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.

 

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 skiing, backpacking, canoeing, and rafting are some of my favorite ways to get out to challenge myself, relax, and get dirty! The awesome benefits of being in the outdoors are why I love to work for the Outdoor Center; I get to share all of the benefits 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Your Own Excursion (difficulty 0)

Cost: TBD (Guest: TBD)

Time: TBD

Dates: September 24, 2015 through June 17, 2016

Spots Taken: 0 / 12

Have a group of 6 people or more, and want to plan your own private excursion? You name the adventure, and we'll help it happen at a price that includes trip leaders and transportation. Talk to the Excursions Coordinators and plan out details - we're all about getting you outside, whether it's one of our planned excursions or not! Learn more by emailing or calling us at the above information.

Free Yoga (difficulty 0)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 1 hour

Dates: April 05, 2017 through June 07, 2017

OC Provides: Instruction

Participant Provides: Mat and waterbottle

Spots Taken: 0 / 1000

Breathe in. Breathe out. Feeling good on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays! Join us every Monday morning from 8-9AM, and Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-5pm in the VU for a chance to relax and get your stretch on.

Intro to Outdoor Sport Climbing Course (difficulty 2)

Cost: $165.00 (Guest: $165.00)

Time: Two classroom days, one day trip, and one overnight trip

Dates: April 10, 2017 through April 23, 2017

OC Provides: Rock climbing gear, transportation, instruction, group camping gear, dinner on overnight trips

Participant Provides: Rock climbing shoes, lunch and breakfast, personal camping gear

Pre-trip meeting: April 10, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 5 / 8

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 two class days, a weekend day out, and a final weekend trip to enjoy some of the world class climbing Washington has to offer! • Class Dates: April 12 6-8pm, April 19th 6-8pm • Field Dates:, April 15 at Mt Erie, April 22-23 at Squamish, BC

April Full Moon Night Hike (difficulty 0)

Cost: $20.00 (Guest: $20.00)

Time: Half Day Trip

Dates: April 11, 2017

OC Provides: Transportation, trip leaders

Participant Provides: Headlamp, water bottle

Pre-trip meeting: April 11, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 13

Explore the Chuckanut mountains with us in the light of the full moon as we enjoy a nighttime stroll in the woods!

Human Powered Backpacking (difficulty 2)

Cost: $70.00 (Guest: $70.00)

Time: Two Days

Dates: April 15, 2017 through April 16, 2017

OC Provides: Stoves, tents, group backpacking gear, trip leaders, maps, group dinner

Participant Provides: Personal camping and hiking gear, backpack, water bottles, personal lunch and breakfast food

Pre-trip meeting: April 13, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 2 / 9

Leave your car at home and join us for a weekend of backpacking on our favorite backyard trails! This overnight backpacking trip is a great way to learn about sustainable adventures close to Bellinghome.

Snowshoe Day (difficulty 0)

Cost: $45.00 (Guest: $45.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: April 16, 2017

OC Provides: Snowshoes, avalanche safety gear, trip leaders, transportation, hot chocolate, hiking boots if neede

Participant Provides: Warm clothes, water bottle, lunch

Pre-trip meeting: April 12, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 13

Looking to go romp around in the pristine mountains near the Mt. Baker ski area? Strap on some snowshoes and join us as we enjoy the last of the winter season!

Whitewater Rafting Day (difficulty 0)

Cost: $55.00 (Guest: $55.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: April 30, 2017

OC Provides: Trip leaders, transportation, rafting equipment and pfds

Participant Provides: Lunch and a water bottle

Pre-trip meeting: April 27, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 11 / 11

Explore the pristine Washington wilderness from the river on this fun and exciting rafting day trip!

Bioluminescent Bike and Swim (difficulty 0)

Cost: $20.00 (Guest: $20.00)

Time: Half Day Trip

Dates: May 03, 2017

OC Provides: Bikes, helmets, trip leaders

Participant Provides: Headlamp, water bottle, swimming clothes

Pre-trip meeting: May 3, 2017, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 9 / 12

Experience the magic of swimming through the bioluminescence with us on this evening bike ride to Teddy Bear Cove!

Bike Touring in the San Juan Islands (difficulty 3)

Cost: $100.00 (Guest: $100.00)

Time: Two Days, Overnight

Dates: May 06, 2017 through May 07, 2017

OC Provides: Bikes, panniers, helmets, group dinner, group camping gear

Participant Provides: Water bottles, lunch and breakfast foods, personal camping gear

Pre-trip meeting: May 3, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 2 / 7

Take a tour of island life with us on this fun weekend of biking! We’ll peddle the backroads of Lopez island and camp on the beaches of the famous Friendly Isle.

May Full Moon Night Hike (difficulty 0)

Cost: $20.00 (Guest: $20.00)

Time: Half Day Trip

Dates: May 10, 2017

OC Provides: Trip leaders, transportation

Participant Provides: Headlamp, water bottle

Pre-trip meeting: May 10, 2017, 7 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 13

Explore the Chuckanut mountains with us in the light of the full moon as we enjoy a nighttime stroll in the woods.

Wenatchee River Rafting (difficulty 2)

Cost: $100.00 (Guest: $100.00)

Time: Two Days, Overnight

Dates: May 13, 2017 through May 14, 2017

OC Provides: Dinner, wetsuits, pfds, rafts, transportation, guides, group camping gear

Participant Provides: Personal lunches and breakfast, personal camping gear

Pre-trip meeting: May 10, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 10 / 11

Ride the rollercoaster waves of the beautiful Wenatchee river on this weekend rafting adventure! We’ll camp overnight near the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth and explore the river two days in a row while learning about whitewater rafting.

Art Hike at Artist Point (difficulty 0)

Cost: $55.00 (Guest: $55.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: May 13, 2017

OC Provides: Basic drawing supplies, transportation, trip leaders

Participant Provides: Any additional art supplies, water and lunch

Pre-trip meeting: May 10, 2017, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 13

Get inspired on this day hike at Artist Point! We’ll spend the day in the gorgeous mountains seeking out the best views to capture on paper. Basic drawing supplies will be provided.

Basics of Backpacking (difficulty 1)

Cost: $95.00 (Guest: $95.00)

Time: Two classroom days, one overnight trip

Dates: May 13, 2017 through May 14, 2017

OC Provides: Transportation, instruction, group backpacking gear, group dinner

Participant Provides: Personal camping and hiking gear, backpack, water, personal breakfast and lunch food

Pre-trip meeting: May 9, 2017, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Learn the basics of backpacking over this weekend course in the North Cascades! We’ll spend two classroom days discussing effective route and meal planning, Leave No Trace ethics, and orienteering. Then we’ll head out into the field to put our skills into practice! • Classroom Dates: May 9th 5-7, May 11th 5-7 • Field Dates: May 13th-14th

Sunset Sea Kayaking on May 17th (difficulty 0)

Cost: $35.00 (Guest: $35.00)

Time: Half Day Trip

Dates: May 17, 2017

OC Provides: Sea Kayaks, PFDs, Trip Leaders, Transportation

Participant Provides: Water Bottle and Snacks

Pre-trip meeting: May 17, 2017, 4 p.m.

Spots Taken: 10 / 10

Paddle through the calm waters of the Bellingham bay with us under a beautiful sunset! This is a great trip for beginning sea kayakers.

Intro to Mountaineering at Mt. Baker (difficulty 4)

Cost: $180.00 (Guest: $180.00)

Time: Two classroom days, one three-day overnight trip

Dates: May 27, 2017 through May 29, 2017

OC Provides: Crampons, mountaineering boots, group camping gear, helmets, ropes, group dinner, transportation

Participant Provides: Warm clothes, personal camping gear, breakfast and lunch foods, water bottle

Pre-trip meeting: May 18, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 9 / 9

The mountains are calling, and we must go! This course includes two 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 Mt. Baker. • Classroom Dates: May 23rd from 6-8pm, May 25th from 6-8pm • Field Dates May 27-29

Sea Kayak in the San Juans Course (difficulty 2)

Cost: $160.00 (Guest: $160.00)

Time: Two classroom days, one three-day overnight trip

Dates: May 27, 2017 through May 29, 2017

OC Provides: Sea Kayaks, PFDs, Trip Leaders, Transportation, Group Dinners, Lodging

Participant Provides: breakfast and lunch foods, water, personal camping gear

Pre-trip meeting: May 24, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 6 / 6

Learn to travel the sea with us on this three-day course in the San Juan Islands! One classroom day will focus on trip preparation and route planning, followed by a half-day at Lakewood practicing rescue techniques. We’ll then paddle out to the rustic Viqueen Lodge and spend three days exploring the islands and putting our skills to the test!

Sunset Sea Kayaking on May 31st (difficulty 0)

Cost: $35.00 (Guest: $35.00)

Time: Half Day Trip

Dates: May 31, 2017

OC Provides: Sea Kayaks, PFDs, Trip Leaders, Transportation

Participant Provides: Water Bottle and Snacks

Pre-trip meeting: May 31, 2017, 4 p.m.

Spots Taken: 5 / 10

Paddle through the calm waters of the Bellingham bay with us under a beautiful sunset! This is a great trip for beginning sea kayakers.

Beginners Rock Climbing at Mt Erie (difficulty 1)

Cost: $45.00 (Guest: $45.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: June 03, 2017

OC Provides: Transportation, trip leaders, climbing gear

Participant Provides: Lunch and water, climbing shoes

Pre-trip meeting: May 31, 2017, 6 p.m.

Spots Taken: 6 / 10

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