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.

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 Callie Metzner at 509.335.2651 or c.metzner@wsu.edu. 

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Registration Ends October 24

Belay Clinic

Oct 26 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Thrs] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Registration Ends October 27

Belay Clinic

Oct 29 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Belay Clinic

Oct 30 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Registration Ends October 29

Dad's Weekend Open Climb

Nov 4 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Sa] 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$12
 
 
Is your dad visiting for the weekend? Enjoy quality time with him at the Student Rec Center for a morning of Rock Climbing where our climbing wall supervisors will help you climb to the top! One registration equals entry into course for one person. Trip rating is a level 1. No experience necessary! Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day of class. Sorry, no refunds given once the class begins.
 
 

Dad's Weekend Sunset Hike at Kamiak Butte

Nov 3 in ORC Kamiak Butte, WA
[F] 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$15
 
 
Spend a little quality time in the great outdoors of the Palouse! This easy 3.1 mile hike through the scenic landscapes of Kamiak Butte is sure to be an adventure that you will remember for years to come! On this trip we will take you to one of our county parks to overlook the entire Palouse while the sun sets. This trip is both affordable and close, allowing patrons to maximize their time in the great outdoors. Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary! Trip cost includes transportation and trip leaders (food is NOT included so bring snacks and water). 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 October 31

Belay Clinic

Nov 5 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Registration Ends November 3

Belay Clinic

Nov 6 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Registration Ends November 5

Backpacking at Grand Canyon National Park

Nov 17 - Nov 26 in ORC Lobby
[F] 4:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
$450 - $565
 
 
Travel with the ORC for an unforgettable Thanksgiving break experience in one of our nation’s most beautiful and popular National Parks! Come with us to visit and experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At one mile deep, 277 miles long, and up to 18 miles wide, this area is sure to provide inspiring views, and never-to-be-forgotten moments. You’ll backpack for 3 nights, and spend 2 nights camping on the canyon rim, all while learning about the amazing natural and human history of the area. Trip rating is level 2. Good physical conditioning is needed, no experience necessary. Participants can expect to hike anywhere between 3-12 miles per day with an overnight backpack on. Trip cost includes group gear and backpacking equipment, transportation, permits, and trip leaders (Food NOT included). The mandatory pre-trip meeting will on November 7th, at 6:00 p.m. in the ORC. 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.
 
 

Climbing Wall Instructor Course

Nov 10 - Nov 12 in SRC Climbing Wall
[F] 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
[Sa] 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
[Su] 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$60 - $90
 
 
Program rating is level 3. Cancelation 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. Prerequisite: A Current UREC Belay Qualification The ability to competently put on harness and tie in appropriately with ease and belay with an aperture belay device (an ATC for example) and an assisted locking device (A GriGri for example) in a competent manner. A level of experience showcasing skills developed from regular climbing for 2 – 3 years or a high level of climbing in the past 6 months. Demonstrate top roping 5.8 on an artificial climbing wall without resting or stopping. A current UREC Lead Qualification or the ability and skills to lead climb (Prefered).
 
 

Eco Adventure: Day Hike at Moscow Mountain

Nov 12 in ORC Moscow Mt, ID
[Su] 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$15 - $25
 
 
The Palouse’s hilly landscape makes it the perfect place to get outside. This trip is designed to enjoy the Palouse’s beauty while hiking. Since it is a local trip, this trip will also open your eyes to the possibilities hidden within the Palouse. All you need is a warm coat and a smile! We will be spending time cleaning and restoring some of the higher use areas where we’ll be traveling. Trip rating is level 1, no experience necessary. This trip includes transportation, and trip leaders (Food is NOT included so please bring lunch, water, and snacks). 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.
 
 

Intro to Climbing Clinic

Nov 14 in SRC Climbing Wall
[T] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$5
 
 
New to climbing? Come learn a variety of techniques to get your climbing career off the ground! We’ll cover footwork, how to utilize various holds, body positioning, and more. Cancellation Policy: 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.
 
 

Intro to Lead Clinic

Nov 11 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Sa] 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$5
 
 
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: 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.
 
 

Primitive Shelters Clinic

Nov 8 in ORC Lobby
[W] 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7 - $10
 
 
Travel the backcountry with more confidence by taking this Primitive Shelters and Tarps Clinic! In the unlikely event that a windstorm shreds your tent and there’s 100% weather coming down on you, this clinic will show you ways to utilize the natural environment to take shelter from the elements using Leave No Trace minimal impact techniques. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary! 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.
 
 

Veteran's Day Hike at Kamiak Butte

Nov 11 in ORC Kamiak Butte, WA
[Sa] 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$15 - $20
 
 
Spend a little quality time in the great outdoors of the Palouse! This easy 3.1 mile hike through the scenic landscapes of Kamiak Butte is sure to be an adventure that you will remember for years to come! On this trip we will take you to one of our county parks to overlook the entire Palouse. This trip is both affordable and close, allowing patrons to maximize their time in the great outdoors. Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary! Trip cost includes transportation and trip leaders (food is NOT included so bring snacks and water). 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 November 8

Primitive Fire Skills Clinic

Nov 9 in ORC Lobby
[Thrs] 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$7 - $10
 
 
Feel the heat of satisfaction when you make fire from friction in this primitive fire skills clinic! You don't need those matches to start a fire! In this clinic, we will teach you about the different options you have to fuel a fire, show you gathering techniques, and teach about multiple friction systems. By the end of this clinic, you will have the knowledge needed to lower the environmental impact making fire using Leave No Trace minimal impact fire building techniques. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary! 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 November 10

Belay Clinic

Nov 12 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Belay Clinic

Nov 13 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Registration Ends November 12

Lead Qualification Test (No Registration is Necessary)

Nov 12 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.
 
 

Registration Ends November 17

Belay Clinic

Nov 19 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Belay Clinic

Nov 20 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Registration Ends November 24

Belay Clinic

Nov 26 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Belay Clinic

Nov 27 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
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! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.