Monday, October 31, 2011

Anthony Lakes Ski Area Season Pass Party

EOU Outdoor Program & Anthony Lakes Ski Area
November 10, 7 PM in Huber Auditorium
2011/12 EOU Ski Season Pass Party

$199 Season Pass 
EOU Student Price available for a limted time only

The Art of Flight

@7PM award winning film
by Red Bull  

Raffle: Prizes include an Anthony Lakes Ski Area Season Pass, EOU Mountaineer clothing and more.

Raffle Tickets are $2 (3 for $5)

Come watch an incredible film, get stoked for Winter and maybe win a Seasons Pass!

Anthony Lakes Ski Area operates under a special-use permit from the
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and is an Equal Opportunity Provider and

 Entrance is FREE for all.

EOU Students Join Volunteers at Anthony Lakes Ski Area

Several EOU students participated in a volunteer day at Anthony Lakes Ski Area this past weekened. The volunteers mounted new bindings on rental ski's, unwrapped and stacked the new boots, helped organize the rental shop gear, and hung out with coffee and donuts! Great people and a beautiful morning.

The lakes and streams are beginning to freeze over, the trees at the ridge tops were all covered in ice, the larch trees are turning and dotted the whole landscape, and it was bluebird all day!

Thanks to all those who took part. Let the snow fly!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Winter Break Ski/Snowboard Trip Oregon

Take a break during winter break; come on a ski/snowboard trip with the Outdoor Program to three of Oregon’s best ski areas.

We will leave La Grande on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 10, and drive to our accommodation on Mt. Hood, the Mazamas Lodge. That night we will ski at Mt. Hood Skibowl, America’s largest night skiing area featuring 34 fully light runs.  A Scandinavian themed celebration with live music back at the Mazama Lodge will cap the night.

The following day we will ski at the Timberline Ski area high on the glaciers of Mt. Hood. Timberline is America’s only ski area that is open 12 months of the year; it provides excellent views, the historic ambiance of Timberline Lodge, and 3,690 vertical feet of skiable terrain. We will spend that evening and night at Mazama Lodge.

After enjoying Mt. Hood we will move on to the Cascade Mountains largest ski area, Mt. Bachelor for two days of skiing and snowboarding. Operating entirely on the Deschutes National Forest, Mt. Bachelor has offered a unique wilderness skiing experience for over 50 years. Eleven lifts, seven of which are high speed quads, whisk skiers and snowboarders up a total vertical drop of 3,365 feet.  Our accommodation for the last two nights will be at the Seventh Mountain Resort.

We will return to La Grande on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The trip will be led by EOU Outdoor Program Coordinator Jerry Isaak. Jerry is a professionally certified ski instructor (CSIA) and American Mountain Guides Association Ski Guide. He has taught skiing in Europe and throughout North America. Optional one-hour ski lessons each day will be provided free of charge for all levels of skiers.

Saturday, Dec. 10 – Drive from La Grande to Mt Hood. Night ski at Mt. Hood Skibowl.
Sunday, Dec. 11 – Ski all day at Timberline Ski Area (Mt. Hood).
Monday, Dec. 12 – Drive to Mt. Bachelor. Ski half-day at Mt Bachelor.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 – Ski full-day at Mt. Bachelor.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Drive from Mt. Bachelor to La Grande.

Cost: $565 per person (7 persons max)

Includes: Transportation, lift tickets, accommodation, and optional 1 hour ski lesson per day (all levels).
Not included: Equipment rental (available locally through Anthony Lakes Ski Area), meals

A $100 deposit must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 16 to reserve a spot on the trip. Full payment is due no later than Friday, Nov. 25.

Contact for more information (541-962-3621) or to reserve you place.
Space is limited, so book soon!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Smith Rock State Park Climbing Weekend - Nov. 4-6

Though the temps are dropping there's no skiable snow yet in eastern Oregon, so it's a perfect time to go climbing at Smith Rock. The EOU Outdoor Program is organizing a climbing weekend at Smith Rock on Nov. 4-6 (Friday - Sunday).

We will be meeting at EOU on Friday and carpooling to Smith where we will be camping ($5 per-night) at the State Park. There will be a pre-trip meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Outdoor Program at 4:30PM. All levels of climbing abilities are welcome on this trip however we will need to know who is coming, and what gear we will need to bring.

If you would like to come on this weekend of rock climbing in a world-class location, show up at the pre-trip meeting or RSVP in the Outdoor Program or by emailing:

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Larches are turning!

Photo by Kim Faire

Dr. Karen Antell, Associate Professor of Biology at EOU, has invited the EOU campus community to join her on a day hike in the Rebarrow Research Forest. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the larches and the forest and to enjoy great views of the nearby Elkhorn Mountains.

Dr. Antell's original invitation:

I would like to extend an invitation to the entire campus community to visit EOU's Rebarrow Research Forest with me this Friday afternoon, from 2:00-5:00 PM.  The forest is located on Glass Hill, approximately 6 miles south of La Grande at 5,000 ft. elevation.  The property was donated to EOU in 1990 and it has been used as an outdoor classroom by La Grande High School, LG Middle School and EOU since then.

We will meet in the Badgley Hall parking lot on the west side of the building along 6th Ave. at 2:00 PM and caravan up.  You may meet us up there if you know the way.  We'll meet at the top gate on the east side of Glass Hill Road.  Glass Hill Road becomes quite rough after a couple of miles, so vehicles should have reasonable clearance.  If the weather stays dry, you shouldn't need 4-wheel drive to make the trip.  Driving time is approximately 25 minutes each way.

We will start at the picnic tables and I'll give a brief description of the natural (and unnatural) history of the area.  Then we can take a short hike around the area - approximately 1 mile on old road bed with no big hills to climb.  The views are spectacular - both south to the Elkhorns and north to Mt. Emily.

Bring a camera, sketchbook, sturdy shoes (no Dean shoes, Dr. Witte, if you come) a water bottle, and a warm jacket. 

Every fall there is always one spectacular day in NE Oregon when the Larch needles turn to gold and begin to rain from the trees.  Friday might be the day.  We won't know unless we go to look. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Proposed Expedition Club - Seeking EOU Student Members

Interested in extending your university education? Ever considered paddling in the Amazon, trekking in the Himalaya, or experiencing the 24-hour Arctic sun? Are you inspired by explorers like Lewis and Clark, Magellan, Sir Edmund Hillary?

If so, you may be interested in joining the Expedition Club.

The object of Expedition Club is to advance the education of its members by providing inspirational and challenging educational expeditions to remote, wild environments, both regionally and internationally, and so promote the development of members’ confidence, teamwork, leadership and spirit of adventure and exploration. Expedition planning and execution is designed to allow club members the opportunity for practical expression of their academic studies at EOU.

The Expedition Club has a goal of sending at least one international expedition every two years and sending at least one regional expedition every year. Expedition locations and activities (e.g. climbing, skiing, paddling, trekking) will be dependent upon the interests and skills of the club members.

The club will meet regularly during the academic year for the purpose of training, planning, and fundraising for future expeditions. It is expected that club members will contribute to the club based on their interests, existing skill sets, and current area of academic study at EOU.

If you are interested in learning more about the Expedition Club or want to become a member, email the Outdoor Program ( or stop by Hoke 102 to chat about explorations near and far!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wing Ridge Hut Weekend

This past weekend the EOU Outdoor Program, through a group of staff, students and alumni, took part in the first of what will become an Annual Wing Ridge Work/Trade Weekend.

The EOU crew connected with staff from Wing Ridge Ski Tours early on Saturday morning at the Salt Creek Summit, outside of the town of Joseph. The Wallowa Mountains had just received an early season snowfall and provided an epic backdrop for our drive and hike in to the Wing Ridge hut. Once at the site we got to work, splitting and stacking wood, setting up tents, and generally getting ready for the winter season.

We had a great weekend in the high country and the participants from EOU are already looking forward to the trade part of the work/trade weekend (2 free hut nights during the ski season). Thanks to all those who took part and special mention to Trent Manns who documented the weekend with his camera.

(All photos Trent Manns)

Mt. Emily Mountain Bike Trails

This past Sunday, Oct. 9, Professor Brian Sather, co-author of Mountain Biking La Grande Oregon and developer of the website, led an orientation mountain bike ride on the trails of the Mt. Emily Recreation Area (MERA) located just minutes north of downtown La Grande. Professor Sather said of the ride "We covered all of the major trails. They are in great condition from the rain and students should take advantage of the trail system that few colleges have such close access to!"

If you're interested in checking out the local mountain bike trails, stop by the Outdoor Program (Hoke 102) and talk with our staff or check out a guide book.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Snow is here! And more is coming!!

Yesterday Outdoor Program staff were in the Hurricane Creek area of the Eagle Cap Wilderness and we encountered several inches of snow on the trail up towards the lakes basin area. Today Outdoor Program staff were out on the other side of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, up Catherine Creek and high up on China Cap mountain, where over a foot of snow graced the summit ridge!

Winter has arrived in the high places of the Wallowa Mountains and the EOU Outdoor Program is excited about this new season. Our equipment rental program carries skis, snowshoes, crampons, ice axes and much more. We will be teaching a variety of winter related outdoor skills courses and will be working with local ski areas to make the winter season accessible for EOU students.

Stop by the Outdoor Program (Hoke 102) to check out what's happening next.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Quinn Coliseum Rock Wall - Open for Business!

The Quinn Coliseum Rock Wall on the EOU campus was open yesterday to kick-off the indoor climbing shcedule.

The rock wall is free for students to use during regular opening hours (5:30pm - 7:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday). Community members, EOU alumni, staff and faculty may purchase an annual climbing pass for $50 or pay a $5 drop in fee.

The rock wall is accessible for all skill levels and we welcome beginners. If you are new to the sport of climbing our staff will provide the necessary instruction. Come by Quinn Coliseum and give it a try!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Anthony Lakes hike and climb

The Anthony Lakes day hike and rock climbing trip enjoyed perfect fall weather and great views of the Elkhorn Mountains. We hiked up to Hoffer Lakes where half the group continued hiking into Angel Basin and the other half of the group went rock climbing. A great time was had by all!