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The Raider Wilderness Experience (RWE) offers a great chance to start your college career with adventure and challenge. These safety minded, small group adventures are 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 into university life. All adventures include instruction, meals, equipment, park entrance fees, and three nights of camping. No experience is necessary for any of our adventures. Early move in is available for students living on campus. For more information on early move in contact the Outdoor Program Coordinator at 541-552-7030 or longw@sou.edu

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Trip Dates: September 21st-24th
Pre trip meeting:
5:00pm September 20th at the Outdoor Program
Depart from the Outdoor Program:
8:00am September 21st
Returns to the Outdoor Program:
4:00pm September 24th
Cost:
$300


Experience the backcountry and sleep under the stars, far away from city lights. The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most unique wilderness areas, many of which can only be reached by foot. You can fit everything you and your group need into your pack, and set out to explore the trail and all it offers. Backpacking includes hiking through the forest, gourmet backcountry meals, making new friends, and an adventure to kick off the school year. All experience levels welcome.

Please use the What to Pack checklist to help you bring the essentials!Backpacking

Technical gear can be provided, such as tents, sleeping bags, stoves, backpacks, etc.

Pre-trip Meeting: 5pm, September 20th at the Outdoor Program.

Departure: 8am, September 21st from the Outdoor Program.

Return: Around 4pm, September 24th, at the Outdoor Program

Cost: $300

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Experience the backcountry and sleep under the stars, far away from city lights. The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most unique wilderness areas, many of which can only be reached by foot. You can fit everything you and your group need into your pack, and set out to explore the trail and all it offers. Backpacking includes hiking through the forest, gourmet backcountry meals, making new friends, and an adventure to kick off the school year. All experience levels welcome.

Please use the What to Pack checklist to help you bring the essentials!Cooking

Technical gear can be provided, such as tents, sleeping bags, stoves, backpacks, etc.

Pre-trip Meeting: 5pm, September 20th at the Outdoor Program

Return: Around 4pm, September 24th, at the Outdoor Program

Departure: 8am, September 21st from the Outdoor Program.

Cost: $300

Sign Up Here

 

Beat the heat and have an adventure at the beautiful Oregon coast, exploring the lush forests and wandering the sandy dunes looking for animal tracks or hidden geocaches – then settle in for the evening around a campfire with new friends. Start the school year off right by getting in your beach time before classes begin. All experience levels welcome.

Please use the What to Pack checklist to help you bring the essentials!Beach

Technical gear can be provided, such as tents, sleeping bags, etc.

Pre-trip Meeting: 5pm, September 20th at the Outdoor Program.

Departure: 8am, September 21st from the Outdoor Program.

Return: Around 4pm, September 24th, at the Outdoor Program

Cost: $300

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Experience the exhilaration of rock climbing as you push yourself to the limit and challenge yourself to do something new!  Learn how harnesses, ropes, and other equipment make it possible to reach the top.  Start the school year with a bang as you push your limit and make new friends climbing rocks!  All experience levels welcome.  

Please use the What to Pack checklist to help you bring the essentials!Climbing

Technical gear can be provided, such as tents, sleeping bags, etc.

Pre-trip Meeting: 5pm, September 20th at the Outdoor Program.

Departure: 8am, September 21st from the Outdoor Program.

Return: Around 4pm, September 24th, at the Outdoor Program

Cost: $300

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Pedal your way to adventure as you ride the trails on your mountain bike. Learn the techniques that will lead you to confidently turn, drop, hop, whoop, and smoothly conquer the dirt, roots, and rocks in your path. This adventure is a great way to begin experiencing mountain bike trails of Southern Oregon and a chance to hang out with new friends and eat good food around the fire at night. All experience levels welcome.

Please use the What to Pack checklist to help you bring the essentials!MtnBiking

Technical gear can be provided, such as tents, sleeping bags, mountain bikes, etc.

Pre-trip Meeting: 5pm, September 20th at the Outdoor Program.

Departure: 8am, September 21st from the Outdoor Program.

Return: Around 4pm, September 24th, at the Outdoor Program

Cost: $300

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Charge into the whitewater of famous Oregon rivers. Armed with a paddle, you’ll be ready to get wet and have a blast as you learn how to navigate downstream. After each day of splashing rapids, you’ll get a chance to warm by the fire, eat good food, and hang out with new friends. This epic adventure is how you want to start your school year.  River location and craft (rafts or inflatable kayaks) to be determined in August.

Please use the What to Pack checklist to help you bring the essentials!Rafting

Technical gear can be provided, such as tents, sleeping bags, boats, wetsuits, etc.

Pre-trip Meeting: 5pm, September 20th at the Outdoor Program.

Departure: 8am, September 21st from the Outdoor Program.

Return: Around 4pm, September 24th, at the Outdoor Program

Cost: $300

Sign Up Here

 
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 on one but are nervous and need more information about the trip, or need some accommodation to make participating a reality, please contact the Outdoor Program Coordinator at 541-552-7030. Accommodation arrangements can take some time, so please start early!
 

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