A Classic Oregon day! This day-long adventure will include a hike to the top of Saddle Mountain followed by a short drive and a hike to the top of Neah-Kanie mountain. The group will have spectacular views of the coast and the Oregon landscape. The hiking is not especially strenuous, though students should be in reasonably good condition. The trip will be led by the entertaining duo of Len Carr and Mike Wilson. Following the two hikes the group will enjoy a fine dinner at Camp 18 along US 26 before returning to Catlin Gabel about 8pm.
The trip is free, but students should bring $12-15 for their dinner.
The trip is open to students 14 and older.
To sign up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The highest peak in Oregon, Mount Hood, is prominent on the skyline from over half the state. Standing at 11,245 feet, Mount Hood is home to rugged glaciers and dramatic rock faces. Climbing to the summit of the peak is a strenuous yet rewarding undertaking. This year students from Catlin Gabel will make an attempt to reach this high summit via the south side route. The climb will be led by Mike Wilson, a veteran mountaineer and experienced leader of teenagers in the outdoors. The climb is open to nine students. The plan is to leave from Catlin Gabel late in the morning of May 17 and spend the night in Government Camp at a lodge. The climb will commence during the very early pre-dawn hours of Sunday May 18th. The team will return to Portland before dinner on the 17th.
Interested students must be in excellent physical condition, comfortable being in cold environments and able to take care of themselves under challenging circumstances. Students need to come on the MANDATORY May 10th Conditioning hike to go on this climb.
The trip is open to all upper school students
The cost of the trip is $160. The cost includes transportation, all food before the climb, the conditioning hike, overnight lodging. The cost does not include renting boots and crampons. The school is able to provide ice axes, helmets, ropes, emergency gear and harnesses. Students should locate appropriate clothing on their own, guided by a detailed equipment list to be provided.
Sign Ups will be held in Late February.
Financial Aid is Available. Download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob in Toad Hall.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 Greenp@catlin.edu.
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 Greenp@catlin.edu.
The cost of the trip is $425.
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 Greenp@Catlin.edu
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 Greenp@catlin.edu
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.
To sign up, send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu
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
To sign up send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu
Biking the Rails and Covered Bridges of Lane County
This adventure begins Friday night at Catlin with a screening of Buster Keaton’s 1926 masterpiece The General. On Saturday morning we’ll gather once again at Catlin to load our bikes in a trailer and set off in a yellow bus to begin our expedition. We’ll drive to Cottage Grove, south of Eugene, then turn off I-5 to find the Row River Trail, a former railroad converted to a bike trail. We’ll have miles of easy, car-free, nearly level biking along the shores of Dorena Lake and beyond, passing over many trestles and bridges. We’ll look for a trestle we recognize from the film at Harms Park, and imagine ourselves on a runaway train during the Civil War. We will camp at Dorena Lake. On Sunday we’ll head west from the lake on our bikes to find the many covered bridges in the area. With a bit of pedaling effort we can add 5 bridges to the one we will have passed on our Saturday biking. Our route will pass through the city of Cottage Grove, where well-deserved treats will be found (and enjoyed). We will return to Portland by 5:00.
This trip is open to upper schoolers.
No experience is necessary, but participants will need a well functioning bike - either a road bike or a mountain bike - and helmet.
Financial Aid is available
Utah Canyoneering Trip
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For the first time ever the Outdoor Program will be offering a Spring Break Outdoor Trip. The plan is to go Canyoneering in the desert Southwest! No way you say? Sorry, step aside so I can lay this out for everyone else. As it stands now our itinerary would be to fly to Las Vegas, drive via rental van into the wilds of Escalante National Monument, and then spend the week trekking through unspeakably gorgeous slot canyons beneath towering rock formations, wading through crystal clear waters, walking under fragile rock arch bridges, scrambling around waterfalls and standing speechless at the beauty of the landscape. The estimated cost for the trip is $700 for eight days, including air fare. Never again will you be able to spend so much time with so many friends in the sun exploring mysterious places for so little.
The trip is open to students in the Upper School.
The cost of the trip is $700
If you are interested contact Peter at Greenp@catlin.edu
America's Classic Rafting Trip
Note: This trip departs Catlin Gabel at 2:30 Thursday and returns on Sunday shortly after noon. This is a NO HOMEWORK weekend for the Upper School.
For the first time ever we are offering a rafting trip on the Rogue River for Upper School students. This is the classic rafting trip- dramatic canyons, great weather, big trees, challenging rapids, whitewater until the cows come home. Books have been written about the mighty Rogue, and now you will have the chance to experience it!
For this four-day trip we will leave Thursday afternoon at 2:30 on Friday. We will camp near Grants Pass on hursday night after eating a pizza dinner. On Friday we will board our rafts, using All-star rafting as our guide service, and paddle our way down to our first camping site. We will spend the evening beside the river, cooking a wonderful dinner before settling in for a wonderful sleep beneath the starry heavens.
The next day will see us travel through the legendary Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar. Students will need to be on their A game to make it through these challenging rapids in good form. On Sunday we will ride the bus back to Portalnd.
Professional rafting guides will captain each of the boats. Students will be responsible for working as a team as we negotiate the many challenges of his great river.
The trip is open to students in the Upper School.
The cost of the trip is $335 per person.
Rock Climbing in the Sun
Two days with your friends in Central Oregon-- We will try our hand at climbing on the glorious rock walls of Smith Rock. 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 Saturday morning and split up into groups for he day. Students will have a chance to climb a variety of routes depending on their experience and skill. If you have taken the PE rock climbing course then here is an opportunity to climb on real rock in the outdoors- the skills you've learned in the rock gym are easily translated to the walls of Smith Rock.
On Saturday evening we will head into Redmond and have all-you-can-eat pizza at the legendary Pappy's Pizzeria. That night we will sleep at a local area under the stars or in your tents. Sunday morning will greet you with the golden rays of the sun as Bob prepares hot water just to your taste. After a hearty breakfast we will head back to Smith Rock. The day will be spent in small groups, climbing on some of the thousands of rock climbs the park has to offer. We will ride back to town in the big yellow school bus, arriving about 6:00 pm at Catlin Gabel School.
This trip is open to students in grades 8-12.
The cost of the two day trip is $55 and includes gear, transportation, and dinner, Students must provide their own sack lunches (two) and breakfast for Sunday.
To sign up send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu
Imagine gazing up at Mt St Helens from Portland and knowing you've climbed it!
All upper schoolers are invited to come and take part in this fantastic mountain climb! 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 May 17th, our enthusiastic group will drive up to the mountain 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)
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