(OUT) Outdoor Classes
OUT Courses 2016/2017
All of our courses are open to the community and can be taken without registering for credit. Please contact the OAP Coordinator for details.
OUT 180 Basic & Intermediate Horsemanship
Learn to ride a horse.
This one credit course is designed for students with little or no riding experience. Students will learn the fundamental skills and enjoyment of the riding and caring for a horse.
Emphasis will be on learning how to care for a horse, tack a horse, and basic riding skills. Students will learn how to walk, trot, and jump small obstacles.
Classes will be held Monday – Thursday, with students attending one class per week. Check Webster for class times. The class will be held off-campus at Victory Acres riding arena. Offered Fall & Spring Terms.
OUT 180 Beginning & Intermediate Archery
Learn to shoot a bow.
This one credit course is designed for students with little or no archery experience. Students will learn the fundamental skills and enjoyment of the sport of archery.
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the basic techniques of target archery emphasizing the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques, scoring and competition. Offered Fall & Spring Terms.
OUT 180 Hiking
Enjoy nature locally.
This one credit course is designed for students with little or no hiking experience. Students will learn the fundamentals and enjoyment of hiking on the many trails surrounding EOU.
The class will meet in the Outdoor Program office, Hoke 118, and then head to the field for the remainder of the class time. The class will go for 10 weeks in 3 hour long sessions to give us enough time to venture out on the trails and in the mountains around La Grande.
The course is taught in a way that allows students to gain an appreciation of backcountry hiking, ecology of the local landscape, and physical activity in general, as a healthy and viable lifetime recreational activity. Offered Fall & Spring Terms.
OUT 180 Indoor Gym Climbing, 1 Credit
This one credit course is designed for students with little or no climbing experience. Students will learn the fundamentals and enjoyment of climbing on the gym wall in Quinn Coliseum.The course covers climbing skills basics including knot tying, belaying, rappelling, top rope anchor systems, and safety procedures in an indoor climbing gym. Offered Fall & Winter Terms.
OUT 180 Intro to Rock Climbing
This one-credit course is designed for students who have little or no experience rock climbing. Participants will learn the fundamentals of top-roping and sport climbing. Offered Fall Term.
OUT 180 Fly Fishing Fundamentals
Cast a fly and catch a fish
No experience is needed for this one-credit introduction to fly fishing course. Learn everything you need to know to embark on a lifetime of angling enjoyment. Offered Fall Term.
Courses for Winter & Spring
OUT 180 Intro to Backpacking
Venture into the wilderness.
This one credit course is designed for students with little or no backpacking or hiking experience. Students will learn the fundamentals of multi-day wilderness travel and low impact camping techniques in a backcountry setting. Students will spend two nights out in the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area.
The course is taught in the Outdoor Program office, Hoke 118, for two evening sessions to prepare students for the required overnight field session. The weekend trip allows students to apply the skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a backcountry environment. The course is designed to help students develop skills, form an appreciation for wilderness and nature, and gain an understanding of “Leave No Trace” techniques and outdoor equipment. Offered Spring Term
OUT 220 Avalanche Fundamentals: Processes and Leadership, 2 Credits
This is a 2-credit course that will meet from 4-6pm every other Tuesday on campus and also have two field days over a weekend in January. Participants in this course will receive a Level 1 certificate from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). This course is designed for students with an interest in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to travel and lead groups safely through avalanche prone terrain with an emphasis on hazard evaluation, terrain management, and rescue techniques. Offered Winter Term.
OUT 180 Beginning Skiing, 1 Credit
These lessons are about putting the fun in fundamentals. In this course you will learn how to turn and how to effectively control your speed using turns and the slope you are on. Learn how to increase your speed without loss of control and confidence. Ride the lift and dabble in intermediate terrain.Offered Winter Term.
OUT 180 Beginning Snowboarding, 1 Credit
These lessons are all about putting the fun in your fundamentals. Learn about your equipment, how to stop and get up from a fall, and make different sizes and types of turns. Developing confidence with rhythm and speed will be a major lesson component. Ride the lift and dabble in intermediate terrain. Offered Winter Term.
OUT 180 Advanced Snowboarding, 1 Credit
This course is for those who can ride proficiently on intermediate slopes. As an advanced snowboarder you want to tackle steep groomed runs and venture off groomed runs. Look to improve your steering skills so you can make shorter or smaller radius turns which will enable you to tackle more varied terrain. Continue to develop your short turn, learn to go fast with confidence, and look at the tactics involved with skiing off piste and on the black (most difficult) slopes. Offered Winter Term.
OUT 180 Advanced Skiing, 1 Credit
This course is for those who can ski on intermediate slopes and ski them with style and confidence. As an advanced skier you want to tackle steep groomed runs and venture off groomed runs. Look to refine the parallel turn and progress to steeper terrain. Improve your steering skills so you can make shorter or smaller radius turns which will enable you to tackle more varied terrain. Continue to develop your short turn, learn to go fast with confidence, and look at the tactics involved with skiing off piste and on the black (most difficult) slopes. Offered Winter Term.
OUT 180 Ski/Snowboard Instructor Training, 1 Credit
Do you want to teach others how to ride or ski? Do you want to work up at Anthony Lakes and get a free season pass? Anthony Lakes Ski School instructors will coach you on the various teaching methods and have you developing the skills necessary to be able to teach others the correct form and technique to either ski or snowboard at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Offered Winter Term.
OUT 180 Winter Camping and Backcountry Travel, 1 Credit
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to camp and travel safely in a winter environment. Students will build their own snow shelters and sleep in them overnight. The weekend in the field will take place near Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort. An emphasis will be placed on proper clothing, equipment, and techniques needed for traveling and camping safely in snow. Students will travel using snow shoes or cross-country skis and carry camping gear in a backpack less than one mile from the trailhead. Be ready for an adventure! Winter camping is actually pretty fun! Offered Winter Term.
OUT 180 Whitewater Rafting
Experience a multi-day whitewater experience.
This course introduces students to the sport of multi-day whitewater rafting. An emphasis is placed on learning the techniques of navigating a raft safely through whitewater and the logistics of planning a multi-day rafting trip on a remote river.
Students will get to experience a two-day trip on the Wallowa and Grande Ronde rivers. The scenery on this 45-mile run is characterized by basalt terraces and open forests that provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Sitings of elk, deer, and even the occassional bear are common. This section of river is designated Wild and Scenic and a long stretch of the trip is through roadless wildlands. Offered Spring Term
OUT 180 Basic Mountaineering
Climb a Mountain!
This one-credit course is designed for those new to the sport of mountaineering and wanting the skills and knowledge necessary to climb safely in an alpine environment. Students must be in good physical condition and able to climb over 2,000 vertical feet and hike for miles in adverse conditions and carrying a pack. This course emphasizes learning proper climbing techniques such as belaying, rappelling, establishing anchors and protection, proper crampon and ice axe use, and self arrest procedures. Students will learn about avalanche hazard and safety, orienteering, snow travel, and group management. Offered Spring Term.
OUT 180 Beginning Kayaking
Do you want to kayak?
This is an AMAZING opportunity for EOU students to learn the basics of kayak paddling, safety, and perfecting the Eskimo roll. These skills are necessary for moving to the next level and getting you in whitewater on our local rivers. Offered Spring Term.
Intermediate Rock Climbing
This course is for those with some previous rock or gym climbing experience. The focus of this course is on developing solid sport climbing skills and introducing lead climbing techniques. If you have done a bit of climbing and want to learn more about lead climbing, anchors placement, and rappelling safely, then this is the course for you. Offered Spring Term.
Wilderness First Responder
This 80-hour national certification course is designed to introduce students to emergency medicine and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to administer emergency and medical care in non-urban environments. This course covers basic anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment of injuries, appropriate short-term to multi-day patient care and evacuation considerations. Offered Winter Term.
Michael Hatch at
firstname.lastname@example.org for details and registration