Summer Outdoor Trips
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
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.
This trip is only open to graduating 8th graders.
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
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.
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
Adventurous Middle Schoolers will leave Catlin Gabel Sunday morning and drive to our raft put-in on the White Salmon river in Husum ,WA. Our outfitters will set us up and provide brief river training in Husum, 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 home to Catlin.
This trip is open to all middle schoolers.
The trip cost is $80
Questions? Contact Renee Jenkinson
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
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.
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.
Summer will have arrived and what better way to spend a summer day than floating down the Clackamas River with friends! We'll do a 2.5 hour float down the Lower Clackamas from Carver Park to Riverside Park in rafts and inflatable kayaks! Our splashing and swimming will culminate in a picnic lunch in the park before we return home. We'll leave Catlin Monday morning and be back mid afternoon.
This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers, no experience necessary.