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Ski the Dream -- Descend from Timberline Lodge to Government Camp

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Sat, 03/01/2014 - Sun, 03/02/2014

It's a dream come true.  We will transport you in a shiny yellow school bus up to Timberline Lodge, after renting cross country skis in Sandy.  We will don our skis and ski across the groomed slopes of the ski area, littered with hapless snowboarders and downhill skiers, each $70 poorer.  From here we will KEEP skiing, right past the edge of the 'designated ski area' and on to the legendary Glade Trail-- and we will ski all the way down to Government Camp.  And then, there's more, the bus will drive us back to Timberline Lodge and we will ski the six mile run again.  Unbelievable.  Yet true.

That evening we will have a wonderful meal at the Huckleberry Inn in Government Camp, and spend gthe evening playing cards or watching films as a group. We will sleep at the Huckleberry Inn.   Sunday will see us skiing the trails and open slopes to the east of Mount Hood near Bennett Pass.

Students do not need to be accomplished cross country skiers, but should be comfortable in snow and cold conditions. Having had downhill skiing experience would be helpful, but not mandatory.  We will rent gear, so students do not need to own cross country ski gear.

The trip is open to students in the Upper School

The cost of the trip, including meals (except a sack lunch on Saturday), skis, boots, poles, room at the Huckleberry Inn and transportation is $85

To sign up contact greenp@catlin.edu

 

Skiing in Glacier National Park

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Wed, 01/29/2014 - Sun, 02/02/2014

         ---   TRIP FULL  ---   Waitlist spots are available

Unbelievable!  We are offering Catlin students a chance to travel by train to Montana and ski for three days in the glorious powder snow.   We will stay in a rustic hotel near the park and Nordic ski on groomed trails nearby.  On or two of the days we will take rental vans and drive to Glacier National Park where we will ski on the roads and trails of this glorious area. 

The plan is to board the Amtrak train in Portland after school on Wednesday January 29th, and be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking motion of our parent mode of transportation.  Come morning we will wake up in Essex Montana where we will disembark the train and walk 100 yards to our cozy accomdoations.  After three days of skiing through the woods and playing games in our private cabin, we will again board the train for a memorable ride back to Portland. 

The cost of the trip is $520 and includes transportation, leadership, food (except the first box dinner), and lodging.  Students must provide their own Nordic skis.

The trip is open to Upper Schoolers.

To sign up, send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu


Snow Shoeing in the Wind River Range

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Fri, 01/31/2014 - Sat, 02/01/2014

By popular demand- A second trip to the Forest Service cabin!  You will enjoy unforgettable skiing through an old growth forest.  Join us for a wonderful winter trip that will allow you to actually sleep in a Forest Serivce cabin.  This trip will involve a 70 mile drive up to a sno-park in the Wind River range of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, west of Mount Adams.  Here the group will put on its cross country skis (which students need to rent in advance) and ski on Forest Service roads for about two miles to the cabin.  Most of our time after that will be spent frolicking in the snow, practicing skiing, and hanging out in the cabin.  Students will cook dinner and breakfast for the group, and sleep in the cabin.  Card games will be played.

Students do not need to be experienced cross country skers, but definitely should be comfortable being in the snow and in cold environments.  Experienced downhill skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to use the trip as a first time encounter with cross country skiing.  You will love how you can just ski through the trees and snowdrifts. Students will need to rent ski gear prior to our departure.  There is an excellent warming fire in the cabin, it should be a warm evening.

The trip is open to Upper Schoolers.

The cost for the trip is $50 and includes food (except a sack lunch on Saturday), leadership and lodging.

To sign up, send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu

Snowshoeing, Forts and a Forest Service Cabin!

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Thu, 01/30/2014 - Fri, 01/31/2014

Building igloos and forts in the snow, hanging out with your friends by the fire and unforgettable snowshoeing through an old growth forest.  Join us for a wonderful winter trip that will allow you to actually sleep in a Forest Serivce cabin.  This trip will involve a short drive up to a sno-park in the Wind River range of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, west of Mount Adams.  Here the group will put on its snow shoes (which students need to rent in advance) and snow shoe on Forest Service roads for about two miles to the cabin.  Most of our time after that will be spent building forts and igloos, frolicking in the snow, and hanging out in the cabin.  Students will cook dinner and breakfast for the group, and sleep in the cabin.  Card games will be played.

Students do not need to be experienced snowshoers, but definitely should be comfortable being in the snow and in cold environments.   You will love how you can just snow shoe through the trees and snowdrifts. Students will need to rent snow shoes prior to our departure.  There is an excellent warming fire in the cabin, it should be a warm evening.

The trip is open to Upper Schoolers.

The cost for the trip is $50 and includes food (except a sack lunch on Saturday), leadership and lodging.

To sign up, send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu

Snow Hut Snowshoeing and Snow Fort Building on Mt Hood

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Fri, 01/24/2014 - Sun, 01/26/2014

Alpine living at it’s finest! Come showshoe five miles down the historic Barlow Road to a hidden hut on Mt Hood! We'll stop for snow ball fights and sledding while following the mysterious GPS coordinates to find our woodsy roost!

Cascade Huts puts snow huts in the Mt Hood National Forest and sends us the coordinates.  We will find our hut and spend 2 days learning the ins and outs of quigloo (a cross between an igloo and a snow cave) building and winter camping from our very own Senior and High Mountain Institute Alum, McKenzie Spooner.  We’ll have the hut as a cozy backup once our Quigloo is set up!

This trip is open to all Upper Schoolers

Cost: $100 (financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)
Students will rent their own snowshoes in Portland or bring them from home.

Beach Adventure and Creative Writing

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Sat, 01/18/2014 - Mon, 01/20/2014

Spend 3 magical days with Ginia and Renee at the Oregon Coast!

How lucky are we to have:
a) An incredible creative writing teacher
b) An awesome coastline less than 2 hours from home
c) So many great ideas in your brain
d) SEALS!

Let's put them all together and have the best weekend ever. Our adventure will unfold with hikes up cascade head, walks and games on the beach, a camp all to ourselves, tidepools, sea caves, and cooking great food.   Pack up your journal and sense of adventure and come on!
We’ll also have a SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST LEADER joining us!

AND did you hear that part about Camp Westwind?!! Yep, the 529 undeveloped swath of breathtaking Oregon Coast where we will have our own cabin and kitchen and camp!

This trip is open to all Upper School students

Cost: $170 (financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

Horses, Hiking, and Making Stuff!

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Sun, 11/10/2013 - Tue, 11/12/2013

Let the wilderness be your muse! Get out and get inspired this weekend. We'll pack up our paints, sketchbooks, and instruments and head out to Ekone Ranch for horseback riding, art making, hiking, and wildness.

Ekone Ranch is located on 1060 acres of permanently protected forests, meadows, and steppe at the edge of the Columbia River Gorge in south-central Washington State. It’s also home to 20 horses, most of whom have been raised and trained on the ranch.

We’ll go to the Ranch Sunday so we can wake up Monday already there! Monday, weather permitting, we'll ride horses, hike, explore the ranch, and set to creating. We'll do plein aire painting, photography, natural material sculptures, and let our inspiration guide us. We'll bring out instruments, make instruments, write songs, and enjoy two evenings making music and playing games by the fire in the big open air lodge. We’ll sleep in a longhouse under the stars. Tuesday we’ll have another opportunity for a trail ride and have time to spend working on our projects. We’ll head back to Catlin after lunch.

Come get your creative on, because the earth without art is just "eh."

This trip is open to all Upper Schoolers. No experience necessary.

The cost of the trip is $90. (Add $80 to ride a horse) Financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Toad Hall.

Contact Renee with questions or sign up in the Outdoor Office

A High Desert Adventure

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Sat, 11/09/2013 - Mon, 11/11/2013

See the Greatest Part of Oregon!

We will exoplore the secret world of the eastern Oregon desert:  Hidden canyons, fossils, geysers, caves, abandoned homesteads in the wilds of Eastern Oregon.    We're going to experience it all.  We'll look for ancient fossils, camp under the stars, explore caves, visit ranches, race down some sands dunes, maybe find some wild horses, and eat ice cream. The plan is to board the vans on Saturday morning and head over the hills.  We'll spend  time hiking and exploring.  We'll return on Monday evening (There is no school on Monday the 11th because of conferences.)

Our likely destinations inlcude Christmas Valley, Hart Mountain and Wagontire.

The trip is open to students from the Upper School.

The cost of the trip is $85.

To sign up, send an email to Peter Green at Greenp@catlin.edu

Smith Rock- Climbing in the Sun

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Sat, 11/02/2013 - Sun, 11/03/2013

Spend a sunny weekend in Central Oregon learning to climb outdoors-- on real rock.  This is a low key and fun way to try out one of the most popular outdoor adventure sports in the world.  We will travel from Catlin Gabel on Saturday morning down to Smith Rock, near Redmond.  Once there we will divide into smaller groups and scatter ourselves about the park and do some climbing.  No prior climbing experience is expected.  Students who are experienced will climb for both days, while newer students will have an opportunity to participate in a focused rock school that will provide them with the essentials of climbing, belaying and rappelling.

 

On Saturday evening the group will sleep near the Skull Hollow Campground east of the park after enjoying a dinner out at a local dining establishment.  Stiudents should plan to bring their own lunches (two) and a breakfast.  The school can provide all the climbing gear needed.  Students should have appropriate clothing and camping supplies.

The cost for the trip is $60.

The trip is open to Upper School students and Middle School students in the Eighth Grade.

For information or to sign up for the trip, send an email to Peter Green at Greenp@catlin.edu

Rafting the Mighty Deschutes River

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Fri, 10/11/2013 - Sun, 10/13/2013

This is the classic river trip in Northern Oregon.  We'll spend three full days rafting down this mystical desert river.  The group will paddle the boats through rapids ranging from Class 1 to Class 4.  Each raft will have an experienced adult leader in the boat.

The plan is to board the big yellow school bus and head east onto the Warm Springs Indian Reservation on Friday the 11th.  Once there we will load up our fine crafts with gear and begin the float downstream.  The first day is fairly mellow, and we'll camp under the stars after preparing a delightful, filling and nutritious meal.  After dinner we'll often hike up the nearby hills or explore along the riverbank and railroad tracks.

The second day presents us with the challenge of WhiteHorse rapids.  We will scout this challenging stretch of the river before attempting its class 3 waters.  That night we will camp once agian along the shore of the fabled Deschutes.  The final day is a continuous series of challenging class 3 or 4 rapids involving a lot of splashing, screaming and piratical oaths.  We hope to be back at school about 5:30 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Students must be comfortable in water situations and willing to help paddle the raft during the three day trip.  No previous rafting experience is necessary.

The trip is open to Upper School students.  If you have questions about the trip contact Adm. Bob Sauer.

The cost of the trip is $180.

To sign up, send an email to Peter Green

 

Backcountry Road Biking

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Fri, 10/04/2013 - Sun, 10/06/2013

A designer Bike trip!  We will start way up high- near Government Camp - and bike over three days down and down to Detroit, near Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Little North Fork of the Santiam River.  Why is this trip so great?  Because we will ride on only paved roads and almost entirely without any cars around us!  And wait, there's more.  We will haul your gear in a Sag wagon, (actually a van) and it will be waiting for you at each campsite.  That's right- we will bike mostly downhill for three days and you don't have to carry your gear!  They said it couldn't be done, but we have gone and done it.

Each day we will bike about twenty miles, and cook and camp at delightful spots near lakes or streams.  We'll prepare meals as a group, sit around the campfire eating s'mores and popcorn, and sleeping under the stars or in a cozy tent.  Participants will want to bring a fully functional bike- though it can be any type of bicycle.  We will miss school on Friday, but will return by mid afternoon on Sunday so you will have plenty of time to do any homework in your life.

This is one of our great trips.  If you have questions, contact Peter Green in the Outdoor Program Office.

The trip is open to students in the Upper School.

The cost of the three day trip is $95, which includes all food except the first day's lunch.

To sign up, contact send an email to Greenp@Catlin.edu




Backpacking Eagle Creek for OLA

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Fri, 09/20/2013 - Sun, 09/22/2013

Each fall the after school outdoor program (OLA) has a weekend trip that provides students with a wonderful, low key outdoor experience.  This year we will travel to the magnificant Eagle Creek canyon in the Columbia River Gorge.  It will be a backpacking trip, designed for students new to the sport.  We will hike, swim and explore along the reaches of this spectacular waterway.  Friday afternoon we will leave campus just after lunch and drive about two hours to Wahtum Lake, south of Hood River.  The group will make the short hike in to the lake and set up camp there.  Saturday will see us hike (all downhill) to Wy'east Camp along the river.  The group will spend the rest of the day swimming, jumping, and exploring.  On Sunday we will make the four mile (all downhill) hike out to the trailhead along the Columbia Goirge Highway, where the bus will meet us and take us back to the school by about 5:00.

This trip is required for OLA participants, and is included in the cost of the course.

Trip leaders are Peter Green and Mitch Burke.

 

 

St Helen's Blast Zone Trip

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Sat, 09/28/2013 - Sun, 09/29/2013

On this two day trip we’ll hike through the volcanic landscapes created by the violent eruptions, recent and ancient, of our nearby neighbor to the north, Mt St Helens.  On Saturday we will cross the lahar that descended the southern flanks of the mountain during the 1980 eruption to explore the long-lost, ancient, lava filled canyon re-exposed during the recent activity.  This precipitous and exciting trail crosses a suspension bridge, skirts steep cliffs, and descends a ladder to follow the creek down its reclaimed former canyon.  The contact between newer and older lava flows is remarkably evident.  There will be time to explore Ape Cave, the longest lava tube in North America en route to our campsite.  We’ll stay that evening by the lower falls of the Lewis River, with opportunities to explore additional falls on the river, and be lulled to sleep by the rushing water.  On Sunday we’ll hike into the blast zone from the 1980 eruption to overlook Spirit Lake, see into the crater, and observe the natural recovery that has been occurring in the decades following the big eruption. 

We’ll depart Catlin at 8am Saturday, return to Catlin by 5pm Sunday.

Trip Cost is $65

This trip is open to all upper schoolers, no experience necessary.

Sign up in the Outdoor Program Office on Wednesday 9/11

Financial Aid is available.  Download the form below and return it to Toad Hall.

Ride Horses, Make Stuff, Yeehaw!

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Fri, 10/18/2013 - Sun, 10/20/2013

Let the wilderness be your muse! Get out and get inspired this weekend. We'll pack up our paints, sketchbooks, and instruments and head out to Ekone Ranch for horseback riding, art making, and wildness.

Ekone Ranch is located on 1060 acres of permanently protected forests, meadows, and steppe at the edge of the Columbia River Gorge in south-central Washington State. It’s also home to 20 horses, most of whom have been raised and trained on the ranch.

We’ll go to the Ranch Friday after school so we can wake up Saturday already there! Saturday, weather permitting, we'll ride horses, hike, explore the ranch, and set to creating. Catlin art teachers will join us and we'll do plein aire painting, photography, natural material sculptures, and let our inspiration guide us. We'll bring out recording equipment, make instruments, write songs, and enjoy the evening making music by the fire in the big open air lodge. We’ll sleep in a longhouse under the stars. 
Sunday we’ll have another opportunity for a trail ride and have time to spend working on our projects. We’ll head back to Catlin after lunch.

Come get your creative on, because the earth without art is just "eh."

This trip is open to all Upper Schoolers. No experience necessary.

The cost of the trip is $90. (Add $80 to ride a horse) Financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Toad Hall.

Contact Renee with questions and sign up on 9/11 in the Outdoor Office

WMI of NOLS Wilderness First Aid Course

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Sat, 05/04/2013 - Sun, 05/05/2013

We're proud to sponsor a 16 hour Wilderness First Aid Certification course May 4-5 here at Catlin Gabel.  Sign up now, before it fills up.

This fast paced course is ideal for folks recreating or working in places where it may take an hour or more to get medical care.  

 

This is super useful training to have whether on 

  • International trips
  • Outdoor program adventures
  • Camping trips
  • Weekend family adventures
  • Remote field trips
  • Or just because you're interested in medicine!

Learn how to recognize, prevent, stabilize, treat, and make decisions regarding evacuation and care needed when faced with the most common medical problems. This course is pre-approved by such organizations as: the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies. 

 

What: The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a fast paced, hands-on training designed to meet the needs of outdoor trip chaperones, wilderness guides, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working or playing in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. 

 

More info: http://www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/wildfirstaid.shtml

 

When: 8am-5pm May 4th and 5th

 

Where: At Catlin Gabel School

 

Who: Taught by Wilderness Medicine Institute Instructor and Catlin Outdoor Program Teacher Renee Jenkinson and another WMI Instructor through the National Outdoor Leadership School 

 

Cost: $120 for Catlin Gabel Employees and Students 16 or older, $200 to all others.

 

To register: 

  • Phone: (866) 831-9001(tell them if you're a Catlin Faculty or Student)