The Outdoors Is for Everyone!
Whitman College’s Outdoor Program is here to help you discover it.

Whether you’re a curious newbie or an avid adventurer, the Outdoor Program (OP) offers something for you. With a state-of-the-art climbing center, a full schedule of weekend trips, and for-credit courses, the OP provides countless opportunities to discover a new enthusiasm for outdoor recreation or to hone your skills in an activity you’re already passionate about. 

Explore with the Outdoor Program

The OP runs trips most weekends throughout the school year. Open to all Whitman students, most OP trips are designed for beginners with little to no experience, but a small portion of trips are for intermediate or advanced levels (and will be indicated as such). Activities include kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, skiing, snow-shoeing, ice climbing, and more! The Bob Carson Outdoor Fund can help cover some OP activity fees.

The Rental Shop is the OP’s hub. 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. 

The Climbing Center is Whitman college’s state-of-the-art climbing wall. The wall is open to Whitman students, faculty and staff. Classes and clinics take place at the climbing wall every week. 

The OP also facilitates many of the Sports Studies, Recreation and Athletics (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.

Mission Statement

The Outdoor Program is committed to providing equitable access for all to the outdoors. 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.

Fall break trip on the Salmon River in the SSRA River Guide Leadership course courtesy of Xueyun Sherry Wen ’24.