Dear interested Outdoor Program users,
The Outdoor Program Rental Shop and Bike Shop are now open by reservation for curbside service to Whitman students, faculty, and staff! Please see the Rental Shop and Bike Shop pages for more information on how to make a reservation. The Climbing Center is currently closed due to increased precaution around Covid. When the Climbing Center re-opens, it will only be available to Whitman students, and we will post updated information here.
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The Outdoor Program 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
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.
Speak Out: A Conversation Series
Beginning Friday (10/9) the Outdoor Program is launching a weekly series of conversations with the hopes of creating a welcoming platform to discuss a myriad of critical issues facing our communities. While conversations will be hosted by a student or group, any Whitman affiliated students, faculty, staff, or community members are encouraged to join in!
Weekly Zoom link: https://whitman.zoom.
Zoom Recordings: https://drive.google.com/
Indigenous History and Outdoor Recreation
Pei-Pei Cai and Wako Soma
Friday October 9th, 12-1pm
In this Speak Out session, Wako and PeiPei will start by discussing treaty history, a brief introduction about first food, and storytellings. We want to invite you to discuss and reflect on what kind of questions and things to keep in mind when we are in outdoor spaces in the Walla Walla valley and elsewhere.
History of Exclusion in the Outdoors Informs Cultural Attitudes
Wako Soma and Lennae Starr
Friday, October 16th, 12-1pm
We will be aiming to understand how we can create a safer and more welcoming space in the Outdoor Program (OP). We will be discussing the history of exclusion in National Parks and Forests and how intergenerational trauma manifests as demographic divisions in the OP and outdoors in general. Our main goals are to get participants to reflect on their own attitudes toward and experiences in natural settings and gain an awareness of how/why they might differ from people who have different backgrounds.
Whitewashing and Diverse Representation in the Outdoor Industry: How Social Media and Advertising Impact Inclusion in Outdoor Sports
Friday, October 23rd, 12-1pm
George Jutras will be leading a discussion on the role that diversity in media plays in inclusivity in outdoor communities. We'll be touching on the impact of years of whitewashing in the advertising of outdoor equipment companies as well as the role that social media plays in shaping what the outdoor community is and who belongs to it. We'll also be discussing what potential role models are doing to address the lack of diversity in their outdoor communities.
Exclusivity in the Whitman College Climbing Center and Greater Climbing Community
Friday, October 30th, 12-1pm
All conversations are hosted and directed entirely by students, but the Outdoor Program is always available as a resource. If you're interested in leading a discussion, please email George Jutras at firstname.lastname@example.org.