Bandon-Port Orford Wilderness Backpacking and Surfing

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Mon, 07/16/2012 - Fri, 07/20/2012

Explore Oregon's only true wilderness coast on this five day backpacking and surfing trip.  Between the small, coastal towns of Bandon and Port Orford, Highway 101 pulls away from the Pacific shore, leaving a 29-mile section of untrammelled beaches, remote lighthouses, and rugged headlands.  Our group will backpack this section of the coast, crossing the Sixes and Elk rivers.  We will wade in the Pacific, explore the natural wonders of the area, and camp in breezy, secluded campsites along the way.  Beach bonfires will be a nightly ritual, as well!  After completing our one-way exploration of the coast, we will spend a day learning to surf in the ocean or windsurf at the nearby Floras Lake.

This trip is open to all Upper School students and incoming 9th grade students.  No surfing or backpacking experience is required, but students should be comfortable outdoors and the hiking along the beach will be demanding.  The estimated cost for this trip is $225. 

Interested students should email David Zonana ( to sign up.