Thursday, September 29, 2011

EOU Rock Wall - Fall Term Schedule

Fall Term

Monday – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Located in Quinn Coliseum the EOU Rock Wall is open to all fee-paying EOU students at no charge.

In addition to the regularly scheduled hours, the climbing wall can be hired for private use. Prices for private hire are $30 per hour for current EOU students or student groups and organizations, $35 per hour for EOU staff, faculty or alumni, and $40 per hour for community members.

We are currently reviewing our opening hours and would like feedback from climbing wall users regarding preferred days and times. Please contact any member of the Outdoor Program staff or email to provide feedback.

Anthony Lakes Day Hike and optional rock climb

The Outdoor Program is organizing a day hike up at Anthony Lakes for this Sunday, October 2. We will be meeting at the Outdoor Program (Hoke 102) at 10:00 am on Sunday and will car-pool up to Anthony Lakes. When we arrive at the Lakes (about an hour drive) there will be opportunities to relax at Anthony Lake or to participate in a hike (2.4 mile round trip) up to Hoffer Lakes. Once at Hoffer Lakes participants can choose to spend time at the lakes, continue on hiking trails in the area, or to try rock climbing (facilitated by Outdoor Program staff). We will return back to the EOU campus at around 4:00pm.
There will be a pre-trip meeting today (Thursday, September 29) in Hoke 102 at 4:00pm. At the pre-trip meeting we will discuss the logistical arrangements of the trip as well as the recommended clothing, food etc. It is highly recommended that participants attend the pre-trip meeting. However, if you are unable to attend, please RSVP via email to or by phoning (541) 962-3621.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Climbing at Spring Mountain

Had a great afternoon of climbing at Spring Mountain, just outside of La Grande. Perfect weather, no crowds and good climbing. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

If that sounds good to you, stop by the outdoor program and sign up for a trip, class, or plan your own adventure.

Monday, September 19, 2011

EOU Week of Welcome

The annual EOU Week of Welcome is here and the Outdoor Program will be taking part in several ways. We will be hosting a Community Bike Ride at 1pm, Sunday, September 5th and we will be out on the Quad during clib fair on Wednesday, September 28th.

If you're new to La Grande, or want to meet new people, meet at Hoke 102 at 1pm on Sunday, September 25th for a short orinetation style bike ride through La Grande. Bring your own bike or call ahead to check out one of the Outdoor Programs rental bikes.

The club fair on Wednesday, September 28th is a great opportunity to get connected with the wide range of clubs and activity groups on campus. The Outdoor Prorgam will be there too, so stop by and find out what's new this year.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Website Renovation

Our main website,, has a new look. We've changed the pages to make it easier to navigate and easier for us to post upcoming events as well as trip reports.

In the future the main website will also host photo and video galleries from recent trips and events. Check out the page and let us know about local links that we might include on our links page.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Upcoming Fall Term Events

Here is a brief list of some of the upcoming events during this Fall Term:
  • September 25 – Community Bike Ride (meet at Hoke 102 @ 1:00pm)
  • September 28 – Club Fair (EOU Campus Quad from 11:00am – 2:00pm)
  • October 2 – Anthony Lakes Hike and optional Rock Climb (contact OP office for info)
  • October 4 – The10 Essentials of Backcountry Travel (Clinic in Hoke 102 @ 4:30pm)
  • October 8-9 - Wing Ridge Backcountry Work Weekend (meet in Hoke 102 @ 7:00am)
  • October 9 – Mount Emily Recreation Area Mountain Bike ride  (contact OP office for info)
  • October 23 – Oregon Trail day hike (contact OP office for info)
Contact the Outdoor Program office for more information about any of the upcoming events or to plan your own outdoor adventure. You can call 541-962-3621 or email:

Also, stay tuned for an announcement about the launch of our revamped website within the Eastern Oregon University main site.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall Course Offerings

Fall term is fast approaching and we are busy preparing for the events, courses and clinics that will be offered this coming school year. Two INTACT courses, Beginning Rock Climbing and Backpacking/Wilderness Travel Skills, are already full, with waiting lists. There are several clinics being developed for topics such as backcountry skiing, ice climbing, rock climbing, nordic skiing and more.If you are an EOU student and are interested in signing up for a clinic or have an idea for a trip, or just want to rent (for FREE) outdoor equipment for your own adventures, stop by the Outdoor Department. We are located in the ground floor of the Hoke Union Building just across the hall from the Residence Life Office.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Eastern Oregon University Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program (ODP) is a student fee funded program that is here to meet the needs and desires of students interested in gaining knowledge and experience in outdoor recreational activities. We offer:

  • Equipment Rentals for EOU students, faculty, staff, and university partners (FREE for EOU students)
  • Resources about regional outdoor activities
  • Library and lounge with outdoor recreation books, movies, and magazines
  • Trip planning services including guide books, mapping software, and a knowledgeable staff
  • Learning opportunities such as lectures, free clinics, INTACT Classes, and Common Adventures.
Classes and clinics may include activities such as: backpacking, beginner and intermediate rock climbing, downhill/nordic/backcountry skiing, snowboarding, avalanche awareness, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, winter camping and more.

Bookmark this blog and check back during the year for trip reports and pictures from classes and clinics. For more information about Eastern Oregon University go to and for more information about the EOU Outdoor Program go to