacking and canyoneering
- Timberline spring skiing and snowboarding
- Bombardier Blood screen showing
- Columbia River Gorge trail crew day
- Earth Day open house
- End of semester climb night party
- Rock climbing and belay course
- Smith Rock outdoor rock climbing
Sign up for your next adventure
Contact the Recreation Office and check CougSync to learn about upcoming activities.
Email email@example.com to request a printable copy of the schedule.
Regulars that have become campus traditions include the annual Mount Bachelor skiing/snowboarding trip, Spring Break backpacking, overnight camping and climbing at Smith Rock and several whitewater rafting trips each year.
Mount Bachelor skiing/snowboarding trip
Bond with friends on a weekend of winter fun, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor. With over 3,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain, you'll experience the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington.
Spring Break backpacking trip
Caravan to Moab for a week exploring the beautiful Arches and Canyonlands National Parks of Utah. Hike, camp and forge lasting friendships.
Smith Rocks trip
Experience world-renowned climbing in the Oregon high desert. With climbs of varying difficulty, miles of hiking trails and views of the Crooked River, this is a trip you won't soon forget.
Whitewater rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding trips
Explore the beautiful rivers of Southwest Washington. Day- and overnight-trips across the year offer a variety of opportunities to get outside, learn new skills and have fun on the water.
General trip information
Trips are subsidized by S&A Fees, but may still have a participation fee. Check with the Recreation Office to see if the activity you want to participate in has a charge. Some events and trips are open to guests. The Recreation Office will check availability and costs for guests.
Participant skill level requirements
Outdoor recreation trips receive a rating to indicate the level of skill needed to participate. The scale is intended to safeguard participants and trip leaders. Speak with Recreation staff to learn more about the trip rating system (DOCX). They will help you understand the rating, and can speak more specifically about a particular trip.
Some trips are organized and led by students with a passion for outdoor recreation. Trip leaders have participated in training and are certified to lead a variety of trips. The leaders are encouraged to take an idea, plan for its development, execute the plan and successfully lead participants on an incredible outing. Some past student lead trips include hiking, white-water rafting and golfing.