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 Anna Roberts at 509.335.2651 or anna.roberts@wsu.edu

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Registration Ends November 23

Belay Clinic

Nov 26 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! 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 25

Lead Qualification Test (No Registration is Necessary)

Nov 25 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 November 26

Belay Clinic

Nov 28 in SRC Climbing Wall
[W] 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! 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 28

Belay Clinic

Nov 30 in SRC Climbing Wall
[F] 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! 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 30

Belay Clinic

Dec 3 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! 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 December 2

Lead Climbing Clinic

Dec 1 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 3

Belay Clinic

Dec 5 in SRC Climbing Wall
[W] 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! 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 December 5

Belay Clinic

Dec 7 in SRC Climbing Wall
[F] 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! 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 December 7

Belay Clinic

Dec 10 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! 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 December 9

Lead Qualification Test (No Registration is Necessary)

Dec 9 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 10

Belay Clinic

Dec 12 in SRC Climbing Wall
[W] 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! 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 December 12

Belay Clinic

Dec 14 in SRC Climbing Wall
[F] 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! 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 January 6

Snowshoe at Moscow Mountain

Jan 12 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$35 - $55
 
 
The Palouse’s Moscow Mountain provides the perfect place to engage in winter sports like snowshoeing! You’ll enjoy trekking through the towering red cedars in what will likely be beautiful winter conditions. Since this trip is local, it will also open your eyes to the endless winter possibilities hidden in the Palouse. All you need is a warm coat and a smile! Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary. Trip cost includes: transportation, snowshoes and trekking poles, and trip facilitators (Food NOT included). If snow conditions on the Palouse are plentiful, this trip will be conducted as a snowshoe hike. If there is limited snow, a day hike will take place. 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.
 
 

Registration Ends January 13

Cross Country Ski the Palouse Divide

Jan 20 in ORC Palouse Divide, ID
[Su] 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$50 - $80
 
 
The Palouse Divide is a great local winter recreation site located 45 minutes north of Moscow. This trip is geared towards the beginner but all abilities are welcome to come and play in the snow! There are 12-18 miles of groomed and un-groomed trails to explore. Scenic vistas offer stunning views of Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest. Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary. Cross-country skiing is mentally and physically demanding. Please come prepared for a workout in the cold. Trip cost includes: cross country ski equipment, transportation, permits, and trip facilitator (Food 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.
 
 

Ski & Snowboard Maintenance Clinic

Jan 14 in ORC Lobby
[M] 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$5 - $10
 
 
You’ve made the investment into your snowboard or skis, got your season pass, put your snow tires on, and then you hit that early season rock resulting in a huge gash in your base. Help is here! The Outdoor Recreation Center has designed this beginner clinic to teach you how to fix and maintain your equipment! Learn to fix your board or skis so you can be back on the mountain in no time! Program rating is level 1! No experience necessary! Program includes wax and supplies. Participants can bring in one snowboard or a set of skis to tune during the clinic. Cancellation Policy: • 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.
 
 

Ski Shuttle: Silver Mountain (Transportation Only)

Jan 19 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$30 - $40
 
 
It’s easy to come up with excuses for NOT going skiing. Maybe you don’t want to shell out $50 for a tank of gas or maybe you don’t have a vehicle capable of making it up to the mountain. The ORC is here to save the day! The ORC will provide transportation to and from the mountain. All you have to do is show up! Don’t have skis or a snowboard? Come down to the ORC earlier in the week and rent skis or snowboard equipment for the trip. There simply is no acceptable excuse for missing out on the ski season this year. Ski rentals, lift tickets and food are NOT provided on this trip. Rentals and discounted lift tickets can be purchased at the ORC to avoid lines at the resort. Silver also has tubing, snowshoeing, and a water park. Trip rating is level 1. Trip cost includes transportation to and from the Silver Mountain. (Food, lift tickets, ski and snowboard rentals, and instruction NOT included). 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 January 20

Intro to Mountaineering Overnight Trip

Jan 26 - Jan 27 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 8:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$50 - $80
 
 
Whether you are hoping to tackle a northwest volcano this summer or add to your repertoire of winter skills, this local day trip provides an educational opportunity to develop basic mountaineering skills. In this introductory one-day course, participants will learn basic snow travel techniques, including: kicking steps, rest step, self-belay with ice axe, self-arrest with ice axe, and sitting glissade. This course will not cover glacier travel or crevasse rescue (see our Crevasse Rescue Skills Clinic) . Trip rating is level 2. No experience necessary, good physical conditioning necessary. Beginners and experienced individuals who would like to brush up on skills are encouraged to attend. There will be a Pre-Trip meeting on January 23rd from 6pm-8pm at the Outdoor Recreation Center. At this meeting you will meet your fellow trip participants and trip leaders, see the trip itinerary, and you will have the opportunity to check out group gear and camping equipment. Trip cost includes: group gear, camping equipment, skill instruction, transportation, mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axe, and helmet. Participants need to provide their own hat, gloves, and other clothing. Plan to be in the snow all day and overnight. Dress in synthetic layers and be prepared for a damp, cold environment. No cotton clothing please. Water resistant (or waterproof) outerwear required. 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.
 
 

Ski Shuttle: Lookout Pass (Transportation Only)

Jan 26 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$30 - $40
 
 
It’s easy to come up with excuses for NOT going skiing. Maybe you don’t want to shell out $50 for a tank of gas or maybe you don’t have a vehicle capable of making it up to the mountain. The ORC is here to save the day! The ORC will provide transportation to and from the mountain. All you have to do is show up! Don’t have skis or a snowboard? Come down to the ORC earlier in the week and rent skis or snowboard equipment for the trip. There simply is no acceptable excuse for missing out on the ski season this year. Ski rentals, lift tickets and food are NOT provided on this trip. Rentals and discounted lift tickets can be purchased at the ORC to avoid lines at the resort. Silver also has tubing, snowshoeing, and a water park. Trip rating is level 1. Trip cost includes transportation to and from the Lookout Mountain. (Food, lift tickets, ski and snowboard rentals, and instruction NOT included). 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 January 27

Ski Shuttle: Schweitzer Mountain (Transportation Only)

Feb 2 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$35 - $45
 
 
It’s easy to come up with excuses for NOT going skiing. Maybe you don’t want to shell out $50 for a tank of gas or maybe you don’t have a vehicle capable of making it up to the mountain. The ORC is here to save the day! The ORC will provide transportation to and from the mountain. All you have to do is show up! Don’t have skis or a snowboard? Come down to the ORC earlier in the week and rent skis or snowboard equipment for the trip. There simply is no acceptable excuse for missing out on the ski season this year. Ski rentals, lift tickets and food are NOT provided on this trip. Rentals and discounted lift tickets can be purchased at the ORC to avoid lines at the resort. Silver also has tubing, snowshoeing, and a water park. Trip rating is level 1. Trip cost includes transportation to and from the Schweitzer Mountain. (Food, lift tickets, ski and snowboard rentals, and instruction NOT included). 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 February 3

Crevasse Rescue and Skills Clinic

Feb 10 in ORC Lobby
[Su] 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$35 - $65
 
 
Whether you are hoping to tackle a glaciated mountain this summer or add to your repertoire of mountain skills, this local day trip provides an educational opportunity to exposure to many of the components and skills involved in crevasse rescue. In this introductory one-day course, participants will learn basic snow anchors, rope ascension, haul systems, and belay techniques. Trip rating is level 2. No experience necessary, good physical conditioning necessary. Beginners and experienced individuals who would like to brush up on skills are encouraged to attend. Trip cost includes: instruction, transportation to Moscow Mountain or another local venue, ice axe, helmet, and all climbing equipment. Participants need to provide their own, hat, gloves, and other clothing. Plan to be in the snow for most of the day. Dress in synthetic layers and be prepared for a damp, cold environment. No cotton clothing please. Water resistant (or waterproof) outerwear required. We’ll be finishing at the SRC climbing wall where we’ll be covering rope ascension. 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.
 
 

Cross Country Ski the Palouse Divide

Feb 10 in ORC Lobby
[Su] 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$50 - $80
 
 
The Palouse Divide is a great local winter recreation site located 45 minutes north of Moscow. This trip is geared towards the beginner but all abilities are welcome to come and play in the snow! There are 12-18 miles of groomed and un-groomed trails to explore. Scenic vistas offer stunning views of Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest. Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary. Cross-country skiing is mentally and physically demanding. Please come prepared for a workout in the cold. Trip cost includes: cross country ski equipment, transportation, permits, and trip facilitator (Food 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.
 
 

Intro to Snow Safety and Avalanche Beacon Clinic

Feb 5 in ORC Lobby
[T] 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$0 - $10
 
 
If you are a skier or snowboarder who enjoys the adventure and adrenaline rush that comes with backcountry and out of bounds thrills, then this clinic is a must! A potentially life-threatening, emergency situation is no time to be unprepared. This clinic will provide you with the information and skills necessary that can make the difference in an emergency situation. Your personal safety and the safety of those you care about is nothing to risk. During this clinic, you will learn skills and information needed to safely, effectively, and properly use an avalanche beacon, as well as how to travel safely in avalanche terrain. Beacons will be provided. Sign up today! 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.
 
 

Ski Shuttle: Silver Mountain (Transportation Only)

Feb 9 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$30 - $40
 
 
It’s easy to come up with excuses for NOT going skiing. Maybe you don’t want to shell out $50 for a tank of gas or maybe you don’t have a vehicle capable of making it up to the mountain. The ORC is here to save the day! The ORC will provide transportation to and from the mountain. All you have to do is show up! Don’t have skis or a snowboard? Come down to the ORC earlier in the week and rent skis or snowboard equipment for the trip. There simply is no acceptable excuse for missing out on the ski season this year. Ski rentals, lift tickets and food are NOT provided on this trip. Rentals and discounted lift tickets can be purchased at the ORC to avoid lines at the resort. Silver also has tubing, snowshoeing, and a water park. Trip rating is level 1. Trip cost includes transportation to and from the Silver Mountain. (Food, lift tickets, ski and snowboard rentals, and instruction NOT included). 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.
 
 

Snowshoe at Moscow Mountain

Feb 9 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$35 - $55
 
 
The Palouse’s Moscow Mountain provides the perfect place to engage in winter sports like snowshoeing! You’ll enjoy trekking through the towering red cedars in what will likely be beautiful winter conditions. Since this trip is local, it will also open your eyes to the endless winter possibilities hidden in the Palouse. All you need is a warm coat and a smile! Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary. Trip cost includes: transportation, snowshoes and trekking poles, and trip facilitators (Food NOT included). If snow conditions on the Palouse are plentiful, this trip will be conducted as a snowshoe hike. If there is limited snow, a day hike will take place. 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.
 
 

Wallowas Backcountry Ski, Sauna & Hut Trip

Feb 15 - Feb 18 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.
$260 - $365
 
 
Join the ORC on this signature, annual backcountry hut ski trip. Snowboarders, alpine touring/randonee, and telemarkers are all welcome! You will have the opportunity to tour, ski or snowboard, and play in the winter environment (pending weather/avalanche conditions). Friday morning we will drive to Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains, then skin up the steep unmarked trail (1,100 ft climb) to the Wing Ridge Hut where we will be staying for two nights. The Wing Ridge Hut (elev. 7200 ft.) is near the Eagle Cap Wilderness boundary, 2 miles west of the Salt Creek Sno-Park. This hut provides access to pristine mountain basins above the timberline with stunning scenery. The hut includes a wood stove, camp dishes, kitchen supplies, sleeping pads, camp chairs, composting toilet, and more. Trip rating is Level 4. Good physical condition is required, experience in the specific activity is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended. Trip cost includes: group gear, avalanche beacon, shovel, avalanche probe, camping equipment, transportation, cost of the hut, and trip facilitator(s). Alpine touring skis/split board rentals and food are NOT included. There will be a pre-trip meeting on Tuesday February 5th, 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. Prerequisite: 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 proficient navigating intermediate level terrain on skis/splitboard and have prior experience backpacking and/or traveling in a backcountry winter environment.
 
 

Registration Ends February 10

Banff Ice Climbing, Cross Country Skiing, and Hot Springs

Feb 21 - Feb 24 in ORC Lobby
[Thrs] 4:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[F Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
$370 - $600
 
 
Spend three days in British Columbia and Alberta ice climbing and cross country skiing, soaking in hot springs, and sleeping in local hostels every night! You will learn about ice climbing techniques such as safe crampon and ice tool use, belaying, knot tying, basic ice climbing movement, and more! Trip rating is level 2. A belay qualification from the WSU Climbing Wall is required, and good physical conditioning is necessary. For those needing a belay qualification, belay clinics take place most Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays at the SRC climbing wall. Register online for one soon, so you’re not trying to squeeze it into your schedule last-minute. Trip cost includes lodging, transportation, trip facilitators, and all necessary climbing and skiing equipment including boots (mountaineering and cross country skiing), crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, skis and poles, as well as sleeping bags and more. Food and personal clothing is NOT provided on this trip. For entry into Canada, all participants must have a current passport and no DUI/DWI’s on their record and submit their information to the WSU International Programs Travel Registry. Details on that specific process can be found at this website: https://ip.wsu.edu/research/international-travel-registry/ There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on February 19th from 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 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.
 
 

Ski Shuttle: Lookout Pass (Transportation Only)

Feb 16 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$30 - $40
 
 
It’s easy to come up with excuses for NOT going skiing. Maybe you don’t want to shell out $50 for a tank of gas or maybe you don’t have a vehicle capable of making it up to the mountain. The ORC is here to save the day! The ORC will provide transportation to and from the mountain. All you have to do is show up! Don’t have skis or a snowboard? Come down to the ORC earlier in the week and rent skis or snowboard equipment for the trip. There simply is no acceptable excuse for missing out on the ski season this year. Ski rentals, lift tickets and food are NOT provided on this trip. Rentals and discounted lift tickets can be purchased at the ORC to avoid lines at the resort. Silver also has tubing, snowshoeing, and a water park. Trip rating is level 1. Trip cost includes transportation to and from the Lookout Mountain. (Food, lift tickets, ski and snowboard rentals, and instruction NOT included). 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 February 17

Kayak Skills & Rescue Clinic

Feb 19 in ORC Lobby
[T] 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$8 - $12
 
 
Come learn how to exit a kayak in the comfort of a pool. We will teach you the basic skills of kayak rescue so you can feel more comfortable and confident on the water. For more advanced paddlers, we’ll also be offering practice time for those developing more advanced skills such as rolling. The clinic will be instructional and have open pool time for students to practice skills they have been taught and skills they already know. We will provide all necessary gear; just bring a swimsuit and a positive attitude. This trip is rated a Level 1. No experience necessary! Clinic cost includes: Kayak, PFD, paddles, and facilitators. 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.
 
 

Ski Shuttle: Schweitzer Mountain (Transportation Only)

Feb 23 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$35 - $45
 
 
It’s easy to come up with excuses for NOT going skiing. Maybe you don’t want to shell out $50 for a tank of gas or maybe you don’t have a vehicle capable of making it up to the mountain. The ORC is here to save the day! The ORC will provide transportation to and from the mountain. All you have to do is show up! Don’t have skis or a snowboard? Come down to the ORC earlier in the week and rent skis or snowboard equipment for the trip. There simply is no acceptable excuse for missing out on the ski season this year. Ski rentals, lift tickets and food are NOT provided on this trip. Rentals and discounted lift tickets can be purchased at the ORC to avoid lines at the resort. Silver also has tubing, snowshoeing, and a water park. Trip rating is level 1. Trip cost includes transportation to and from the Schweitzer Mountain. (Food, lift tickets, ski and snowboard rentals, and instruction NOT included). 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 February 21

Thursday Lunch Cross Country Ski

Jan 10 - Feb 21 in ORC Lobby
[Thrs] 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$0
 
 
What a great way to spend lunch on a snowy day! This program will run every Thursday that there is snow. The Palouse Ridge Winter Park provides the perfect place to cross country ski! You’ll enjoy gliding through the rolling hills of this convenient on-campus location. The facilitators will instruct you on the basic techniques of cross country skiing before heading out, so if you’ve haven’t tried it before, and want to, this is a perfect opportunity. If it snows, this trip goes! If there is not snow on the ground, the program will not be able to run. Come prepared wearing warm clothes and bring a thermos full of a tasty hot beverage to stay hydrated. Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary! The program is free, however, you will need to provide your own cross country ski equipment. If you do not have your own gear, you may rent it for the Outdoor Rental Center for a minimal price.
 
 

Registration Ends February 24

Spring Break: Southwest Desert Kayak Tour

Mar 8 - Mar 17 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 13th, so sign up soon! “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 February 28, 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.
 
 

Spring Break: Yosemite Valley Tour

Mar 8 - Mar 17 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. - 9:00 p.m.
$350 - $550
 
 
Spend a week surrounded by the gorgeous towering walls of the Central California’s Yosemite Valley. You’ll spend your days hiking and sight-seeing throughout the valley, camping out every night under the stars! SRC/Chinook members who register by January 13th will pay a discounted price of $350.00. On January 14th registration will return to its original cost of $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 February 27th 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.
 
 

Women's Intro to Mountaineering Overnight Trip

Mar 2 - Mar 3 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 8:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$45 - $80
 
 
Whether you are hoping to tackle a northwest volcano this summer or add to your repertoire of winter skills, this local day trip provides an educational opportunity to develop basic mountaineering skills. In this introductory one-day course, participants will learn basic snow travel techniques, including: kicking steps, rest step, self-belay with ice axe, self-arrest with ice axe, and sitting glissade. This course will not cover glacier travel or crevasse rescue (see our Crevasse Rescue Skills Clinic) . Trip rating is level 2. No experience necessary, good physical conditioning necessary. Beginners and experienced individuals who would like to brush up on skills are encouraged to attend. There will be a Pre-Trip meeting on February 6th from 6pm-8pm at the Outdoor Recreation Center. At this meeting you will meet your fellow trip participants and trip leaders, see the trip itinerary, and you will have the opportunity to check out group gear and camping equipment. Trip cost includes: group gear, camping equipment, skill instruction, transportation, mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axe, and helmet. Participants need to provide their own hat, gloves, and other clothing. Plan to be in the snow all day and overnight. Dress in synthetic layers and be prepared for a damp, cold environment. No cotton clothing please. Water resistant (or waterproof) outerwear required. 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 17

Backpacking Skills Clinic

Mar 21 in ORC Lobby
[Thrs] 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$8 - $12
 
 
In this clinic, you’ll learn the basics of backpacking and backcountry living! Backpacking is a fantastic activity and can lead to awesome adventures. However, it can be a little overwhelming to prepare for a backpacking trip if you have never done so before. This clinic is here to teach you the basic skills needed to have a fun and comfortable trip! We’ll cover several topics such as: necessary equipment, appropriate clothing and layering systems, sleeping comfortably, purifying your drinking water, cooking on a backpacking stove, and how to hike/camp utilizing “Leave No Trace” principles. 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 March 24

Women's Backpacking

Mar 29 - Mar 31 in ORC Lobby
[F] 4:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$100 - $155
 
 
In this backpacking trip, you’ll travel to northern Idaho to explore the magnificent Selkirk Mountains and Priest Lake area! This area home to rugged granite peaks topping 7,000 feet in elevation, spectacular Priest Lake, mountain streams, and plentiful wildlife. You’ll learn backcountry camping and travel skills such as how to purify your drinking water, how to cook on a backpacking stove, and how to hike/camp utilizing “Leave No Trace” principles. 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. The mandatory pre-trip meeting will take place on March 27th, from 6:00-8:00pm in the SRC Classroom. 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 31

Beginner Backpacking

Apr 5 - Apr 7 in ORC Lobby
[F] 4:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$100 - $155
 
 
In this backpacking trip to the Blue Mountains of Oregon, you’ll have three days to explore this beautiful area and learn the skills necessary to comfortably and confidently go backpacking on your own. The Blue Mountains are approximately three hours from campus in Northeastern Oregon, and are home to elk, otters, deer, and an abundance of other wildlife, making this area one of the top sites in the region for outdoor recreation! By traveling in small groups of about six participants and two leaders, you will work as a team, hiking and camping in a new location each day. Learn backcountry camp skills such as how to purify your drinking water, cook on a backpacking stove, and how to hike and camp utilizing “Leave No Trace” traveling and camping techniques to preserve the environment for future generations. The mandatory pre-trip meeting will take place April 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm at 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.
 
 

Registration Ends April 7

Cascades Intermediate Mountaineering

Apr 18 - Apr 21 in ORC Lobby
[Thrs] 4:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[F Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$190 - $235
 
 
This 3-day instructional climb teaches you some of the basics of glacier mountaineering in a winter environment, including camp set-up, self-arrest, snow anchors, as well as glacier and rope techniques while ascending this beautiful giant of the Cascades. We'll be ascending as high as 10,000 feet of elevation, with an overall ascent height of up to 5,000 feet. While technically in the spring time-frame, this climb will get you exposed to similar conditions and skills needed for winter alpine climbing. We'll take in extravagant views and get up close and personal with the high mountain environment! With a 3:1 climber to facilitator ratio, we offer a very personal experience from seasoned and knowledgeable adventure facilitators. (Please read remainder of the trip description for IMPORTANT information). A certain level of fitness is necessary in order for the group to reach its high camp (8 miles, 4640 feet of elevation gain, and a 10,000+ foot high-point). It’s highly recommended that at the time of the climb, you have the level of fitness to be able to run 5 miles at a 10 minute mile pace (or a comparable equivalent). Due to the tight timeline this trip will be departing no later than 4:00pm on Thursday April 18th. Please make arrangements so you are able to depart at this time. A mandatory pre-trip meeting will take place at the ORC on April 9th from 6pm-9pm. Trip rating is level 4. This trip will be physically challenging and strenuous; a moderate to high level of fitness is required for this program. While no WINTER mountaineering experience is required, experience backcountry winter camping and some formalized/instructed basic mountaineering experience is required. See our Overnight Mountaineering Skills Trips. Trip cost includes: group gear, transportation, permits, and trip facilitators. Food and clothing are NOT included. Gear requirements for mountaineering are lengthy. The ORC will be providing ropes, harnesses, helmets, headlamps, tents, sleeping bags and other group gear. Appropriate clothing is required and not provided by the Outdoor Recreation Center. Please let us know if this is an issue so we can help in whatever way we can. 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 prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline. Pre-Requisite: While no WINTER mountaineering experience is required, experience backcountry winter camping and some formalized/instructed basic mountaineering experience is required. See our Overnight Mountaineering Skills Trips. During the Pre-trip meeting participants are required to bring all of their personal clothing and equipment to ensure that all it is appropriate for the program.
 
 

Sunset Paddle (Kayak)

Apr 10 in ORC Lobby
[W] 3:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$30 - $50
 
 
Located only 30 minutes from WSU’s campus, the Snake River is perhaps one of the most well-known and scenic rivers in the entire United States. Come enjoy this beautiful river as you watch the sun set. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the river in their own sea kayak. Paddling down the Snake River will surely put anyone in a calm and relaxed state of mind. This is one of our most popular and well-liked trips- so register early! Trip rating is level 1. No experience is necessary. Trip cost includes; kayak rental, transportation, and an Adventure Facilitator (food is NOT included so bring a snack and some water). This trip runs rain or shine. 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. 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 April 14

Intro to Kayak Camping

Apr 20 - Apr 21 in ORC Lobby
[Sa] 9:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$70 - $120
 
 
Come experience a kayak tour on the scenic Snake River this weekend for a perfect opportunity to learn the sport of kayak touring. You’ll start with an on-campus pool session to learn necessary boat exit and rescue techniques. Once you have learned the necessary skills you will get the opportunity to test those skills down on the Snake River. At the Snake, we will teach you how to prepare and load your kayak before we embark on an overnight tour. Sign up fast before this trip fills up! Trip rating is level 2. No kayaking experience necessary. Good physical conditioning is necessary. Trip cost includes; group gear, camping equipment, kayaking gear, transportation, permits, and trip facilitators. Food and clothing is NOT provided. There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting on April 15th, at the Outdoor Recreation Center from 6:00-10:30pm. At this meeting you will meet your fellow trip participants and trip leaders, see the trip itinerary, and you will have the opportunity to check out group gear and camping equipment. 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 April 17

Earth Day Eco Adventure: Sunset Clean Up & Paddle

Apr 22 in ORC Lobby
[M] 3:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$25 - $40
 
 
Come join us on this spectacular multi-faceted outdoor experience and celebrate Earth Day by giving back to the environment. During this Eco Adventure, participants will be sea kayaking and beautifying the area of Granite Point, which has been adopted by Washington State University and the ORC as a primary project site. This is an opportunity to help maintain an eastern Washington hotspot; not to mention, we’ll be doing some awesome paddling on the Snake River! This is one of our most popular Eco Adventures, so register early! This trip runs rain or shine. Eco Adventures are the cross-roads of outdoor recreation and civic engagement that provides participants with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural world, foster a deeper connection with the land, and develop a sense of place. After participating in this Eco-Adventure participants will be able to see the rewards of their service and appreciate the land even more. Trip rating is level 1. No experience necessary! Trip cost includes; kayak rental, transportation, and trip 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 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 prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.
 
 

Registration Ends April 21

Palouse Falls Paddle

Apr 28 in ORC Lobby
[Su] 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$50 - $80
 
 
Plummeting 185 feet into the river canyon, Palouse Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the Northwest. You’ll Paddle in kayaks up the Palouse River and back, then drive to Palouse Falls County Park to view the falls. This paddling adventure is extremely scenic and takes you away from roads and development. This is a very scenic opportunity to practice and improve your kayaking skills in a beautiful river canyon! Don’t miss out! Trip 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 prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.