Part 1: Tuesday, December 12 & Part 2: Tuesday, December 19
Start the winter out right with the skills you need to travel safely in avalanche terrain. Cascades Adventures will be heading out into the snowy backcountry to instruct participants on Avalanche Awareness basics. Information covered will be an abridged version of the Avalanche I curriculum, including Terrain, Weather, Snowpack and Human factors.
A brief classroom session will follow the pre-trip meeting as an introduction for students with no experience or education in avalanche awareness. Anyone with current Avalanche Awareness knowledge will be encouraged to contribute during this session. This field day will offer students the opportunity to begin practicing their investigative skills on snow.
Monday, January 15
Are you interested in learning to ride slopes outside of lift served terrain? Do you need to learn the basics of the backcountry? Join Cascades Adventures as we head out for a day of backcountry snow riding this Martin Luther King Holiday. To kick off this day of backcountry travel, participants first practice companion rescue and then learn about Hazard Evaluation, Route Finding & Safe Travel in Avalanche Terrain. This outing is intended for aspiring backcountry enthusiasts and requires participants to have a strong riding ability in one of the following disciplines (skiing, telemark or snowboarding)
Nothing matches the beauty and silence of a night spent out in the winter wilderness. Learn more about how to prepare, plan and live comfortably while enjoying a night out in the snow.
Saturday, January 13
Having to start a fire on top of snow is one of those skills that you never really consider until you have a real life need. In areas with little snow, it can be easy enough to access the ground by digging down. If the snowpack is deep like we see in the Cascades Range, building a fire on top of the snow is your best option. Come join Cascades Adventures and spend the day learning fire craft for snowy environments.
Sunday, January 21
Join Cascades Adventures as we attempt to catch the sunrise from the top of Tumalo Mountain. On this early morning adventure, participants will learn about snowshoeing techniques, pacing and proper thermoregulation when active. Ascending 1400ft. and covering a round trip distance of 4 ½ miles, this outing is beginner friendly but moderately strenuous.
Saturday, January 27
Have you ever wondered if you could comfortably spend a night out in the cold using only the snow to provide shelter? Ever wondered how the Inuit people built igloos, how the Athapascan people built Quinzhees or how fur trappers and mountaineers hollowed out snow caves. Cascades Adventures trip leaders will be heading out to practice these winter skills and help you become a winter architect. Been exposed to building snow shelters before, come out and practice your snow shaping prowess while learning a few tricks to stay warm and dry.
Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4
Come spend a weekend with Cascades Adventures as we explore the hills surrounding the Tumalo Creek area on a beginner-level overnight. This overnight trip will be a culminating adventure for our January winter camping series and acts as an opportunity for students to utilize the skills previously learned. The snowshoe trail is approximately 3-5 miles each direction and considered moderately strenuous due to the distance and elevation gained. Participants of all experience levels are welcome and camping equipment/snowshoes will be available to borrow.
Hoodoo Ski Area is the only winter ski resort that offers Central Oregon night skiing, opening 2 nights per week from 3:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Don’t let the dark days of winter and your busy class schedule keep you from hitting the slopes. Join Cascades Adventures for Friday night skiing and snowboarding at Hoodoo. Trip leaders will depart from Cascades hall in Bend at 3:00pm every Friday afternoon.
Transportation is provided on a first come first served basis and is capped at 10 students
*Purchasing lift tickets for $20*
*Providing personal ski/snowboard equipment*
*Hoodoo ski/snowboard rentals are available for $18*
Participant Level: Intermediate
Sign Up Deadline: Friday, January 15th @ 12pm
Min/Max Participants: 3/10
Pre-trip Meeting Date, Time & Location: Every Friday, @ 2pm / Jan. 15th –Feb. 26th
Assessments and trainings are intended to provide aspiring student leaders with practical learning through direct experiences related to leadership development and advanced technical skills. Trainings are conducted quarterly and range from activity specific trainings to workshops covering risk management, group facilitation and trip planning. Assessments are ongoing and intended to monitor student development as they progress toward leading outings.
Outings may be proposed by any student, staff or faculty member of OSU Cascades and COCC regardless of their ability to lead the trip or not. Please include the activity, location, date(s), skill level of participants, and necessary gear.
Outing registration is used for enrolling participants in Cascades Adventures trips, workshops, non-credit classes and trip leader training programs. Cascades Adventures outing registration is available online or in person at the Office of Student Life in Tykeson Hall Rm. 110. All registration priority is determined on a first come first served basis.
Cascades Adventures activity/trip information and registration is easily accessible through our online newsletter (South Sister Dispatch), the Cascades Adventures webpage, RSS calendar feeds, Facebook page, or in person in the office of student life. Activity and trip information is also disseminated through on campus advertising such as brochures, flyers and the Beaver Tracks.
Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation Programs:
Office: Tykeson Hall 110
Office Hours: Wednesday & Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00pm
Student Advisor: TBD