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 Spring Trips open on the first day of Spring 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

 

  • Yoga – free
    • Tuesday/Wednesday 5:30pm-6:30pm and Friday 8:00 - 9:00am
    • Difficulty: Beginner
    • Breathe in. Breathe out. 

 

  • Chuckanut Night Hike-$10
    • Trip Dates: April 12th, May 3rd
    • Difficulty Scale = Beginner
    • Want to hike during the week, but still have school and homework during the day? No worries! Bring a flashlight and come join us in as we enjoy a nighttime stroll in the woods!
    • ***Personal gear not included***

 

  • Chuckanut Mountain Biking - $10
    • Trip Dates: April 19th, May 10th 4pm
    • Difficulty Scale = Beginner 
    • Sign up for a day of splashing through mud puddles, cruising down winding trails and exploring the mountains in our backyard on one of the Outdoor Center’s Mountain Bikes! Great for any experience level!
    • ***Personal gear not included***

  

  • Sunset Sea Kayaking-$30
    • Trip Dates April 26th, May 17th and June 7th
    • Meeting Time: 6:00 pm
    • Difficulty: Beginner
    • Paddle through the calm waters of the Bellingham bay with us under a beautiful sunset! This is a great trip for beginning sea kayakers.

 

  • Bioluminescent Bike and Swim-$10
    • Trip Dates May 31st
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 pm
    • Difficulty: Beginner
    • Experience the magic of swimming through the bioluminescence with us on this evening bike ride and swim in the Puget Sound!
    • ***Personal gear not included***

 

Weekend Trips

 

  •  White Water Rafting Day-$55
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: April 25th
    • Trip Dates: April 28th
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Ride the rollercoaster waves on this rafting adventure! It’s spring and we’ve got snow in the mountains!  That means we will have water in the rivers.  Join us for an early season rafting trip and enjoy the beauty of PNW from a unique perspective.

 

  • Womxn’s Mountaineering at Mount Baker-$110
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: June 5th
    • Classroom Dates: June 6th
    • Field Dates: June 9th-10th
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Dinners Included
    • Description:  Call out to all the female-identifying students who want to feel the challenge and accomplishment of a summit attempt of the iconic volcano, Mt. Baker. This excursion will focus on planning, preparation, and self-rescue skills. Together we practice glacier travel on rope team, self-arrest, and orienteering.

 

Instructional Courses

 

  • Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding-$70
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: April 11th
    • Trip Dates: April 15th
    • 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!
    • ***Personal gear not included***

 

  • Basics of Backpacking-$70
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: April 18th
    • Field Dates: April 21st -April 22nd
    • Difficulty: Beginner
    • DinnersIncluded
    • Description: Learn the basics of backpacking in the beautiful, lush forests of the Pacific Northwest! We will learn effective route and meal planning/backcountry cooking, Leave No Trace ethics, orienteering and so much more. This will be a wonderful weekend filled with breath-taking views and hopefully springtime sunshine!
    • ***Personal gear not included***

 

  • Intro to Mountaineering at Mount Baker-$180
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: May 15th
    • Classroom Dates: May 21st , May 23rd
    • Field Dates: May 26-28th
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Dinners Included
    • Description: The Mountains are calling, and we must go! This course includes evening classroom sessions that will focus on planning, preparation, and self-rescue skills. In the field we’ll practice glacier travel on rope team, self-arrest, and orienteering, culminating in a summit attempt of the iconic Mt. Baker.

 

  • Intro to Sea Kayaking in the San Juans-$210
    • Pre-Trip Meeting: May 16th
    • Classroom Date: May 23rd
    • Trip Dates May 26-28th
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Dinners Included
    • Description: Learn to travel the sea with us on this three-day course in the beautiful San Juan Islands! One classroom day will focus on trip preparation and route planning. We’ll then take a charter out to the rustic Viqueen Lodge and spend three days exploring the islands, tidal pools and bioluminescent!

 

  • Intro to Outdoor Sport Climbing- -$140
    • Pre-Trip Meeting May 29th
    • Classroom Session:  May 31st
    • Trip Dates June 2-3
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Description: Started climbing in the gym but like being outside? Want to explore the vast open world and its sheer cliff faces? Come learn how! This spring, learn all the skills to be sufficient to go sport climb on your own. We’ll have a class day, and a weekend trip to enjoy some of the world class climbing Washington has to offer!

 

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! No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an eagerness to learn!

 

  • April 17th: Bike Maintenance
  • April 24th: Backcountry Cooking
  • May 1st: Basics of Sea Kayaking
  • May 8th: Climbing 101
  • May 15th: PNW Foraging
  • May 22rd: Orienteering
  • May 29th: Best of Bellingham

 

Outdoor Center Staff

Coordinators

Isabella Jones - Marketing & Resources

 

Hey! I'm Isabella and I am a junior pursuing a business management major and minors in communication studies and environmental studies. I grew up in the Bay Area, California, but I am also a duel citizen in Sweden and bilingual, which makes me love to travel and experience other cultures. The outdoors are what bring me peace and joy, whether it's watching the sunset with friends, backpacking, skiing, swimming, biking, or trying something new. I love learning and making new friends, so if you see me around or have ideas for the OC don't be shy & I'll be happy to chat or go adventure! Cheers :) 

Emily Schauble - Excursions & Trip Leader

 

Ive Reckling - Challenege Course & Trip Leader

Anselmo Cristobal - Challenge Course Admin

Justin Escobedo - Equipment

 

Trip Leaders

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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 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!

 

 

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.

 

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..

 

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

 

 Jenny Harding 

Jenny Harding Picture

Hello! My name is Jenny Harding and I am entering my junior year at Western. I’m studying psychology and philosophy. I love being outside and staying active, I’m especially into hiking, running, anything water-related, yoga and laying out in the sunshine!

I’m on the frisbee team at Western, which I highly recommend to anyone trying to get involved on campus. I spent last fall working on a farm in Hawaii, and since then I’ve been pretty interested in learning more about farming and living more sustainably. I just got a plot at the Outback farm on campus where I’m super excited to start growing veggies! I also love dogs, and I volunteer at the Whatcom Humane Society in my free time. It’s one of my favorite parts of the week!

I’m stoked to be a new trip leader for the Outdoor Center and I can't wait to meet you all!

 

There are no upcoming excursions. :(