Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is now live and ready to stream virtually, ready to view in your living room! Watch it through the Whitman affiliate link which will help make it FREE for students! 

Check out the OP Events page  for more info on how to watch this years Banff Film Fest world tour film picks!

Dear interested Outdoor Program users,

The Outdoor Program Rental Shop is now open for in person visits, or by reservation for curbside service to Whitman students, faculty, and staff!  Please see the Rental Shop page for more info on how to make a reservation.  The Climbing Center is open for SSRA class use, starting Feb 1st, 2021.  When the Climbing Center re-opens for open rec climb it will be by reservation, and we'll update information here.   The Climbing Center will only be available to Whitman students. 

If you want to stay connected with us, follow us on Instagram @WhitmanCollegeOutdoorProgram to see our latest updates!

Our Mission

The Outdoor Program is committed to providing equitable access for all to the outdoors. The Outdoor Program (OP) fosters personal growth, facilitates learning and creates recreational opportunities through skills and risk management training, leadership development, and environmentally sound trips in a supportive community.

About the Outdoor Program

Outdoor Program Department Profile

OP Mission and Program areas

The Outdoor Program runs trips most weekends throughout the school year. These are open to all Whitman students.  Trips include kayaking, hiking, climbing, rafting, skiing, snow-shoeing, ice climbing, and more! The trips are designed for beginner through advanced skill levels.

The  Rental Shop is the hub of the Outdoor Program. Students and community members can rent or purchase equipment from the shop for personal use. The Rental Shop manages all of the equipment used on OP trips and classes.

Scrambles are first year trips that run each year right before freshman orientation. Scrambles are a week long and include hiking, climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking and rafting.

The  Climbing Center is the Whitman college's state of the art climbing wall. The wall is open to Whitman students, faculty, staff as well as their family members and guests. Classes and clinics take place at the climbing wall every week.

The Outdoor Program also facilitates many of the Sports Studies and Recreation Activities (SSRA) classes on campus. We offer a variety of classes each semester, many of which include weekend trips to give students hands-on outdoor experience with their new skills.

The  Bob Carson Outdoor Fund was established in 2012 to help with some of the fees associated with the Outdoor Program's activities. Students can inquire at the OP rental shop for more information about his helpful resource.

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Whitman College is located on the traditional Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla homelands. We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present and extend our respect to all indigenous people today. We honor their stewardship of the land and ecosystem and commit to continuing that important work.


Whitman College operates under federal permits from the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management and is and Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.  


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Reid Campus Center 209
345 Boyer Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509-527-5965