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Every year the Outdoor Program does an orientation event for incoming freshman and transfer students. The Raider Wilderness Experience offers a great chance to start your college career with adventure and challenge. These safety minded, small group adventures are all led by SOU Student staff to some of the best outdoor locations in the region. These fun and challenging adventures are a great way to make friends and have some time to reflect on your transition to university life. All adventures include instruction, meals, equipment, park entrance fees, three nights of camping fees as well as transportation. No experience is necessary for any of our adventures. Cost is $250!

For reference, during the 2013/2014 school year the Outdoor Programs is offered the following RWE adventures! 

  • Backpacking Adventure. Challenge yourself over four days spent on this true wilderness adventure in some of the region’s most stunning wilderness. Excellent opportunities for swimming and nature photography exist on this adventure. This is the best trip for those wishing for deep connection with the natural environment. All experience levels are welcome.      
  • Kayak Touring Adventure. Enjoy 4 days of paddling on an amazing wilderness lake. This adventure will include 4 days of expedition style paddling, camping each night on the lake, and carrying all gear with you. Guaranteed to be awesome! All experience levels welcome. 
  • Intro to Mountain Biking. Start your college experience on two wheels. Spend four days advancing your mountain biking skills on a variety of Oregon trails. This experience includes lessons, lots of great coaching from our experienced student staff, as well as biking equipment. All experience levels are welcome. 
  • Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing Multisport Challenge. Sweet! Enjoy two days of rock climbing and two days of whitewater rafting with professionally trained student staff. All experience levels are welcome. 

Weekend of Welcome Single Day Adventures

We also offer single day adventures during the first weekend the new students are on campus! Weekend of Welcome adventures offer a great opportunity to get out for some excitement the day before class starts. We have three adventures to choose from; whitewater rafting, rock climbing and hiking. All adventure include lunch, transportation, instruction and equipment. No experience necessary! All trips will meet at the Outdoor Programs office in the morning of the adventure and return to campus in the evening. Everyone who signs up will be emailed more specific information about what to bring, but please feel free to check out our what to pack page