Excursions

 

Are you interested in getting outside? 

Do you want to meet new friends and learn new skills?

Then excursions is the place for you!

  

Excursions provide an opportunity to get outside and connect with the local northwest lifestyle, while learning valuable leadership and technical skills. Our trips are designed and led by students, for students. Come visit us in VU 150.

 

For more information email as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu or call 360-650-7677

Signups for Winter Trips open on the first day of Winter Quarter! 

 

Sign-Up Deadline: 4pm the day of the Pre-Trip meeting.

 

Refund Policy: Refunds must be completed by 4pm the day of Pre-trip meeting, and have the original receipt. Any cancellation after the pre-trip meeting may not see a refund in payment.  

 

Dinners are provided for overnight trips.

 

Weekly Outings

 

  • Muddy Mountain Bike Days - $10
    • Trip Dates: March 8th and March 15th, 3pm-6pm
    • Difficulty Scale = Beginner +
    • Do you love biking? What about mud? What about mud AND biking? Get out on some local Bellingham trails for an afternoon of riding beginning from the Outdoor Center.

 

  • Chuckanut Mountain Hike-$10
    • Trip Dates:February 8th, 3pm-6pm
    • Difficulty Scale = Beginner 
    • Feel like the rain is keeping you inside? Throw on that rain coat and jump into some rainboots to join us on a muddy and wet romp around Chuckanut Mountains! Be prepared to get dirty and laugh as you explore the waterfalls, fern forests and mountain lakes in your backyard.

 

  • Yoga – free
    • Tuesday/Wednesday 4:00pm-5:00pm
    • Difficulty: Green
    • Bring your own mat and join us in the VU MPR or VU 464 to relax, unwind, and stretch it out with this free triweekly Yoga class! All experience levels welcome and encouraged!

 

Weekend Trips

 

 

  • Womxn’s Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Day-$40
    • Pre-Trip February 7th
    • Trip Date: February 10th
    • Difficulty Scale = Intermediate
    • This all-female-identifying backcountry ski day is a safe, inclusive and empowering opportunity for WWU’s female identified students to come out and tour around Mt. Baker Backcountry. Not only is this a great educational excursion, but February is the best month for snow in the Northwest...come enjoy the breath-taking views of Mount Baker Wilderness Area and potential for deep powder turns! This trip is designed for those who do have proficient skiing or snowboarding experience and are eager to explore outside the resort!

***Gear not included***

 

 

  • Ice Climbing in Lilooet, British Columbia- $255
    • Pre-trip: February 14th
    • Trip Dates: February 17th-February 19th
    • Difficulty Scale: Intermediate
    • The snow is falling and the Canadian ice walls are calling! Jump in the van and join us up in the Great White North as we travel to Canada for a weekend of ice climbing. No prior experience necessary, this is an awesome chance to get away for a long weekend and try something new. The OC Ice Climbing Trip is a classic annual trip that you won’t want to miss out on!

*Gear included* & *Passport Required**

 

  • Snowshoe to Stevens Pass Hotsprings - $65
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: February 21st  at 6pm
    • Trip Date: February 24th
    • Difficulty Scale = Beginner
    • Come explore the wintery wonderland around Steven’s Pass to relaxing and scenic hot springs! While taking a well-deserved break from school, we’ll spend the day playing in the snow and soaking in a natural hot tub!

 

  • Whitewater Rafting and Eagle Watching- $55
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: February 28th at 6pm
    • Trip Date: March 3rd
    • Difficulty Scale = Beginner
    • Get outside this winter with a float trip down the Magic Skagit River! Join us as we navigate rapids and cruise along the river through scenic mountains sipping hot cocoa. During the winter months, the Skagit River becomes home to the largest concentration of eagles in the lower 48 states, so keep your eye out!

 

  • Beginners Rock Climbing at Mt. Erie - $50
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: March 7th at 6pm
    • Trip Date: March 10th
    • Difficulty Scale = Beginner
    • Learn top-rope basics and make new climbing friends on this fun, local climbing day-trip. Mt. Erie is a classic climbing destination that is perfect for beginners. Mt. Erie overlooks some of the best views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains and has beautiful rock features to match.

 

  • HAES Body Empowerment Snowshoe- $30
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: March 9th
    • Trip Date: March 11th
    • Difficulty Scale = Beginner
    • Miss hiking season? Looking to go romp around in the pristine mountains near the Mt. Baker ski area? While, strap on some snowshoes and join us as we enjoy the winter season to the fullest. The Outdoor Center has teamed up with peer educators on campus  to create a beginner friendly trip to empower students to stay active throughout the cold weather! Health At Every Size (HAES) aims to celebrate our bodies for snowshoeing to the top of Artist Point!

 

Instructional Courses

 

  • Introduction to Snow Caving - $65
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: January 24th at 6pm
    • Trip Dates: January 27th-28th
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Dinner Included
    • Camping, in the cold? Snow way! Learn what you need to know to build a snow cave and safely go camping in the mountains during the winter. This yearly adventure up to the Mount Baker Wilderness Area is one of the most popular overnight trips that the OC offers and a great chance to get outside for a weekend with some new friends!

 

  • Introduction to Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding- $75
    • Classroom/pre-trip date: January 31st
    • Trip dates: February 3rd
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Are you looking to learn how to travel out-of-bounds and explore a wintry wonderland? Come learn the basics of backcountry winter travel, gear and avalanche awareness to develop skills to get you into the backcountry. This trip is designed for those who do have proficient skiing or snowboarding experience and are eager to explore outside of the resort!

***Gear not included***

 

 

  • Begin to Ski and Snowboard at Mount Baker Ski Area- $80
    • Trip Dates: January 20th, February 3rd, February 17th, March 3rd and March 10th
    • Difficulty: Beginner
    • This winter program is designed for WWU students who want to learn how to ski or snowboard with limited or no skiing experience. The cost of this program includes transportation, Mount Baker’s Best for Beginners Packages including ski/snowboard rentals, lift ticket, and a 1.5-hour lesson. Sign up for one day, or all of them! We are excited to introduce you to the Mt. Baker Ski Area  and watch you develop skiing and snowboarding skills.

 

SPRING BREAK!

 

  • Backpacking the Olympic Coast - $450
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: March 21st at 6pm
    • Trip Dates: March 25th- March 31st
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Dinner Included
    • Leap into spring with a beachside view, waking up every morning to a sandy beach and the sound of the Pacific Ocean. Come join the Outdoor Center on a memorable adventure scaling bluffs, admiring colorful tidal pools and building friendships under the stars and around a beach fire.

 

Fall 2017 Outdoor Center Information Clinics

 

Come by the Outdoor Center (VU 150) on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for free clinics covering topics regarding outdoor recreation and snow safety! No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an eagerness to learn!

 

  • January 23rd: Avalanche Awareness
  • January 30th: Avalanche Backcountry Equipment and Beacon Use
  • February 6th: Snow Science
  • February 13th: Waxing and Binding Adjustments
  • February 20th: Backcountry Cooking (Hot Drinks and Warm Food)
  • February 27th: Hypothermia Help
  • March 6th: Bike Maintenance

 

Outdoor Center Trip Leaders Bio

 

 

Conor Gorospe

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds” This is my first year with Westerns Outdoor center and I’m super excited to be on board! Currently I work as a lifeguard in my hometown and am an Environmental Science pre-major. I’ve spent the majority of my time recently climbing, but I have a strong background in multi day trip canoeing, backpacking, and alpine climbing. I also spend a bit of time slack lining and swimming distance in the sound and Lake Whatcom on sunny days. I’m always down for trying anything and meeting new people. Ill carry an Arizona tea to the top of anything. Let’s go get stoked.

 

Kayla Guettich

 

Hi! My name is Kayla! I am a junior at Western Washington University studying both Outdoor Recreation and Psychology. I believe in the mental and physical health benefits that outdoor recreation provide and plan to dedicate my life toward creating outdoor therapeutic experiences for all people. I have been leading Outdoor Center excursions for 2 years now and absolutely love it. I have learned and grown so much in the job. The Outdoor Center has helped develop my outdoor skills as well as cultivated a range of interpersonal skills. When I am not playing outside for my job, I am doing similar activities in my free time. Some of my favorite things to do are skiing powder at Mount Baker, mountain biking Galbraith Mountain, rafting Washington white water, trekking through the Cascades, kayaking in the San Juan Islands, swimming in Lake Whatcom, just laying in the sun, or dancing in the rain.  I am passionate about traveling, painting and learning as much as I possibly can. I love hot tubs and stargazing (ideally together). I find the richness of life outside and am so grateful to share that joy with others.

 

KP Hartman

 I fell in love with the mountains as a child. Growing up in Colorado, I spent my time wandering through the Colorado Rockies. Backpacking and rafting were quick to become some of my greatest joys. Good days could be defined by the dirt on my feet, the ache in my muscles, and the scratches and bruises on my skin. The best nights tend to end beneath stars, head falling back in the sweet exhaustion that comes with a day of adventure. When I’m not out and about, I’m dreaming of my next set of travels and adventures to come. I love the days I spend playing in the woods, climbing in mountains, and running rivers. Isn’t it that when we love something, we want to share it with others? Come on and join me. I’ll share my love of the wilderness with you and you share something you love with me.

 

Elise Pierce

 Hello! My name is Elise. My love for the outdoors began very early in life when my parents would bribe me with m&ms to ski just a few more turns or hike just a little bit more. Since then I have loved exploring the outdoors and all it has to offer. I am an Early Childhood and Elementary Education major with a love for outdoor education and recreation. In the future, I plan to work closely with young children to cultivate a love and respect for our beautiful world. I believe wholeheartedly in giving all people the chance to experience the world around them and to build safety skills, self-confidence, and a relationship with nature. My passion lies in providing these opportunities and building these skills. Come and see what being outside (and eating m&ms) can do for you!

 

Julia Bainbridge

One of my favorite things about WOOT is how a group of people you’ve never met before can become the closest friends you have going into Western. My name is Julia and when I did WOOT as a freshmen, I really appreciated having a community of people I could count on. I wanted to provide that same experience for other students and I’ve been involved in the Outdoor Center ever since. I started leading trips for the Outdoor Center in 2015, and I’ve led everything from biking, to climbing to snowshoeing. My favorite thing to do outside is probably rock climbing although hammocking is a close second. I started Cascadia Climbers, Western’s climbing club, my sophomore year. I’m now a senior in Fairhaven studying neuroscience and public health. Come meet new people to share your adventures with at Western!

 

 

Lexie Bright

By the end of each day I hope to have blisters on my palms, heightened environmental awareness, and a fire of tenacity crackling through my veins. I first became interested in the outdoors while working for a small horse camp located in the center of the Cascade Mountains. There I was provided with a deep understanding of how to operate on my toes in the wilderness. There is nothing I enjoy more than providing a safe and memorable experience to those who are thirsty for an outdoor adventure. I strive to use my major in environmental education to spread a sustainable outlook. Come see what were all about, get your hands dirty, gain new skills, make new friends, put yourself out there!! You will not regret it.

 

 

Katelyn Coleman

When it comes to spending time in the outdoors, I love to be able to express my excitement for how beautiful my surroundings are. Having the opportunity to share and express my excitement for how outstanding it is to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes is the exhilarating feeling that keeps bringing me back for more. My name is Katy and I am from Jackson, Wyoming. This is my first year as a trip leader for Western’s Outdoor Center and I am so excited to be a part of such an inspiring and lively team of people! I was lucky to grow up with Grand Teton National Park as my backyard which sparked my love for the outdoors and participating in outdoor recreation as a young age. What I love most about mountaineering is being able to push myself out of my comfort zone and growing as a person while getting to strengthen the connections between my peers.

 

Emily Schauble

 My very first backpacking trip was with my dad in the Mount Margaret Backcountry.  From the top of Whittier Ridge we could see the blast side of Mt. St. Helens, which we had summited just a month previous.  In the years since, I have climbed several other mountains, and taken many friends back to Mount Margaret for their first experience in the woods.  As an environmental education major, I plan to design and lead educational outdoor trips for high school students upon graduation from Western.  The Pacific Northwest is such a beautifully diverse region, and I am always excited to share the adventure with others.  I cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces at WOOT this summer!

 

 

Jasper Paisner

 Hey, my name is Jasper and I’m super excited to start exploring with you! From a young age I have been camping and developing a love and comfort for the outdoors. My dad initially introduced me to nature at a young age, seeking to share one of his favorite activities with his son. Now, as a student in Washington, I make it my main objective to get outside whenever possible. I’ve taken part in several week long backpacking and canoeing trips, where I’ve employed LNT principles, proper first aid and camp hygiene, how to dress for the field, and appropriate navigation in unfavorable conditions. Upon completion of the WFR, I possess a detailed knowledge of medical procedures in the field. I feel I possess an ability to help others feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. I enjoy seeing happy people, and I know first hand how euphoric it can be to spend time outside. I would be happy to do whatever it takes to make sure a student is feeling safe and having a good time during an experience that may be very new to them. So get ready to see beautiful and amazing things, and have adventures you won’t soon forget!

 

 

 

 

Madeleine Banks

As a kid, my parents had to bribe my brother and I to go on adventures, by promising us M&M’s for every switchback of the trail we hiked. They had us leaping across streams and scrambling on cliff edges as soon as our legs could carry us. The bribery clearly was effective, because over time I developed a deep love for adventuring and for the outdoors. Nowadays I take every chance I can get to go exploring, from backpacking on a volcano in Kauai’i to walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. More locally, I love kayaking in the Bellingham Bay, snowshoeing around Mt. Baker, or rafting on the Wenatchee.

 

Anna Kemper

“Happiness is fresh tracks in fresh snow.” Hi, my name is Anna Kemper, and I’m a senior at WWU. I have been skiing since before I could walk, and hiking and backpacking for almost as long. I’m studying Environmental Policy and Energy Management at Huxley College where I’m learning how to professionally advocate for the wild places I care deeply about. I currently work as the Environmental and Sustainability Programs Director in the Associated Students, a job I love because it provides flexibility to get outdoors on the weekends to ski, hike, bike and backpack! I love sharing this passion of the outdoors with others and am excited to go on some rad trips with the OC this year. Whomever you are, whatever your background- let’s get outside!

 

Nota Tsitsiragos

 Growing up on a small island in the San Juans and spending the majority of my time outdoors, I soon realized the influential impact the outdoors can have on myself and my peers. White water rafting in the Grand Canyon with students my age who were blind or visually impaired initially sparked my passion for recreational therapy. I am currently working towards my degree in this field at Western Washington University. My ultimate goal is to use recreation as a form of therapy and empowerment for youth with disabilities. This is my first year at the outdoor center and I can’t wait to embark on this new experience. Let’s get adventuring!

 

Tian Qing Yen

The first time I encountered a mountain goat, it stole my ice axe, stalked me as I went to pee, and taught me how to fearlessly parade along steep cliffs. Trust your feet, don’t look down, and always stop for the huckleberries. I have since walked many precipices, constantly taken by the beauty of the mountains. When I’m not busy gaping at sunsets or consuming my body weight in berries, I study biochemistry at Western and captain the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. I enjoy fly fishing, rock climbing, eating rice, and spending time in remote places with awesome people. It was in the alpine that I learned how to be myself, and I hope that you will join me in the outdoors so that you, too, can discover your inner mountain goat.

 

 

Summer Sturges

Hey there!

My name is Summer and this might be hard to believe but I love being outside. As an Outdoor Center Trip Leader, my goal is to foster a safe environment where students can learn respect for nature, earn friendships, build self-esteem, and gain the courage to overcome challenges they face.

 

Some interesting facts about me: Waterskiing is my favorite sport in the whole world. I get the hiccups when I eat carrots. My goldfish is named Pal. AND I make a killer huckleberry crumble.

 

Communication Sciences and Disorders is a way cool major and I am pursuing this as a bachelor’s degree in hopes to someday be an Audiologist or Paramedic. I believe that many of the skills it takes to summit a mountain directly correlate to the skill sets it takes to overcome obstacles in life. I want to provide opportunities for people to build and grow as human beings and as stewards of our planet.

 

Come join us for WOOT or an Excursion! I’m confident that we will have a jolly o’l time!

~ Summer

 

 

Jack Sharfstein

Howdy, y'all! My name is Jack Sharfstein. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. "Why did you come to Western??" You may ask. My response: "Mountains." Also, Western has a pretty sweet place called the Outdoor Center that helps get people into the wilderness (I hear that some pretty cool people work there). When I'm not in the mountains, I enjoy video games, Spikeball, and Ultimate Frisbee. I'm studying Energy Policy & Management and am passionate about driving the transition to renewable energy. I participated in WOOT my freshmen year and absolutely loved it. After those six days in the woods, I knew I had to be a trip leader. Now here I am, excited and ready to take y'all out into the mountains. Happy trails!

 

 

Jack Augustine

Howdy fellow adventure seekers! How are you? How am I? I’m good. I’m excited. I am STOKED to get outside and share my passion for the outdoors with you all! I have been hiking, camping, and skiing since I can remember and rock climbing since I was thirteen. All these things have come together to create a deeply imbedded appreciation for natural landscapes and our ability to interact with them. My favorite thing to do outside is combine all of the skills I’ve gained from each field of recreation and put them towards one or multiple objectives. This is my first year working as a trip leader and I cannot wait teach what I know and learn what I don’t, all while building rich relationships and creating radical memories... care to join?

 

 

Vivian McNett

Hi! My name is Vivien and in the fall of 2017 I will be starting my sophomore year at Western. I got hired at the Outdoor Center spring of my freshman year but living in the PNW I’ve been doing outdoor activities my whole life. My family taught me how to camp, hike, and mountain bike but since then I’ve been expanding my outdoor interests to rock climbing, backpacking, and much more. I’m a geology major and I hope to study snow hydrology in the future. I also play flute in the wind symphony here at western. I’m really looking forward to getting out and leading some trips this year!

 

Gus Wimberger

 

My name is Gus Wimberger and I’m currently a sophomore at Western. I’ve been frolicking in meadows ever since my parents thought I was too unruly to remain indoors. Born in raised in a lovely city called Tacoma, Washington, I was fortunate to live near the Puget Sound and many trees and mountains and rivers. Getting outside romping, bumbling, splashing, and fumbling are some of my favorite ways to get out to challenge myself, relax, and get dirty! The awesome feeling of playing outside is why I love to work for the Outdoor Center, because I get to share that all with you. If you are into challenges, friends, and feeling good, the Outdoor Center is in your neighborhood!

 

Kelly Werdick

 

Hello! My name is Kelly Werdick, and I'm an Environmental Science major here at beautiful WWU! I love to go hiking and horseback riding, and if ever it's a sunny day you can find my by the fire pit out at one of the beaches down Chuckanut Drive. Most often you'll see me on my bike rushing to and from my many classes and activities. In addition to leading trips at the OC, I've been a lifeguard at the rec center for 3 years now. I ride western pleasure horsemanship on WWU's equestrian team, and my dream job is to be a mounted park ranger. Always stay busy and caffeinated! 

 

 

Lucy Kodish

Hello! I’m Lucy and I am just finishing my freshman year here at Western. I am so psyched to join the Outdoor Center team as a Trip Leader this year, especially because of the incredible experience I had with WOOT as an incoming freshman. I grew up in the mountains a little bit outside of Boulder, Colorado and I have been playing outside ever since. My favorite things to do outside are skiing, Ultimate Frisbee, backpacking and hammocking to name a few. I am an undecided major, but a couple of the majors I’m deciding between are Environmental Education or Psychology. I’m also planning on minoring in Spanish, and if I could have any superpower, it would be to speak and understand all the languages in the world.

 

 

Chloe Burns

 Chloe Burns: Suburban girl turned backpacker. After my first backpacking trip in high school (better late than never), I realized that I had found my element. Naturally, I then decided go on WOOT when I came to WWU and ended up having a remarkable time on my trip. As a trip leader now, I strive to carry forward the positive experience to the new participants. Outside of backpacking, I wake up at 4:30 a.m. most mornings for rowing practice on Lake Samish with the Women’s Varsity Rowing Team (it keeps me in shape to do fun things outside).  I am majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy with the hopes of working with outdoor athletes one day. In my free time I love trail running and soaking up sunshine with friends. Any time spent outside is time well spent.

 

 

Natalie Vaz

As a freshman, WOOT! was my first introduction to the sport of backpacking, the state of Washington, and the people that would become some of my closest friends. The outdoors, however, have always been a big part of my life. My parents put a fishing pole in my hands before I could walk and by the time I was in high school I was guiding fishing trips in Alaska. I developed a passion for introducing others to the world of outdoor recreation because I was able to see first-hand its power to foster connection, increase self-confidence, and improve physical and mental health. When I am not fishing I enjoy mountain biking, vertical caving, and, as of this year, snow sports. I can’t wait to spend the week getting to know each of you, eating delicious concoctions, and adventuring through the woods together!

 

 

Alicia Prokopenko

WOOT WOOT! I am a very passionate and excited person! My biggest passions are the outdoors, food and people! I truly fell in love with the outdoors on my first backpacking trip several years ago. I have loved people and food all my life. I really enjoy trying new things outdoors. My favorite quote is by John Muir, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” I love how each person gains something, whether it’s new skills, sense of accomplishment, friendships or simply the cool pictures from an outdoor experience. I can’t wait to laugh, eat food and indulge in exciting outdoor trips with you!

 

 

Ana Jager

 

 Hey, I’m Ana! Being a part of the OC is one of my favorite parts of being at Western! I’m studying Outdoor Recreation along with psych in hopes of being able to share my passion forthe outdoors with all kinds of people. I’m a strong believer in the strong mental, social and physical benefits of doing things outdoors and in the wilderness. I grew up playing in the land ofa billion mosquitos and endless sunlight (or wintertime darkness) in Anchorage, Alaska. Some of my favorite things to do include riding my bicycle on various surfaces, finding new powder to ski, jumping into bodies of water, climbing some rock/trees, sewing random articles and creating really mediocre pottery pieces. I’m stoked to continue to develop my interpersonal and technicalskills through leading trips and making friends at the Outdoor Center and to keep exploring the good ol’ Pacific Northwest and woooorld..

 

 

Nick Roe

I am a senior geology student at Western and have been with the Outdoor Center for a few years. My favorite things to do outside are skiing, climbing, sea kayaking, and road biking. Other than outdoor activities, I love to cook and bake bread. My favorite place around Bellingham is Raptor Ridge in the Chuckanuts and all of the breweries in town. 

 

Amina Lee

Why are mountains funny? Because there hill-areas! 

Howdy!!!  

I don’t really remember a time when I first became interested in the outdoors, I think it was a steadily realized appreciation. My parents would drag us outside on a walk or a hike -- rain or shine. Me and my two siblings would complain for hours and then have the most magnificent time once we forgot that we were supposed to keep complaining.  Once life got busy and we didn’t go on as many walks as a family, I became more conscious of actively pursuing time outside myself. Going outside has become my reset button, you go into the woods one person and come out with a whole lot of B.O. and a fresh start. 

 

 I am lucky to be enjoying my second year of fun, connection, growth and trail spice. As a trip leader, it’s a gift to partake in a group of strangers creating meaningful relationships and a new beginning. Through the two years I've been lucky to received my Wilderness First Aid and AIARE I certifications as well as training in backpacking skills, sea kayaking and campus resources.   

 

As for me, I am a proud older sister of two siblings, a member of the Western Women's Ultimate Team, I enjoy cooking and eating, doing art, and spending time with those I love. I want to be a paramedic/ firefighter and possibly a teacher.  

 

Whether it’s your first adventure or you’re a seasoned mountaineer, I encourage all to sign up for a trip, as someone who has benefitted time and time again from going on WOOT my freshman year, I could not recommend it more.  

- Amina

 

 

Kelly Oberbillig

      Hey y'all! My name is Kelly Oberbillig and I am a senior studying Behavioral Neuroscience. After graduation I hope to combine my passion for the outdoors and love of exploration of the brain in the study and practice of wilderness therapy. I'm from Tacoma, WA and started my obsession with the outdoors by hiking in Mount Rainier National Park, and the North Bend area, and now I am so happy to have the North Cascades and Puget Sound as my playground. 

     Last year I got my certification in Wilderness First Aid and First Aid/CPR, and this year I became certified as a Wilderness First Responder and recertified First Aid/CPR. I hope to become certified in avalanche safety this December with the AIARE course. I have also been trained through the OC in rock climbing, sea kayaking, and mountaineering.

     It's hard for me to choose a favorite outdoor activity because my favorite aspect of the outdoors is the variety. That's why I love the Outdoor Center. It allows me to try so many different aspects of outdoor activities and be introduced to communities passionate about all the different aspects. I just love being out as often as I can and I'm excited to share my passion for the outdoors with everyone on campus. It is an extremely gratifying and grounding experience being enveloped in nature and something I need to stay healthy and happy. I want to be able to give that opportunity to everyone. So I hope to see you out there or at the OC learning how you can!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Snowcaving (difficulty 2)

Cost: $65.00 (Guest: $65.00)

Time: All Weekend

Dates: January 27, 2018 through January 28, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 24, 2018, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Camping, in the cold? Snow way! Learn what you need to know to build a snow cave and safely go camping in the mountains during the winter. This yearly adventure up to the Mount Baker Wilderness Area is one of the most popular overnight trips that the OC offers and a great chance to get outside for a weekend with some new friends!

Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding (difficulty 2)

Cost: $75.00 (Guest: $75.00)

Time: All Day

Dates: February 03, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 31, 2018, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Are you looking to learn how to travel out-of-bounds and explore a wintry wonderland? Come learn the basics of backcountry winter travel, gear and avalanche awareness to develop skills to get you into the backcountry. This trip is designed for those who do have proficient skiing or snowboarding experience and are eager to explore outside of the resort! ***Gear not included***

Chuckanut Mountain Hike (difficulty 1)

Cost: $10.00 (Guest: $10.00)

Time: Half day

Dates: February 08, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 8, 2018, 3 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 14

Feel like the rain is keeping you inside? Throw on that rain coat and jump into some rainboots to join us on a muddy and wet romp around Chuckanut Mountains! Be prepared to get dirty and laugh as you explore the waterfalls, fern forests and mountain lakes in your backyard

Womxn's Backcountry Ski Day (difficulty 1)

Cost: $40.00 (Guest: $40.00)

Time: All Day

Dates: February 10, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 7, 2018, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

This all-female-identifying backcountry ski day is a safe, inclusive and empowering opportunity for WWU’s female identified students to come out and tour around Mt. Baker Backcountry. Not only is this a great educational excursion, but February is the best month for snow in the Northwest...come enjoy the breath-taking views of Mount Baker Wilderness Area and potential for deep powder turns! This trip is designed for those who do have proficient skiing or snowboarding experience and are eager to explore outside the resort! ***Gear not included***

BC Ice Climbing Trip (difficulty 2)

Cost: $255.00 (Guest: $255.00)

Time: 3 Days

Dates: February 17, 2018 through February 19, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 14, 2018, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

The snow is falling and the Canadian ice walls are calling! Jump in the van and join us up in the Great White North as we travel to Canada for a weekend of ice climbing. No prior experience necessary, this is an awesome chance to get away for a long weekend and try something new. The OC Ice Climbing Trip is a classic annual trip that you won’t want to miss out on! *Gear included* & *Passport Required**

Snowshoe to Stevens Pass Hotsprings (difficulty 1)

Cost: $65.00 (Guest: $65.00)

Time: All Day

Dates: February 24, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 21, 2018, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Come explore the wintery wonderland around Steven’s Pass to relaxing and scenic hot springs! While taking a well-deserved break from school, we’ll spend the day playing in the snow and soaking in a natural hot tub!

WW Rafting/ Eagle Watching (difficulty 1)

Cost: $55.00 (Guest: $55.00)

Time: All Day

Dates: March 03, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 28, 2018, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 11

Get outside this winter with a float trip down the Magic Skagit River! Join us as we navigate rapids and cruise along the river through scenic mountains sipping hot cocoa. During the winter months, the Skagit River becomes home to the largest concentration of eagles in the lower 48 states, so keep your eye out!

Muddy Mountain Bike (difficulty 1)

Cost: $10.00 (Guest: $10.00)

Time: 3pm-6pm

Dates: March 08, 2018

Participant Provides: Mountain Bike

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Do you love biking? What about mud? What about mud AND biking? Get out on some local Bellingham trails for an afternoon , rain or shine!

Beginner Rock Climbing (difficulty 1)

Cost: $50.00 (Guest: $50.00)

Time: 7am- 7pm

Dates: March 10, 2018

OC Provides: All gear

Pre-trip meeting: March 7, 2018, 6 a.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Learn top-rope basics and make new climbing friends on this fun, local climbing day-trip. Mt. Erie is a classic climbing destination that is perfect for beginners. Mt. Erie overlooks some of the best views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains and has beautiful rock features to match.

HAES Body Empowerment Snowshoe (difficulty 1)

Cost: $30.00 (Guest: $30.00)

Time: 7am- 7pm

Dates: March 11, 2018

OC Provides: All gear

Pre-trip meeting: March 9, 2018, 6 a.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Miss hiking season? Looking to go romp around in the pristine mountains near the Mt. Baker ski area? While, strap on some snowshoes and join us as we enjoy the winter season to the fullest. The Outdoor Center has teamed up with peer educators on campus to create a beginner friendly trip to empower students to stay active throughout the cold weather!

Muddy Mountain Bike (difficulty 1)

Cost: $10.00 (Guest: $10.00)

Time: 3pm-6pm

Dates: March 15, 2018

Participant Provides: Mountain Bike

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

o Do you love biking? What about mud? What about mud AND biking? Get out on some local Bellingham trails for an afternoon , rain or shine!