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San Juans Sea Kayaking Trip # 2

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Fri, 07/12/2013 - Tue, 07/16/2013

Imagine paddling your sea kayak over the crystal clear waters through the uninhabited islands of the San Juans, including Jones, Cypress, and Sinclair Islands. In the distance you see Orcas rising, harbor porpoises playing and seagulls wheeling across the sky. Your friends are near and you're having the time of your life! The Catlin Gabel Outdoor Program is sponsoring a 5 day trip to this natural paradise. 

Trip participants will head up I-5 to the ferry terminal in Anacortes, WA and take the ferry to our waiting kayaks. Our kayaking guides will show us techniques and introduce us to the equipment. We will spend five days on the water and camping on beautiful beaches near the deep old growth forests.

No previous kayaking experience is necessary, but participants should be comfortable on the water and able to engage in physical activity for extended periods of time.

The trip is open to students ages 14 and older.

The cost of the trip is $450, and covers most food, the ferry ride, kayak rental and instruction, and permits.

To sign up contact Jenkinsonr@catlin.edu

 

 

Getting nutty on the N.U.T. (North Umpqua Trail) Backpacking Trip

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Tue, 06/25/2013 - Fri, 06/28/2013

Schools out but the Cascades are still deep under snow and the Willamette Valley soaked in rain and WE ARE NOT WORRIED! We're heading south to frolic along the Umpqua River, past waterfalls and madrones! The North Umpqua Trail (N.U.T.) is a 79 mile stretch of riverside trail in the Umpqua National Forest outside Roseburg Oregon. 

 We'll head south on I-5, gear up, and hit the trail for four days of backpacking, exploring, fun with friends and three nights camped by the river renowned for its emerald green waters. 

 No previous backpacking experience is necessary, but participants should be comfortable engaging in physical activity, working as a group, pushing themselves and carrying their personal and some group gear for extended periods of time. 

This trip is open to all upper schoolers.

The cost of the trip is $200.

To sign up for this trip email Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu

Sea Kayaking the San Juan Islands with the Orcas Trip #1

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Sat, 07/06/2013 - Wed, 07/10/2013

 Imagine paddling your sea kayak over the crystal clear waters through the uninhabited islands of the San Juans, including Jones, Cypress, and Sinclair Islands. In the distance you see Orcas rising, harbor porpoises playing and seagulls wheeling across the sky. Your friends are near and you're having the time of your life! The Catlin Gabel Outdoor Program is sponsoring a 5 day trip to this natural paradise. 

Trip participants will head up I-5 to the ferry terminal in Anacortes, WA and take the ferry to our waiting kayaks. Our kayaking guides will show us techniques and introduce us to the equipment. We will spend five days on the water and camping on beautiful beaches near the deep old growth forests.

No previous kayaking experience is necessary, but participants should be comfortable on the water and able to engage in physical activity for extended periods of time.

The trip is open to students ages 14 and older.

The cost of the trip is $450, and covers most food, the ferry ride, kayak rental and instruction, and permits. 

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

 

Attempt to Reach the Summit of Mount Hood

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

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 clmb will be led by Mike Wilson, a veteran mountaineer and experienced leader of teenagers in the outdoors.  He will be accompanied by two assistant leaders.  The climb is open to nine students.  The plan is to leave from Catlin Gabel late in the morning of Sunday June 16th and spend the night in Goevrnment Camp at a lodge.  The climb will commence during the very early pre-dawn hours of Monday June 17th.  The team will return to Portland before dionner 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 are required to complete two conditioning hikes prior to the ascent.  (Students who don't think they will have two different days on weekends available for conditionng hikes in advance of the trip should not sign up).  Students may complete these hikes on their own or with the group on June 1st and June 8th.

The trip is open to students who have completed 9th grade and are in good physical condition.

The cost of the trip is $120.  The cost includes two conditioning hikes, transportation to all three activities, all food before the climb, overnight lodging, and leadership.  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.

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

Scrambling and backbacking in the North Cascades

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - Fri, 07/05/2013

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 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

 

 

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Adventure One

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Sat, 04/06/2013 - Sun, 04/07/2013

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 Upper Schoolers.  

The cost is: $90 (financial aid is available: download form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

 

Get your Surf-on this summer!

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Sat, 06/08/2013

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 Upper 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 7:30pm.  

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 to sign up

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Adventure Two

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Sat, 04/13/2013 - Sun, 04/14/2013

 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 cablin 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 Upper Schoolers.  

The cost is: $90 (financial aid is available: download form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

To sign up contact Renee Jenkinson jenkinsonr@catlin.edu 

Columbia Gorge day hike

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Sat, 06/08/2013

Another great hike for you to enjoy!  Join us for a fun hike in the Columbia Gorge.  We'll hike up one of the legendary trails of this great landscape, 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. 

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

Day Hike in the Columbia Gorge

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Sat, 06/01/2013

Join us for a fun hike in the Columbia Gorge.  We'll hike up one of the legendary trails of this great landscape, 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.

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

Canoeing the Cascades

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Sat, 05/18/2013 - Sun, 05/19/2013

This could be the most beautiful trip ever-  We will canoe on Waldo Lake- known for having the clearest water in Oregon.  The plan is to drive south to Eugene, pick up some canoes at a rental shop and head for the Cascade Range.  High up in the mountains we will park our school bus at the shore of this huge crystal clear lake.  We'll pack all our gear into the canoes and then head off across the lake.  Once on the far side we will set up camp and do some exploring.  That evening we will sit around the campfire and eat a nice meal cooked by the group.  We will sleep under the stars or in tents.

The next day we will do some more exploring, maybe a little swimming, before heading back across the lake to where our bus will be patiently waiting for us. 

The trip anticipates no canoeing experience, but students should be in reasonable physical condition and comfortable eating and sleeping in groups with their friends.

The cost of the two day trip is $60 and includes canoes, food, and transportation.

The trip is open to students in the Upper School

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

 

 

Rafting the Mighty Grande Ronde River

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Fri, 04/26/2013 - Sun, 04/28/2013

Is there a better river to raft in the Northwest than the Grande Ronde? Most people think the scenery, the camping and the challenging whitewater cannot be beat.  This year we will make the trip to this gem of the Oregon country in late April.  We'll depart on FRIDAY April 26 and return on Sunday April 28th about dinner time. 

The river flows through gorgeous old growth Ponderosa Pine forests.  Each day we will camp in grassy glades and sleep under the stars (or in tents), guarded by these forest giants.  Meals will be cooked by the group.  Each evening we'll play group games and sit around a crackling camp fire talking about life, the debt ceiling and tomorrow's plans.  By the third day the river descends into open grasslands and sage.  We'll meet our bus on the morning of the 28th and make the drive home to Portland that afternoon.

No previous rafting experience is necessary or expected.

The trip is open to students in the Upper School

The cost of the trip is $175.  The price includes gear, leadership, transportation and all meals EXCEPT the first lunch.  Students should bring a sack lunch for Friday. 

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

 

 

Rock Climbing in the Sun

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Sat, 04/20/2013 - Sun, 04/21/2013

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

 

 

White River Hut Ski

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Sat, 04/27/2013 - Sun, 04/28/2013

Come cross country ski, hike or 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 GPS coordinates to find our woodsy roost! 

This trip is open to all Upper Schoolers

Cost: $75 (financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

Students will rent their own gear in Portland or bring it from home. 

Contact Renee to sign up

Coastal Creative Writing Retreat at Camp Westwind

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Sat, 02/16/2013 - Mon, 02/18/2013

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

How lucky are you 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 

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 great food.   Pack up your journal and sense of adventure and come on!

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: $150 (financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

Contact Renee to sign up