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The Outdoor Programs welcomes all members of the SOU community to participate in our trips and events regardless of gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, height, favorite band, food preferences or any of the cool things that make our community vibrant and diverse. 

You are the best judge of whether a trip is a good fit for you. If you are thinking about going but are nervous and need more conversation about the trip, or need some accommodation to make participating a reality....please contact the Outdoor Programs Coordinator. Accommodation arrangements can take some time, so please start early!


Every year the Outdoor Program does an orientation event for incoming freshman and transfer students. The Raider Wilderness Experience offers a great chance to start your college career with adventure and challenge. These safety minded, small group adventures are all led by SOU Student staff to some of the best outdoor locations in the region. These fun and challenging adventures are a great way to make friends and have some time to reflect on your transition to university life. All adventures include instruction, meals, equipment, park entrance fees, three nights of camping fees as well as transportation. No experience is necessary for any of our adventures. Cost is $350!

Please check the tab below on what trips are offered!!!

  • Backpacking Adventure. (FULL) Challenge yourself over four days spent on this true wilderness adventure in some of the region’s most stunning wilderness. Excellent opportunities for swimming and nature photography exist on this adventure. This is the best trip for those wishing for deep connection with the natural environment. All experience levels are welcome.    
  • Intro to Mountain Biking. (Canceled) Start your college experience on two wheels. Spend four days advancing your mountain biking skills on a variety of Oregon trails. This experience includes lessons, lots of great coaching from our experienced student staff, as well as biking equipment. All experience levels are welcome. 
  • Whitewater and Rock Climbing Multi-sport Challenge. (FULL) Sweet! Enjoy two days of rock climbing and two days of whitewater rafting with professionally trained student staff. All experience levels are welcome.

What to Pack

Can be found on the left side with links to what adventure you're signed up for!

Rental Equipment

If you need to rent equipment, a link on the left side show's our prices!


Come on in if you have time or give us a call or feel free to email anytime!