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Hike the Chasm! Oneonta Gorge Hike

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Sun, 09/29/2013

Kick off the new school year with a new adventure.  Oneonta gorge is a slot canyon with an impressive waterfall at the end.  Sheer cliff walls loom over you the entire way in.  The hike is not far (only about a half mile), but the trip is a real adventure.  The route takes us from trail, to climbing  a log jam, to the last section: where we need to walk in the river to find the hidden pool and waterfall! Be ready to get wet!

We will leave Catlin at 10am and come back by 3pm the same day.  

This trip is open to all Middle School students.  Students should be comfortable scrambling, helping one another out and getting wet.

Cost of trip: $10

Sign up here by the end of the day Monday the 9th

Financial aid is available.  Download the form below and give it to Toad Hall.

Siouxon Creek Middle School Backpacking Trip

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Sat, 05/11/2013 - Sun, 05/12/2013

Join your friends for a gorgeous springtime backpack up Siouxon Creek.  Siouxon Creek is a hidden gem located on the southern flanks of Mt. St. Helens. The small, secluded canyon hosts beautiful waterfalls and turquoise blue pools unlike any others.  The hike along Siouxon Creek is a moderate walk along the creek, passing numerous waterfalls and majestic pools. The trail follows the small canyon up Siouxon Creek Trail.  We'll stop to enjoy Horseshoe Falls, Wildcat Falls, and Chinook Falls.  We will camp at one of many dispersed campsites along the creek (likely near Chinook Falls). Depending on group energy on Sunday, we may hike N up towards Siouxon Peak from our overnight site!

This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers.  

The trip cost is $50 (financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob in Toad Hall).

Contact David Reich to sign up reichd@catlin.edu

 

 

White Salmon White Water Day Trip

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Sun, 06/23/2013

 We will leave Catlin Gabel Sunday June 23 at 10:00am drive to our raft put in on the White Salmon river in Husum ,WA where we will meet our Guides from Zollers.   We’ll stop on the way to eat our bag lunches we brought from home and watch wind surfers on the mighty Columbia.  Zollers will outfit us and provide brief river training in Husum.  They will outfit us with wet suits and booties, 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 across the Columbia River for dinner at Charburger in Cascade Locks.  We will return to Catlin later in the evening after dinner.

This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers. 

The trip cost is $60 (plus about $10 cash for your dinner)

Financial aid is available (download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

Contact Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu to sign up

Middle School Goat Rock Alpine Lake Adventure

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Fri, 06/21/2013 - Sun, 06/23/2013

We’ll pile into the school bus at Catlin and head up North of Mt Adams, South of Rainier and East of St Helens to Goat Rocks a wonderland of rocks, woods, and forest lakes.  

 On our three day 10 mile backpacking trip we’ll take in stunning views of the South Cascades including the near perfect cone of Mt Adams!  We’ll hit the trail and climb through dense pine forest, cross a few shallow creeks, and gain elevation arriving eventually at a spacious ridge line.  Here we will stash out big packs and take a short side trip up the .5 mile trail to Nannie Peak where we will be surrounded by 360 degree views of mountaintop meadows, Mt Rainier, St Helens, Mt Adams, and Goat Rocks Peaks! We’ll pass the shallow warm sheep lake and continue down to Walupt Lake before closing our loop and heading back to Portland! 

 

There is no experience necessary, and you do not need to be an athlete to complete this backpacking trip. You do need to be in good physical condition and willing to work hard and cary your own gear as well as some group gear.

This trip is open to all middle schoolers

The cost of the three day trip is $100. 

 To sign up send an email to Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu

 

Middle School Smith Rock Summer Climbing!

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Fri, 07/19/2013 - Sun, 07/21/2013

Send winter wetness packing on the glorious rocks of Smith Rocks-- This is a perfect trip for students who want to learn what rock climbing is all about.  We'll drive down to the Park on Friday morning and spend the afternoon learning the basics of climbing.  Saturday will take us down into the park to climb a variety of fun routes. 

On Saturday after climbing we’ll cool off in a local swimming hole and head into town for a dinner out.  Both nights we will sleep under the stars or in your tents.  The Golden rays of the sun will greet you Sunday morning, we’ll make breakfast and head into the park to climb a little more before heading back to Portland. 

This trip is open to all Middle School Students

 The cost of the two day trip is $120 and includes gear, transportation, and dinner,  Students must provide their own sack lunches (two). Financial Aid is available (download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

 To sign up send an email to Renee Jenkinson  jenkinsonr@catlin.edu

 

Annual 8th Grade Graduates Mt St Helens Climb

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Sun, 06/16/2013 - Mon, 06/17/2013

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.  Financial Aid is available (download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

 This trip is only open to graduating 8th graders.  You can sign up by sending an email to Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu

 

Middle School Opal Creek Ancient Forest Adventure

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Sat, 05/11/2013 - Sun, 05/12/2013

We'll spend 2 fun filled days exploring Opal Creek.  Opal Creek and it's neighboring Bull of the Woods Wilderness make up the largest contiguous area of low elevation old growth in Oregon! We'll hike in and sleep in a cabin at Jawbone Flats, an old mining camp.   By day we'll hike into the wilderness, exploring peaks, streams, history, and life in the rainforest. By night we'll gather in our cozy miners cabin around good food a crackling fire and friends to tell stories and play into the night!

We'll leave Catlin at 9am Saturday, drive south and hike into Jawbone Flats. We'll return by 4:30pm on Sunday.  This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers.  

The cost is: $75 (financial aid is available: download form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

 To sign up contact Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu by Friday January 18th 

 

Middle School Learn To Surf for Summer!

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Sun, 06/09/2013

What better way to kick off summer than by learning to surf! Spend a day with the pros learning how to survey the beach, handle a board, read tides, and best of all how to surf! Oregon has some great surf and this is an ideal way to dive in and try a new sport you may love!

Take advantage of this full day lesson to get you all squared away to surf with friends, family, and Catlin in the future!

Dawn Patrol! We'll meet at 7:30am at Catlin and head out to the beach where we'll go rent wetsuits and boards in Seaside before driving out to the days surf spot.  This day has ideal tides with extreme high and low tides early and late in the day leaving us a big window in the middle to get our surf on! We'll meet surf instructors at the beach and hike in with our boards for a full day of surfing.  If the conditions are right we'll make a warming fire on the beach and have an awesome day honing our new skills!

This trip is open to all Middle School Students.  Participants must be able to swim and be comfortable in water.  There will be a 3 and 4:1 instructor ratio with certified lifeguard surf instructors.  

We'll be back at Catlin by 6pm.  

Trip cost: $150 includes wetsuit, board, and private instruction. (financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

Contact Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu by Friday January 19th to sign up for this trip.

6th Grade Girls Beach Trip

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Sat, 03/02/2013 - Sun, 03/03/2013

Get ready for two fantastic days at Beverly Beach which stretches from Yaquina Head all the way to Otter Rock! We'll hunt for agates, check out a 14,000 year old fossilized Sitka Spruce root, explore tidepools and hunt for fossils.  After a day of exploring and beach play we'll settle into our Yurts which are nextled among the trees.  We'll eat good food, enjoy our friends, play games, and fall asleep to the sounds of waves crashing.  On the way home we'll see what sea life we can find in Marine Gardens tide pools! 

We'll leave Catlin at 9am Saturday and return by 4:30 PM Sunday.  No experience necessary, this trip is open to all 6th grade girls.  

The cost is $50 (financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

To sign up for this trip contact Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu by Friday January 18th. 

6th Grade Beach Boys Overnight!

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Sat, 02/09/2013 - Sun, 02/10/2013

We'll head out to Nehalem Bay on Saturday morning and kick off our weekends adventure.  Expect games, obstacle courses, exploring, treasure finding, and tasty food.  At night we'll have a bonfire on the beach and laugh into the night with new and old friends.  We'll sleep in yurts with the sound of the ocean and on Sunday we'll hike up Neakahnie Mountain where the Tillamook Indians believe their most powerful god resides.  Some believe there's buried treasure from a Spanish ship wreck buried on the mountain.  Our treasure will be the breathtaking views of the coast from the top. 

We'll leave Catlin at 10am on Saturday and return by 3:30pm on Sunday.  There is no camping experience required for this trip, just a desire to have a great time.  

This trip is open to all Sixth Grade Boys. The cost is $50 (financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

To sign up contact Renee Jenkinson by Friday January 18th

Trillium Lake Cross Country Ski Outing

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Sun, 02/03/2013

Join Len Carr for a fantastic winter adventure on the flanks of Mt. Hood!

Students will have the opportunity to experience the wonders of exploring in the snow in a comfortable and supportive environment.  No Cross Country ski or winter recreation experience is necessary.  We will rent skis, boots and poles in Government Camp.  If you have your own gear you can bring it.  Once equipped, we will head to Trillium Lake trailhead two miles east of Government Camp where we will embark on our adventure.  If weather is clear we will heave incredible biews of Mt Hood.  the plan is to ski around the lake and traverse Summit Meadow! 

We will leave Catlin at 9am on Sunday February 3rd and return to campus by 4:30 pm.  Students will bring their own sack lunch and snacks. 

This day trip is open to all Middle School Students.  The cost for this trip is $25. 

To sign up please contact Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu by Friday January 18th. 

 

Ski through the Forest, Sleep in the Sky! XC Skiing Fire Lookout Trip!

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Sun, 01/20/2013 - Mon, 01/21/2013

Ski through the forest and sleep in a Sky Fort! Come Cross Country skiing and sleep in a Mt Hood National Forest Fire Lookout!

Join us for a wonderful winter trip and sleep high above the trees amongst the starts in a Forest Service lookout- thirty feet above the surrounding landscape.  We’ll drive to the snowline, don our skis and ski about four miles to our Lookout! We’ll spend the rest of our time exploring, practicing skiing, playing in the snow, and hanging out, playing cards and enjoying the views from the Lookout. 

Students do not need to be experienced cross country skiers, but definitely should be comfortable being in the snow and in cold environments.  We will rent ski gear on the way, which is included in the price of the trip.  There is a nice warming fire in the lookout, though once the fire goes out at night, it will be chilly. 

This trip will return Monday around dinner time.  

This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers.

The cost for the trip is $65 and includes food (except two sack lunches) and lodging. Students will rent their own skis in Portland or bring their own before the trip.

To sign up, send an email to Renee Jenkinson (jenkinsonr@catlin.edu

 


Oregon Coast Adventure

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Sat, 12/08/2012 - Sun, 12/09/2012

 Join us for the Great Oregon Coast Adventure!

 

Saturday December Dec. 8- Sunday December 9

 

Open to Middle School students.

 

Destination:  Fort Stevens State Park and the Northern Oregon Coast.

 

We will stay in a yurt and explore forts, World War II bunkers, the Wreck of the Peter Iredale, Fort Clatsop and Clark and Fort Canby.

 

The cost of the trip will be $95 for the weekend. The price includes accommodations, leadership, transportation and all meals except the first lunch.

 

River Restoration and Food Carts - Middle School Family Bike Ride

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Sun, 10/28/2012

Bundle up your family and join the Middle School Outdoor Program for a fall ride!

We’ll meet at Johnson Creek Park at 9:45am and ride out at 10am.  We'll return to Johnson Creek Park around 3pm.

 

In true Portland style, we’ll experience stream restoration via bicycle along the Springwater Corridor Trail that runs alongside Johnson Creek. Starting in Sellwood, we'll be joined by Robin, the Restoration Coordinator for Johnson Creek to tour several major projects on this leisurely, all flat, 16-mile bike ride. These will include Tideman-Johnson Park, where log habitat structures were constructed in 2008, the 70-acre East Lents Floodplain Restoration project, and an inspiring riparian forest restoration project at Mill Park in Milwaukie. 

 

Sometime around noon, we'll break at Cartlandia -- a food cart mecca for Springwater Trail bikers! Here we’ll enjoy new foods and new friends before continuing our bike tour back to Johnson Creek Park. 

 

This trip is open to Middle Schoolers and their Families. You'll need to bring your own bikes, helmets, water, raingear, and cash for lunch.  If you need a bike you can rent one nearby at Sellwood Cycles

 

Read the trip Prospectus attached below and contact Renee to sign up!  This trip is sure to fill so let me know sooner rather than later.  

 

For your pre-tour reading pleasure, check out:

Johnson Creek's newly minted 2012 State of the Watershed Report

Cartlandia's Feast of Carts

 

Coming Up: Winter Adventure!

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Sat, 12/01/2012 - Sun, 12/02/2012

Portland rain means Mt Hood Snow! Let’s celebrate winter with a trip up to Mt Hood to play in the snow!

We’ll leave Catlin at 10am on Saturday and drive up to Government Camp where we’ll strap on our snowshoes and hike to where we’ll build our snow shelters!  Caves! Igloos! Fortresses!  We’ll put the finishing touches on our snow homes and snowshoe back to town where we’ll warm up and enjoy dinner and games before we head over to Skibowl for some black light night time cosmic tubing!  After racing down the slopes we’ll crunch back to our bunks at the Huckleberry Inn for cocoa and bed.  

Sunday will find us snowshoeing back out to see how our shelters fared, enjoying a hot picnic in the snow and catching a little sledding before we head back to Portland. 

This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers.  Price: $95  Financial Aid is available, please ask. 

Please contact Renee with questions or if you'd like to sign up.  After you contact me you can read, print, and sign the forms attached below and return them to my Middle School Box by 11/9.   Space is limited, so act fast!