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Columbia Gorge Day Hike

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Sat, 06/07/2014

Join us for a fun hike in the Columbia Gorge.  We'll hike up one of the legendary trails of this great landscape - The Larch Mountain Trail -  passing through meadows covered with wildflowers and walk among towering old growth trees.  No hiking experience is necessary - students should be ready to challenge them selves and should consider this a good opportunity to help ready themselves for fun summer activities.  We will meet at Catlin Gabel Saturday morning and return by mid-afternoon.  Students should bring a day pack with food and water, some warm clothes, a rain jacket, and sturdy shoes or light boots.

This hike is required for students signed up for one of the summer climbing trips.

The trip is open to both Upper and Middle School students.

The cost of the trip is $0 - free

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8th Grade Graduation Mt St Helens Climb

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Sat, 06/14/2014 - Sun, 06/15/2014

All 8th graders are invited to come and take part in this Outdoor Program tradition.  We will attempt to climb to the summit of this Northwest landmark, and will hopefully have a chance to peer down into the impressive crater.  On June 15th, our enthusiastic group will drive up to the climber's bivouac where we will set up our camp with many of the other climbers who will be poised to hike the mountain the following day.  With a bright and early start, we will make our way through the forest until reaching timberline where we will then gain the prominent Monitor Ridge.  The ridge should still have plenty of snow on it, which will make our walking a lot easier.  We will continue up the mountain, reaching as high as we are able.  After some glissading on the descent, we will get back on the bus and head back to Portland for some well-deserved rest.

There is no experience necessary, and you do not need to be an athlete to complete this climb. You do need to be in good physical condition and willing to work hard in a group setting.

The cost of this trip is $125.  This fee covers permits, transportation, instruction, and most food.  

 This trip is only open to graduating 8th graders.

Climb to the summit of a Cascade Volcano

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Sun, 06/15/2014 - Tue, 06/17/2014

Join us for an attempt to reach the summit of Broken Top.  At 9177 it is one of the highest peaks in Oregon, and one of the more interesting.  We will begin our trip at Catlin Gabel School where we will board a couple of vans on Sunday morning and make the drive south to Central Oregon.  The hike into our basecamp at Green Lakes takes a few hours and is on a good trail (though it may be partially covered with snow).  The group will set up tents near the lake and cook dinner as a team.  Monday will be climb day- we will rise with the sun and make the ascent up the Northwest Ridge of the peak.  Toward the top there will be an opportunity to practice rope work as we will use ropes for safety on the last few hundred feet.  This is a glorious climb, wonderfully situated among the great peaks of the Cascades.  Tuesday we will hike out and drive to a large home along the banks of the McKenzie River where we will have waiting for us an all-you-can-eat barbecue.  The rest of the afternoon will be spent swapping stories and making the drive back to Portland.

The trip is open to students 14 and over.  Students should be in good physical condition, able to carry a backpack,  and comfortable camping in the outdoors.  Students do not need prior mountaineering experience though it is helpful to be comfortable on steep snow. 

The cost of the three day trip is $95.

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White Salmon Rafting Overnight

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Thu, 06/19/2014 - Fri, 06/20/2014

With its headwaters high on the flanks of Mt. Adams, the exciting White Salmon River flows through lush forests and steep gorges before emptying into the Columbia River.  On this trip, we will spend one day rafting and exploring the most exciting sections of this Wild and Scenic River and a second day exploring caves and other adventurous sites in the area..  With the help of a commercial guiding company on the river, we will descend the famous S-Turn, Flume, and Rattlesnake Rapids, and may even take the plunge of Husum Falls.  The water is crystal clear, and the sun should be shining! 

Students do not need rafting experience, but should be willing to learn, work as a team and paddle hard.  This trip is open to all Upper School students and graduating 8th grade students.

The estimated cost of this trip is is $120. This fee covers rafting instruction and gear rental, permits, transportation, and most food. All interested students should sign up in the Outdoor Program Office.

City of Rocks climbing trip

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Sun, 06/22/2014 - Fri, 06/27/2014

Rock climbing in sunny Idaho!  Frequently gracing the pages of domestic and international climbing magazines, Idaho’s City of Rocks is a world-class destination for rock climbers.  We’ll have four days of climbing on the rocks and five nights of camping among the incredible building-sized granite formations.  With 3000+ climbs to choose from, it is a perfect location for beginning climbers as well as aspiring leaders.

We will focus on climbs mostly in the 5.7-5.11 range, climbing primarily on traditional gear-protected routes, but there are many bolted routes (5.8 and up). We will set up top ropes on many climbs, and do a few multi-pitch routes as well, depending on skill levels. Students who have passed the leading on rock course and wish to practice leading will find this a good location. The rock is superb quality. Each day we will climb from the morning until dark (or after) and walk back to the vehicles for the short drive back to the campsite. We'll return to Portland on Saturday evening.

Both adults and trained students will belay those who are climbing. Although no previous climbing experience is necessary, participants will need to be responsible for their behavior, alert at all times and follow all the rules established by the group and the leader.

The cost of this six-day trip is $375.  The trip is open to graduating 8th graders and all Upper School Students.  You can sign up by sending an email to Peter Green at

White Salmon Whitewater Day Trip!

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Sun, 06/29/2014

Adventurous Middle Schoolers will leave Catlin Gabel Sunday morning and drive to our raft put-in on the White Salmon river in Husum ,WA. Our outfitters will set us up and provide brief river training in Husum, and we’ll hit the river.  The class III rapids of the White Salmon River will get us working as team and whet our appetites for whitewater.  This is a gorgeous stretch of river that offers continuous excitement.   After the river trip we will head to Beacon Rock for an exhilarating  ascent before heading home to Catlin.
This trip is open to all middle schoolers.

The trip cost is $80

Questions? Contact Renee Jenkinson

Backpacking and Scrambling in the North Cascades

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - Fri, 07/04/2014

The Switzerland of America!  Our greatest National Park!  The largest concentration of glaciated peaks in the country outside of Alaska!  This is where the action is-


Join us for a five day trip (don't worry you will be home for the evening of July 4th) through the old growth forests and high country of this northern Washington paradise.  Our group of ten students and two leaders will backpack about 6-8 miles each day and stay at various camps along the way.  We will scramble to the summit of one or two peaks during our adventure- providing tremendous views and lifelong memories.  Each night we will cook as a group over camp stoves and sleep in tents or out under the starry night sky.

Intetersted students should be in good physical condition and comfortable with travelling in the outdoors.  Students will carry their own gear and a portion of the group's gear during each leg of the trip.

The trip is oppen to current 9th-12th graders.

The cost of the trip is $195 and includes transportation, leadership, and all food (except the first lunch).

If interested contact Peter Green at



Backpacking with Llamas in the Wallowas!

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - Sun, 07/13/2014

Imagine backpacing through the world famous backcountry of the Wallowa Mountains -- but you don't have to carry a pack.  Crazy? yes - but true.  This is the fourth year in a row we've offered this popular trip to Northeast Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.  The  Wallowas offer white granite peaks, sparkling alpine lakes, and lush wildflower meadows. Spend six days hiking and camping in this beautiful area—with gear carried by llamas, delightful animals that we lead down the trail and care for at night. We camp near crystal clear lakes, hike to the top of peaks, and frolic in the wilderness. Each day we hike 6–10 miles to a new mountain camp. No experience is necessary, but students should be fit enough to be active every day.

The cost of the trip is $425.

This trip is open to graduating 8th graders and all Upper School Students.  You can sign up by sending an email to Peter Green at


The cost of the trip is $425.


Canadian Gulf Islands Bicycle Trip

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - Fri, 07/18/2014

Could there be a better place to bicycle tour than the Canadian San Juan Islands?  Join Len Carr, Alison Ward and Michael Larson for a five-day cycling trek in Canada. Each day We’ll explore by bike, sometimes taking a ferry to another island. we'll explore hidden coves, sandy beaches, and mossy forests—with wildlife and swimming holes waiting around each bend. At night we cook dinner and camp under the stars. Rides are moderately difficult (12 to 25 miles each day with some hills). Extensive bicycling experience is not necessary, but students should be in good physical condition and comfortable riding on road shoulders. Students must provide their own bicycle; either a road bike or mountain bike is fine.

The cost of this 5-day trip is $385.  The trip is open to Upper School students as well as graduating 8th graders.

You can sign up by sending an email to Peter Green at

Hood River Watershed Science Field Experience Week

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Sun, 07/20/2014 - Fri, 07/25/2014

Mt. Hood Watershed Science Adventure

Sunday, July 20-Friday, July 25.

Open to Students ages 14-18.

This trip combines science learning with outdoor adventure and has everything you would want in a summertime excursion: backpacking, biking, kayaking, and traveling on snow and ice.  We'll start at close to 8,000 feet on Mt. Hood and make our way downstream to the Columbia River through the Hood River Valley.  Expect a challenging, fun, and provocative week as we travel by foot, bike, and kayak. Along the way we'll meet with local stakeholders and scientists to investigate glaciers, climate change, fisheries, and conservation.  Through our conversations and experience we will begin to understand the natural functions of the Hood River and how human communities interact with it.  Join Catlin Gabel science teacher, Jesse Lowes, and our partner organization, Cascade Mountain School, on this fun trip close to home but a world away!

The cost of the six day trip is $595

To register, email Peter Green at

Lower Clackamas River Summer Float

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Mon, 07/21/2014

Summer will have arrived and what better way to spend a summer day than floating down the Clackamas River with friends!  We'll do a 2.5 hour float down the Lower Clackamas from Carver Park to Riverside Park in rafts and inflatable kayaks! Our splashing and swimming will culminate in a picnic lunch in the park before we return home.  We'll leave Catlin Monday morning and be back mid afternoon. 
This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers, no experience necessary.  
Cost: $55


Trip Dates
Middle School Smith Rock Summer Climbing! Fri, Jul 19, 2013 - Sun, Jul 21, 2013
Biking in the Canadian Gulf Islands Mon, Jul 15, 2013 - Fri, Jul 19, 2013
San Juans Sea Kayaking Trip # 2 Fri, Jul 12, 2013 - Tue, Jul 16, 2013
Llama backpacking in the Wallowas Mon, Jul 8, 2013 - Sun, Jul 14, 2013
Sea Kayaking the San Juan Islands with the Orcas Trip #1 Sat, Jul 6, 2013 - Wed, Jul 10, 2013
Scrambling and backbacking in the North Cascades Mon, Jul 1, 2013 - Fri, Jul 5, 2013
White Salmon Rafting Overnight Wed, Jun 26, 2013 - Thu, Jun 27, 2013
Getting nutty on the N.U.T. (North Umpqua Trail) Backpacking Trip Tue, Jun 25, 2013 - Fri, Jun 28, 2013
City of Rocks Climbing Trip Sun, Jun 23, 2013 - Fri, Jun 28, 2013
White Salmon White Water Day Trip Sun, Jun 23, 2013
Middle School Goat Rock Alpine Lake Adventure Fri, Jun 21, 2013 - Sun, Jun 23, 2013
The Ascent of South Sister Sun, Jun 16, 2013 - Tue, Jun 18, 2013
Annual 8th Grade Graduates Mt St Helens Climb Sun, Jun 16, 2013 - Mon, Jun 17, 2013
Attempt to Reach the Summit of Mount Hood Sun, Jun 16, 2013 - Mon, Jun 17, 2013
Middle School Learn To Surf for Summer! Sun, Jun 9, 2013
Oregon Coast Day Hike Sat, Jun 8, 2013
Get your Surf-on this summer! Sat, Jun 8, 2013
Columbia Gorge day hike Sat, Jun 8, 2013
Day Hike in the Columbia Gorge Sat, Jun 1, 2013
Mt. Hood Bike Trip Tue, Jul 17, 2012 - Thu, Jul 19, 2012
Bandon-Port Orford Wilderness Backpacking and Surfing Mon, Jul 16, 2012 - Fri, Jul 20, 2012
Serene Lake Backpacking Trip Wed, Jul 11, 2012 - Fri, Jul 13, 2012
Steens Mountain Adventure Tue, Jul 10, 2012 - Sat, Jul 14, 2012
Opal Creek Canyoneering Sat, Jul 7, 2012 - Sun, Jul 8, 2012
Biking the Springwater Corridor Thu, Jul 5, 2012
Oregon Coast Exploration and Camping Mon, Jul 2, 2012 - Tue, Jul 3, 2012
Ecuador: People and Ecosystems of the High Andes Fri, Jun 15, 2012 - Mon, Jul 2, 2012
Biking in the Canadian Gulf islands Mon, Jul 18, 2011 - Fri, Jul 22, 2011
"No-Trail" Wilderness Adventure Mon, Jul 11, 2011 - Tue, Jul 12, 2011
3rd Annual Wallowa Llama Packing Trip Sun, Jul 10, 2011 - Sat, Jul 16, 2011
Middle School rock climbing day trip Wed, Jul 6, 2011
Olympic Peninsula Surfing and Wilderness Coast Backpacking Fri, Jul 1, 2011 - Wed, Jul 6, 2011
MS Eagle Creek Backpacking Mon, Jun 27, 2011 - Tue, Jun 28, 2011
Stehekin North Cascade Adventure Sat, Jun 25, 2011 - Thu, Jun 30, 2011
MS Vernonia Biking Trip Wed, Jun 22, 2011
San Juan Islands Sea Kayaking Sun, Jun 19, 2011 - Thu, Jun 23, 2011
City of Rocks Idaho! climbing trip Fri, Jun 17, 2011 - Wed, Jun 22, 2011
North Umpqua Rafting Trip Wed, Jun 15, 2011 - Sat, Jun 18, 2011
MS Smith Rock Climb and Metolius River Hiking Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - Wed, Jun 15, 2011
Attempt to Climb to the Summit of Mt. Hood Sun, Jun 12, 2011 - Mon, Jun 13, 2011
Annual Graduating 8th Grade Mount St. Helens Summit Attempt Sat, Jun 11, 2011 - Sun, Jun 12, 2011
MS White Salmon Rafting and Indian Heaven Exploring Sat, Jun 11, 2011 - Sun, Jun 12, 2011
US Llama Packing in the Wallowa Mountains, July 10-16 Sat, Jul 10, 2010 - Fri, Jul 16, 2010
US Surfing and Olympic Mountains Traverse, July 5-9 Mon, Jul 5, 2010 - Fri, Jul 9, 2010
US Climbing at the City of Rocks, June 27-July 2 Sun, Jun 27, 2010 - Fri, Jul 2, 2010
Oregon Flyfishing and River Adventure, June 22-24 Tue, Jun 22, 2010 - Thu, Jun 24, 2010
US Bike Tour Through Canada's Gulf Islands, June 21-25 Mon, Jun 21, 2010 - Fri, Jun 25, 2010
Backpacking and Scrambling in the Trinity Alps Mon, Jun 21, 2010 - Fri, Jun 25, 2010
MS White Salmon Rafting and Backpacking, June 20-21 Sun, Jun 20, 2010 - Mon, Jun 21, 2010
Graduating 8th Graders Climb Mt. St. Helens Thu, Jun 17, 2010 - Fri, Jun 18, 2010
Middle School Rockclimbing at Horsethief Butte Thu, Jun 17, 2010
Gorge Rafting Mon, Jun 14, 2010 - Tue, Jun 15, 2010
Attempt to Climb to the Summit of Mt. Hood Sun, Jun 13, 2010 - Mon, Jun 14, 2010