Trips & Clinics

The ORC offers many trips, classes, and clinics each semester to provide you with the opportunity to learn new skills or enhance your knowledge of the great outdoors. Come take an adventure with us, bring your friends, and make some new ones. Check out the options in the sidebar and see where it will take you!

Policies

Members of WSU or the wider community who can meet the physical requirements of a trip and are at least 18 years of age are eligible to participate. WSU students who are 17 years of age or older are also able to participate. Youth, 5-17, are not allowed on regular trips unless there is an exemption.

In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and coordinate transportation logistics, ORC trips are often programmed for small groups (typically up to six participants with two facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs.

Full refunds will be given for cancellations made two weeks or more prior to the registration deadline. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations made within two weeks prior to the registration deadline.No refunds are given past the registration deadline.

Participants may not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs during an ORC activity. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted in WSU vehicles/vessels or at campsites (or other accommodations) at any time. Depending on the severity of infraction of rules and policies, a range of disciplinary actions may take place from a verbal warning to removal from activity, contacting local authorities, and the office of student conduct.

Trip Ratings

The following is a five tiered rating system that includes general descriptions of five levels of difficulties adapted from the American College of Sports Medicine. Certain trips with low technical skill ratings and very high levels of physical requirements could be rated the same as a trip with very high technical skills and a very low physical requirement, so always be sure to inquire as to the specifics of the activity you are participating in. These are general descriptions of the five levels and may differ when applied to specific activities.

Level 1

This activity requires low levels of physical conditioning and no specific experience is necessary, technical skills are not necessary. 

Level 2

Good physical conditioning is necessary, little experience is required, and little technical knowledge is necessary.

Level 3

Good physical conditioning is required, some experience is recommended, and some technical knowledge is highly recommended.

Level 4

Good physical condition is required, experience in the specific activity is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended.

Level 5  

Excellent physical conditioning is required, proficiency in specific technical skill is required, and prior experience is a necessity.

Essential Eligibility Criteria for Participation

The wilderness environments of an ORC trip can be remote, dynamic, and challenging. For these reasons, participants should be committed to take responsibility for themselves, and functioning effectively in a group to achieve trip goals. The Essential Eligibility Criteria is applicable for all participants. A qualified person is one who can meet the EEC, with or without appropriate accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are available with adequate notification. Please call Joanne Greene or Jeff Elbracht at 509.335.9668 for accommodation information.

Section 1:

Section 2:

This section lists the EEC specific to different trip types or activities.  All participants must satisfy the EEC listed in section one, and the EEC in section two that is specific to the trip type they are considering.  If you are attending a day trip, you do not need to satisfy the Outdoor Living Skills listed in section one.

If you have questions please contact orc@wsu.edu

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Registration Ends November 21

Where to Place Your Nuts: Lessons and practice in passive rock-climbing protection and anchor building

Nov 21 in ORC Lobby
[Thrs] 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$0
 
 
Learn the nuances and techniques of utilizing passive rock-climbing protection in the context of traditional, alpine, and top rope climbing.
 
 

Registration Ends November 24

Belay Clinic

Nov 24 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$8 - $13
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary!
 
 

Registration Ends November 25

Belay Clinic

Nov 25 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$8 - $13
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary!
 
 

Registration Ends December 1

Belay Clinic

Dec 1 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$8 - $13
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary!
 
 

Registration Ends December 2

Belay Clinic

Dec 2 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$8 - $13
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary!
 
 

Registration Ends December 7

Lead Climbing Clinic

Dec 7 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Sa] 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$8 - $13
 
 
Are you getting comfortable top-roping, and want to learn a new skill that you can apply outside? Lead climbing is the method of climbing where you clip your rope into protection as you ascend, rather than being belayed through one anchor at the top of the climb (top roping). In this clinic we’ll teach you the skills needed to effectively lead climb and belay. The clinic will be instructional and have open time for students to practice skills they have been taught and skills they already know. Harness, shoes, and belay devices will all be provided. Program rating is level 3: Participants must have a belay qualification through the WSU SRC Climbing Wall, and have a strong base knowledge of roped climbing methods and systems. For those patrons who would like to take the qualification test without the clinic, we will provide you with that opportunity early in the clinic to make best use of your time. Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day of prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Registration Ends December 8

Belay Clinic

Dec 8 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$8 - $13
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary!
 
 

Lead Qualification Test (No Registration is Necessary)

Dec 8 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$0
 
 
Are you already proficient in Lead climbing, and feel ready to test out on your acquired skills? This is a two-hour block of time we have set aside for you to demonstrate your skills through taking our lead qualification test. The test will take roughly 1/2 hour, and you will need to bring at least one other belay qualified climber with you to complete the lead belay component of the test. If at all possible, please arrive to take the test at least 1/2 hour before the block of time ends. Program rating is level 3: Participants must have a belay qualification through the WSU SRC Climbing Wall, and be proficient in lead climbing.
 
 

Registration Ends December 9

Belay Clinic

Dec 9 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$0
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary!
 
 

Registration Ends December 10

Belay Clinic

Dec 10 in SRC Climbing Wall
[T] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$0
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary!
 
 

Registration Ends December 11

Belay Clinic

Dec 11 in SRC Climbing Wall
[W] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$0
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary!
 
 

Registration Ends January 12

Lolo Winter Weekend: X-C Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Hot Springs

Jan 18 - Jan 20 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 6:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[M] 12:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$220 - $375
 
 
Spend a weekend exploring the Lolo Pass trail system by day, soaking in the warm waters of Lolo Hot Springs by night, then sleeping in the Resort’s deluxe heated cabins! Lolo Pass offers over eight miles of beginner and intermediate terrain in the beautiful Bitterroot Mountain range. There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting Tuesday, January 14th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the ORC lobby. Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be mentally and physically demanding. Please come prepared for a workout in the cold. Trip cost includes: cross country ski and snowshoe equipment, transportation, cabin accommodations, passes, permits, and trip facilitators (Food NOT included). Early Bird pricing for members will end January 2nd. Member pricing will return to $245. Cancellation Policy: In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC programs are designed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs. • Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund. • Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline. If you need to cancel, please email orc@wsu.edu. Participants may not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs during an ORC activity. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted in WSU vehicles/vessels or at campsites (or other accommodations) at any time. Depending on the severity of infraction of rules and policies, a range of disciplinary actions may take place from a verbal warning to removal from activity, contacting local authorities, and the office of student conduct.
 
 

Registration Ends January 19

Wallowas Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Avalanche Awareness

Jan 24 - Jan 26 in ORC Wallowas, OR
[F] 7:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$100 - $225
 
 
Let’s face it – all the cool kids are doing it, and now you want to get into the backcountry and score your own stash of fluff to shred. This course is designed for proficient downhill skiers/snowboarders wanting to learn how to transition into backcountry skiing/splitboarding. We’ll embark on 2-3 tours into the Wallowa Mountains, where you’ll learn how to skin up and ski down in a premier backcountry setting. Learn from a certified avalanche professional about the equipment necessary for winter backcountry travel, how to interpret local mountain weather forecasts and avalanche advisory information, how to assess avalanche terrain, and ways to manage risks while maximizing the fun factor. Learn/refresh your avalanche rescue skills, using beacon, shovel, and probe. Trip rating is Level 3. Good physical conditioning is required. Participants should be competent skiers and boarders, comfortable maneuvering on steep slopes and in trees. Proficiency skiing black diamond trails, and prior backpacking or winter travel experience recommended. Cost includes: overnight accommodations at Wallowa Lake State Park yurts, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe, camping gear, transportation, and instructors. Backcountry ski rentals/splitboards and food are NOT included. Participants will need to provide their personal alpine touring equipment (AT skis/boots available with advance reservation from University of Idaho Outdoor Programs, splitboards/boots available for rent from WSU ORC). *Early Bird pricing for members ends January 2nd. Member price returns to $125. There will be a mandatory classroom session and pre-trip meeting on Tuesday, January 21, from 5:00-8:00pm in the Outdoor Recreation Center. Cancellation Policy: In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC programs are designed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs. • Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund. • Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline. If you need to cancel, please email orc@wsu.edu. Prerequisite: Trip rating is Level 3. Good physical conditioning is required. Participants should be competent skiers and boarders, comfortable maneuvering on steep slopes and in trees. Proficiency skiing black diamond trails, and prior backpacking or winter travel experience recommended. Participants may not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs during an ORC activity. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted in WSU vehicles/vessels or at campsites (or other accommodations) at any time. Depending on the severity of infraction of rules and policies, a range of disciplinary actions may take place from a verbal warning to removal from activity, contacting local authorities, and the office of student conduct.
 
 

Registration Ends February 2

Wallowas Backcountry Ski, Sauna & Hut Trip

Feb 14 - Feb 17 in ORC Lobby
[F] 6:30 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[M] 12:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
$235 - $365
 
 
Backcountry skiers and splitboarders, join the ORC on this signature hut trip. Enjoy up to 4 days of ski touring in a premier backcountry ski destination without the crowds, from our comfy backcountry basecamp, Wing Ridge Hut. $25 off Early Bird registration for members ends January 2nd! Friday morning we drive to Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains, review some fundamental skills, then skin up to Wing Ridge Hut where we stay for THREE nights. The Wing Ridge Hut (elev. 7200 ft.) is near the Eagle Cap Wilderness boundary and provides access to pristine mountain basins above timberline with stunning scenery. There are two sleeping tents with wood stoves, cots and sleeping pads, a kitchen yurt with wood stove, camp dishes, kitchen supplies, and camp chairs, a wood-fired sauna, a composting toilet, and more. (OK, the toilet's usually covered in snow and we have to dig it out, but everything else is premier!) Trip rating is Level 4. Good physical condition is required, experience in the specific activity is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended. Participants should be competent skiers and boarders, comfortable maneuvering on steep slopes and in trees. Proficiency with avalanche rescue skills (clinic included as part of pre-trip) required. Proficiency skiing black diamond trails, and prior backpacking or winter travel experience highly recommended. If you're new to backcountry skiing/splitboarding and/or need more time to refresh your avalanche awareness skills, please consider taking our Intro to Backcountry Ski/Avalanche Awareness course in January prior to participating in this program. Trip cost includes: backcountry accommodations at Wing Ridge Hut, group gear, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, camping equipment, transportation, and trip facilitator(s). **Alpine touring skis/split board rentals and food are NOT included. You can rent splitboard/boots at WSU's Rental Shop. The nearest place to rent alpine touring equipment is at University of Idaho's Outdoor Rental Shop. Quantities are limited and your encouraged to reserve in advance.** There will be a pre-trip meeting on Tuesday, February 4th, from 6:00-9:00pm in the Outdoor Recreation Center. The pre-trip meeting is mandatory because there is will be an avalanche beacon orientation included. Regular beacon practice and rescue knowledge are necessary in order to be safe in the backcountry. Cancellation Policy: In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC programs are designed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs. • Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund. • Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline. If you need to cancel, please email orc@wsu.edu. Prerequisite: Trip rating is Level 4. Trip rating is Level 4. Good physical condition is required, experience in the specific activity is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended. Participants should be competent skiers and boarders, comfortable navigating steep slopes, trees, and other hazards. Proficiency with avalanche rescue skills (clinic included as part of pre-trip) required. Proficiency skiing black diamond trails, and prior backpacking or winter travel experience highly recommended. If you're new to backcountry skiing/splitboarding and/or need more time to refresh your avalanche awareness skills, please consider taking our Intro to Backcountry Ski/Avalanche Awareness course in January prior to participating in this program. Participants may not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs during an ORC activity. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted in WSU vehicles/vessels or at campsites (or other accommodations) at any time. Depending on the severity of infraction of rules and policies, a range of disciplinary actions may take place from a verbal warning to removal from activity, contacting local authorities, and the office of student conduct.
 
 

Registration Ends March 1

Spring Break Eco Adventure: Zion

Mar 13 - Mar 22 in ORC Lobby
[F] 4:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[M TW Thrs F Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$350 - $550
 
 
Spend a week surrounded by the gorgeous towering walls of the South East Utah’s Zion National Park. You’ll spend your days hiking and sight-seeing throughout the park, camping out every night under the stars, and volunteering one day to help the park continue to maintain its ecological value and natural splendor, all while accommodating the high number of visitors each year! Early bird pricing for members effective until January 2nd, so sign up soon! Member pricing will return to $375. Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary! Trip cost includes group gear, camping equipment, transportation, permits, and trip facilitators (food NOT included). There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on March 5th at 6:00-8:00pm in the Outdoor Recreation Center lobby. Cancellation Policy: In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC trips are often programmed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs. • Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund. • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.
 
 

Registration Ends March 22

Spring Break: Southwest Desert Kayak Tour

Mar 13 - Mar 22 in ORC Lobby
[F] 2:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[M TW Thrs F Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$350 - $550
 
 
For your next spring break, experience the southwest desert environment from the cockpit of a kayak. Join the ORC for this paddling adventure of a lifetime as we explore one of the premier flat-water kayaking destinations in the American West – Arizona and Utah’s Lake Powell (AKA Glen Canyon National Recreation Area). Early bird pricing for members effective until January 2nd, so sign up soon! Member pricing will return to $375. “The huge upside of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, nexus of an environmental battle lost a generation ago, is the emergence of its progeny, Lake Powell, as a supreme freshwater kayaking destination.” – National Geographic Sandwiched between two classic NW-SW road trips with camping gear and kayaks in tow, and a likely stopover at a national park such as Zion or Bryce Canyon, spend five days touring a slice of the narrow canyons and big open waters that span Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Without the summertime swarms of speedboats, spring is an ideal time to paddle Lake Powell, so long as you can handle some cold desert nights. In the heart of Southwest canyon country, this is a land of extremes. We will prepare ourselves for cold weather, water, wind, and waves, and paddle 10-15 miles each day as we search for a new beach to call home each night. But we won’t spend all of our time sitting in our self-propelled boats – Glen Canyon hosts a myriad of opportunities to set out on foot. Imagine paddling to the end of a narrow slot canyon, securing our boats, and hiking deep in canyon country. Given the duration and remoteness of this expedition, this trip is rated level 4, and is reserved for intermediate level paddlers (participants with previous kayak touring experience). If you have never kayaked before, please consider joining the ORC for any of our beginner-friendly kayak tours and/or clinics. If you have questions, please contact jmstahl@wsu.edu. Level 4 Good physical condition is required, specific experience is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended. • We will be paddling on a massive and remote, cold lake with conditions that can change quickly. As such, previous kayaking experience is required. • This trip requires that participants are in good physical condition and are able to paddle 15 miles/day, hike, camp, and live in a cold weather environment for 5 consecutive days. If you have any questions, please consult your physician. • Participants must be able to demonstrate proficiency (after instruction and practice) in wet exits, re-entry, and T-rescues at mandatory pool session/pre-trip meeting. There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting and pool session on March 5th, 2019 from 5pm-10pm. Trip cost includes: kayaking and camping gear, transportation, permits/campsite fees, and adventure facilitators (food is NOT included). Cancellation Policy: In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC programs are designed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs. • Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund. • Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline. If you need to cancel, please contact orc@wsu.edu.